WELCOME TO THE POCATELLO ELC NEWS PAGE

August 25:         ISU classes start.  ELC 14/15 child care contracts start.

August 28:         WIC Clinic, Student Health, 9:00 a.m. - noon

September 1:    ELC closed for Labor Day holiday

September 3:    Infant/Toddler Developmental Screening, 9:00 am-3:45 pm

September 4:    Bannock Co. Fluoride Varnish Clinic, 9:30-11:30 am or 2:00-4:30 pm (rescheduled August clinic), Bannock County Health Depatment, Pocatello

September 16:  Bannock Co. Fluoride Varnish Clinic, 9:30-11:30 am or 2:00-4:30 pm, BCHD, Pocatello

September 25 - December 4:  Parenting Class @ Family Services Alliance, 355 S. Arthur, Pocatello

Fluoride Varnish Clinics:  These services are available to ALL children in the Southeastern Idaho Public Health service area.  Recommended ages served are from first tooth eruption to approximately age 13.  No appointment is necessary to receive flouride varnish.  For more information, call April Guidinger, 478-6314.

Parenting Class:  This will be held every Thursday from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. from 9/25-12/4/14.  It's for parents with children under 10 years of age.  Topics will include trauma's affect on children and adults; skills such as neutralizing arguments, delayed consequences, and settling limits; children and their brains; self-esteem and praise; and attachment.  Snacks, drinks and child care will be provided.  For more information or to reserve your spot, call 232-0742 (Nicole Kopp or Kim Sweet).

Infant/Toddler Developmental Screening:  Free screening for children birth through 2 years of age at the Human Development Center, 421 Memorial Drive, Pocatello.  Children will be screened for vision, physical coordination, self-help, social skills, learning, hearing and speech/language.  Call Hollie Gneiting at 904-0861 for an appointment.  Children 3 and older would need to be screened through the child's local school district.

Let's Move! Child Care:  The ELC is participating in this program.  Based on our assessment, there were four improvements on which we needed to focus.  One was to provide parents of preschoolers screen time reduction and/or media literacy education two or more times per year.  Screen time is defined by NACCRRA as "The number of minutes/hours that a child spends each day looking at a screen (television, movie, cell phone or handheld/personal computer)."  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents strive for:

1) No screen time for children under the age of two,  2)  No more than than 30 minutes once a week for those two and older in early care and education settings, and 3) No more than two hours total of quality programming per twenty-four hour period for children two and older.  Look for more information to be distributed in the near future!

Ideas for Fostering Musical Development and Family Togetherness:  Look for "The Family Taxi:  A Great Place for Music!" on the Kindermusik site.  Go to mindsonmusic.kindermusik.com, then categories, then activities for kids and scroll down to this article.  The article includes "Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Family Taxi a More Musical Place that Inspires Learning and Creates Lifelong Memories."  Especially good for road trips...

Registration:  Registration for fall is ongoing.  There are spaces available in all of our age groups, although not many in some of the rooms.  There will be no drop-in care available the first week of school (8/25-29/14).

Children and Play:  Here's a good article about the importance of play:  http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/10-things-every-parent-should-know-about-play

WIC services available on campus:  WIC services are available at Student Health on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Go to the second floor.  No appointment is necessary.

A Reminder:  It's never ok to leave children or pets in the car, even with the windows down.  On a 78 degree day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can soar to 100-120 degrees in minutes.  Children's thermoregulatory systems are not as efficient as an adult's, and their body temperatures warm 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's.  A core body temperature of 107 degrees can be lethal.  Dogs can only cool themselves by panting or sweating through their paws, and if their body temperature gets to 107-108, they, too, may suffer irreparable organ damage and die.  Avoid these completely preventable tragedies and don't leave anyone in the car on a warm day, even for just a few minutes!

Withdrawal from the ELC:  Just a reminder that you must give 15 days' written notice of withdrawal from the ELC, so plan ahead.  You will be billed for your contracted schedule for those two weeks regardless of whether or not your child actually attends.

Did you know... If you receive assistance from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in the form of Food Stamps, Medicaid, ICCP, or cash assistance, you can use "idalink" to view your case information.  You can go to idalink.idaho.gov and create an account where you can view the benefit services you are receiving, the amount of food stamps you are receiving, re-evaluation reminders, etc.
 
 
Some web sites that may be of interest to you: www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com, www.idahostars.org , www.idahoaeyc.org, www.childrenandnature.org, www.InfantToddler.idaho.gov, http://www.challengingbehavior.org, http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/student-parent-success-initiative/student-parent-success-initiative, www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel , http://www.collaboration.me.uk/Idaho_Stars.php, www.choosemyplate.gov, http://DayByDayID.org, families.naeyc.org

                                                                                                  Lead Providers for fall '14:

Age

Room #

Provider

Infants

2

Debra Hughes

Infants

3

Shauna Frayer

Toddlers

6

Chelcy Goodnight

Toddlers

7

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Toddlers

8

Luisa Santos

2-year-olds

9

Pat Rasmussen        

2-year-olds

10

Stacy Briner

2-year-olds

11

Brenda Myers

3/4-year-olds

20

Melissa Aguilar

3/4-year-olds

29

Misty Sheets

4-year-olds

27

JaNae Kunzler

4-year-olds

28

Shannon Koplin

Kindergarten

26

Wenda Kaler

1st-5th Grades

24

Wenda Kaler