2/8:             ISU summer registration starts

2/15:           ISU/ELC closed for Presidents' Day

2/17:           Hearing screenings for ELC 3-5-year-olds

2/19:           Parents' Night Out, 6:30 p.m.

2/29:           Bannock County Fluoride Varnish Clinic, 1:00-4:00

Flouride Varnish Clinic:  Walk-ins welcome.  Held at 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive (Health Department).  Call 478-6314 for more information.

Summer Registration:  ISU's summer registration starts 2/8.  Those presently enrolled at the ELC will have until the end of February to sign up for summer care.  After that, you will still be able to register, but we will go to our waiting list to fill spaces starting in March.

STAR Rating for the ELC:  The Pocatello site went through all the necessary assessments in November and December and was verified at Step 3 in the "Steps to Quality" program of IdahoSTARS.  That means that we are now STAR-rated again in their updated quality rating and improvement system.  If you would like to know more about this, go to idahostars.org and look for "Steps to Quality."

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

Employment:  The ELC is currently in need of substitute child care providers.  All must get a City of Pocatello child care license, and all who work directly with children must be (or become) currently certified in pediatric first aid and CPR.  Call Donna at 282-4347 for more information, or come to our front desk and ask for an employment application.

Advisory Board:   One new voting members is needed:  a student-at-large (doesn't have to be a parent but can be).  If you are interested or want more information, please contact the Director by stopping by her office, calling (282-3274) or by email (willkerr@isu.edu).

ICCP:  If you receive help with child care fees from the ICCP, don't forget that we need a new Monthly Dependent Care Charges (MDCC) form from you each semester and each time you change your schedule.

Parents' Night Out:  This is no-cost child care provided by the Student Activities Board at the ELC for children of students.  ELC employees provide the care.  It is usually for those going to the movie and starts at 6:30 p.m.  Student parents must sign up in the Involvement Center on the first level of the PSUB by the Wednesday before the event.  Children 6 weeks through 10 years may attend.  There is a limit of 20 children.  Next one is Friday, 2/19/16.

Language and Literacy:  Here's a link to a thought-provoking video about talking with our children:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2dLPFaehV0&feature=em%E2%80%90share_video_user

Is Your Child Just Starting Preschool?  For some ideas about how to help your child (and yourself) make the adjustment, here's a link to a good article in "KidsHealth.org":  kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/adjust_to_preschool.html#

KidsHealth.org is a great site for all kinds of information for parents, kids and teachers.  They also have a weekly e-newsletter for which you can sign up at  http://kidshealth.org

Children and Play:  The ELC uses a develomentally appropriate, play-based curriculum for infants through preschool-age children.  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 the University Health Center on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Go to the second floor.  No appointment is necessary.

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, http://DayByDayID.org, families.naeyc.org, www.earlychildhood.dhw.idaho.gov

                                                                                                Lead Providers for fall '15:


Room #

Lead Provider

Younger Infants


Pat Johnson

Older Infants 3 Pat Rasmussen



Elizabeth Rodriguez

Toddlers 7 Jazminn Caballero
Toddlers 8 Debra Hughes
2-year-olds 9 Luisa Santos
2-year-olds 10 Kendra Banks
2-year-olds 11 Brenda Myers



Melissa Aguilar



Misty Sheets



JaNae Kunzler

4-year-olds 28 Shannon Koplin
SAP (K-5th) 24/26 Wenda Kaler