July:            National Ice Cream Month!

July 24:       WIC clinic at Student Health

August 13:  Free immunization clinic at Public Health, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

August 18:  ELC hours of operation change back to 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

August 25:  ISU classes start

August 26:  Fluoride Varnish Clinic for Bannock County

I'm bored....Have you been hearing this from the kids at your house lately?  Check out Dr. Laura Markham's article about why boredom isn't such a bad thing on Aha! Parenting.com.  It can be found under parenting tips, then "How to Raise an Intelligent, Creative Child," then "Why Boredom is Good for Your Child." 

Fluoride Varnish Clinics:  These will be held in southeastern Idaho in August.  Fluoride varnish is recommended for children from first tooth eruption to approximately age 9 and is available to all children in the Southeastern Idaho Public Health service area.  No appointment is necessary.  Times for the Bannock County clinic are 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-4:30 p.m.  It will be held at the Bannock County Health Department, 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive.  Other clinics will be held in Preston, Aberdeen, American Falls, Soda Springs, Montpelier and Blackfoot.  For more information, call April Guidinger at 478-6314.

Registration:  We now have open registration for fall.  There are spaces available in all of our age groups, although not many in the infant rooms.  Summer registration is open for any room in which we still have space available.

Free Immmunization Clinic:  8/13/14, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Southeastern Idaho Public Health, 1901 Alvine Ricken Drive in Pocatello.  This is for children between the ages of 4 and 18 years.  Appointments are required (233-9080 between 7/23 and 8/6).  You could win a bike from East Fork Bikes for participating in this clinic!

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:  Hot weather is here, and 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!

Looking for things to do outdoors this summer? Check out all the opportunities offered on the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society site at http://pvaudubon.org.

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 summer '14:


Room #




Chelcy Goodnight



Debra Hughes



Brenda Myers



Misty Sheets



JaNae Kunzler

K-5th Graders (SAP)


Wenda Kaler    Stacy Briner