WELCOME TO THE POCATELLO ELC NEWS PAGE      

6/29:        Fluoride Varnish Clinic, Bannock Co. Health Dept., 9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 1:30-4:00 p.m.

7/3:          ELC Closed for Independence Day Holiday

Updated Security at the ELC:  Within the next month (by mid-July), both sites of the ELC will be going to a swipe-card system for entry into the Centers.  Those who have Bengal cards will use them to enter the ELC.  Parents and staff who don't have them will be issued cards for the system.  More information will be posted as the project progresses.

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 that highlights all kids of topics.  http://kidshealth.org  The 6/11 issue of the newsletter focuses on summer safety.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) New Proposed Meal Patterns:  The CACFP has been working to revise the meal patterns to better meet the new recommendations.  They are available for viewing and comment on the State web site:  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/cacfp/  Click on "New Proposed Science-Based CACFP Meal Pattern."  If approved, these patterns will probably go into effect next fall.

Summer and Fall Registration:  We still have a few spots available for summer.  Fall registration is open, and we are currently filling spots for fall from our waiting list.  After we've worked through the waiting list, we will take walk-in registrations for fall if there is space available.  Call Beccah at 282-2769 for more information.  We currently have a number of spaces available for fall in our younger infant room.  This would be for children born between 3/2/15 and about the middle of July and who want to start on August 24 when the semester starts.

Staff positions available:  The ELC is currently in need of part-time child care staff.  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.  We also will be looking for a full-time, Classified, 9-month Lead Provider for fall.  The registry will open on or around July 1 and close on July 12.  You must apply on-line for this position by going to the State employment site or to ISU's Human Resources site between 7/1and 7/12.

Healthful Eating on a Budget:  If you'd like tips for making healthful, low-cost meals; finding the best deals; sample menus; and recipes, go to www.choosemyplate.gov/

Withdrawal from the ELC:  Remember 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.

Child Health Facts*:  Did you know that for the first time in over 100 years, our children's life expectancy is declining due to an increase in overweight?  That one in three American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime?  That risk factors for heart disease...have been shown to increase as Body Mass Index (BMI)-for-age increases?  That the risk for all this can be reduced for children by developing healthy eating habits and participating in regular physical activity?  Go to www.colormehealthy.com for all kinds of tips and recipes to help your children and yourself develop healthy habits.

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 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

*Color Me Healthy Training Manual, developed in North Carolina by NC Cooperative Extension and the NC Division of Public Health  

                                                                                                Lead Providers for summer '15:

Age

Room #

Lead Provider

Infants

2

Debra Hughes

Infants

3

(Debra)

Toddlers

9

(Chelcy|)

Toddlers 10 Chelcy Goodnight

2-year-olds

11

Brenda Myers

3/4-year-olds

29

Misty Sheets

4-year-olds

27

JaNae Kunzler

SAP (K-5th) 24/26 Wenda Kaler