11/20:       Advisory Board, 4:00 p.m., Portneuf Room of PSUB

11/24:       Flouride Varnish Clinic for Bannock County, 9:30-11:30 or 2:00-4:30, 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive

11/27-28:  ELC closed for Thanksgiving holiday

12/3:         Infant/Toddler Developmental Screening, Human Development Center

12/3:         ELC Holiday Fun Night, 5:00-7:00 p.m., potluck dinner and crafts

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.

Infant/Toddler Developmental Screening:  This is for children birth up to three years of age.  It's free, and it'll be offered Wednesday, 12/3 from 9:00-3:45 at the Human Development Center on Memorial Drive.  Call Hollie Gneiting at 904-0861 for an appointment.  Please note:  if a child is 3 years old or older, screening is done through the local school district.

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.

Earthquake Drill:  We practiced the DROP, COVER, HOLD ON (www.dropcoverholdon.org) method of responding to earthquakes and participated in the Great Idaho Shakeout earthquake drill.  Goes like this:  DROP to the the ground (before the earthquake drops you!), take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.  The main point is to not try to move, but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are.  What not to do:  DO NOT get in a doorway.  They're no safer and don't protect you from flying or falling objects.  DO NOT run outside.  You're much safer to stay inside and get under a table.  DO NOT believe in the so-called "triangle of life;" source has been discredited by leading experts.

Parents' Night Out is free child care provided for student parents by the Student Activities Board at the ELC during the movie showing at the Bengal Theater.  It is staffed by ELC employees.  It starts at 7:00 p.m.  You must sign up for this by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the event in the Involvement Center located on the bottom floor of the PSUB near the Transition Gallery.  This is limited to 20 children ages 10 and under.

Let's Move! Child Care:  The ELC is participating in this program.  Based on our assessment, two improvements we needed to make were:  1) Provide parents of preschoolers screen time reduction and/or media literacy education two or more times per year, 2) Limit 100% fruit juice to 4-6 ounces per day per child and encourage parents to support this limit. Here is some information about juice consumption and screen time:

Children ages 1-6 should consume no more than 4-6 ounces of juice or nectar per day, and when they do have it, it should be 100% fruit juice.  This is because juice is high in sugar; has fewer nutrients than fresh fruit; and drinking too much may be associated with obesity, malnutrition, diarrhea and bloating.  Juice should not be served to children under age 1, served continuously throughout the day, or served from a bottle or sippy cut (increased risk of tooth decay).  Do serve fruit juice from a cup, and it's ok to dilute it with water.  Water keeps kids hydrated best.

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.

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...

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.

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

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

                                                                                                Lead Providers for fall '14:


Room #




Debra Hughes



Shauna Frayer



Chelcy Goodnight



Elizabeth Rodriguez



Luisa Santos



Pat Rasmussen        



Stacy Briner



Brenda Myers



Melissa Aguilar



Misty Sheets



JaNae Kunzler



Shannon Koplin



Wenda Kaler

1st-5th Grades


Wenda Kaler