Can’t beat that. The National Center for Family Literacy, the wonderful locally based organization that brings you Wonderopolis, is now bringing a Free on-line summer camp to you and your kids. If you haven’t signed up for Wonderopolis you are missing out on one of the most entertaining and educational experiences available. Oh, did I mention it is Free? Go to Camp What-A-Wonder for the details.
Susan A. Vessels
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
We know there are rumors flying around that 4-C is closing. Wrong, wrong, wrong. We’ve been here for 43 years and plan on being around for another 43!
While it is true that we will no longer be administering the CCAP subsidy program effective 7/1/12, we are still your central point of contact for child care information and services. Our office will still be located at the familiar 1215 South Third St. in Louisville and our telephone number remains the same.
We will continue to provide parents with referrals to child care programs, provide training in new and more convenient models and places, track and analyze child care trends, provide early intervention services, serve as the CACFP Food Program sponsor, and act as a Voice for families as well as child care providers on a local, state and national level.
A new role we are taking on is introducing the many new tools that are being developed specifically to help child care providers deal with the business end of the child care industry. They are freeing directors from paperwork so they can focus on children, parents, and staff. (Go to http://www.4cforkids.org/kentucky-alliance-for-shared-services to see the latest and greatest tool we are offering.)
Give us a call at 502-636-1358, go to our website www.4cforkids.org, or like us on facebook.
We’re excited about the future of child care and 4-C!
It’s here and Child Care Providers are Going to Love It!
Ever since we heard about the Shared Service concept we’ve been working on making it a reality for child care providers in Kentucky.
So what is it?
It is a user friendly website that has all of the things you need to make your job easier and your program better.
Want to lower your food bills? It does that.
Want a video that shows staff how important hand washing is and how to do it? It does that.
Need some help writing or updating your parent handbook? It’s here.
Kentucky regulations? How to talk to a parent about lice? What questions to ask in an interview of a new staff? Check. Check. And Check.
Sample personnel policies, Program Marketing, Budgeting, Developmental Check Lists…….. It’s all here and ready to go.
Looking for adventure this summer and opportunities to explore with your child right in your own back yard? There are tons of ideas and suggestions on the internet. Here are just a few of my favorite sites.
TryScience (www.tryscience.org) is a collaboration between science and technology centers. Try out suggested experiments at home, play online games, or view live feeds from webcams in science centers all over the world. Under the “Parents” section, download free family guides to science and nature destinations in your own city and state!
Peep and the Big Wide World™ (www.peepandthebigwideworld.com) is a preschool science cartoon based on a curious little bird named Peep. The website contains a different cartoon episode each day, games, recommended books, a free downloadable “Explorer’s Guide” and loads of fun, easy “Anywhere Science and Math Activities” that give you ideas based on themes or location.
Kids Gardening (www.kidsgardening.org), created by the National Gardening Association, offers everything you need to know to start gardening with your child. Here you can find what kind of gardening activities you can expect your child to accomplish at various ages, how to design and build a garden, tips on gardening safety, and recommendations on which plants are easy for children to grow.
Nature Rocks (www.naturerocks.org) provides local destinations for exploring nature as well as activity suggestions based on your location, age of child and how much time you have available.