300 Feet of Aluminum Foil

Posted: July 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »


What would happen if you gave a room full of children 300 feet of aluminum foil? In a recent classroom experiment, we did just that. Excitement and ideas flowed around the room. Children had the freedom to create what they wanted and use the foil in as many ways as they could imagine. They made boots, hats and masks. One child decided to make a mermaid tail. Although the activity level was high, so was the concentration and involvement.

When the time came to go outside to the playground, the foil came with them. They wore their costumes, created bags for collecting seed pods and wrapped their bikes in foil. The foil became so precious to them that many children collected scraps and stowed them away in their cubbies for future use.

With all of the planning that goes into curriculum and all of the ideas on Pinterest, blogs and other websites, sometimes the best activity is the one most open ended where children have freedom and can express their creativity with no agenda.

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Kindergarten Countdown!

Posted: February 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Kindergarten Countdown Teaser Flyer 2014

Share a Story on Make a Difference Day

Posted: October 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Share a Story on Make a Difference Day

Gardening Grants for Child Care Programs

Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

National Gardening Association: Youth Garden Grants
The National Gardening Association (NGA), awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations throughout the U.S. with child-centered garden programs. Applicant schools and organizations must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Twenty programs will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids online store. Each program will also receive a tool package from Ames, plant starts from Bonnie Plants, and a seed donation from High Mowing Seeds. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, character education, and entrepreneurship in the United States. The application deadline is December 6, 2013. Application guidelines and forms are available on the NGA website.  Click here for more information.

Can you snap your fingers?

Posted: July 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Children begin processing new skills at early ages.

Foster Grandparent Volunteers Needed

Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

1117237_old_farmer_and_childrenIf you are 55, or older, and wish to share your experience and compassion with children, then become a Louisville Metro Foster Grandparent!

Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends. They provide one-on-one tutoring, help children to read, assist with homework and help to guide children at a critical time in their lives. They share their time and give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.

Foster Grandparents have to be income eligible and serve up to 20 hours per week. In return, you’ll receive a tax-free, hourly stipend ,transportation reimbursement, pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

For more information or to apply, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Community+Services/Foster+Grandparent+Program.htm

or contact:

Louisville Metro Foster Grandparent Program
810 Barret Ave, 3rd floor
Louisville, KY 40204



Back to School Safety Tips

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving

Reminder for your kids:

  • They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them

Free on-line summer camp.

Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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
Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)

FREE Summer StoryTime!!!

Posted: May 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Bring the Family Out for STORYTIME!
Storytellers will engage audiences with
Fairy Tales & Multi-cultural Folktales!
We invite your family to ANY of the Storytimes listed below!
*~*All Storytimes are FREE and open to the public*~*
Saturday, May 19th @ Old Louisville SpringFest
10:30am-10:50am and 11:15am-11:35am

Tuesday, July 3rd @ 2:00 pm

Louisville Free Public Library – Fern Creek Branch
6768 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY 40291

Tuesday, July 10th @ 2:30 pm

Louisville Free Public Library – Jeffersontown Branch
10635 Watterson Trail
Louisville, KY 40299
Saturday, July 14th @ 11:00 am

Louisville Free Public Library – St. Matthews Branch
3940 Grandview Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
Tuesday, August 7th @ 2:30 pm

Louisville Free Public Library – Bon Air Branch
2816 Del Rio Place
Louisville, Kentucky 40220

Why Tell Stories?
Stories Can Help Children:
Motivate interest in reading
Develop language
Cope with stress
Develop imagination
Appreciate his/her own cultural heritage, as well as others
Make decisions
Form judgments and values
If you have any further questions please contact Heather Burns at [email protected]

What kid doesn’t love building and using hideouts?

Posted: May 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

This blog from Not Just Cute is a great resource for ready made or homemade tents, forts and hideouts. Click here to check it out.


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