Kindergarten Countdown!

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Kindergarten Countdown Teaser Flyer 2014

A Developing Reader’s Journey to Third Grade

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »


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.

Weighted Items Help Children Calm Down

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Parent Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Children sometimes need help calming down for many reasons.

 Sometimes the body is not able to calm down on its own.  For example:

  • a child can’t sit still in school
  •  the tags/rough fabric of their uniform is rubbing against their skin

Here are other reasons why a child could be acting out.

  • The Child has ADHD/ADD characteristics
  • The Child has sensory issues: over-stimulated/under-stimulated by their environment
  • The Child is affected by a recent move, going back to school or other family challenges

What can you do to help?

Often the simple act of adding weight/pressure might help the child calm down. The extra weight provides deep-pressure touch and calming input to the nervous system.


weighted item

Resources to make or buy weighted items.

Instructions to make a Weighted Lap Snake

 This is an easy way to try the concept and to see how the child responds.

Make one or more snakes and introduce them when the child is calm and happy. Place a snake in the child’s lap or drape it over his shoulders. Observe whether the child is less restless. Some parents/ teachers use the weighted snakes when they cannot stay right beside the child.

Instructions for sewing the Lap Snake:

  1. Use a long tube socks, one for each “snake.” You can also use thick tights or stockings and cut them off about 18” from the toe. Serge or whipstitch the cut edges.
  2. Fill each sock with four cups of rice or other similar pellets like pinto beans or split peas.
  3. Close the end of the tube sock by hand or machine, sewing the opening with small, sturdy stitches or use a rubber band.
  4. If desired, draw a simple face on the sewn side of the sock, making the seam the “mouth.”


 Gina Deveary

 4-C Early interventionist/Instructor


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

or contact:

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



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.


It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist To Make a Smart Kid

Posted: April 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Have you ever heard a parent hope their kid grows up to be dumb? Of course not. All parents want their children to be smart. To do well in school and in life.
But what does the parent need to do to increase those chances? Baby Einstein? Flash cards? Tutoring?
It is so much easier than that. Read with them.
A new study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that children whose parents read to them on a regular basis during their first year in primary school did substantially better in reading at age 15 than children whose parents never or rarely read to them.
Dr. Seuss anyone?

Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director

Week of the Young Child Event

Posted: April 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sign up at  click on the “Get Involved” tab and complete the Event Registration Form


Sign up in the Student Services office on the Main Campus

Contact Kim Richardson at 502-413-8610 or Vicki Bowman at [email protected] for additional information.

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