January 2017 Newsletter

PAJAMA DAY

Wednesday, January 18th is Pajama Day! The children wear or bring in their pajamas and cozy up in the dining hall for pop corn, hot cider and a movie. Please include street clothes so the children can still play on the playground weather permit-ting. They may also bring in anything they usually take to bed with them like stuffed animals or favorite blankets

OUTSIDE PLAY

Please remember to always bring in weather appropriate clothing for your child. The children need fresh air and exercise everyday so the teachers take them out weather permitting. We have a chart that the teachers refer to, to compare temperature/wind chill in the summer and temperature/humidity in the summer. If the chart says it is not safe to play outside or it is raining we play in the dining hall. However, if it is temperate and/or snowing we still go out! So please, this time of year, make sure your child has a hat, mittens, snow boots and snow pants here at the center everyday. We can not keep a whole class in because one child doesn’t have the appropriate clothing.

That being said,  if you have any of these items, that your child has out grown, please donate them so a child who forgets is not uncomfortable playing outside. Thank you so much!

INCLEMENT WEATHER

To insure the safety of parents, children and staff in hazardous driving conditions, the Center may delay opening, close early or remain closed all day. A decision to delay opening will be made and broadcast by 6:00 A.M. If it is necessary to remain closed all day, the decision will be made and broadcast by 7:00 A.M. In the event the center must close early, a decision will be made and broadcast by 12:00 noon, and all parents will be contacted by phone. Announcements will also be broadcast on the following television stations:

WFSB/CBS -3 or WVIT/NBC – 30 or WTNH/ABC

Center wide emails may be distributed to parents who have provided an email address.

To insure the safety of parents, children and staff in hazardous driving conditions, the Center may delay opening, close early or remain closed all day. A decision to delay opening will be made and broadcast by 6:00 A.M. If it is necessary to remain closed all day, the decision will be made and broadcast by 7:00 A.M. In the event the center must close early, a decision will be made and broadcast by 12:00 noon, and all parents will be contacted by phone. Announcements will also be broadcast on the following television stations:

WFSB/CBS -3 or WVIT/NBC – 30 or WTNH/ABC

Center wide emails may be distributed to parents who have provided an email address.

TUITION INCREASE

I am very sorry to say, due to the increase in the minimum wage, NCCCC will be forced to raise tuition as of January 1, 2017. We are a small non-profit and are required to give all our staff raises in order to fairly meet the State of Connecticut requirements. This year we are fully enrolled, but last year at this time we were not and lost $20,000. Our payroll currently takes up about 90% of our tuition income and despite this the staff are sorely underpaid.  This leaves a very small amount for overhead and supplies. The staff earn so much more than we can afford to pay them. If you do a check on the web you will see this brings us up to the same rates as another local NAEYC accredited Center. Again, it is not our wish to raise the tuition but a requirement. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Kathy.

 

The new rates are as follows:

under 3 over 3
 FT $220.00 $190.00
 3 days $174.00 $144.00
 2 days $116.00 $96.00
 1 day $58.00 $48.00

SECURITY

We are long overdue to change the security code for the Children’s Center. The new code will go into effect on January 3rd. Please ring the intercom when you come to pick up your child at the end of the day, and I will let you in and give you the code. Please do not share the code with siblings, family (unless they pick up on a regular basis) and friends. It is not a secure code if it is widely distributed. Please ask your designated pick up person to ring the intercom and I will be happy to let them in. Please remember to ask them to bring their identification with them every time they pick up.  Thank you.

Besides monthly Fire Drills NCCCC will begin practicing lock down drills in the new year. We annually practice  evacuation drills on an annual basis as well.

CHILD NUTRITION

In an effort to promote healthy diets NCCCC will be instituting a new Nutrition Policy.  In the future we will be serving only healthy choices at our Family Events.    (For example at our Pajama Day we will be serving pop corn and hot cider instead of hot chocolate.) Teachers will be asked to set an example for the children by only eating healthy choices in front of the children. And we will be featuring a series of articles on nutrition on a monthly basis. We ask that you also send in only healthy choices in your child’s lunch. Try to send in only 4-6 ounces of juice per day, Water and milk are better choices nutritionally. Also try to limit sweets. NO candy. And please remember, no peanut or peanut products. An alternative to peanut butter is sun butter.

 

 

 

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