The Sandcastle Times - August 2020

"Building Strong Foundations for Lifetime of Learning"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

Happy August!


The need for early childhood education is growing and Carelot is here to provide a great learning environment. We understand that times are challenging and we are here to work with our families and community to provide the best care in a safe environment. We have been enhancing our cleaning protocols and environment to meet all CDC and CT Office of Early Childhood recommendations. Check out the pictures below! Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Huge thanks for all of your continued support throughout the years! Our school year is just around the corner and we are diligently getting our curriculum and programs ready. We hope you have enjoyed our Facebook information, our daily emails, and classroom communication that shares all the exciting learning that is happening in all our programs.


As the fall season approaches, (more quickly than we would like) Carelot is busy enrolling new students and organizing our classrooms for our next school year! Due to limited group size regulations, our enrollment spaces are limited.


As always, we continually strive to make Carelot a wonderful learning environment for your children. Please remember that changes will occur and we will do all we can to make any transitions smooth for our teachers, students, and learning environment. As always, if you have any concerns, questions, or ideas, please stop by to see your Site Manager or Executive Manager.

Covid-19 Reminders

Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted to the facility. We encourage parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. Screen children upon arrival, if possible.

  • Parents/guardians, please take their child’s temperature either before coming to the facility or upon arrival at the facility. Upon their arrival, please stand at least 6 feet away from other staff, parents/guardians, and children.
  • Confirm that the child does not have a fever, shortness of breath, or cough.
  • Staff will make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
  • Adults are asked to wear face masks upon entering the building.
Carelot 2020-2021 Enrollment

Now you can Sign up for our learning programs and school-age programs right from your computer/tablet or smartphone! Limited spaces are available!

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Coronavirus updates....

We have made some changes in our programs due to the health pandemic. Some you may have seen while others are "behind the scenes."


  • Continued washing of toys throughout the day
  • Enhanced bathroom cleaning throughout the day
  • Sanitize tables and chairs
  • Continue our handwashing regimes
  • Adults wear masks/Social distance
  • Group sizes do not exceed 14 in our over 3 programs and 8 in our under 3 programs
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Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

Summer tips and reminders

Day trip Ideas

· Take advantage of social and cultural opportunities. Preschoolers are curious about the world around them. A day trip -- even if it only lasts a couple of hours -- will occupy a preschooler while providing important social and cultural experiences. If you visit local museums and art galleries, point out colors and shapes. "Please touch" museums and exhibits encourage preschoolers to explore with their eyes and hands.

· Visit a park. Spending time at a park that is frequented by children of the same age can be a healthy, fun and inexpensive outing.

· Explore your neighborhood. Walk around your neighborhood looking for acorns, leaves, bugs or architectural features, which can teach your children to observe the world around them more closely.

Children are like sponges! Plan activities that will both entertain and educate them, and you'll both have a great time.

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Question of the month "What is your favorite summer place or activity to do?"

July Winner: Danielle DiRaimo- Mom to Gianni! You have won a $25 gift card! Thank you for your kind words and we love all the special events we have had over the years.


Don't forget to submit your answers for this month's question. You can win a $25 tuition credit on your account.


It's easy to win by just by clicking the link below to submit your answer!

PTO news....

Upcoming events:

Slumber Club- Sorry- This program as been put on hold until further notice.


Next Fundraiser: Butterbraids, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies, Auntie Annie's Pretzels-

The sale will run this fall.


One-Stop Holiday Shopping: PENDING DUE TO COVID-19....Believe it or not our annual shopping event is the first Sunday of November. Stay tuned for more details - This event supports the PTO and the Ronald Vlaun Scholarship program.


Thanks for all of your continued support!

We are always looking for new ideas for fundraisers if you have an idea drop by the office and share it with us.

Helping out with committees is easy, there are many ways to help!

Carelot’s Transition Policy!

As children approach developmental milestones Carelot begins to make transitions to prepare them for the next challenging stage! This may mean changes in the curriculum or moves to a new classroom. The Teacher or Assistant Teacher will keep parents abreast on their child’s development in regards to their strengths and weaknesses. This is done formally at our October Conferences and informally throughout the year. The teachers or assistants keep portfolios and assessment lists to assess each individual child. These portfolios are made available to our parents at all times to view and see how their child is growing. The director will assess your child as well with the teacher to make sure they are ready to make a change. Changes that affect the children, such as changes to a new room including teacher changes are mentioned to the parent/families through a letter notifying the family that it is time for the change and when that change will occur. (This letter is our "Time Fly's—it’s time to move” letter) At this time the family may voice any concerns to the teacher or director before the final transitions are made. The next step is for the parents and teachers to prepare the child for the change. Teachers and assistants will discuss the changes with your child and prepare them for their next road to discovery! This will include visits to the new classroom as well as spending time with teachers and new friends. We strive to keep changes to a minimum, however without change there is no growth. It is for this reason that we look into several factors to ensure a smooth transition for all the children involved…..not just the child being transitioned. NAEYC Standard-10.B.11-13

Preschool 2020-2021 School year!

Our Preschool will begin their school year curriculum on Sept. 3rd! We offer mornings, full-day, 2, 3 or 5-day programs. Please be sure to sign up and share our program with family and friends. Our curriculum is based on the CTELDS (CT early learning and development standards) and NAEYC criteria for a quality learning environment.

Our program is rich in:

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Language and Literacy
  • Creative Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Cognition
  • Social Studies

Preschool is available to any children ages 32 months to 5 years.

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FAMILY RESOURCES:

Carelot Children's Centers maintain a family information board in the main halls with resources for families to utilize and assist them with health, mental health, assessment and educational services for their children. In addition to this resource board each director maintains information in the office and is a resource to assist families in finding any outside resources they may need. Directors pursue community collaborations each day that allows him/her to know of the resources available in the community and state.

Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!