The Sandcastle Times February 2022

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

Happy Anniversary Carelot!

WOW! Carelot will celebrate its 24th anniversary this month. We would like to thank all of our families, children, and staff for making Carelot such a wonderful place! It means so much to know that you entrust us with the care of your little ones. So many bonds have been formed between staff and families and friendships developed. We are so lucky to have so many of our families with us since we opened the doors in 1998. Some of those children are now Carelot Employees and Volunteers!

Thank you to all of our families & staff for preparing for our parent-teacher conferences! You may do this via - Phone Call, Zoom, or in person. Please make sure you have had a conference with your child’s teacher and completed the conference paperwork so that we can share your child’s development with you.

The key to a great education and care of the children is open communication between home and school! Our goal is to blend your expectations and home practices with ours and vice versa.

Our staff has been working hard assessing and teaching the children in our care as they prepare them for the future! Many times you may enter a classroom and it appears as though the children are just playing..... Through structured play and instruction, the children are developing socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Teachers not only provide care for your children, but they prepare academically sound lesson plans to guide your child's development. Please continue to provide any ideas, concerns, and information to your teachers every day!

CARELOT WEBSITE: Don't forget to check out our website! You can find the calendar of events and some great information. Our monthly newsletter is also posted there each month. Stay tuned- Our Programming calendar is coming soon for the upcoming months.

Please complete the Family Conference/Communication form below if you haven't already done so.

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

Pandemic Updates:

Just a friendly reminder that all adults coming into any Carelot Program must wear a mask. If you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, please make arrangements for someone to pick who can wear a mask.

We also thank you for your patience as we follow the CDC, Local Health, and CT OEC regulations when it comes to exposure to a positive case of Covid. We will keep you informed of any changes that are required of Carelot as it becomes available.

Thank you for your cooperation. Let's keep everyone Safe and Healthy.

Just a few reminders:

  • HEAT UPS: We are unable to prepare food for lunches. We are not licensed for food prep. We kindly remind you to send in items that just need a quick heat up. So please prepare your child’s lunch at home and send in to just heat up. ( for example we cannot prepare Easy Mac etc.)
  • Infants & Toddlers: Please do not put plastic bags in cubbies or within the children’s reach. This is a safety hazard. If you bring items in a plastic bag, please hand it directly to the classroom teacher.
  • Schedule changes: we base our staffing on the contracted hours you gave us upon enrollment. A request for a schedule change can be requested at any time. If space is available we will add the extra hours you need to your permanent schedule, any change in hours will require a two week written notice. Thank you for your understanding- we must meet ratio requirements set by the State and we want to make sure we have proper staffing to cover your needs.


As many of you know our Accounting Department is under new management. I would like to welcome Stephanie to our Carelot Team! She has been working diligently with the Executive Directors and Site Managers as she transitioned into the position. Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions regarding your account, don't hesitate to email her at or call 860-739-1993.
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Question of the month: If you could describe Carelot in 1 word, what would that word be? Please share your feedback by clicking the link below.

Don't forget to submit your answers! You can win a $25 tuition credit!

It's easy to win by clicking below and submitting your answer!

Thanks for helping us make our programs better! Without everyone’s input, we are not able to effectively assess how our programs are doing! We appreciate you taking the time to help us assess our policies, procedures, curriculum, and more!

January Winner: Congrats to Gannon's family in Waterford who won the January question.

What do you feel is the most important aspect of a childcare program?- COMMUNICATION!

Thank you for your feedback!

Fun and Learning through January!

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PTO news....

2022 kicked off in full swing with our co-sponsorship of the Carelot Children's Center Annual In-service day for the staff!!! Staff from all of our programs participated in a day of professional development and curriculum planning made possible in part by the generosity of our PTO and Carelot!! The experience and information gained at in-service day come directly back to our children and their families through our teachers! We are proud to have been able to support such a wonderful day for the staff!!!!

Next Fundraiser will be held in March/April. Stay tuned for details.

All around Carelot……….

February has arrived! Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Carelot Children’s Center! Thank you to all of the families who joined us for Family Conferences in January. We hope you enjoyed getting some one-on-one time talking to your teachers and details on your child's development. Working together between home and school is key in your child's early learning years!

Our programs have all been working with the children on many early learning standards and developmental milestones. Please take a moment to check out your child's portfolio to see all their progress.

The month of February will bring some exciting learning experiences. We will learn about Community Helpers. Each week our Preschoolers will also learn a letter of the alphabet. Check out our calendar of events for all the details. Valentine parties will occur in each classroom on Friday, February 11th. We will have special snacks, activities, and valentine's sharing.

Start Planning Now! We are planning an exciting summer for the children and hope they will join us. We are offering a Preschool Camp and Camp for School Age students in grades K-5. Register early as we have limited spaces. Stay tuned for sign up information that will go out this month!

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Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!