The Sandcastle Times - May 2020

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning!"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

May greetings to all of our Carelot Families!

I know many of you will be returning back to work soon with the reopening of Phase 1 on May 20th and know that you will need care again for your children. Please know that we are here for you and your childcare needs. Our centers have continued to provide care since the beginning. This has been beneficial to Carelot as we have been in constant communciation with CDC and CT OEC regulations for our programs. The centers have continued a high level of cleaning and safety protocols while providing a safe and educational facility for the children in our care.

As we begin phase 1 in CT, please be sure to let us know your child care needs by completing the google form below - "Child Care Needs Form" This will allow us know plan for your expected return and share with you the changes and guidelines we have made in your abscence. ALL families and staff will be required to follow strict guidelines in order to keep our Staff, Families and Children safe. PLEASE know that these guidelines allow us to remain open and must be followed as part of our licensing regulators and the CDC. I thank you in advance for you understanding.

You will receive a DOCUSIGN form to complete prior to your return to the program. ALL current families in care will also be required to complete this form. Larry and I have worked hard with our executive team, Legistaion, Local and State agencies as well as other centers in the US to put together the best guidelines for Carelot.

Communication is the KEY! At Carelot we strive to work together with our families to provide the best care and education. Please continue to Communicate daily via phone, kid reports or email to discuss your thoughts, concerns, or ideas to make the home/school experience the best for your child!

Our programs are also getting ready for summer soon. Summer Camp for school age children will begin and we are working out those details with guidelines form the OEC> At this time we are also looking into providing camp at The Friendship School however that is still in the hands of the Board of Ed and Learn. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear anything.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU for your understanding and working together to provide the best environment during these changing times.

Some guidelines for Covid-19 Prepardness

  • All children will be screened and temperatures taken upon arrival
  • Adults must wear a mask if entering the building
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures will continue
  • Handwashing/Santizing will be expected upon entrance into the buidling- Adults and Children
  • Drop off and pick designated areas only
  • Children and Adults must be free from any COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the buildiing
  • ALL deliveries must be made no further than front foyer or outside the front door
  • Limit adults picking up and dropping off children
  • Group sizes will not exceed 10 children (8 in under 3 programs)

Child Care Tuition Assistance for Frontline workers!

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Nutritious Meals

We like to occasionally remind families about the importance of nutritious meals for young children. Although packing meals at home for school is time consuming, the types of foods that your child finds in his or her lunch box help to determine the energy that he or she has for participating in school activities. When selecting lunches, please consider those that are low in fat, sodium and sugar. For example, some of the ready-made snacks or lunch meals look appealing, but are low on nutritional value. It may take a few minutes, but it is worth your time to make a peanut butter or cheese sandwich and add a piece of fruit. Yogurt and fresh fruit make nutritious snacks. Please help educate your child about nutritious eating and snacking so that he or she will benefit from these lessons now and in the future!

Check out Pinterest for some great school lunch ideas!

Just a few reminders:

  • Please bring in a change of clothing that is “weather appropriate”
  • Labeling: we ask for help and please label all of your child’s belongings (clothes, bedding, lunches, etc.) This helps keep items from getting lost!
  • Please take home your child’s lunch daily. Unfortunately we cannot store food that is not eaten.
  • Please be sure to Label ALL Items that come into the Clubhouse. We have Sharpies available if you need one. It is our hope to have the lost and found items all find their proper owners.

Question of the month "What is one large item you would like to see purchased for your center and why?"”

APRIL WINNER: Genesis DeLaCruz from Killingly!

It's so easy to win- Just submit an answer by May 25th!

It's easy to win by just emailing us an answer! $25 tuition credit! Click the link below!

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!

Wish list items- Drop off at any Carelot location main foyer.

Any old working Ipads, Iphones or tablets for our classrooms!

Lysol spray or wipes


Hand sanitzer

Any toys you have cleaned out in good condition

Cars or trucks

Board books

Stacking blocks

Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!