The Sandcastle Times February 2019

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

Happy Anniversary Carelot!

WOW! Carelot will celebrate its 21st 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!

Thank you to all of our families & staff for preparing for our parent-teacher conferences! Please make sure you have had a conference with your child’s teacher so that we can share your child’s development with you. Our staff have been working hard assessing and teaching the children in our care as they prepare them for the future!


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. Ask your site director for the Newsletter page password!

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

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.
  • 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.

Carelot Children's Center is seeking ideas for 2019

Do you know someone who would be interested in coming into our programs and conducting an activity? A craft activity, a field trip idea, a speaker, just about anything! Please contact your site manager or teacher.

Do you have ideas for future lesson planning or activities that your child would be interested in? Please email your ideas to your center director– check out the directory of email addresses on our website. www.carelot.net

Thank you for your recent feedback to the questions we have been asking through our Carelot Weekly News Emails and at Parent Drop off and Pick Up.

Our families and staff are the key to success at Carelot. We appreciate all of your assistance with making our programs even better!! We appreciate all you do for our programs and thank you for being a part of Carelot Children's Centers and Carelot Clubhouse!

Question of the month: "How are we doing?" Please share your thoughts! Any feedback is welcome!

Email your responses along with your name and the program your child attends to adminassist@carelot.net. 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:

The best form of communication is email or phone. My Twins are in the Infant program. - Leila G. Phillips.

You could win a $25 tuition credit - send us your response by Feb 25th!

Drums with Felicia!

PTO news....

2019 kicked off in full swing with our co-sponsorship of the Carelot Children's Center Annual In-service day for the staff!!! Over 80 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!! The experience and information gained at in-service day comes 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!!!!


February Valentine Date Night Event:

Your child will enjoy crafts, pizza, movie and more! Register Early! Limited spaces available. Saturday, Feb 16th- 5-9pm at the East Lyme Center OR Saturday, Feb. 23rd 5-9pm a the Killingly Center.


Next Fundraiser: Little Ceasar's Pizza!

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 as much as the teachers enjoyed getting some one-on-one time talking to you about your amazing children! 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. We are currently in the process of working on


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.


Start Planning Now! Does your school age child need care during April Vacation? Stop by the office to sign up! Some great events are planned!



Vacation Camp will be held in East Lyme, Brooklyn, and Killingly Centers.



Snow Day Care is also available for school age children so register before the snow falls- winter is not over yet!

Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!