The Sandcastle Times - August 2019

"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. Thanks for all of your continued support throughout the years! Our school year is just around the corner and we are diligently getting ready for our curriculum. 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! We bid a sad farewell to the children leaving Carelot at the end of summer! We hope to see you all again next year for Camp or in one of our after school programs.

This time of the year always brings some changes throughout the center. Some children leave while many join our Carelot Family. Our classrooms also change over to their school year curriculums and schedules. 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 (Director)!!!!

Carelot Clubhouse 2019-2020 Enrollment

Now you can Sign up for before and/or afterschool care right from your computer/tablet or smartphone!Limited spaces available! You need to register even if you attended last year!!

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

Contact Senator Murphy TODAY!!

We Need YOU to Contact Senator Murphy on Wednesday!

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) needs to hear from YOU! Call and tweet to urge his support of AT LEAST $2.4 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which helps pay for Care4Kids. Senator Murphy is a member of an important Senate Committee (HELP Committee), which decides on budget allocations for child care. We need to make sure the Senate's appropriations bill meets or exceeds the U.S. House appropriation for CCDBG.

Please CALL & TWEET Senator Murphy on Wednesday, August 7!

Office Number: 860-549-8463 Sample Script (when staff answers): “Hi, my name is _______ and I live in _____. I have a son/daughter in child care. I’m calling to urge Senator Murphy to support an increase to the CCDBG funds by AT LEAST $2.4 billion and Head Start funds by at least $1.5 billion. Thank you.”

TWEET @chrismurphyct

Sample Tweets: Increased CCDBG funding has allowed Connecticut to improve & expand child care services. Let’s build on that success! @ChrisMurphyCT #FundChildCare

CCDBG funds have improved child care access, but many families still can’t afford the quality care they need. @ChrisMurphyCT, please support increased CCDBG funding!

#FundChildCare .

@ChrisMurphyCT, we are counting on you to prioritize increased funding for child care in this year’s appropriations bill! #FundChildCare

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Summer tips and reminders

We are always looking for parent/family volunteers. Come and share a favorite story, make a snack or craft with the children, or just come and spend time in your child’s classroom!

Day trips

· 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.

Join our Facebook Page!!

Check out Pictures, Reminders, Parenting Articles, Updates and more!

Question of the month "What event would you like to see Carelot host for this school year?"

July Winner: Nicole Robarge of East Lyme! You have won a $25 tuition credit on your account. Thank you for your kind words and we love having your son and your family in our program!

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

Email your responses along with your name and the program your child attends to Thanks for helping us make our programs better! Without everyone’s input we are not ableto effectively assess how our programs are doing! We appreciate you taking the time to help us assess our policies, procedures, curriculum and more!

PTO news....

Upcoming events:

Slumber Club- Next Slumber Club will be Saturday, August17th in East Lyme and Killingly. Click the link below to register! We are now accepting Venmo for payments to make it easier for payments!

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

Sale will run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15. Delivery the week of Dec. 9th- just in time for the holidays.

One Stop Holiday Shopping: 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 continue 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!

All around Carelot

Clubhouse @ TFS: Our summer has been a blast! It has been full of sunny days, field trips, picnics, and water play! We are just weeks away from entering the new school year. Please be sure to finalize your fall schedules and update the Clubhouse programs of your before/after school needs.

Summer Camp:

Camp still has openings! Want to pick up an extra week or know a friend who would like to join us? Stop by the office!


Summer has been flying by and we can't believe it is August already! July Kicked off with our annual Spirit week which the children look forward to every year. They also took a dove into themes learning about water, different countries, scientific phenomena. They really enjoyed celebrating National Ice Cream day with swee treats! August brings more exciting adventures like Movie Day, Picnics, CT music sing a longs, scavenger hunts and don't forget to blue day on Aug. 21st!

The children have also been enjoying field trips, incoming programming and special events thanks to the support of our staff and families!

Wish list items- Drop off at any Carelot location

We are working on moving into digital daily reports and easier communication via email and text messages for our families. We are looking for any working Ipads, Iphones or tablets for our classrooms! Recycle and help us move into the digital future.

Shaving cream, Board Books, Bubble Wrap, outdoor toys (bubbles, chalk, hula hoops, balls, etc), buckets, shovels, water toys.

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 2019-2020 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 enviroment.

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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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!