Issue: # 53April 7, 2014

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."

-Chinese Proverb
NAEYC Accreditation

We believe that children and their families deserve the highest quality child care. To that end, the Children's Place has undergone the accreditation process through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are currently accredited by NAEYC.


NAEYC Accreditation evaluates child care programs on 10 standards of quality. These standards cover the following areas:

  • Relationships
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching
  • Assessment of Child Progress
  • Health
  • Teachers
  • Family
  • Community Relations
  • Physical Environment
  • Leadership and Management

You can find out more about these standards on the NAEYC Accreditation "for Families" website.


Count and Add with Froggy
Buildings All Around

The preschoolers celebrated the end of our Clothing Study by making tie-dyed shirts and picture boards to display what they learned. Please stop in to see their creative displays. They worked so hard on them.


Now we begin our Buildings Study! Why investigate buildings? Young children are very curious about the buildings they see. They want to know how they are constructed and what people do inside them. They are mesmerized by construction equipment and how the machines work. Buildings are everywhere in our community. They vary in size, color, construction, material and location. Children often see buildings being constructed, repaired or torn down.


This Study offers many opportunities to explore buildings first-hand. Children will expand their knowledge of physical forces and building materials. Social studies is a concept of focus throughout this study as we talk about how buildings provide shelter and jobs. Keep your eyes out for posters about field trips during this study. We are planning to go on a "Building Hunt" around campus and take a field trip downtown to explore the Children's Museum.


Focus questions for the week: "What do we know about buildings?" and "What do we want to find out?"

Discovering the many  rooms of our school
Celebrating Buildings

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for parent-teacher conferences. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to meet with us to discuss your child's growth this semester.


We have reached the conclusion of our Buildings Study, and are ready to celebrate all we have learned! The final event to culminate this unit is a field trip to a construction site where the children can observe builders in action.


On Thursday, April 10, toddlers are taking a buggy ride to the construction area behind the Bernhard Center. There, we can get first-hand exposure to some of the machines and materials used in the building process. Our field trip begins at 10:30 a.m. and we will return to the center by 11:15 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us for this fun event.


Phone: (269) 387-2277                                    
In This Issue
NAEYC Accreditation
Important Dates
KC Ready 4s
Things To Do
Tax Information
Important Dates 
Billing for 
Apr. 7-18
Due April 8
Late by April 18
Toddler Field Trip
April 10:
Construction Site
Will Your Child be 4 years old by Oct. 1, 2014?
The Children's Place Learning Center is a KC Ready 4s and GSRP approved site. These programs offer tuition assistance to attend our Preschool Program.
Please see Kathy for an application or more information.


Flick's Family Festival

April 11 - April 17

Celebration Cinema


An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store.


FREE family movies for kids 12-under and just $4.00 for adults.

Tax Season Information

Tax information is available at the bottom of your child's billing statement.


On each statement through April, your statement will include a line "Yr. Total 2013". This is the amount of child care tuition you were billed for 2013. Our Tax ID is also listed under this line.


If you need additional copies or other information, Kathy or Anne should be able to help you.