Issue: # 54April 14, 2014

"It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones."

-Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs

NAEYC Accreditation Self-Study

The Children's Place Learning Center first underwent the process to become accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) about 10 years ago, gaining our first accreditation in 2005. Each term of accreditation is five years, and includes annual reports that detail areas we have improved on over the past year and our plan for continued improvement.


The renewal process includes conducting a self-study to prepare us for our next Accreditation visit. During this self-study, we examine every aspect of our program based on NAEYC's 10 Standards of Quality.


We are in the beginning stages of our self-study. Our recent teacher training day and monthly staff meetings are helping teachers review standards that directly pertain to their roles as teachers. As we continue through this self-study, we will periodically update families on the process and also seek input from our families.


Click here for more information about NAEYC Accreditation.

Painting Fun
Buildings in our Neighborhood

This week we explore our Western neighborhood as we take a walk around campus to see all the different buildings.  

Preschoolers can talk about the large buildings that are housed on campus and have the opportunity to draw these buildings and other structures we are familiar with.


Talk with your child about the buildings you see in your neighborhood. Have conversations about the materials used to make these structures. Conversations like these help build children's vocabulary and comprehension about a topic.


Field Trip: On Wednesday, April 16, we will walk around campus to take pictures of the different buildings we see. 


Focus question for the week: "What do the buildings in our neighborhood and in other places look like?"

Sand Sculptures
Balls Study

Children love balls which makes them a natural choice for a study! Balls can be played with in many different ways; they can be thrown, caught, kicked, and rolled with seemingly endless delight. Children learn how natural forces such as gravity and friction affect the movement of balls, and they enjoy making balls and other objects change speed and direction. The universal and enduring appeal of balls is evident in the traditional games children play with them and in the ways they invent their own ball games.


As we study balls, we will learn concepts and skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology. We'll also be using thinking skills to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions and test our ideas.


If you can, we would like your help in gathering a collection of balls to investigate. We'll need many types of balls! We'll take good care of them so we can return them to you at the end of the study. Some suggestions include: bowling balls, volleyballs, footballs, kickballs, WIFFLE balls and beach balls. Thank you for playing an important role in our learning!


Phone: (269) 387-2277                                    
In This Issue
Accreditation Self-Study
Important Dates
KC Ready 4s
Things To Do
Tax Information
Important Dates 
Billing for 
Apr. 7-18
Due Apr. 8
  Late by Apr. 18
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.


Earth Day


Saturday, April 19, 2014

1 - 2 p.m.

Oshtemo Branch Library


How does nature recycle?

Learn how nature and people recycle in this interactive program led by former Kalamazoo County recycling coordinator, Steve Leuty.


We'll also make recycled crafts.


All ages welcome!

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.