Above, these preschoolers are creating musical instruments with the tube locks. Then pretending to play the instrument. Below, this preschooler is playing with cars and seeing which one is heavier.
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  • November 27th- Preschool on Bloom Rd closed, SACK open
  • November 28th & 29th- All DCDC programs closed
  • December 2nd- Preschool on Bloom Rd closed, SACK open
  • December 23rd-January 1st- Preschool on Bloom Rd closed.SACK open 23rd, 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st.
  • December 24th- Christmas Eve, All DCDC programs closed
  • December 25th-Christmas, All DCDC programs closed
  • December 31st- New Year's Eve, All DCDC programs closed at 4:30 pm.
  • January 1st- New Year's Day, All DCDC Programs closed.
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  • LOOKING AHEAD: Preschool on Bloom Rd closed January 20th, SACK open.
How to Support Children’s Approaches to Learning? Play with Them!

As a parent, you want your children to learn all that they can—to grasp math concepts, to be curious about exploring the world, and to learn to read and write. Did you know that you can help your son or daughter academically by playing with them? Play and learning go together!

What kind of play helps children learn the best? Play that really engages children—play that they will focus on and stay with even when problems arise. This kind of play helps children develop their approaches to learning—in other words, the ways they respond to learning situations. Curiosity about the world, initiative and problem solving, and focused attention and persistence are just a few approaches to learning that children develop through play.

In the early years, parents can help children develop the skills to be better students by playing with them. Yes, as they enter kindergarten and the elementary years, children need to have some understanding of letters and numbers. However, if they have not developed solid approaches to learning, they will not be as successful in school settings.

Encouraging Toddlers at Play
Joey is 20 months old. He has a basket full of toys, including rattles, soft plastic blocks, a set of stacking rings, stuffed animals, and cloth and plastic books. Joey’s dad often sits down on the floor with Joey and invites him to play with items in the basket. Joey’s favorite activity is to dump out all of the toys and put the basket on his head! This is typical toddler play behavior. Joey is curious about the world and is looking at it another way—through the slats in the basket!

Joey loves to shake the rattles to hear the different sounds or to stack two or three blocks and knock them down. His attention to each might be up to five minutes or so, which is just right for his age. He may solve problems as he tries to place the rings on the stacking post or to add more blocks to a tower.

Joey’s dad encourages his curiosity. He comments about what he is doing: “I see you are trying to get that last ring on the post, but it just won’t fit.” Or he asks him questions: “Where did that ball go? Do you see it hiding behind the chair?” He connects his play to learning by responding positively to his interest: “I can tell you like to look through the basket, you silly boy. Does everything look different from under there?” He also encourages him by asking him to keep trying even when he gets frustrated. “Oh, those blocks keep falling down, don’t they? Can you try to put just one on top of another gently? Let’s see what happens. I’ll help you.” This encouragement fosters his perseverance, his attention, and his initiative at problem solving, all positive approaches to learning.

Encouraging Preschoolers at Play
Alicia is 4 years old. She loves to dress up in her mommy’s clothes, jewelry, and shoes and then pretend to go shopping, care for her baby dolls, and cook dinner. Through her pretend play Alicia learns to think abstractly. When she holds a block in her hand and uses it to pretend to talk on the phone, she is using the block as a symbol for something else. That’s abstract thinking in action! And, since letters and numbers are abstract because they are symbols of what they represent, pretend play is one way a child develops her understanding of letters and numbers.

Alicia’s mom and dad have recognized that supporting her pretend activities keeps her engaged for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. They pretend right along with her, asking her to “bake some cookies” or to “go grocery shopping” for them. They give her paper and crayons so that she can pretend to write grocery lists. They encourage her to count how many items she has placed in her toy shopping cart. They accept her scribbles and letter-like shapes as her writing (just right for 4-year-olds) and help her when the numbers get a little mixed up.

Alicia will work with puzzles for long periods of time, too, especially if her dad joins her. Together, they figure out strategies for putting the pieces together. She may turn the pieces around, trying out different ways until she is successful. She is developing problem solving and persistence as she does so.

Your Role as Your Child Plays
Playing with your child helps keep your child engaged in the kind of play where learning occurs. Your interest, questions, and comments as you play alongside will help your child use toys productively. And the two of you will have lots of fun together! Most importantly, you will be working toward your child’s future success as a student by building important approaches to learning. Play and learning go together!
It's Conference Time!

Use these tips to prepare for meeting with your child’s teacher and setting the stage for a great partnership.

Before the conference
  •  Make a list of your questions and concerns, and prioritize them—you’ll want to leave plenty of time to hear the teacher’s thoughts.
  •  Think of examples to share with the teacher of how your child plays and learns at home.

During the conference
Share information about your family
  •  Let the teacher know about your family’s special characteristics and circumstances—this helps the teacher support your child’s learning.
  •  Talk about changes or challenges that might impact your child at school (like a new living arrangement or a morning schedule that means your child needs to wake up extra early).

Build a partnership
  •  If you’re wondering how specific school activities connect to your child’s learning, or if you don’t understand what the teacher is describing, ask!
  •  Ask about activities and ideas you can try at home to support your child’s learning.

Communicate openly
  •  If you have concerns, ask how you can problem-solve together. Staying calm and collaborating are the best ways to support your child.
  •  Ask about the best ways to continue communicating with the teacher and how to stay up-to-date with class news throughout the year.

After the conference
  •  A conference is not the only time to ask questions or express concerns—be sure to follow up if there’s something you’re worried about.
  •  Stay in touch! Whether you have a new question or want to share what happened when you tried a different learning activity at home, your child’s teacher wants to hear from you.
Please drop off a copy of your child's immunizations once they receive their flu shot for this season so we can stay up to date.

Security System
All families are assigned an individual pin code to enter the childcare area. Only currently enrolled families have active codes. Once a family withdraws from the program their codes are deleted.
Please help us keep our facility secure by:
1.       Only sharing pin codes with designated pick-ups
2.       Notifying the Enrollment Director if you need to change your pin code due to a change in an authorized pick up person
3.       Not holding the security door for others entering the child care area. While often seen as common courtesy, it presents a potential security risk.
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