Sunflower Child Development Center
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STAYING HEALTHY!

School Age Playground

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Here at Sunflower, it seems like we are ALWAYS washing our hands!!  But with good reason - the best way to prevent the spread of disease as we move into prime flu season is to wash with soap and water.  
Our children wash hands at the following times:  
- after going to the bathroom
- before and after lunch
- before and after snack
- after wiping noses
- after coming in from outside
- after any messy play/activity
- after diaper changes
Preventing germ spread can never be perfect, but our techers try their very best to minimize the occurrence!  Thank you, teachers!
IT HAPPENED!!!

We had a brief ribbon cutting for the School Age Playground - brief because the children were bursting waiting to play on it!  :>)

The children SO ENJOYED their first day on the playground that has been in the making for a very long long time! 

Thanks to all who were a part of planning, writing grants, making arrangements, choosing vendors, etc.!!!  It is VERY appreciated - especially by the children :>)
  
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AmazonSmile donates to Sunflower Child Care Center Inc?

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Heard of "Farm to Early Care and Education"?

Family Style Dining/Eating in the Classroom/MENU




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WE HAVE!  Sunflower is proud that we are VERY involved with Farm to Early Care and Education programming.  This program is in conjunction with the Food and Fitness Initiative in our area. 

We are expanding our garden each year and getting the children more and more involved with learning about where their food comes from, the issues in dealing with a garden (bugs, pests, and DEER!), and enjoying the harvesting!

We have dedicated significant employee time to this effort - Lead Teacher Darla spends time with all the children each week educating them about their food and enabling them to get hands on experience, too!

Want to learn more?  Click on or copy this link:
http://www.iowafoodandfitness.org/site/earlychildhood.html


Sunflower  follows Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral's recommendation to utilize and teach family-style dining to our children!

What exactly IS family-style dining you ask? 

It involves teaching our children from a very young age to sit at a table, converse with their friends/teachers, learn how to pass bowls of food, put food on their plate, eat with utensils,  learn and use table manners, talk about their day, and much more!  Lunch time is also learning time!  A sense of community is fostered in a very meaningful way. 

It is also recommended that children eat IN THEIR CLASSROOM - there are many benefits to this, including less wait time for children, fewer transitions for children to tolerate, etc.
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CLASSROOM UPDATE:

Our 1, 2, and 3 year old classrooms are well on their way with family-style dining!  Staff is currently working with the 4 year old state preschool room and VERY SOON will implement the change into the baby room - yes!  We will have the cutest little table and chairs you have ever seen - will be seating about 2-3 of the "older" little ones at a time and helping them learn these life skills, too!

Our Menu for This Week:  Nov. 11th to 15th




Billing Dates

Do you need to see when the next billing cycle comes up for you?  Here are all billing cycles and appropriate dates for your information.  Email merl with any questions at:  [email protected]

Bill Dates