Children are having a busy year at the Give and Take Child Care and Preschool Center, with lots of fun activities! With funds from donations, several iPads were purchased this year, and the children are busy learning music and movement, listening to stories and using pre-school apps to learn basic writing, math and language skills. According to Lisa Menzel, Head Teacher of the Child Care, the children are using them several times a week.
This past summer Child Care participated in the First Steps New Jersey Infant/Toddler Specialist Initiative. Beginning in July and over the course of three months, an evaluator came in and graded the facility on the Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITER). After an initial score was given, the staff underwent training on how to organize the room in order to make it more developmentally appropriate for the children. They were then re-evaluated once a month until September and we are happy to say they received a certificate for the improvements they implemented. Child Care was also given $300 for materials for the classroom to help with upgrades.
This holiday season the children came to the Administration building to sing Christmas carols and share their excitement, which brightened up the atmosphere and put everyone in a festive mood! They also took part in the recent Holiday Express show, where they were visited by Santa Claus and got to sing and dance with the musicians and characters. Through the generous giving of our Holiday Express partners, Child Care received gifts of toys, bikes and a basketball hoop to keep the children busy and active.
It’s wonderful to see our Child Care flourishing, with dedicated and loving teachers and a curriculum that keeps the children engaged, learning and growing! Many thanks to our generous funders, Wells Fargo, Monmouth Park Charities, TD Foundation, Nordstrom Foundation and BlueClaws Charities, for their support of this important program!