Today, Guilford County Schools (GCS) is sending information to families who were after the deadline to complete the Ages and Stages for their child. Please check your email for this update. We still have openings for NC Pre-K. Please apply online if your child will be four years old by August 31, 2020. We are planning a NC Pre-K drive-thru event for September 26, 2020, more information to come. Every family can choose remote learning, even in the private sites for NC Pre-K. As you may know, GCS is remote for 9 weeks and Guilford Child Development is remote for 5 weeks. We look forward to an awesome year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 336-274-5437.
NC Pre-K Update as of 8/31/20
NC Pre-K Update as of 8/27/2020
We have openings for NC Pre-K at Guilford County Schools, Guilford Child Development and our Private childcares. All sites are free for those who are eligible.
We encourage you to still apply if your child will be 4 years old by August 31, 2020. It’s easy to apply online. If you have any questions, please call us at 336-274-5427. If you leave us a voicemail, we will return your call. Thanks
Infant/Toddler Corner August 2020
We know that with the beginning of the school year the focus is on our preschoolers, but we haven’t forgot our littles! We are starting a feature called the Infant/Toddler Corner where we will share activity ideas, important news, or new opportunities. In this edition, we’re going to share a simple, supervised activity with things you can find around the house. We will scale this activity from infants up to toddlers.
For this activity, you will need:
- Ice cube tray (I used a silicone tray that made star shapes, but any ice tray is fine.)
- Zip top bag
- Tape (Packing tape is best, but whatever you can make work for you.)
- Glitter/Sprinkles/etc. (for older infants)
- Food Coloring (for toddlers)
To begin with make ice:
- For infants who can’t hold themselves up plain ice is fine.
- For older infants who have got this sitting thing down we add some visual stimulation in the form of glitter, sprinkles, or something else you have on hand that can be frozen in ice.
- For toddlers add different colors of food coloring to different ice cubes. (I used blue and yellow.)
Next you are going to prep your bag. Take tape and reinforce the edges of the bag leaving the top open. The last thing we want is a leak, right?
Once you’ve got ice and your bag prepped fill your bag a quarter of the way with cold water it can be helpful to set the bag in a bowl. Add your ice cubes, zip the top, and seal with tape.
Now the fun begins!
This is great for tummy time with your young infant. They can experience the different temperatures in the bag and the fluid movements of the bag. Talk to them about what they are doing and experiencing, keeping your voice excited and engaging. New experiences and building relationships are important to help grow your baby’s brain. Did you know that brain doubles in size during baby’s first year and by age three it has reached 80 percent of its adult volume? *Keep an eye out that your child’s hand’s don’t get too cool, offer the bag for short amounts of time.
For those sitting on their own, give them the bag and let them have fun squeezing the ice around and watching the glitter/sprinkles/etc. float around as the ice melts. Talk to them about how cold the ice is, name the actions they are taking (“You’re squishing the ice around the bag.”), and make observations that can offer them new words (“The sprinkles are floating at the top of the bag.”). Did you know that the number one way children learn to speak and boost their vocabulary is by listening to their parents at home? *Don’t let your child put the bag in their mouth.
For the toddlers I like to tape the bag to a window they can stand at. They can manipulate ice cubes around and watch the ice cubes melt and the colors mix. Talk to them about the colors, making it a conversation where they can talk back and forth with you, even if they are talking mostly gibberish. Did you know that the more children participate in back-and-forth interactions with their caregivers, the more activity they have in the part of the brain responsible for language production and processing?
NC Pre-K Update Week of 8/17/2020
NC Pre-K families, we are still accepting applications by paper and online.
If you are doing the online application and can’t upload your documents, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have many applications with no documents.
NC Pre-K teachers come back to work today, August 17, 2020. You will get a call from your child’s teacher this week. We have staggered entry next week for children attending in person.
Almost all private sites are serving children in person. GCS is remote for 9 weeks and GCD is remote for 5 weeks. Most of our classes first day is September 1, 2020.
We will gladly answer any questions you have about your child’s setting. Our phone number is 336-274-5437. Please leave a message and we will call you back. We are very excited to serve your child.
Spotlight on – EQuIPD
EQuIPD is the acronym for Education, Quality Improvement and Professional Development. Our mission is to nurture and empower early care and education professionals and programs with tools to support and sustain success. During this pandemic, we became more creative with our “tools” including use of technology like zoom meetings, google video chat, face time, and pictures. Not only did we focus on our modifying our typical support services, but we also pivoted our approach to assisting programs. We partnered with other organizations and sought donations from local businesses to help provide donated items difficult to source during the pandemic to smaller-sized programs who could not purchase items from bulk wholesalers.
When guidelines reduced and eliminated group gatherings, we had to cancel 11 professional development sessions but we knew that the early childhood community needed to stay connected and we wanted to use some of the time when programs were closed as an opportunity for some additional learning for teachers. We were able to create and offer a number of professional development sessions online during early summer and will continue into fall. The topics include using photographs to tell teachers’ stories, ways to enhance art in the classrooms. and creative activities for children. For each of the sessions we help teachers keep COVID 19 safety guidelines in mind. It is our hope to offer our typically scheduled annual fall Community Learning Event this year as a virtual conference that will span over several days, giving administrators, family child care home providers, and teachers options for participating when it is convenient for them.
From the beginning of the pandemic, we have offered administrators of child care programs the opportunity to participate in a weekly webinar to share ideas, gain information and support each other during this challenging time. Administrators have expressed appreciation for this support and the attendance at the webinars continues to grow – and we have also used this time together to invite policy makers to attend and hear the challenges early childhood settings face as they remain open as an essential service for families to stay employed. Administrators in the group were able to share the critical need for more financial support as they navigate staffing through quarantines, maintaining health and safety precautions, and families who can no longer pay tuition or choose to remove their children from group care. We connected center administrators and family child care home providers to additional resources (e.g., grants) to help sustain their programs during this time of closure, reduced enrollment or increased costs. Teachers have received support through our ASCEND peer mentoring cohort which focuses on connecting teachers to other teachers and creating goals to enhance their teaching. The focus for this upcoming fiscal year will be on overall well-being to reduce stress and promote self growth. We remain in constant contact with programs that we serve to provide any support needed or sometimes just to be a listening ear when they are trying to balance making tough decisions. We have all learned, with the early childhood community, the importance of connection during this time of uncertainty and change.
To contact EQuIPD visit their website: http://www.equipd.info/
Spotlight on – Bringing Out the Best
Bringing Out the Best is an early intervention program that focuses on the social/emotional health of children birth-five years old. Pre-COVID our team visited classrooms and homes (with parent permission/invitation) to help determine the reasons a child might be acting out. We would then provide strategies to the teachers and the parents for addressing unwanted behaviors and increasing developmentally appropriate social skills, such as turn taking. We also provided referrals for various therapies and additional supports if needed. Typically, our specialists would visit 6-8 times, depending on the need. As COVID-19 hit and brought our lives to a stop, we have had to adapt our services to better meet the needs of the children, families, and teachers in our community. During this pandemic, our team has worked hard to get trainings in place for teachers, and to offer consultations to any family in Guilford County who has a child 5 years old or younger. At this time, Bringing Out the Best is able to provide consultations via phone, email or a video platform to families and teachers with little to no waiting time. We are not making community visits just yet but hope to have more information on that sometime soon.
Our current services include:
*phone, email, or video consultations (multiple contacts if needed) for parenting or child behavior concerns
*resources provided via phone, email or video
*Triple P parenting sessions via phone, email or video
*phone, email or video consultations for whole classroom concerns (not child-specific)
*phone, email or video consultations for a specific child (with parent permission)
*resources provided via email, phone or video
We are working on a calendar for teacher trainings as well as parent groups to start in the Fall. Stay tuned for more information. We are here to meet your needs!!
Bringing Out the Best
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NC Pre-K Update 8/10/2020
NC Pre-K update! Families should have received an email from Guilford County Schools for their child, stating they are being offered placement and the site or they are on the waitlist. If you haven’t received an email, please email Brenda Mathis, at email@example.com. If you would like to change your choices to another site, please also, email Brenda. NC Pre-K for most sites will begin September 1, 2020. Families still have the option to do remote with any site or you can choose in-person with most private sites. Guilford County Schools will do remote learning for 9 weeks. Guilford Child Development will do remote learning for 5 weeks.
We are still accepting applications.
NC Pre-K Specialist Appointments Available Week of Jun 15, 2020
We are excited to offer our NC Pre-K families the opportunity to speak one on one with a NC PreK Specialist. If you haven’t completed your child’s NC Pre-K application and have questions, we are now available for phone appointments. The days will vary depending on staff schedules.
For the week of June 15, 2020:
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Dee is available from 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Brenda is available from 12pm to 2pm
Thursday, June 18, 2020 Donna is available from 9am to 11am
Please email the NC PreK Specialist to set up your phone appointment.
Brenda – firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna – email@example.com