This article features one of our teachers at Tafoya CDC in Woodland who began her teaching at this center as an Associate Teacher and is now continuing her education to becoming a Master Teacher. Creativity, hands-on learning and children’s involvement in daily activities are examples of our staff’s dedication to children in our program. To read more about how this teacher inspires her students and learn more about our afterschool activities, click here.
In celebration of the Week of the Young Child on April 24-28, our centers participated in a variety of activities to honor our younger CDC children. At Red Hill CDC in Santa Ana, children were encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero. As they shared why they dressed up as that superhero they would say, “They save people from bad guys”. Another child added, “I want to be like the Flash because he’s faster than everyone”. At the end of the week the children were able to dress up as who they wanted to be when they grew up. The children chose to dress as police officers, doctors, executives, engineers, and a cowgirl. During their greeting time, the children shared why they chose that career and shared back, “doctors save people”. Another child added, “police officers keep people safe”. They concluded the week by going over the importance of being a child and remembering that although we may grow up, will always remember how fun it was to play and learn as a child.
Over at Ben Frankin CDC in Riverside, they celebrated by giving the preschoolers a picnic. The picnic included rotisserie chicken, salsa, tortillas and rice. They also took turns to hit a Piñata and got the treats from it. The day included studying the different children’s celebrations across the globe and discussing why they liked being a kid.
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development.
During Spring Camp, the kids at Parker Whitney CDC (Club Rocklin) spent the week preparing for Friday’s Color Run. The Color Run, traditionally known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” promotes healthiness and happiness, which fit perfectly with their Movin’ and Groovin’ camp theme. Throughout the week the camp focused on muscles, moving, fitness and hydration. In addition to focusing on healthy eating habits, they held a banana eating contest that both the staff and kids loved. Some of the Color Run preparation activities included making headbands and decorating a personal water bottle. For hydration, the kids did an experiment where they weighed fruit and dehydrated it in the oven. Once that process was complete, they weighed it again to understand what happens to your body when you heat up and lose water.
The headbands and water bottles the kids decorated were brought out to use during the Color Run on Friday. Some kids chose to decorate their headbands with their names, while others decided to come up with something unique and different to fit their personalities. After a warm up, the kids ran a total of four laps and each lap was finished up with a splash of different powder color. It was a perfect way to finish Spring Camp while having fun and getting colorful.
For February Recess Camp, two of the 5th grade girls approached their teachers about helping to plan a circus themed day for camp. They helped come up with ideas for activities that would be fun for Kindergarten through 5th grade and organizing those ideas to share. The girls worked on their planning daily, which included learning about budgeting, writing a list of materials and the costs of those materials. The Site Supervisor, Alyssa, guided them in planning the special day and helped them with all their planning questions. One of the ideas they came up with was drawing a body for the campers to decorate into an acrobat or a clown and 3 skits for the camp leaders to act out during the morning welcome. This was a hit with our campers. On the day of the circus camp, Alyssa purchased top hats and made our leaders Jr. Ringmasters. The girls both came up with their own camp names of Lavender and Lilac. It is inspiring to see the students get involved and bring their ideas to life. This has encouraged more of the children to add their ideas into Spring Camp and become Jr. Leaders for our summer day camps.
How does your CDC staff like to spend their time off? We asked employees to submit photos of what they are busy doing on the weekends. This helped showcase how active, fun and loving our staff is. We garden, volunteer, travel, exercise, bake, dance, cook, play in the snow, spend quality time with our families and seek adventure. The same kind of passion we bring to our jobs shows in our free time too. It was hard to narrow down winners from all the submissions, but here are a few favorites:
Winner : Cheyenne, Assistant Teacher- Hiking up to Hollywood sign
Runner’s Up: Elvie, Teacher-Gardening
Josh, Teacher- Announcing engagement
Thomas, Teacher- Feeding ostriches
Winter Camp Raffle Winner:
Our winners received baskets full of great winter fun. This included local gift cards, activities from our Programs Department and a cookbook provided from our Nutrition Department. Our activities included rainy day ideas for kids, directions to make bird feeders and materials and directions to make crystal snowflakes and materials. Congrats to all our winners! Mound CDC winners featured.
In celebration of Lights on Afterschool, Montgomery CDC held an event with their families that included a Mexican themed dinner buffet and desserts along with activities such as painting pumpkins, bingo and live music. This event, sponsored by the center was a wonderful example of how our programs connect with our communities, families and the important impact they make on our children.
Learn more about Lights on Afterschool or Sign the Petition here: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaPetition2016.cfm
Our centers have been participating in a photo contest over the last couple of months. We think these photos capture some of the great things happening in our programs. Our children are captivated, curious, helpful, growing leaders. They have fun, learn, explore, create, climb, read, laugh and so much more. Our contest winners were Canyon View CDC and Nordstrom CDC. Our runner-up centers were Santa Teresa CDC, King City CDC, Stonegate CDC, Herk Bouris CDC, and Canyon View CDC. Congratulations to our winners!
We are excited to announce that this fall we will be opening 14 new centers! The centers will be opening in Rocklin, San Jose, Lathrop, and Oxnard.
In Rocklin, the Rocklin Unified School District and Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation have chosen CDI/CDC to manage the Club Rocklin and Rocklin Preschool programs. We will have school age programs on all 11 Rocklin Unified School District elementary school campuses and preschool programs at Rock Creek, Ruhkala, and Sunset Ranch elementary schools. For more information about upcoming registration events and paperwork, visit our Club Rocklin Information Page.
We will also be opening a new full and part day preschool program at Alex Anderson Elementary School in San Jose. Information and registration events will be taking place July 16th and August 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Anderson Elementary School campus, 5800 Calpine Dr., San Jose. Go to our Anderson Information Page for registration information.
At STEAM Academy in Lathrop, we will be opening a new center with Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Before and After School programs. We will be having orientation events July 13th at 6:00 p.m. and July 14th at 10:00 a.m. at STEAM Academy, 17901 Commercial Street, Lathrop. We will be answering questions about our programs and handing out/accepting registration documents. For registration information, visit our Lathrop Information Page.
Rio Real CDC will be opening their preschool program at Rio Real Elementary School in Oxnard this fall. Contact information can be found on the Rio Real Center Page.
We are delighted to be joining and expanding in these communities and look forward to furthering the development of even more children!
We have had two centers that have recently been opened, one in Dixon and another in Tracy.
In Dixon, Silveyville CDC officially relocated on July 18th to the campus of Anderson Elementary School at 415 East C. Street as Anderson CDC on July 21st.
In Tracy, Villalovoz CDC officially opened its doors on August 11th on the campus of Villalovoz Elementary at 1550 Cypress Drive.
Anderson CDC has full and half-day preschool programs available. Full day programs run from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., while half-day programs run from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Villalovoz CDC has a morning Preschool program from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and an afternoon Preschool program from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The goal of the Preschool program is to develop and grow school readiness skills which lead to success in school and beyond. Our curriculum provides a balance of child discovery and teacher guidance and is aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks and the K-12 content standards.