Spring Camp Color Run at Parker Whitney CDC (Club Rocklin)

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.

Circus Camp Day during February Recess at Cherry Chase CDC in Sunnyvale

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.

 

Employee Photo Contest

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 Winners

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.

Lights on Afterschool Event at Montgomery CDC

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

Center Photo Contest Winners

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’re Growing! New Centers Opening this Year

CDICDC RCWe 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!

How Local Grants Help Restore Access to Preschool Programs

 

Picture: Video of Preschool

“Research shows that preschool is important. But research also shows that poor quality (preschool) is a detriment,” said Rachel Champagne, program director for Child Development, Inc., which provides preschool programs in Oxnard, Rio, Hueneme, Fillmore and Ventura districts.

On Wednesday morning, Champagne stood inside a preschool classroom at Oxnard’s Rio Del Norte School — one of the programs local officials say is a model.

Students sat in small groups. One group read a book with a teacher, another cut shapes out of paper. The room was full of activities, from a puppet theater to outdoor reading center.

It’s not just preparing 4-year-olds for kindergarten, Champagne said. Providing families with high-quality preschool also helps sustain the workforce and economy, she said.

“We’re supporting the workforce on both ends — the current workforce and our future workforce,” she said.

Click here to read full article and watch the video!

Center Openings

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.

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Autism Speaks – Walk-A-Thon /Community Involvement

When Sedgwick CDC wanted to participate in the community they decided to work on a cause that was currently impacting children at their center. Since they had two children with autism, they chose the charity Autism Speaks. The CDC teachers spoke to the children about the challenges that children with autism face and how this charity helps them. They all agreed this was the charity they wanted to help.

The children collected donations by filling out little hearts with the donators name and amount. At the end, they gathered all the small hearts and made one large heart to hang in the center to show all the support from their families, friends and school classrooms.

The children worked on their charity project during club time at the center. They made flyers for donations at the school and made signs and table themes for the walk-a-thon. The walk-a-thon was done on their school’s field. Since the children were given 4-5 laps to complete for the charity, club time helped them prepare for the big day. They practiced laps, learned about hydration and the proper gear to wear. They also made numbered race bibs for the event.

The day of the walk-a-thon the children raised $1,000 for their charity! They completed their laps, some with the help of their parents. They stopped at the themed tables along the way such as the luau, minion, healthy snack and photo booth. Our walkers joined in the fun at the booth while taking a break from their laps.

The event was such a success the staff wanted to reward the children for their hard work. They gave them York Peppermint Patty medals for finishing their laps. A few days later the children had an awards ceremony were they got a certificate for categories such as most enthusiastic, most donations, fastest runner, having a positive attitude and for being the silliest.

Sedgwick CDC along with many other of our centers plan to continue with their goal of giving back to the community during the 2014-2015 school-year.

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