We’re proud to announce our expansion in the bay area with our new center, Altamont CDC! A ribbon cutting and open house was held on December 6th, 2018 to celebrate the new location in Mountain House, CA. Altamont CDC is proud to offer preschool programs to the Mountain House community. The center first opened its doors on September 17th, 2018 and has 4 rooms.
Those in attendance included Tracy Chamber of Commerce, the Associate Superintendent Thorsten Harrison, Jodi Delfino–Sr. Program Director, Amy Cabral-Jones– Site Supervisor and teachers along with parents and several staff members from the regional offices.
Several of our centers celebrated Lights on Afterschool, an annual event in October that commemorates the importance of afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities. Our Quail Valley center in Menifee participated in the event with a series of activities at the center throughout the week for both the children and their families. The children toured CDC families and school staff throughout the program, showing off what they were working on in Fashion, STEM and Gardening Clubs. On Tuesday, families were invited to attend a cultural day in which they played an active role in reading and cooking to celebrate diversity. The center hosted a CDC’s Got Talent Show on Thursday with families based on their month long talent club. They practiced, planned and created using groups to make the needs of the show including backdrop, flyers and refreshments. They performed group dances, magic tricks and singing. Friday concluded the week with a friendship and kindness day. It was an opportunity to disconnect from tech and electronics. The kids played board games and card games, handed out Kind bars donated by Lights on After School & The Kind Co and completed random acts of kindness.
On September 27th, 2018, Robert J. McGarvey CDC hosted its ribbon cutting in celebration of providing the children and families of Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School with before and after school and camp programs since the opening of the school last year. This is our first program in Rancho Cordova.
This event commemorates a milestone for Robert J. McGarvey CDC, which began providing licensed school age service in July 2017 and recently moved into their permanent portable this past June. Those in attendance included members of the Executive Team for Child Development Centers and staff from the local regional office, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce members and staff as well as a variety of business and civic leaders and members in the community.
The Cardboard Challenge is a yearlong event that celebrates children’s collaborative effort to build projects using cardboard materials. In conjunction, The Global Day of Play takes place on the first Saturday of October each year and encourages families, friends and the community to come out and celebrate children’s creative efforts throughout the year. Families at Knott CDC celebrated the event by building several projects out of cardboard. The children were divided into groups and planned out the projects they would build. Castles and houses were just a few to name of the many amazing pieces.
Our students have begun participating in activities co-sponsored by Every Monday Matters, a not-for-profit organization committed to creating a world where individuals and organizations understand how much and why they matter to themselves, the community around them, and the world. Each month a theme is selected, and each Monday has a weekly activity. The Every Monday Matters theme for July was “Monday Gets Active” and on Monday, July 2nd, our students took part in Party in the Park, a day filled with fun (and wet!) activities taking place outside.
“Parks are beautiful things. They were created to provide beauty to be explored, to preserve, to play and to relax in. They are also places for us to connect – with nature, with one another, and our community. Knowing this, you might think that your local park would be the most popular gathering place in your community, but it probably isn’t. In fact, only a very small percentage of adults regularly step foot in their local park. And with TV, the Internet, smart phones, video games, and super busy schedules, fewer youth are enjoying them today as well. Well, it’s time to bring parks back and all the fun that comes with them. This week, we want you to get outdoors and PARTY IN THE PARK.” (from the Every Monday Matters website)
We took this statement to heart and spent approximately two hours enjoying the neighborhood – we ate lunch outside, played tag, had a water squirt bottle battle and even did an art project or two. “This is so weird to paint outside,” Dyanna, a student at the center, said, “but it’s fun.” The Every Monday Matters activity of the week was to get out to a local park for a change of scenery and some new activities, and that is just what Regnart CDC did.
In celebration of one of our newest centers, we held a ribbon cutting for Zehnder Ranch CDC on May 17, 2018. This center sits on the Zehnder Ranch Elementary School site, which opened last Fall. Although we have been operating since last Fall, the center moved into their permanent portable location in April. They provide licensed before and after school programs and camps during school breaks and currently serve 122 students. This center is one of 21 centers within the Elk Grove Unified School District. We are excited to expand our business in the Elk Grove community.
Our ribbon cutting ceremony included members of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce , Principal and Vice Principal of the school, Child Development Center leaders and staff and the 10 member staff of Zehnder Ranch CDC. For more details on the center visit here.
In celebration of Pi Day, children at Heritage CDC worked on film making and animation projects. The children decided what type of video they wanted to record and picked a “how to make a stop motion” video. They spent one month working on creating several videos during Tech Club time.
On March 14th, the children showcased their stop-motion animation movies. The Tech Club children invited their friends and family to view their projects. Everyone had an opportunity to vote on their favorite stop motion video using an online voting system. “Happy Pi Day” won the contest with 40% of the winning votes. The Cooking Club children baked blueberry, apple and peach pies to celebrate Pi day with their family and friends at CDC.
There’s nothing quite like a bowl of hot soup and some warm bread on a chilly night to bring people together. Regnart CDC students and families took this little saying and turned it into an event to help others in a difficult situation.
As were most people in the Bay Area, Regnart CDC students were very aware of the fires that raged through Northern California in October. Although we were far from fires, the smoky air and poor air quality, the grey skies and daily news stories made it very real for our students. Especially after one of our sixth grade students shared with the other students what his teacher had told his class about the fires, and how many people and animals had lost their homes, or suffered other losses.
Once our students heard about what was happening to the people who lived in the fire zone, they wanted to do something to help. At first, they talked about collecting water or making first aid kits. However, after doing a little research, I informed our students that it would be better to come up with an idea where we could collect money or gift cards. It was at this point that the students’ desire to help and their creativity combined to come up with a truly wonderful event.
On November 17, Regnart CDC’s Student Council hosted Stone Soup Night. Each student was asked to bring in a favorite vegetable to add to a homemade minestrone soup. Together, we made two huge pots of soup. Staff and students also worked together to make warm artichoke bread, pound cake and lemonade. For the price of $10, parents and friends could purchase a meal of soup, bread, drink and dessert. The parent of one of our student council members helped out by collecting the gift cards. Krish, student council vice-president, told those in attendance the story of Stone Soup, an old folk tale in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys. We found this story of a community coming together a very fitting story for our event.
“Everything smells so good,” Prassaitha, a Regnart CDC parent, said. “It’s really amazing how much work the kids put into this. It’s a wonderful idea.”
Together, we raised $320, which has been donated to the Redwood Credit Union Northern California Fire Victims Fund. Students did not pick a specific county, but instead asked that the money be given to all counties affected. Students were surprised but excited by the amount of money raised. “We should do this again,” Krish said. “There are always people who need some help.”
Each October, kids worldwide participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge for Imagination’s Day of Play. Elk Grove CDI was one of our locations that participated in the Cardboard Challenge at CDC. Starting last month, our School Age kids created a KWHL chart and discussed what they knew and what they wanted to learn. The KWHL chart stands for what students Know, what they Want to know, How they will find the information and later, what they have Learned about the topic. This strategy helps students plan, implement projects and measure knowledge of the topic. They then split into groups of 3-4, chose a peer to lead the club and together they planned what they wanted to build over the next few weeks. They began the process by drafting their designs on paper before cutting the cardboard, painting and designing their projects. On the day of the event, each group set up their project in the classroom and the younger children were invited to come and play.
They used their imagination and creativity to construct several different types of arcade games with a variety of materials such as cardboard, tape, paint, glitter, saran wrap and other items of choice to offer inside the machines as prizes. Some of the final pieces included Claw Machines and Vending Machines that held toy prizes that had been donated from homes of older children and extra goodies from summer camp. The kids got to keep the toys that they won and they are planning to do a fashion club and a sports club next! To see how our children were inspired by Caine and to learn more about the Global Cardboard Challenge, visit: https://cardboardchallenge.com/