Early Education Newsletter

December 2018
The CASY office will be closed
December 24-26 - Christmas
December 31 - New Year's Eve
January 1 - New Year's Day

The Staff at CASY wish you and your family a
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Congratulations!!!
2018 Family Engagement Prize Competition Award Winner
SCCAP Head Start - Lindburgh
$5000
City conducts meeting focused on childcare

The City of Crawfordsville in collaboration with several local businesses and Chances and Services for Youth recently hosted a dinner at Ivy Tech for childcare providers from across Montgomery County to discuss the challenges with quality childcare and early learning in our community. Nearly 50 attended the collaborative event where the objectives included: increasing the awareness of available resources and the collaboration with local businesses and childcare providers.

Read more about the progress here
Bundle Up and Get Outside:
Why Kids Should Play Outdoors in Winter
As winter and cold weather approaches, children’s play is often limited to the indoors. Adult fears about safety and negative attitudes toward exposure to cold weather are the barriers that prevent children from accessing play in winter months. It is common to hear adults say that “my child will not like being in the cold weather,” or “the cold is too dangerous to play in,” or “there’s nothing to play with.” It is up to adults to focus on the importance of children’s play, regardless of the season. After all, play should not be restricted to warm weather. Let’s welcome this upcoming winter season with a playful attitude.
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?
"I can't believe you did that!"
This is just one of the favorite phrases of "disbelief" we adults like to use when we come face-to-face with mistakes made by youth, both personally and professionally. These words are often "go-to" statements when trying to figure out what led children to "messing up."
But when you come to understand the mental and emotional state of adolescence, these statements are pretty absurd! Why? Because it takes the better part of the first two decades of our lives to fully understand and make decisions based on consequences.
In other words, WE ARE NOT THINKING for the first 20 years of our time on earth!
"The color of springtime is in the flowers;
the color of winter is in the imagination."
                         ~ Terri Guillemets