Early Education Newsletter
August 2017

Need helping paying for your CDA? You may be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship!
T.E.A.C.H. information

Early Learning Indiana Announces
 Family Engagement Award Winners!

Attention CACFP Providers:

The CACFP meal reimbursement rates and income guidelines for
July 2017 through June 2018 have been released.  See charts below.
Contact the CACFP Program Director at ext 28 with any questions.

The United States Department of Agriculture has issued the following INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES for Tier 1 determination Guidelines effective July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018.

Early Childhood Literacy Project Grant
Available in Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties

The goal of the Success By 6 Grant Program for Early Childhood Literacy Projects is to provide funding to early childhood educators and child care providers for the purpose of conducting an experience that will nurture a love for reading and learning in young children (0 – 5) and their families.Project applications will be reviewed and awarded by a panel of early education and literacy professionals. Applications must be received no later than 5 PM, November 17, 2017. 

For information about this great opportunity visit www.uwwv.org

Protecting Children from Boundary Violations & Sexual Abuse
Candace Balzano, with Susie's Place, will be presenting on how to be an active bystander in child sexual abuse prevention and response. Learn how to make both spontaneous and planned interventions to boundary violations that help protect kids.  Lunch is offered free of charge to all attendees. CEUs will be offered at the conclusion of the presentation. Hope you can make it!  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn, 750 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47807

For any additional information or to register, please contact:
Michele Clark @  812-327-4518

United Way Read Aloud Campaign

Why a National Campaign?  
 "Because when every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, it will change the face of education in this nation."

The Read Aloud campaign encourages parents and caregivers to read aloud to children at least 15 minutes every day. Find out more of the benefits of participating in this campaign by visiting the website.

If you live in Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion or Vigo County and would like any of the available flyers, samples below, to send home with the children enrolled in your program, please contact the United Way of the Wabash Valley.

United Way of the Wabash Valley

Why Getting Messy Is Essential to Early Childhood Development

Some teachers' worst nightmares consist of paint-covered children running around and causing havoc, which is why messy play is something teachers often shy away from incorporating into the classroom.

Find out why it's so important!

50 Calm-Down Ideas to Try with Kids of All Ages

Navigating childhood challenges can be stressful, and sometimes deep breathing isn’t the solution that works for your child. When your child is in need of tension relief, try one of these techniques:

Calm-Down Ideas!

Freeing Your Children from Disabling Labels:

Labels carry messages that often confine a child to a particular role or behavior. A child repeatedly called “bad” or “a troublemaker” will perceive herself as such and live down to these labels. A pathway begins to form in her belief system that tells her that this is who she is. Even positive labels such as “Princess,” “King,” “Beautiful,” or “Baby” can lead a child to believe that they are entitled to be treated as such on a regular basis. When “Princess” is asked to clean her room, she may refuse, stating that it’s too much work and someone else should do it for her.

"Often when you think you're at the end of something,
you're at the beginning of something else."

~Mister Rogers