Dear Children's Center Families,

March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition is now a popular and most important subject, even in early education. The first National Nutrition Week was in 1973 and became a monthlong celebration in 1980. Here at The Children’s Center, we take eating well seriously, and are fortunate to have (as the kids love to call her) “Kitchen Kelly” thoughtfully planning our meals and snacks each day. She even makes homemade baby food for our youngest children!

Dear Children's Center Families,
At an all-staff meeting a few months ago, I shared a favorite Maya Angelou quote: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

If you were to visit counselor/social worker Heather Corriveau’s office, you will see that same quote hanging on her door. Heather has done a great job taking one of the simplest lessons children need to learn (caring about one another, having a genuine understanding of how to treat others, and empathizing with the needs of others) and incorporating it into her preschool Guidance program.

Dear Children’s Center Families,
It’s hard to believe 2018 has arrived! As we kick off our new year, I will be working with key members of the administrative team to renew our Licensed Plus status. Licensed Plus is a quality rating system that recognizes NH child care programs for efforts to improve the quality of care for young children, and rewards programs that strive to improve their practices and staff qualifications.

Dear Children’s Center Families,

“This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas - as am I. Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”
-Santa Claus in the movie Polar Express

Dear Families,

Thanks to the news about sleep deprivation, or perhaps due to a doctor’s advice, we know the importance of getting a good night sleep. Key benefits include: improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Studies have shown not getting enough sleep each night is associated with an increase in injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression. I know personally, if I don’t get 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night, I don't function as well the next day. Same for my son, who turns 14 this month. As a teenager, he should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.