Dear Center Families,
As we enjoy the weather change and fall into autumn, October presents us with several opportunities to learn more about different issues or causes. Many of you probably know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you also know that October is:

National SIDS Awareness Month
National Learning and Development Month
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
and National Bullying Prevention Month?

When I worked at Alton Central School, I was the advisor to the Youth to Youth program which focused a ton of time in October on preventing and addressing bullying behaviors. According to DoSomething.org, more than 3.2 million children across the country are bullied each year. Both school age and early childhood educators need to be trained on understanding what bullying is and how it might look, as well as know ways to prevent bullying.
Our preschool and school age teams will be completing training this month to better understand the reasons why bullying occurs and how to create classrooms that are safe, bully-free environments. One step toward this end is to continue to reinforce an environment at the Center that respects, values, and welcomes all types of children. This method works best when child care professionals effectively model respectful behavior and reward students who follow their examples. We also work hard to reinforce our “rules” (Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible) and expectations on the playground. We encourage children to be kind and care for each other every day because kindness is one of the most significant contributors to positive climates.

Please join us in creating a center...a community...and a world without bullying.

Happy October!
Teri Ann

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