Yale Marvin Maurer Award
CLC has been chosen by Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence as the recipient of the 2016 Marvin Maurer Award for our work in developing the PreK RULER program with our Yale partners! This award is given to organizations that exhibit outstanding commitment to promoting emotional intelligence.
March is National Nutrition Month
Dr. Seuss's Birthday
Early Childhood & Parenting Program Opens!
We celebrated the opening of a very special collaboration with Saint Joseph Parenting Center and Inspirica - from homeless to home. Congressman Jim Himes and Mayor David Martin joined CLC CEO Marc E. Jaffe, Saint Joseph Executive Director Measi O'Rourke and Inspirica CEO Jason Shaplen for the opening of our innovative new Early Childhood & Parenting Program!
CLC’s Annette Yarber-Crooks, the program’s education manager, and teacher Tamia Barr will work with children on sensory play, reading and art activities while parents attend classes in topics like family bonding and child development. For more information about the program, check out the recent feature in the Stamford times: New Inspirica program aims to end cycle of homelessness
It’s building time!
Preschoolers love building and creating – and, of course, demolishing! Providing different types of blocks is a great way to have fun while introducing real world subjects like architecture, geometry, construction and math.
State Rep. Caroline Simmons visited CLC Palmer’s Hill last week for a little arts and crafts time with CLC children and their parents during a come visit with me event!
Our classroom’s sensory tables always have something fun to discover!
CLC CEO Marc E. Jaffe spoke at Ferguson Library as part of a community conversation on early childhood literacy.
Discussion focused on the importance of reading to young children and strategies to promote family reading in the Stamford area. The first few years of life are critical in children’s brain development – young brains make trillions of connections the first few years. You can build comprehension skills early, even with the youngest children. Play games that involve pointing out and naming objects, listen to books on tape or simply tell children a made-up story.
Painting supports the development of creativity, but more importantly, it’s FUN! Plan cool art experiences at home by providing a special place for materials like watercolor paints, finger paints, brushes or other tools to paint with like sponges or toothbrushes. Learn more here.
Our friends from Edgehill made a special delivery to CLC Palmer’s Hill - hand-made winter hats! These lovely hats are truly the perfect way to stay warm!
Looking for a cool family activity for the New Year? Set up a large puzzle in a spot where you can work on it for a few days. Celebrate together when it’s finished! Puzzles help kids develop fine motor skills, critical thinking and logic skills.
Thank you parents for visiting us for a special seasonal performance and party at CLC Palmer's Hill!
We’ve been sorting through 1,000s of donated books and distributing them to classrooms and children. Thanks to our generous partners, all books are being put to good use!
Stamford Firefighters Visit
Stamford Fire Department Firefighters from Central Station, Engine 1 visited CLC William Pitt to teach the children about fire safety. Lessons included the importance of smoke detectors, Stop-Drop- and Roll and what firefighters may look like if they had to come to a rescue. We also set up classrooms as fire stations for extended learning opportunities.
Best part? Everyone had a chance to go inside the truck!
Lisa Tannebaum of Treetops Chamber Music Society visited Childcare Learning Centers Nov. 6 for a harp performance, music lesson and sing along. "My heart sang when I heard them sing 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,'" she said. Visit TreetopsCMS.org for more information.
Thank you to:
The Community Fund of Darien for a $10,000 grant in support of mental health
United Way of Western Connecticut for supporting: Early Care and Education Programs - $54,690 & Healthy Bodies Program - $21,400