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Ripley's Aquarium of the SmokiesKasey's Academy is going to the Aquarium!

October 28, 2016
88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

KCI will pay admission, provide lunch for 1 adult and any child 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2016* who is enrolled in Kid's Central inc.

Transportation by school bus can be provided for 1 adult and 1 head start child, if needed. Buses will leave the KCI main office in Norton, VA at 6:30am (please arrive by 6am) and return by 6:30pm

Call Lindsey at KCI (276) 679-0518, ext 103 by Oct. 10, 2016 to reserve tickets!

* This is a special trip for children going to kindergarten next year.

Let's Lunch and Learn

KCI's Lunch and Learn Series

Join us every 2nd Tuesday at noon to learn more about Head Start. We will cover a variety of topics -- choose one or attend them all! Free lunch will be served. Will be held at the Esserville Administrative Office Building.

Every month at noon. FREE lunch will be served -- Let's Lunch and Learn Together! RSVP with Lisa or Candice, 276-679-0518, ext 118 or 107.

We had a BLAST 2016

Kids Central, Inc.’s annual BLAST was held May 6th at Bullitt Park. KCI invited families to enjoy a day with their child to celebrate the hard work both have dedicated this program year. Activities included face painting, groovy flowers, lava bottles, making healthy trail mix and tie dye tote-bags to celebrate our theme a Groovy BLAST. The local rescue squad and fire truck were also on display for families and children to explore. Several Kids Central partners from the community set up vendor tables to assist our families in getting resources. WIC, Health Dept. car seat program, Wise County Schools, Health Connect, and MEOC to name a few. Families were then able to sit down to lunch with their child’s classroom and enjoy pizza from Pizza King.

End of year blast End of year blast
End of year blast End of year blast

Mosquito -- Pick a day a week to check for breeding grounds

Mosquito

Check out this Mosquito Control Handout (PDF).

Encountering a Hostile Intruder

Playing it safeYour reaction and ability to communicate well in the event that you encounter a hostile intruder at the facility can mean saving lives. There are a few things you should consider carefully now so that if an incident does arise, you are fully prepared to protect yourself and your students.

Read the flyer (PDF)

 

Play-With-Me at Kids Central, Inc.

This is KCI's 2nd year of hosting a Play-With-Me event in every classroom. Parents are encourage to volunteer in classrooms every day. However, at the beginning of each program year, KCI wants to provide families with an opportunity to come into a classroom and learn. In October, each classroom has planned a day for families to spend time learning about the High\Scope curriculum and daily activities their children explore. Staff provides families with information on High\Score and explain how children learn through play. Often families are new to Head Start and are eager to learn all about how Head Start is beneficial to their family. We hope our Play-With-Me event provides families with comfort of knowing that KCI is focused on their child's school readiness.

Play with me

The words of David P. Weikart best describe the High/Scope curriculum:

"In the High/Scope approach to early childhood education, adults and children share control. We recognize that the power to learn resides in the child, hence the focus on active learning practices. When we accept that learning comes from within, we achieve a critical balance in educating young children. The adult's role is to support and guide young children through their active learning adventures and experiences. I believe this is what makes our program work so well."

Hohmann, M., Weikart, D. P., & Epstein, A. S. (2008). Educating young children: Active learning practices for preschool and child care programs. (3rd. ed.). Ypsilanti, MI: High/Scope Press.

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