Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Healthy Holidays!

No matter which holiday you celebrate, there is a common theme around food. Whenever we come together, people include food as a part of our celebration. As a teacher and a mother of young boys, I always became concerned about offering a healthy diet during the holidays. Should I limit the indulgent foods that the holidays center around? Cakes, cookies, and pies are full of empty calories and the sugar seems to energize them at nap time! Most importantly, I worry that eating all of the food that signifies a celebration will actually cause health concerns later in  life.

 As a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, I am privy to research regarding the health of young children.  According to the NAEYC:

Calories are not bad, but necessary, in the right amounts. Children have specific caloric needs that depend on their age, size and activity level. The word “calories” is just a measure of the energy a food contains. However, foods that offer only calories and have no other nutritional value are best avoided since they run the risk of filling a child up with “empty” calories before all of her nutritional needs have been met.

This news is good and bad. Good, in that the sugary stuff that I am talking about usually isn't introduced until after we all have a chance to fill up on our "good food".  Bad, in that no matter how much "good food" I put on their plate, my boys always seemed to find room for plenty of deserts. It took me a few years to catch on; but once I did, I became an expert chef regarding sneaking nutritious foods into indulgent, celebratory, holiday foods. In fact, I am patting myself on the back just thinking about it! As I am congratulating myself, I am also thinking about the resources that helped me to become an expert Sneaky Chef, and I want to share them with you:

Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food 
 by Jessica Seinfeld

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals
 by Missy Chase Lapine

Healthy Recipes for Picky Eaters: Create Tasty Meals Your Kids Will Love to Eat
by Martha Stephenson

For those of you like me who hate to wait for the mailman, visit Pinterest and type "Healthy Kid Recipes" in the search. In seconds you will be inundated with recipes from sneaky moms around the world--pictures included! A word of warning:  get comfortable and schedule lots of time beforehand.

Holidays are also about spending time with those you love; which brings me to another sneaky tip! Over the years I found that if I included my boys in the preparation of food, they were more likely to eat it. In addition to quality time spent, cooking with young children presents lots of opportunities for  meaningful learning...

Stay tuned!

To read more, visit the NAEYC  website:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Registration for 2016-2017 School Year

The ECEC is now scheduling for the 2016-2017 school year. We ask that families of currently enrolled children submit their schedule requests online. 
Please note that some scheduling options have changed. These changes reflect our commitment to provide continuity for the children and the program.
Schedule requests are due with deposits ($375 part-time / $750 full-time) on or before Monday, March 28, 2016.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Kindergarten Information Night - 02/23/16

Join us on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 for a Kindergarten Information Night. Meet the teacher, learn about the kindergarten curriculum, get information on pricing and enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Click here to RSVP.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Food for Flint - A Helping Hand Food Drive

Open House - February 17, 2016

The Early Childhood Education Center is a quality care and learning environment for young children, pre-service teachers, and teacher educators. Central to our approach is an idea borrowed from the Reggio Emilia approach - all children are competent, capable, and ready to learn, having rich and powerful ideas. Thus, our curriculum supports the pursuit of children's rich ideas and questions and children's rights to participate in a learning environment where they will be respected as individuals and members of our community.

Join us for an Open House for prospective families on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

RSVP for group tours by clicking here.

Feelin' Groovy Book Fair - March 7th-11th!

Dear ECEC Families:

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

·      Set the example. Let children see you read.
·      Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
·      Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
Book Fair dates: March 7-11, 2016
Shopping hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Special Events: Join us for a fun-filled spirit week – My Favorite Book Character Monday, Tie-Dye Tuesday, Wacky Hair Wednesday, Tell a Tale Thursday, Flowers or Fringe Friday.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our online Fair is available from February 28th to March 12th.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.