Thanks to the Brennan Family!

CCDC teachers were treated to a delicious buffet of assorted hot entrees, gourmet salads and desserts catered by Noodle & Co. thanks to the Brennan Family!  Our teachers appreciate your friendship and generosity!  Thank you Leah, Patrick and J.B.!

Big shout out to Janet Marsh

Grandparents recognize the importance of parents and the roles that they have in the lives of children.   Kudos to Janet Marsh, grandma to Alex (Toddler/Twos) and Ellie (Infants) who in her "free time" created beautiful bookmarks for the moms and dads of those classrooms in honor of Mother's and Father's Day.  

CCDC Loves Grandparents  

CCDC Loves Grandparents  

Janet's Beautifully Crafted Bookmarks

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Ensuring Healthy Food Service and Sanitation: Kudos to Janet!

Each morning Janet Shumate greets Inacio, our driver from Quality Catering and checks the temperature of our hot food to ensure safety.  Recently, Janet passed the rigorous, new Food Service & Sanitation Exam.   After completing the mandated trainings, Janet was awarded  the ServSafe Certification, recognizing her training and commitment to food safety.

Food safety inspections are a critical part of preventing food borne illnesses. Twice each year, our center is inspected by Cook County Department of Public Health.  This month, CCDC scored 100% on our inspection.  

CCDC Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers recognize each child's parents as the first and most important teachers.  We are so grateful for the trust and partnership we share with our parents.  Thank you for all the kind words and treats recognizing the work of our  CCDC teachers.  Thanks to our favorite photographer, Joe Chen, for the wonderful photos of our teachers in action. Good beginnings never end!

The Intentional Teacher: Choosing the Best Strategies for Young Children's Learning

Last week thousands of early childhood professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. for the NHSA Conference.  Susan Fahey, Director, presented with Stuart J. Murphy, author of the I See I Learn series.   During the presentation,  The Intentional Teacher: Choosing the Best Strategies for Young Children's Learning,  Susan showcased how CCDC has implemented the I See I Learn curriculum.  Each story focuses on helping young children learn  specific skills they need to prepare for school success.  The 16 stories address one of four domains: Social, Emotional, Health & Safety, and Cognitive.  

I See I Learn: Camille's Team by Stuart J. Murphy

Cooperation is a big word to pronounce for any preschooler, but even more challenging to understand. Watch our preschoolers act out one of their favorite stories by Stuart J. Murphy with Miss Jennifer, Teaching Artist. They demonstrate how to make a plan, work together and share the fun!

Learn more about I See I Learn books we love at http://www.iseeilearn.com

Come Alive Outside! Preparing Our Friendship Garden for Winter

Our preschoolers enjoyed the last warm days of the fall season planting fifty bulbs in our Friendship Garden.  Our guest gardener, Mary Lamb, visited the classrooms and helped the children dig six inches deep to secure the bulbs before tomorrow's frost.  We'll be looking for daffodils this spring!  Thanks to our friends at Lurvey's for their COME ALIVE OUTSIDE outreach program!