Dear Friends of The Playing Field,
January has flown by! It is hard to believe we are heading into February already.
Our staff has been busy with the children. The (mostly) mild winter temperatures have meant a lot of time spent outdoors. This is so important for all of us but, especially for young children.
We have also been making plans for the 2020-2021 school year. There are some exciting things ahead so, I hope you will continue to follow our progress! We so value your interest and support!
Wishing you all the best,
January Family Event
Our Family Breakfast was well attended. Parents and grandparents enjoyed a continental breakfast with the children.
Our Program Director, Michelle Henner and our Center Based Family Specialist, Mykenzie Lemberger presented a parent training on Conscious Discipline. Nearly all of the parents participated and there were some great questions.
We have a lot of interest from families who want to get more of this amazing training and we are exploring ways we can do this. While we are well able to provide the training, the costs of child care, transportation and food have been barriers.
Staff Training Day
The Playing Field is committed to providing a high level of professional development opportunities to our staff. Our classroom staff need very specific skills to support children impacted by early adversity.
On January 20th, Conscious Discipline Master Instructor, Jill Molli provided the entire staff with a training on trauma sensitive practices. We gained a deeper understanding of empathy and the importance of strong emotional connections.
We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this training to our staff and to Jill Molli for making the trip to Madison from Mexico, Missouri.
In the coming summer, The Playing Field will be partnering with Eagle’s Wing Child Care to host a week-long Conscious Discipline training in Madison. We are very excited to bring this to our entire community!
Show Some Love for The Playing Field
February can be a tough month for early childhood teachers. Spring seems to be far away. Cold temperatures can mean less time outdoors. Gray skies can impact moods. And, February has no planned days off for breaks or paid holidays.
At The Playing Field, we know that when we take good care of our teachers, they can give children the best possible care. Therefore, we will be planning a few small surprises to boost spirits and show appreciation to our amazing staff.
If you would like to join in the fun, follow us on Facebook for some ideas. We will be posting simple things you can do to show love to our teachers who do amazing work every day.
“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.” – Robert John Meehan
From time to time, people ask about donating used goods. While we greatly appreciate the thought, it is often not practical for us to receive such items.
Ways to Be Helpful
Gas or Grocery Gift Cards – We keep gift cards on hand to help families during difficult times. Even cards with a small amount are helpful.
Items from our Amazon Wish List – Our teachers put items that they would like to receive on the wish list. When these items arrive, it is like a birthday or holiday celebration! (The teachers are often as thrilled as the children!)
Packages of New Underwear – New, child-sized underwear is always needed and appreciated.
Volunteer – If you have time to volunteer, there are many ways to get involved. Consider the following opportunities: Help a teacher on our next staff work day, assist with prepping classroom materials, volunteer in the office or in classrooms.
The No Thank You List
Used Books – When we receive books, we have to have a staff person go through them to assure that they are culturally relevant and reflect the values of our School Family. We are also limited on storage space so, having multiple copies of each book can cause a challenge.
Clothing – Storage space is always a challenge in early childhood programs. In fact, we pay to rent storage space so that our classrooms can rotate furniture and materials. While we do occasionally see needs for clothing, we just don’t have the space to store items until a need arises. When we need clothing, we post the needed item along with the size on our Facebook page.
Car Seats – Due to concerns related to recalls and expiration dates, we can not accept used car seats. We also are unable to determine if seats have been involved in an accident.
Toys – Used toys are another item that we can not receive. We may not able to confirm the appropriate age for materials. Pieces are often missing and/or broken and we must devote staff time to assessing the condition of items.