CHILDREN AND FAMILY ENRICHMENT (CAFE)

Early Enrichment Center at Idlewild to open in January 2019

The new Early Enrichment Center (EEC) at Idlewild is scheduled to open Monday, January 7, 2019.

"What matters most in a child's development, they say, is not how much information we can stuff into her brain in the first few years.  What matters, instead, is whether we are able to help her develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence. Economists refer to these as non-cognitive skills, psychologists call them personality traits, and the rest of us sometimes think of them as character."(Paul Tough, How Children Succeed)

EEC at Idlewild is being developed by our Children and Family Enrichment (CAFE) Center. While tuition costs will be comparable to other preschools in the area, definite costs have not been determined yet. For more information call the CAFE office at 901-746-9341.

The center will be for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years and will be housed in what will be a newly renovated preschool space at Idlewild Church. This center will work with children, parents, and teachers to provide excellent care and learning for all children. The socially/emotionally-based curriculum will focus on building resilience from the earliest ages. Since studies show that 80% of children's brains are developed by the time they are 3 years old, EEC is dedicated to loving and consistent care for your children.

 


Week of the Younger Child - April 16-20

April 16–20 is the Week of the Younger Child, a national celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Idlewild parents are invited to participate at home as parents and teachers around the country join in these daily activities:

  • Musical Monday: “Sing, Dance, Celebrate, and Learn.” Celebrate by being active with your children.

  • Tasty Tuesday: “Healthy Eating and Fitness.” Celebrate by cooking the healthiest meal you can.
  • Work Together Wednesday: “Building and Math Skills.” Celebrate by building the craziest tower you can, counting as you go.
  • Artsy Thursday: “Think, Problem Solve, Create.” Celebrate by drawing or painting with your whole family.
  • Family Friday: “Share Your Story.” Celebrate by having each family member share a story about his/her favorite rainy day.

 


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