Fayetteville Schools Raise Awareness for Multiple Sclerosis

Fayette MS2 0512 150x150 Fayetteville Schools Raise Awareness for Multiple SclerosisJorge Rivera Jr. is a School Age teacher at Childcare Network #109 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His Mother Lizel Rivera has Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that happens when a person’s immune system, which normally protects the body, attacks and destroys the body’s healthy tissue. Multiple Sclerosis attacks the central nervous system (CNS) – the brain, spinal cord, and nerve fibers to the eyes. The disorder attacks the covering that surrounds and protects the body’s nerve fibers. When this covering is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses are interrupted and creates Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.


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Employee Spotlight – Theresa Ramppen

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This month we would like to take a moment to celebrate a great crewmember of our staff at Childcare Network #127 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Theresa Ramppen was recently nominated for the Presidential Pin by her Director, Aimee Newber. This pin was presented in honor of the outstanding contributions she has made to her school.

May is National Sports and Fitness Month

cni theme fitness 150x150 May is National Sports and Fitness MonthThis month we celebrate the benefits of physical activity by observance of National Sports and Fitness Month. Regular activity can help control blood pressure, blood sugar and weight. Getting active also raises good cholesterol. Adults 18 and older need 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days a week to be healthy; children and teens need 60 minutes of activity a day for their health. Physical activity among children and adolescents is important because of the related health benefits: cardio-respiratory function, blood pressure control, weight management, cognitive and emotional benefits. Committing yourself to participate in exercise each week can help you live a longer life.


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Mother, May I?

image mother may I Mother, May I?Spring Fever has set in.  At least I know it has for me and my child.  So, to enjoy the beautiful weather and capitalize on the high energy levels, we get out and play games.  Try the following; they’re easy, fun for all ages, and require very few supplies!


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Mr. Telephone Man

image telephone man Mr. Telephone Man

Telephones have come a long way.  When I was young, you actually had phone receivers and bases that you used to rotary dial someone.  The receivers were corded, so you were bound by the length of your cord.  Phones belonged to the house, not a person.   Text messaging didn’t exist; you actually had to speak to a person if you wanted to communicate instantly.  I guess we’ve come a long way. 

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Honesty, Honestly

image honesty day Honesty, Honestly

National Honesty Day is April 30 and provides a great opportunity for you to reinforce this important virtue with your child.  Interestingly enough, honesty day began as a counter to April Fool’s Day.  Press Secretary to Maryland’s Governor, M. Hirsh Goldberg created the day to ensure that April ended on a virtuous note after a less than honest beginning.



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What has a child care voucher meant to you?

tell your story What has a child care voucher meant to you?The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) provides funding for vouchers for working parents to purchase child care.  With limited resources, many important federally sponsored programs like CCDBG face an uncertain future.  Congress needs to hear from you!  The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) has developed a website to collect and share your story with Congress.  What has a child care voucher meant to you, your child, and family?  If this important resource was suddenly taken away, what would happen to your child? See link below to tell your story.






Create Your Own Candyland

image jelly bean day Create Your Own Candyland

Not only are they a yummy treat, but jelly beans can also be a great educational tool.  In honor of National Jelly Bean Day, April 22nd, grab a bag of your favorite flavors and spend some time snacking and learning with your child.



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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

image planes trains Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

The weather is beautiful, so get outside and take a ride.  Or watch some rides.   Observing and studying modes of transportation can be a fun way to spend time learning together.


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Wash Day, Okay! All fresh, clean, and proud with water play.

image wash day Wash Day, Okay! All fresh, clean, and proud with water play.

Kids love to play with water. That’s why tub toys are a multi-million dollar industry. Here is a delightful activity that is just enough out of the ordinary that your child will relish in it. And while she will really enjoy the water play, she’ll also feel important and helpful too.



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