The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time (days, months, or even years!) with your children. The end of the year is always a bittersweet time of goodbyes and transition, as we say farewell to children leaving ChildRoots for kindergarten.

Hitting, Biting and Pushing – Oh My!

School can be a wonderful experience for children. It can provide kids with confidence-building experience in social situations, valuable first friendships are formed, and children gain conflict resolution skills in a safe, kind, and positive environment. The period of time before children have the words to consistently be able to express themselves also sees a fair amount of physicality – “hands-on” experience in conflict resolution, if you will. Teachers are absolutely committed to keeping children safe here at school, and we use a variety of different techniques to redirect tricky behavior:

1. Provide plenty of alternatives for children to (safely) meet their needs. Are kids chomping down on each other because teeth are coming in? A variety of teethers will be provided, and offered during transitions and other times of the day that can be tricky. Are children experimenting with the feeling of their friends’ and teachers’ hair? We’ll add a “pulling station” to the classroom, with plenty of ribbon, string, and yarn of varying texture and elasticity.

2. Prevent, intercept, redirect. Teachers are always vigilant, and able to step in when conflict may be brewing. They’ll stay close, narrate what’s happening, and help children find the language to express what their feelings and needs are. Each time children are able to solve a problem without resorting to biting or pushing, their confidence and conflict resolution skills grow.

3. Teachers and specialists work together to analyze both the classroom environment and the daily rhythm and make modifications as needed. Perhaps children need more small group time, or they’re not getting enough opportunities to move big outside. How can children be more involved in transitions? Are toys rotated regularly?

These are just a few of the steps we take to keep children safe and promote healthy conflict resolution. You can find the full hitting, biting, and pushing policy on our website. Nearly every child experiments with these behaviors – it’s completely developmentally appropriate and expected in a group care setting. We provide safe spaces to explore; and responsive, loving teachers that model the behavior and language we know that children will (eventually) use. With your help, we sow the seeds of empathy.

Fall 2016 Tuition Increase

To keep ChildRoots running smoothly and efficiently, our administrative team will be making a few changes to better support our growth. As previously mentioned, all families can expect a 6% increase in tuition, effective September 1st. The vast majority of this tuition increase will go to paying our teachers higher wages to help with staff retention and keep up with an increasingly competitive industry. We pledge to keep these rates through August 31, 2017.

New Rates as of September 1st, 2016:

Infant/Toddler Rate:
· 2 Day $945
· 3 Day $1,190
· 5 Day $1,590

Preschool Rate:
· 2 Day $755
· 3 Day $925
· 4 Day $1,065
· 5 Day $1,205

New Faces

We’ve added a member to our administrative team! Beginning in August, we’ll have a full-time Enrollment and Communications Director. Caroline, our former Southeast Infant Specialist, will be joining us to simplify our enrollment process and improve the way we’re communicating with you. Any changes to enrollment? Baby sibling on the way? We’re streamlining our enrollment process, and all updates, changes, and additions will go through Caroline at enrollment@childroots.com. Any ChildRoots-wide correspondence will now be coming from communications@childroots.com. Stay tuned for further updates about these changes.

Event: Day Near the Lake

Our next community event is coming up at the end of this month. Day Near the Lake will be on July 23rd, from 10 AM – 1 PM. Join the ChildRoots community at Blue Lake Regional Park for a relaxing morning of play and picnicking! Bring a side to share and a protein for grilling, and we’ll provide the rest.

Class: Raising Race Conscious Children

Want to raise children who are aware of bias, privilege, and social justice? Join us at 6:00 on Wednesday, July 27th at our Fremont location for a discussion, facilitated by Tracey Biebel, LCSW of Practical Parenting, in which we will explore:

· Everyday ways you can help your children be the change we want to see in the world
· Ways to talk to your children about difficult topics in the news
· Ways you can model challenging your own biases

There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Questions? Comments? Feedback?

We’d love to hear from you! Your thoughts and suggestions make ChildRoots the best it can be for children and families. Email us at communications@childroots.com.

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