It's All About Children and Families

Sequatchie Valley Head Start
                               A Parent Newsletter

August / September 2010

It's all about children and families

The mission of Sequatchie Valley Head Start is to create a nurturing place where children, families, and staff can work through community partnerships to exceed Head Start's national goals.

Policy Council Meeting
The next Policy Council meeting will be announced.

Remote Area Medical Clinic
The next Remote Area Medical Clinic (RAM) will be held on October 23rd and 24th at Signal Mountain Middle School. This a a free clinic for children and adults who need dental work (extractions, cleanings and restoration of teeth) and eye exams. Care is provided on a first come first served basis.

Labor Day Holiday
On Monday September 6th our Agency will observe the Labor Day holiday and the centers will be closed.

Free clinic to help uninsured
The St. Luke Physician Interfaith Clinic Inc. will open this fall. It will be located at 106 3rd Street in South Pittsburg. Individuals who do not have health insurance and live in Marion County will be eligible to receive services.

Fire Safety
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
- Know two ways out of the house.
- Decide on a place for your family to meet after you're outside of the house.
- If there's a fire, leave the house right away. As you leave, stay low and crawl.
- Always feel doors before opening them. If hot, do not open and find another way out.
- Call the fire department, from a phone outside the home.
- Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children's reach.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Store gasoline, paint thinner and ammonia outside the home.
- Replace frayed electrical wires and cords that can set fire to carpeting and rugs.

Quality Time With Your Child
What is quality time? It is not "hurry-up" time, but time spent with your child doing things both of you enjoy and find meaningful. To give quality time, focus attention on the child and what you are doing together.

Taking a walk, baking cookies, reading aloud, drawing pictures, and playing games are some things many parents and children enjoy.

How do I find the time? Look for ways to build "together time" into your daily routines. What if you woke your child by softly singing a song or saying a poem instead of yelling "Time to get up!" This would take only an extra minute or two, but it might make the day go better for both of you.

In the car, sing songs together or play games like What if? And I Spy. Eat meals together whenever you can. Plan for a few minutes of "down time" each evening so you can talk together and read a bedtime story. Children often become less "clingy" and more sure of themselves when they know they can count on having your full attention at certain time each day.

You will also want to do special things with your children. Visits to libraries, museums, parks and zoos can create good memories. A walk around the block or visits with friends and relatives can also be a treat.

The choice is yours. Only you can decide how to spend your time. Choosing to spend quality time with your child is one of the best decisions you can make. You might have to give up 30 minute TV show or change some habits. But as a result, your child will gain new skills and confidence, be happier and healthier, and feel more secure. The time you spend with your child can help create a unique bond that will last you and your child a lifetime.

Night Artist
Ask your child to name some things that happen at night. Some answers might be "We see the stars and the moon in the sky. The street lights come on. I put on my pajamas. You read me a bedtime story. We go to sleep." Give your child some crayons and construction paper on butcher paper the size of a placemat. Suggest making a placemat with a nighttime picture for a friend or family member. Ask your child to tell you about the picture when it is done. Don't forget to print your child's name on the placemat.