Child Care Now-January 2017

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January 2017

In the news:


January 17, 2017 -  Board Network Call


Congratulations to the following center for obtaining NAECY re-accreditation:

  • CCC Learning Center at Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago, IL


Winter weather is here.  

Are you prepared?

Now is the time to review your inclement weather closure policy and inform parents about your early dismissal, delayed opening, and closure plan. Tips for developing an inclement weather plan can be found here

Also, Child Care Aware has compiled weather resources on their website:  Click on “Cold / Severe Weather” in blue on the main page.

Quote of the Month:

"Each day of our lives, we make deposits in the memory banks of our children".

- Charles Swindoll

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A 30 Year Celebration


The Board of Directors at Government Center Child Care Corporation (GCCCC) recognized Director, Theresa Woods, for her 30 years of leadership at two child care centers; John F. Kennedy and Tip O’Neill Federal Buildings, Boston, MA.  

“On behalf of the generations of families that came before us, as well as those who will be privileged to come after us, we want to say thank you, Theresa, for all that you have done and continue to do for us, for our children, for the GCCCC family and for the child care community at large.”   

Kudos Theresa!  Congratulations and thank you for 30 years of dedication and commitment to quality, affordable care for Federal and public families!


Center Spotlight: Region 1


Pictured: Pre School Teacher Ms. Shannon,  children: Kalea, Johann, Sloane, Wilkes, Valentina, Jack, and Aicha


Harborview Children’s Center, Boston, MA celebrated Martin Luther King Day by focusing on their dreams and aspirations.   The preschool children drew pictures of their dreams/ideas  and wrote descriptions in their own handwriting. They also created a classroom quilt of self portraits and discussed during circle time what they want to be when they grow up.  

The class also did a special experiment to celebrate differences and equality using eggs. The teacher had a variety of eggs and the children observed and noted the differences. They then predicted what they thought the eggs would look like on the inside. As the eggs were cracked open, the children quickly realized they were all the same on the inside. They discussed how everyone looks different but we all are the same on the inside and talked about sharing, feelings, and being kind to others.

Board Business: Strategic Planning for the New Year

As we start the New Year, it is a good time for Boards to engage in self-evaluation and strategic planning.  Our office can provide tools and training for this process or you can use one of the excellent instruments available through your local early childhood community.

Some of the questions you need to ask yourself during the process are: Is your Board too involved in the management and day to day operation of the center?  Are you uninvolved in fundraising and providing tuition assistance?  Are Board members recruited without job descriptions, orientation, and clear expectations? Is the Board passive about their mission and long range planning?  Hopefully, your answers are “no” to all of these questions, but if not, you need to set a path to get there.

We also encourage you to review the GSA Annual Survey your center completed this month, and see how the tuition rates and salaries compare to other accredited child care programs in your area.  Your center should be fully enrolled with Federal families given priority.  There should be low turnover rates for both staff and children.  All of this information will identify  strengths and weaknesses and to develop a strategic plan for your Board to get on the path where you should be going.

Boards can learn a lot about the need for strategic planning from this exchange between Alice and the Cheshire cat in the classic Alice in Wonderland:

When Alice came upon a fork in the road she asked the Cheshire cat, “Which road do I take?”  He replied “Where do you want to go?” Alice said she did not know.  “Then”, said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

If you have any strategic planning ideas for Boards that you want to share, please contact Jill Rhea at or Sandy Axelrod at