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To elevate child development to a new level by leading the social and emotional growth and education of young children by providing a safe, welcoming home-like environment with a caring, educated, and professional staff that promotes partnerships between parents children and other early childhood professionals. 
Upcoming Events

Meals to Go Change to Tuesday Nights

July 4          Closed in observance of Independence Day
July 8          Saturday Night Live @ The Links 
July 19         School Age Field Trip to Scovill Zoo in Decatur
July 22         Katie's Kids Open House - spread the Katie's Kids word

Katie's Kids Closed 

July 4

Meals to Go 
now on  
Tuesday Nights

July 8
Saturday Night Live
Katie's Kids @ The Links
5:00 -10:00 p.m.

Need a night off? Can't find a babysitter? Check out Saturday Night Live @ Katie's Kids! Saturday Night Live is a Saturday evening full of fun for children while families go out. Children can enjoy playing, having dinner with friends, and snuggling in for a movie.  
Stay Safe this 4th of July
Tips Recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics 

Firework Safety  
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to urge families NOT to buy fireworks for their own or their children's use, as thousands of people, most often children and teens, are  injured each year while using consumer fireworks. 

Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks devastating  burns, other injuries, fires and even death. The AAP is part of the  Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, a group of health and safety organizations that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and to only enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. 
  • Fireworks can result in severe burn or injury.  
  • Sparklers can burn at more than 1000°F and account for 10% of fireworks-related injuries overall. So, even sparklers should be avoided.
  • It is better to be a spectator than a doer! Families should attend community fireworks displays run by professionals rather than using fireworks at home.

S ummer Safety Tips: Sun and Water Safety

To  prevent sunburn  the AAP recommends that infants avoid sun exposure, and are dressed in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of  sunscreen  with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the infant's face and the back of the hands. If an infant gets a sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area. See  Baby Sunburn Prevention  for more information.
  • The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) avoiding sun exposure by covering up. Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97%-100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays), and clothing with a tight weave.
  • On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and after swimming or sweating.

Water Safety
  • Never leave children alone in or near water, even for a moment; close supervision by a responsible adult is the best way to prevent drowning in children.
  • Less experienced swimmers and children under age 5 in or around water should have an adult - preferably one who knows how to swim and perform CPR - within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."
  • Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
  • Designate a "water watcher" when you are in, on or around water.
  • Because drowning can be quick and quiet, the water watcher should pay constant attention, not involved in any other activity such as reading, playing cards, on the phone, while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.

Warmer Weather 

Infants and small children are not able to regulate their body temperature in the same way that adults do. Every year, children die from  heat stroke  from being left in a hot car, often unintentionally, with the majority of these deaths occurring in children 3 and under.
Here are a few tips for parents when traveling in a car with infants or young children:
  • Always check the back seat to make sure all children are out of the car when you arrive at your destination.
  • Avoid distractions while driving, especially cell phone use.
  • Be especially aware of kids in the car when there is a change from the routine, ie. someone else is driving them in the morning, or you take a different route to work or child care.
  • Have your childcare provider call if your child has not arrived within 10 minutes of the expected arrival time.
  • Place you cell phone, bag or purse in the back seat, so you are reminded to check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.
  • The inside of a car can reach dangerous temperatures quickly, even when the outside temperature is not hot. Never leave a child alone in a car, even if you expect to come back soon. Lock your car when it is parked so children cannot get in without supervision.      

Healthy Spot
Healthy Zucchini Bread

Zucchini will be growing in the garden soon! Here is a great 
bread recipe to make with the extras. 




This fluffy zucchini bread recipe is made healthier with whole grains, honey (or maple syrup) and coconut oil instead of butter. It is easily made vegan and/or gluten free (see notes).






¾ cup roughly chopped raw walnuts or pecans (optional)

⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil*

½ cup honey or maple syrup

2 eggs

½ cup milk of choice or water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + more to swirl on top

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 ½ cups grated zucchini (you'll need 1 small-to-medium zucchini, about 7 ounces-if your grated zucchini is very wet, squeeze out the excess moisture over the sink before stirring it into the batter)

1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a small, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup, and grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan to prevent the bread from sticking.
  2. Once the oven has finished preheating, pour the chopped nuts onto your prepared baking sheet. Bake until the nuts are fragrant and toasted, about 5 minutes, stirring halfway.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil and honey. Beat them with a whisk until they are combined. Add the eggs and beat well. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 20 seconds in the microwave.)
  4. Add the milk, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and nutmeg, and whisk to blend. Switch to a big spoon and stir in the zucchini, then add the flour and stir just until combined. Some lumps are ok! Gently fold in the toasted nuts now.
  5. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with additional cinnamon. If you'd like a pretty swirled effect, run the tip of a knife across the batter in a zig-zag pattern.
  6. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing it with a sharp, serrated knife.
  7. This bread is moist, so it will keep for just 2 to 3 days at room temperature. Store it in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months or so. I like to slice the bread before freezing and defrost individual slices, either by lightly toasting them or defrosting them in the microwave. 
Author:  Cookie and Kate
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Yield: 1 loaf

Music Corner with  Developing Melodies

July is the perfect month to expose your children to patriotic songs. With the 4th of July there are parades and firework shows where you will hear a variety of these songs. These songs can be upbeat, march like songs which can be used to get your kids moving to music. Other patriotic songs are slower and relaxing and can be used for nap or bedtime to get your children to relax into sleep. Here is a list of patriotic songs divided into those two categories.

Upbeat/march songs:
Firework by Katy Perry
R.O.C.K in the USA
Yankee Doodle
Battle Hymn of the Republic
You're a Grand Old Flag
Stars and Stripes Forever
Slow/relaxing songs:
America the Beautiful
God Bless America
God Bless the USA
Star Spangled Banner
This Land is Your Land

Whether you feel comfortable singing or would rather use a recording of these songs, your children will enjoy hearing you sing along.

Written by Janel Metzger, MT-BC
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