Over the past year, early childhood educators at Fun Time Early Childhood Academy have continued to work in unprecedented circumstances. They have found ways to connect with children and their families in new and innovative ways while ensuring children have nurturing and safe learning environments. Their work has had an important impact, and we are grateful to be fully staffed at our center. We have lifted the mask mandate on our campus and are excited for families, volunteers and others to be able to get more involved with the work we do.

If you haven’t been on campus since before the pandemic, we invite you call to schedule a tour. Please consider ways where you can make a difference
Vineyards Women's 18 Hole
Thank you to the Vineyard’s Women’s 18 Hole Golf Association for choosing Fun Time for their Golf Charity Event. We are grateful that you support our mission and appreciate the generous donation, books and toys for our early learning center.
Check us out in eBella!
eBella Magazine mentioned our successful Safari Gala in their Caught in the Act of Kindness – March 2022 newsletter. 
To view our full gallery of images, click here.
2020-2021 Annual Report
Our 2020-2021 Annual Impact Report is complete and available for you to read here.

Our Annual Report includes:
-A student success story
-Our funding sources
-Student data
-Ways to be involved
-Key community partners
& more!
Staff Development
Language Modeling and Quality of Feedback continue to be our focus during our early release days. The teachers have shown wonderful growth in areas where we focus on important communication skills with our students. There are multiple instances in which a teacher responds to a student’s comment, action or performance by engaging with the student in a sustained back-and-forth exchange with the intention of helping him or her really understand ideas or get clarifying comments to help them get to the right answer. These exchanges help build vocabulary as well as well as promote further learning. Our teachers work hard to make Fun Time the best place for our students to learn. 
Welcome Our Newest Staff Member
Peter Gould is our new Accounting Manager. He is founder and President of Stamford Capital, LLC, and has many years of experience in CEO-level positions. He built two significant groups through acquisitions, the first on a worldwide basis for a NYSE company and the second in the U.S. for a French privately held company. He also has direct experience raising capital for management buyouts and has strategically divested many companies and divisions. He has worked extensively in the food, broadcasting and IT industries. Previously, in CFO positions Peter was involved in the planning, financing and execution of numerous acquisitions and divestitures. Peter was educated in the UK and is a British Chartered Management Accountant. He has made his home in the U.S. for the last 25 years. We are excited for him to bring his experience and expertise to our early learning center. 
Parent Involvement
Shamrocks and Shakes
Families and Fun Time children had fun with our St. Patrick’s Day-themed family involvement event this month! They enjoyed math games, a Lucky Charms graphing activity and a rainbow craft, as well as reading St. Patrick’s Day stories. Each activity encouraged a different part of developmental growth including academic and fine motor skills. The families were happy to head home with dinner and dessert as well, courtesy of Tropical Smoothie. 
Kindergarten Registration Day
Did you know that in 2020 only 88% of Kindergarteners were registered on time for the first day of school? We work to ensure that all of our students are registered and ready for Kindergarten!

On March 23, representatives of the Registration Department at Collier County Public Schools visited Fun Time to assist with the kindergarten registration process. Thank you, Collier County Public Schools!
Garden Updates
Our garden is back in action thanks to Master Gardeners Mr. Ed and Mrs. Sue! We’ve tilled the soil and sectioned off the plant beds to prepare for the new seeds! We look forward to planting vegetables like leaf lettuce, carrots, bell peppers and beans as well as herbs like cilantro and dill. One of Florida’s Early Learning Standards is for children to recognize nutritious food choices and have healthy eating habits. Involving our children with the garden process will help children understand where healthy food comes from and learn about nutritious choices. Also, they will learn how different foods are grown.
In The Classroom
March came in like lion as we began the month with a week full of fun celebrating Dr. Seuss, the well-known author and illustrator of more than 60 books. We want the children at Fun Time Early Childhood Academy to be able to enjoy, show interest in and select books for reading enjoyment. They practiced rhyming by hearing stories like The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. The students enjoyed participating in pajama day, crazy sock day, wear green day, crazy hat day and crazy hair day.
The bulletin boards are full of fun art activities, displaying pictures of red fish and blue fish and, of course, the Cat in the Hat. In science they are learning about our earth and many ways that we can do our part to take care of it, practicing ways to reduce, reuse and recycle with many items they have in their homes. Before our children enter kindergarten, we want all of them to be able to identify examples of organized efforts to protect the environment . . . and one way to do this is recycling. Science is a great way to introduce new vocabulary words to children. Those aged two to three have a speaking vocabulary of approximately 500 to 1,000 words, while four-year-olds know more than 1,500 words.
As March goes out like a lamb, we are learning about what the weather is like in the spring and all the wonderful changes in nature during this special time of year. Language and literacy activities such as engaging in conversations, answering questions, and speaking about what they are learning is emphasized in daily activities. 
Covid-19 Guidance Update
The Department of Children and Families released updated child care information in line with updated guidance from the Florida Department of Health

COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Facilities and Providers:
  • Children who have COVID-19 exposure or close contact, but have no symptoms, are not required to quarantine and can remain in the classroom.
  • If a child is COVID-19 positive, they should stay home while symptoms persist. The child will be able to return to the classroom after 5 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and are fever free for 24 hours.
  • After an exposure, close contact, or positive COVID-19 diagnosis, a negative COVID-19 test is not required for a child to be able to return to school.
  • Masking Guidance - Children in a child care facility are not required to wear a mask or face covering.
  • Child care facilities are encouraged to continue to routinely clean classrooms and high traffic areas.
  • Children and staff are encouraged to practice routine hand washing throughout the day.
Get Involved with Fun Time!
Our children love interacting with our volunteers to read stories, complete academic activities and even head outside to our garden. If you are interested in volunteering, call us!

Want to help support our mission? Click here to view our Amazon wish list. Fun Time staff appreciate having a variety of books and academic toys to help support children in their development.
Take A Tour
Want to learn more about Fun Time and see our friendly, nurturing environment firsthand? You can view learning in action for each age group, hear about our curriculum, see our beautiful campus, and get answers to any questions you have. We just ask you wear a mask if unvaccinated.

Contact: Becca Mysels (239)261-8284 [email protected]k