PACCC Inside Look | August 2019
Back to School - Where's the Play?
As children head back to school and all that entails – early mornings, busy school days, homework, sports, and the multitude of extracurricular activities that are a part of most children’s lives – remember to let them play! 

Children need time away from the demands of structured activities to pursue their fancies, dabble in delights and socialize with friends. They need to exercise their bodies, follow their own rules, work out disagreements and smell the roses. They need to fantasize and create masterpieces of their own design. They need to be given time and space to fully be themselves, to laugh, dangle their toes in the water, chase butterflies, or just lay in the grass and look at the sky.

Let them dream and let them create. The dreamers and creators of today are the inventors and designers of tomorrow. Encourage experimentation, getting messy, tinkering and wiling away the afternoon. Make play as important as any other endeavor, perhaps more so. Amid the hurried lives we lead, we must encourage our children to slow down, enjoy the moment, get to know themselves and trust in who they are, not in who we think they should be.
Long school days, hours of homework, swim lessons, piano lessons, tutoring, organized sports – it’s exhausting just to think about. We often expect children as young as five to go to school all day, go learn a sport, have a music lesson and do homework all in the same day. A growing body of research shows that children’s hurried lives, although well intended, may be causing more harm than good.

As the last vestiges of summer fade into the rigors of back to school, remember that play is vital to children's well-being all year long. Get out there and play!
PACCC Kids Make Summer 2019
One to Remember!
Blue skies and warm temps provided the perfect backdrop for a summer filled with wonder and adventure. From water-play activities to excursions to local parks and popular field trip destinations, summer provided an opportunity for kids to explore the outdoors and create new memories.
Children at Sojourner Truth Preschool had their very own summer camps where children enjoyed cooking projects, art with recycled items, field trips to the park and visits to the garden.
Our always popular school-age cooking camps taught children essential cooking skills – which culminated in their own restaurant opening, complete with a delicious meal for families to enjoy.
PACCC Welcomes New Staff
PACCC is excited to welcome a host of energetic and passionate staff to our programs. New staff gathered together at our recent New Hire Staff Orientation and met their new PACCC family at our Staff Fiesta. Here's to a great year of learning, playing and growing together!
PACCC Partnering with The Giving Tree

Cipriana Morin Ramos, PACCC’s Financial Aid Coordinator is partnering with the Family Giving Tree to provide support with back to school and holiday gifts for currently enrolled financial aid families. Any currently enrolled financial aid families who are interested should contact Cipriana by September 5, 2019.

cmorinramos@paccc.org | (650) 493-2361 ex. 21

 
If you are interested in donating to the Family Giving Tree:

            
              Donation To Giving Tree
            
             CONTACT:
             Family Giving Tree
             (408) 946-3111
              elf@familygivingtree.org
 
Become a Volunteer
By joining as a volunteer you are making the commitment to assist and support center staff through various activities and tasks. Our 19 child care centers benefit from your unique talents, expertise, wisdom, and love of play!
Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship provides excellent visibility for your business. It is an opportunity to demonstrate your organization’s commitment to the education and well being of children in our community. High quality child care and education programs with skilled educators are proven to be critical for children’s development and provide a vital community need that supports working families. Your partnership contributes to sustaining and growing early learning experiences for over 800 of our community’s children every year!

For further information or questions, please contact:
Sonya Moreno, Development Coordinator
(650) 493-2361 ext 27 | smoreno@paccc.org