Family Corner

September 9, 2014

Welcome to the new school year at the West Haven Child Development Center, Inc. We are beginning our 36th year of service to the West Haven Community. I would like to tell you a little bit about this program. First of all, we are a private, nonprofit center and that means that we are not West Haven City employees or the Board of Education employees. We are overseen by a volunteer of board of directors. The board meets once a month for a center update, to review policy, and to set policy when necessary. You, as parents, have a parent board representative. Her name is Mindy Chambrelli and you may leave any correspondence for her in the fee drop box or the main office. If you have a question or concern about the center operations, please contact Kristina, our Executive Assistant, in the main office (203-932-2939). For any health related concerns, please contact, our nurse, Penny Beauchemin, RN (203-932-2939). Jennifer Langlois, MSW is our social worker and her direct line is (203) 931-9991. Our Education Coordinator is Lisa Baglini and she can be reached in the main office or at (203) 932- 2939.

As you are aware by now, we have a new security system in place. This was funded through a grant we received. We also have a brand new infant-toddler playground and a beautiful garden in the back of the school. Our kitchen is in the process of being updated. We hope to have this completed by the end of September. The work will not impact the children’s meals.

The teachers and staff members worked very hard to prepare the classrooms for your child. They took all the furniture out of the classrooms and washed every toy and piece of equipment. The carpets, the tile floors, and the bathrooms were all professionally cleaned. New materials were ordered to support your child’s learning in the social, emotional, physical as well as academic areas.

In addition to the classroom preparation, all teachers were trained in First Aid, CPR, Medication and Ep -pen Administration. We are very fortunate to have a full time nurse on site; however, in the event of an emergency a staff member may be required to step in.

Please be assured that we have done our best to be prepared to provide an excellent early care and education experience for you and your child. It is a pleasure to have you in our program and we are looking forward to another wonderful year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Patrice Farquharson

Patrice E. Farquharson, Ed.D.

Executive Director

From the Director's Desk

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Children and staff at the West Haven Child Development Center joined Mayor Ed O'Brien for the official opening of the recently renovated infant and toddler playground named in honor of retiring staff member Gayle van Dijk