Sept. 9, 2013
What an exciting first week we had here at the West Haven Child Development Center. Many new friends and returning ones have joined our family. We welcome all of you.
I hope you have noticed all the work that the teachers and staff members have done to get ready for our new school year. All rooms were completely emptied. The floors were stripped, washed, buffed and the carpets clean. Yes your child’s teacher moved all the furniture out of the rooms, washed and sanitized everything, then put it all back! We have made some playgrounds improvements also. New flower borders were put in, wood chips replenished, flowers planted and most of all the outer walls of the building were cleaned and painted. Please take the time to look around if you are on our playground.
The kitchen got a painting, the 36 year old freezer and refrigerator were removed (they no longer worked) and a new refrigerator was purchased.
All of this would not have taken place without the help of many people. Special thanks go out to Mr. Paradis (Stacey our cook’s dad) and his crew for donating their services to remove the old freezer and refrigerator. It was a monumental task. The refrigerator had to be cut into pieces as it would not fit out the door. Mike Weber and his dad Joe Weber did the honors of cutting up the fridge. The Elks organization made a donation that went toward purchasing the paint for the outside playground. The paint was purchased at a discount from Ring’s End located in the Stop and Shop plaza. One of our student’s grandmother owns Filanowski’s farm and all the flowers were donated that have been planted in the new flower beds. The volunteers from Americare placed all the new wood chips under the swings and climbing structure. We appreciate everyone’s efforts. It really does take a whole community to educate a child.
Even with all this help we still spent a great deal of money on supplies. As a private nonprofit program we have to fundraise to afford these types of seemingly basic necessities. Our first fundraiser will be held on Thursday September 19, 2013. We are partnering with “Handful Productions,” to present a show consisting of a medley of songs from Broadway. They are a very talented group of Artists. The show will be held in Hamden, CT. I know this is out of the way for our families, but please feel free to make a donation even if you can’t attend the show. The tickets are $15.00 for an adult and $10.00 for children. We are also looking for raffle items such as gift certificates and other items to raffle off. The flyer was distributed the other day. If you would like to make a reservation or donation for the show please see Kristina in the office.
Once again welcome and we look forward to a wonderful, educational and fun school year.
Dr. Patrice Farquharson, 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