The Knights of Columbus Rosati Council, in Lemay, has supported the Center in many ways over the years. They regularly support our work with monetary donations and they also sponsor a popular Easter Egg Hunt every spring. In 2013, once again, the Knights of Columbus volunteers made sure that children at the Center had a great time at the event. In addition to finding eggs, children received baskets with goodies and toys.
Every year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) designates one week to celebrate children and early childhood education. As a NAEYC-accredited center, we offer a variety of fun and educational opportunities for families throughout the week. This year, two of our fun activities were an ice cream social and a visit from the Bubble Bus. Both of these activities were special treats for children that allow them to simply enjoy being kids. Plus, the ice cream social gave parents a chance to get to know each other.
Other activities during the week included a movie night and a session of our “Loving Tips for Parents” class. And on Thursday, we gave families the gift of time by preparing dinner for them. Families took home pasta meals with salad and dessert, so that they could spent time eating together rather than cooking!
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program is coming to Lemay Child and Family Center! Thanks to a partnership between the United Way and Wells Fargo Financial, children under age 5 will receive their very own books in the mail at home, straight from the Imagination Library. Earlier this Spring, families signed up to participate, and every child will receive “The Little Engine that Could” as their first book. Then, once a month, children will get a new book, appropriate for their age, delivered to them at home. Click here for more information about this incredible program.
The bidding is now closed for this RFP. Six proposals were received and they were opened at 9 am on Friday, February 15, 2013, with one firm in attendance. After evaluation and interviews, HKW Architects was selected as the Project Manager. Click here for a summary of the six bids received.
Lemay Child & Family Center is seeking proposals from qualified project management firms to complete necessary design and construction services and provide related technical assistance to LCFC during the design and construction phases of our Outdoor Learning Center. The scope of services, artists’ rendering and Conceptual Master Development Plan can be obtained at www.lemaychildandfamily.org or may be picked up at Lemay Child & Family Center, 9828 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63125, January 11, 2013 through February 1, 2013. Bids will be opened on February 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Here is more information about the vision and concept for the Outdoor Learning Center.
Lemay Child & Family Center appreciates the generous support of local businesses of all sizes. In December, employees from Ameren’s Human Resources department selected the Center as the recipient of their annual “Give Back” holiday giving drive. The employees collected toys for our infant-toddler rooms and cash donations to support the math and science curriculum throughout the Center.
Also in December, we received a donation of bikes and wagons from PNC Bank. We are thrilled to be a Grow Up Great partner with PNC!
For many families in our community, the holidays can be a stressful time. Cold weather, family stress, job concerns, and financial issues can pile up and cause parents to feel overwhelmed during the holidays. Fortunately, we live in a very generous community and people are willing to reach out to those in need. Several families at Lemay Child & Family Center benefited from community generosity during the holidays. We would like to thank the following organizations that helped to brighten the holidays for families this year:
Mideast Area Agency on Aging/Lemay Senior Center
Oakville Elks Women’s Auxiliary
Simon Says Preschool
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
River City Casino
United Way 100 Neediest Cases
US Bancorp Investments Dept.
Here is a picture of ReMax employees who conducted a coat drive, collecting more than 100 coats for families at the Center.
And here’s one from US Bancorp, whose employees adopted one of our families.
On December 15, more than 70 children and their families enjoyed breakfast and a visit with Santa at the Center. Every child received a book, a stuffed animal, and a small gift at the event. Parents enjoyed a hot breakfast with their children, along with an art project and a great time to socialize and meet other families. Many thanks to Gary Rose as Santa for his help in making the event a great success.
Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from the event!
The annual “Family Feast” potluck dinner was held at the Center on November 15. Families had the opportunity to share a meal with each other, featuring favorite recipes and Thanksgiving treats contributed by families and staff at the Center. The children also did an art project and had a chance to show their parents what they have been working on here at school.
The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis recently granted $25,000 to Lemay Child & Family Center for the continued development of our social-emotional curriculum. Specifically, funding will be invested in staff professional development and training, with a focus on implementing the social-emotional learning throughout all components of our curriculum. We will be working directly with Teaching Strategies, the publisher of Creative Curriculum to implement this training program. This is a great way to expand the on-going curriculum training we offer at the Center.
On November 9, nearly 40 teams competed in Lemay Child & Family Center’s 9th Annual Trivia Night. This year’s event, sponsored by Midwest BankCentre and the St. Louis County Economic Council, raised more than $14,000 to benefit the scholarship program at the Center.
Thanks to the outstanding efforts of friends all over the country, Lemay Child & Family Center was one of the top three vote-getters in Monsanto’s recent Grow St. Louis Contest. For a two-week period in August, more than 80 organizations competed for on-line votes, with over 15,000 votes being cast. As one of the top three vote getters, the Center will receive a grant of $15,000 from Monsanto. The Center will apply the funding toward our new Outdoor Learning Center.
Thanks for Voting!
This year, 17 preschoolers completed the program at Lemay Child & Family Center, and they are ready for kindergarten! We celebrated this milestone with families in July, in a ceremony that featured graduation songs and predictions of what each child might be when they grown up. The children made their own graduation hats and were thrilled so many of their family members came out to celebrate with them. As part of the ceremony children not only received a “diploma,” but they also received their portfolio documenting all of their wonderful preschool accomplishments, showing that they are prepared for kindergarten. The children will be attending a variety of different schools around the area, including Hancock Place Elementary, Forder Elementary, Beasley Elementary, and the St. Louis Language Immersion School.
On July 31, families and staff joined together for a “Taste of the World” event to raise money for our new Outdoor Learning Center. Held in conjunction with the Olympics, children learned about different countries and cultures, and we celebrated what we have been learning with the event. Each classroom focused on a different country and provided food from that culture for guests to try. The turn-out was amazing and we raised more than $800! Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event such a success.
Thanks to the generosity of the St. Anthony’s Physician Ambassadors and Cardinals Care, the children at Lemay Child & Family Center have a new bus to help with field trips this summer. The bus is also used during the school year to transport school-age children.
This summer’s field trips include rock climbing at REI, seeing live performances at STAGES, visits to local parks, tours of restaurants and businesses such as Cold Stone Creamery and Cici’s Pizza, and much more!
The graphics on the bus were created and donated by Summit Sign and Graphics.
Thinking of enrolling your child at Lemay Child & Family Center?
Lemay Child & Family Center offers:
Full-day, year-round programs
Exceptional care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years
Fun and educational monthly family activities
Experienced and degreed teachers
Newly updated and expanded facilities
If you can’t make it on August 1, call us at 314-544-3338 to set up time to visit.
Thanks to our partnership with PNC Bank, we recently enjoyed a traveling exhibit called One World One Sky. The inflatable planetarium was set up at the Center, where preschool children participated in a presentation called “Growing Up Great Together Under One Big Sky.” At the Growing Up Great Together Under One Big Sky mobile planetarium, children learn the basic principles of math, geometry and physics, and also about others’ culture. At the close of the show, each child received a daytime/nighttime activity poster, which is trilingual (English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and has reusable, glow-in-the-dark stars to display at home.
The St. Louis County Port Authority recently announced that Lemay Child & Family Center will receive a $350,000 challenge grant from the Community Reinvestment Fund toward the cost of updating our outdoor learning spaces. The project includes three playground areas appropriate for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children, plus gardening areas, and natural exploration areas. Additionally, the Center will develop a new stormwater retention area as part of the project. The Center will soon begin a fund-raising campaign to raise the remaining funds in this $600,000 project. The Community Reinvestment Fund awards grants using revenue received from lease payments from River City Casino. More information about the fund can be found at lemaynow.com.
On March 24, volunteers from the Junior League of St. Louis helped to get our gardens ready for spring. The volunteers moved our vegetable garden closer to the building for better access to watering. The volunteers also weeded and cleaned out our herb and flower gardens, added mulch, and planted a variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs. The children will be adding more seeds and plants throughout the spring and will work all summer long to weed, water and maintain the gardens. One of the best parts is always getting to enjoy what we grow!
On December 10, children from the Center had the chance to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elf-helper during our annual Breakfast with Santa event. Following a hot breakfast, children worked on craft projects and each took a turn with Santa. Each child received a book, courtesy of First Books, and a new toy to take home.
The Center is honored to be selected as a grant recipient from the Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri for 2011-2012. The Center will use the funds to support our programs for families, including Parent Cafes, Family Social Events, Family Field Trips, and parenting education programs.
Elaine Powers represented the Center at a grant award ceremony in September. Also pictured are CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber, MO State Representative Jill Schupp, and CTF Chairperson Patrice Mugg.
Our summer school-age program is off to a great start ! The children are having an amazing time and have been on several field trips, including fishing and roller skating. We’ve also enjoyed special presentations, including “Grossology” with the St. Louis Science Center. The children really enjoyed the hands-on science experiments!
In May, parents and grandparents packed the Center to enjoy the children’s annual spring concerts. Coordinated by teacher Carla Goodwin, every classroom performed songs with a “rainbow” theme.
In spite of the threat of bad weather, the Center held our first Community Fair and Tailgate sale on May 21. Several families and local businesses enjoyed great traffic at their tailgate booths, selling everything from clothing to household items and from toys to sports equipment. Special displays included St. Louis County Health Department, the St. Louis County Police Department, antique fire engines, and a major display of model trains from the St. Louis Lionel Railroad Club.
The day included carnival games and face painting for kids; snacks and drinks; and two raffles. Special thanks to our raffle prize donors: Barron Gymnastics, Cotton Babies, Fitwize 4 Kids, Sarah Moon, Spanky’s Custared, Swing-A-Round Fun Town, and World Martial Arts Academy.
Recently the Center enjoyed a visit from storyteller Mama Katambwa. Everyone including infants and toddlers, preschoolers, school-agers , and teachers enjoyed her songs and stories. It was especially fun because the kids had plenty of opportunities to dance, sing, play instruments, and act in the stories.
Volunteers from the St. Louis Food Factory have teamed up with Lemay Child & Family Center to support our nutrition and gardening programs. On Martin Luther King Day, they visited the Center and helped the school-age children prepare foods using fresh fruits and vegetables. The children had a great time learning and trying “beet smoothies” and chili. Each child also took home the recipes so parents can try out different foods, too!
Happy? Sad? Angry? Afraid? The Center’s new social-emotional curriculum – called “Al’s Pals” is helping children learn to identify and manage a wide range of emotions, to help them develop their social skills.
Funded with a grant from the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, the Al’s Pals program includes puppets, songs and other fun ways to help children learn.
The teachers completed an extensive curriculum training program prior to starting the new curriculum.