Thursday, September 20, 2012

Star Providers for August and September Shine!!

Mrs. Johnson is one of the four year old teachers at Millersville Child Development Center. She has devoted some extra time to making the Creative Curriculum easier for her to utilize and organize.  Mrs. Jeannie wanted to have a way to ensure that each objective and dimension to the Creative Curriculum was being seen for each child.  She created a documentation sheet that allows her to check off each objective and dimension for every child, every three months.  This took extra time and effort however the reward will be in knowing that each child’s development is being documented.  Thanks to Mrs. Jeannie for going above and beyond.
Ms. Rinehardt and Mrs. Bowman are the teachers in the infant classroom at First Baptist Child Development Center. The team, Ms. Bowman and Ms. Rinehardt, worked together with the support of several other staff in the center to create their own blocks.  They utilized the website to locate a pattern for blocks that would be safe and fun of the children in the classroom.  This team of teachers has spent many hours sewing their new blocks and took it one step further to include a bell inside each block to encourage the children’s curiosity. The teachers have been hard at work thinking outside the box.  Thanks ladies!!

Fall Family Fitness Event Rescheduled

Monday, October 15, 2012

4:00- 6:00 pm

YMCA Playground

260 Black Oak Road

Taylorsville, NC

The Alexander County Physical Fitness and Nutrition Coalition invites you to Fall Family Fitness, Monday, October 15th,4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the new YMCA playground! This event will offer families and their young children an opportunity to enjoy an evening filled with fitness fun, free activities and active entertainment.
Agencies and businesses will offer information to families about services and provide an activity that promotes fitness and health. All activities are FREE for families.

Help Us Read For the Record Oct 4th!

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, will take place on October 4, 2012. This event is sponsored by the Alexander County Partnership for Children.  Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience.

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:30am volunteers will gather to mobilize at the CVCC-Alexander Center in preparation to “Read For the Record”. After reading the book “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” by David Soman and Jacky Davis, volunteers will head out to local child care centers to “Read For the Record” to children in four year old classrooms.

”Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a call to action to Americans to recognize the importance of quality early education, especially for our most vulnerable children,” said Susan Cogdill, Executive Director of the Alexander County Partnership for Children. “When children start behind, they tend to stay behind. Alexander County Partnership for Children is proud to support this campaign in Taylorsville and other communities in Alexander County.”

Volunteers are needed for this event!   Please consider volunteering an hour of your time to read to our young children.  Please contact Susan Cogdill at or 828.632.3799 to be a part of this exciting event!

Since the campaign’s inception in 2006, more than seven million people have joined local Jumpstart’s Read for the Record reading celebrations; Jumpstart has raised more than $7 million to support its year-round work in preschools in low-income neighborhoods.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pre-K Roundup is Returning

Tuesday, October 23rd
6:00 to 8:00pm
First Baptist Church
Davis Hall
Children entering Kindergarten in the
Fall of 2013 will want to be a part of the
 Roundup and meet teachers and
other school staff while learning more
about their school!   
Join us for the excitement and fun!
Free Books  For Children!

Fall Fitness Event Announced!


National Seat Check Monday!

Alexander County Partnership for Children and Alexander County Sherriff’s Department today announced it will conduct a “National Seat Check Monday” event on Sept. 17th at Alexander County Family YMCA.  Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 4:30-6:30pm to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.  The event, part of Taylorsville’s participation in Child Passenger Safety Week on Sept. 17 is free to the public.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.  Crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2010 shows that about 2 children 12 or younger were killed and 325 were injured each day in passenger vehicles.

 “You can never predict or control what other drivers might do or how the weather might change the safety of a roadway,” said Leah Bumgarner. “The best way to protect your kids is to put them in the right car seats for their age and size and use those seats correctly on every trip, every time. By attending Taylorsville’s car seat event on National Seat Check Monday, parents and caregivers can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible.”

She also urged parents to follow NHTSA’s car seat recommendations that recommend parents and caregivers keep children in their restraint types for as long as possible according to manufacturer instructions before moving them to the next type. For maximum safety, a parent or caregiver should have the car seat installation inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure their children are in the right seats for their age and size.  Children 12 and under should always ride in the back seat. 

Birth – 12 months

For the best possible protection, your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

1 – 3 years

Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. This may result in many children riding rear-facing to age 2 or older. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.

4 – 7 years

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8 – 12 years 

Keep your child in a booster seat until the child is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.


·         Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it on every trip, every time.

·         Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.

·         To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.

·         Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.