School Newsletter - July 2024
ChildCare Careers

Directors' Corner

Summer Needs and Savings

CCC’s rates are all inclusive. When you use a teacher from CCC it is usually because you have a vacancy to fill. If you were to fill that vacancy yourself, you would incur all of the following costs:

  • Hourly wage
  • Payroll taxes (Social Security, Medicare, Federal UI, State UI, etc.)
  • Benefits costs (Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension/Retirement)
  • Paid vacation, sick days and statutory holidays
  • Workers’ compensation insurance premiums

In addition to avoiding all of the above costs, using CCC also saves you money by reducing over-time for your staff, eliminating the need to place recruitment ads, reducing your payroll processing costs, and allowing you to easily adjust your staffing levels to match fluctuating enrollment.


Holiday Activity!


Ice Cream Cones


  • Paper
  • Pom-Poms


Students make ice cream cones by folding brown paper into cone shape. Staple or glue edge of cone. Students then sort pompoms by color. Use ice cream scoops to scoop “ice cream” into cone. Count the number of scoops it takes to fill the cone with one flavor of ice cream (Example: sort brown, white, and red pompoms. Scoop only red or “strawberry” ice cream into cone. It takes __ scoops to fill cone).

Glue squeezed into cone before filling it with pompoms will help hold pompoms in place. Student’s cones may be displayed in a decorated cardboard box turned upside down with several small holes (approx. 2″) cut into it. Place cones in holes for ice cream cone holder. Students can get creative by helping with decorating box and coming up with a name for their ice cream shop. The name can be displayed on the box.

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"Happy 4th of July!"


Jul. 31 - Aug. 1 Zero to Three - LEARN Conference 2024
Long Beach, CA
Oct. 23 - 25 Fall Technical Assistance
Sacramento, CA
Nov. 6 - 9 NAEYC - Annual Conference
Anaheim, CA

Summer Safety Tips

Summer offers many opportunities for exploration and play in outdoor learning environments. With proper planning, early childhood programs can make sure that children are able to take advantage of these experiences and safely enjoy the summer.

Tips for Safe Outdoor Play


The Child Care Weather Watch can help you understand weather forecasts and decide when it is safe for children to be outside. Along with local forecasts, this resource can help staff check the temperature, humidity, and air quality.

Follow these tips to stay up to date on weather conditions:

  • Check the Air Quality Index and subscribe to EnviroFlash. This service from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state or local environmental agencies sends daily emails about local air quality. Poor air quality can negatively affect children with asthma and other special health care needs.
  • Check the forecast for the UV Index Overview to limit exposure to the sun when the index is high.
  • Sign up to receive hourly weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Sun Protection

Children need protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they're outdoors. Shade and sunscreen protect children from sun exposure and can help to reduce the risk of some skin cancers.

Follow these sun safety tips to reduce UV exposure:

  • If possible, use play areas that have some shade.
  • Protect infants younger than 6 months from direct sunlight by keeping them in a shady spot under a tree, umbrella, or stroller canopy.
  • Limit children's sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.
  • Encourage families to dress children in cool clothing such as lightweight cotton pants and long-sleeved shirts. A hat will protect their face, ears, and the back of their neck.
  • Get written permission from children's parents or guardians to use sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30. Choose a "broad spectrum" sunscreen to screen out both UVB and UVA rays.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors so the skin can absorb it. Reapply it every two hours if children are outside for more than an hour, and more often if they are playing in water.
  • For children older than 6 months, apply sunscreen to all exposed areas, including children's ears if they are wearing a cap instead of a hat.
  • For children younger than 6 months, use sunscreen on small areas of the body, such as the face and the backs of the hands, if protective clothing and shade are not available.


Toddlers and preschool children cannot regulate their body temperatures well and need more water when the weather is hot. Regularly scheduled water breaks encourage all children to drink during active play, even if they don't feel thirsty. Fluoridated water (bottled or from the faucet) can reduce the risk of tooth decay and is the best drink for young children in between meals. Staff may offer breast milk or formula to infants, since water is not recommended for infants younger than 6 months. Review the recommendations in Caring for Our Children (CFOC) Standard for more information.

*Excerpts taken from “Summer Safety Tips” – Head Start ECLKC



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