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Read Across America Week February 25 - March 2 and! Dr. Seuss Birthday !!!

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday – March 2, 2019

Theodore Seuss Geisel was an American author who, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, wrote and illustrated books that both children and adults came to love. Born in 1904 in Massachusetts, Geisel went on to write some of the world’s best-known children’s books, with sales topping 600 million. He published his first children’s book in 1937, titled “And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street.” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Horton Hears a Who,” and “The Cat in the Hat” are some of his more well-known titles. He passed away in La Jolla, California, in 1991.

Key Moments in Dr. Seuss's Life

December 1, 1995

Dr. Seuss gets a library

On the fourth anniversary of his death, the library at the University of California, San Diego is renamed the Geisel Library for Geisel's generous contributions over the years.

1957

Banner year

Geisel publishes both "The Cat in the Hat" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

1942

Supporting the war effort

Geisel begins work for the government to support the war effort, including drawing posters and later commanding the Animation Department of the U.S. Army Air Forces.

1934

Big oil

Geisel produces a 30-page booklet, titled "Secrets of the Deep," for Standard Oil. It became hugely popular.

1925

Get that degree

Geisel graduates from Dartmouth College.

How to Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday

  1. Get hooked on a book

    There's no better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday than reading one or more of his books. Maybe try one or two you haven't read before, such as "The Sneetches and Other Stories" or "Bartholomew and the Oobleck." Make sure to include the kids!

  2. Your turn to learn

    Dr. Seuss lived an amazing life and his stories touched children and adults across the globe. There are a number of fantastic biographies that detail his long literary career. You might start with "Who Was Dr. Seuss?" — an illustrated biography by Janet Pascal.

  3. This game's not lame

    PBS Kids offers a bunch of fun, Dr. Seuss-themed games online. Try the "Arcade Escapade" or the "Corn Maze Craze." There are hours of free, rhyming fun, and you just might expand your vocabulary along the way.

Dr. Seuss's Bestselling Books

  1. Green eggs?

    "Green Eggs and Ham" is Dr Seuss's all time bestseller, selling well over eight million copies.

  2. That cat's crazy hat

    "The Cat in the Hat," published in 1957, clocks in at just over seven million copies sold.

  3. That smells fishy

    "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" is a children's classic that has sold more than six million copies. That's a lot of fish!

  4. Hop on Pop

    The tongue-twister "Hop on Pop" has sold between five and six million copies.

  5. Where'd you go?

    "Oh, The Places You'll Go" has sold more than five million copies since it was published in 1990.

Why we love Dr. Seuss's birthday

  1. He was a legend

    Perhaps no other American stamped his imprint on children's literature quite like Dr. Seuss did. His books have sold more than 600 million copies and still fly off the shelves to this day. He created some of our favorite children's literary characters including that famous cat and elephant.

  2. He got kids to read

    Dr. Seuss made reading fun for kids. His characters, illustrations, and rhyming verse entertained while also inspiring kids to read more. It's quite possible he made kids WANT to go to bed early so they could have story time.

  3. He did more than write

    Theodore Seuss Geisel was more than just a children's storyteller. He was a political cartoonist during World War II and won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for a film called "Design for Death." His birthday serves as National Read Across America Day, which promotes reading throughout the country.

National Love Your Pet Day!!!

National Love Your Pet Day: When and How to Celebrate

Anyone out there who has a furry pal at home knows that pretty much every day is “love your pet” day. However, you might not realize that there is a special day dedicated to the endearing companions that make our lives better without even trying.

You probably already do your best to show your pets you care every day, but on the special holiday known as National Love Your Pet Day, you can go the extra mile. What is this holiday and where did it come from? What can you do to celebrate with your favorite pooch or kitty? Here’s the 411 on this pet-centric holiday.

WHAT IS NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY?

National Love Your Pet Day falls on February 20th annually, so after you spend Valentine’s Day celebrating your love for that one special person in your life, turn your attention to the furry little friends that you love even more. On this holiday, pet lovers are encouraged to go above and beyond to show their pets just how much they care with special pampering and attention.

Your animals bring so much to your life, and on this day, you have the chance to reflect on the special relationship you share with your four-legged friends, as well as think about the best ways to keep them healthy and happy.

HOW DID IT START?

Not to be confused with National Pet Day, the holiday started by animal welfare advocate and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige on April 11, 2005, National Love Your Pet Day is set closer to Valentine’s Day to tie in to celebrations of love between people. Unfortunately, not much is known about the origins of this holiday and no one seems to be claiming credit.

Articles dating back to at least 2009 reference the holiday, but there doesn’t seem to be much information prior to then, so it’s hard to determine when and how National Love Your Pet day was first conceived. Luckily, you don’t need to know the history to celebrate with your pet pal.

AWESOME WAYS TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR PET

There is no shortage of ways to show your pet you care on National Love Your Pet Day, including:

  • Grooming – A day at the spa will go a long way toward making your pet feel extra pampered. If you want to go all out, hire a pet photographer to conduct a photo shoot once your best friend looks extra cute.

  • Play time – Whether you take an extended trip to the dog park, bring home a few new toys, or build your cat an awesome jungle gym from cardboard boxes, playing with pets is a great way to keep their minds agile and their bodies healthy.

  • Treats – Can you think of a puppy or kitten that doesn’t love to gobble down treats? Just make sure to give pet-appropriate treats and follow guidelines on packaging. Avoid giving people food that could upset animal tummies.

  • Taking time – Many pets are pack animals, which means spending time with their people is the best gift of all. On this special holiday, take the time to do all you can to let your pets know that the unconditional love they feel is mutual.

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Happy President's Day!!!

President's Day

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What does President's Day celebrate?

This holiday is most commonly called President's Day, but the federal holiday is officially called Washington's Birthday. The day honors all of the previous presidents of the United States.

When is President's Day celebrated?

The third Monday in February

Who celebrates this day?

Washington's Birthday is a national federal holiday. Many states celebrate Washington's Day while other states officially call the day President's Day. The holiday is held on or around President George Washington's birthday, which is on February 22nd. President Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12, is also near this date and is often honored on President's day.

Fun Facts

In honor of President's Day we've put together some of our favorite fun facts about presidents:

  • George Washington was the only president unanimously elected. Meaning all of the state representatives voted for him.

  • John Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson, July 4th, 1826. This day was also the 50th anniversary of the approval of the Declaration of Independence!

  • Thomas Jefferson was also an accomplished architect. He designed his famous home at Monticello as well as buildings for the University of Virginia.

  • James Madison and George Washington are the only presidents who signed the Constitution.

  • James Madison was the shortest president at 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 100 pounds. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6 feet 4 inches tall (Lyndon B. Johnson was also 6' 4").

  • James Monroe was the 5th president, but the 3rd to die on the 4th of July.

  • On the day he was shot, Lincoln told his bodyguard that he had dreamt he would be assassinated.

  • Abraham Lincoln often stored things like letters and documents in his tall stove-piped hat.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt met President Grover Cleveland when he was five years old. Cleveland said "I am making a wish for you. It is that you may never become president of the United States".

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television during a 1939 broadcast from the World's Fair.

  • At 42 years, 10 months, 18 days old Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest man to hold the office of president. Ronald Reagan was the oldest at 69 years 11 months. John F. Kennedy was the youngest to be elected president.

  • Teddy Roosevelt was blind in his left eye due to an injury in a boxing match.

  • When Ronald Reagan was shot by an assassin in 1981, he joked "I forgot to duck".

  • The "S" in Harry S. Truman does not stand for anything.

  • John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout.

  • Woodrow Wilson was buried at the Washington National Cathedral. He is the only president buried in Washington D.C.

  • Andrew Jackson was shot in the chest during a gun dual, but managed to stay standing and shoot and kill his opponent. The bullet could not be safely removed and remained in his chest for the next 40 years.

  • George W. Bush is the only president to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

  • Barack Obama won a Grammy Award in 2006 for his voice on the audio book Dreams From My Father.

  • After working at a Baskin-Robbins as a teen, President Obama no longer likes ice cream. Bummer!

  • Bill Clinton enjoys playing the saxophone and was a member of a band called "Three Blind Mice" in high school.

  • Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born as a citizen of the United States. The presidents before him were born as British subjects.

  • Martin Van Buren was the only president to speak English as a second language. His first language was Dutch.

  • William Henry Harrison was the 9th president. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was the 23rd president.

  • John Tyler had 15 children. The White House must have been hopping!

  • James K. Polk was the first president to have his photograph taken while in office.

  • William Henry Harrison died just 32 days after becoming president. He died from a cold he got while standing in the rain giving his inauguration speech.


Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Getting your child ready for Kindergarten can be scary; maybe more for mom and dad than for the child. And while school has already begun, it's never too late get your child ready for their first year in "big kid" school. Here a few quick tips and resources to guide you through this milestone transition. As always, your center's director is here to help with any questions or concerns you have about this process. 

1. Check out your child's school's website. Chances are good your child's teacher has posted all the info you need to be sure they are prepared. 

2. Consider letting your child stay with other trusted adults for a few hours a day. This will help him or her to acclimate to being away from mom and dad.

3. Begin introducing concepts like counting, sorting, and identifying letters and numbers. Getting a head start on building these skills will make your child more confident when they are introduced at school.

4. Read, read, read! Make sure you are showing your child just how important and pleasurable reading can be by pointing out all the things you are reading throughout the day. Don’t stop with just their favorite books, but show them how newspapers, road signs, cereal boxes, recipes, and nearly everything else they encounter involves reading in some way.

5. Help them memorize their full name, phone number, and address. This is not only for their safety, but can also give them a sense of identity and self-confidence. Here is a really cool project you can do with your child to help them understand who and where they are in the world.

6. Show them how (and when) to properly introduce themselves to unfamiliar people. Your child will meet so many new people when they start school, so knowing the proper protocol for saying hello and introducing themselves to peers and teachers can go a long way in helping them make friends.

7. Most important, ask lots of questions. Make sure your child knows that you are ready and willing to listen to their concerns and help them with any confusion or problems they may encounter at school.

Enrollment Packet

Read & Download our 2017 Enrollment Packet.

Everyone who choses to enroll their child in a Quality Child Care Early Learning Center must fill out all of the info in the QCC 2017 Enrollment Packet highlighted below. Additionally, if your child is eligible for our ABC classroom, please be sure to download the additional ABC Enrollment Packet and submit it also, along with all of the required information. If you have any questions, please contact your Center's Director.  

QCC 2017 Enrollment Packet with Food Forms

ABC Little Rock 2017 Enrollment Packet

ABC Ft. Smith  2017 Enrollment Packet

USDA Team Nutrition Summer Resources

The USDA Team Nutrition has a great website to learn how we can keep our kids healthy and active all year long. They also offer information about their summer food program. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are being served at locations accross the state all summer long. To find a location near you, click here and enter your zip code. 

If you would like additional info, please contact your Center's Director