Countdown to Spring Conference 2015

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The Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project Spring Conference will be held on Saturday, March 21 at Community Action Planning Council in Watertown.  Doors open at 8:00 am and the keynote presentation begins at 8:30 am. We’ve offered some choices this year that are sure to meet your needs and interests!  A complimentary lunch of soup and bread will be served.

This event is limited to just 30 participants! The first 20 people to register will receive a free book to go along with our closing workshop!

Click here for Spring Conference details and registration form

.  The registration deadline is March 13 so don’t delay!  Send your registration form (with your workshop selections for session 2 and 3) and payment today.  For more information, contact us or phone 315.782.4900 ext 239.  Hope to see you at the Spring Conference!

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Head Start: A Pre-School Program for the Whole Family

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Head Start is now recruiting for the upcoming school year. Families with children that will be age 3 or 4 by December 1st are eligible to apply.  Head Start is a federally funded preschool education program offered at no cost to families who are income eligible.  Automatically eligible are those families receiving TANF or SSI, foster care parents or families that are homeless. Over-income status may be waived for a child with a diagnosed disability or living in a high-risk environment.

IMG_6238Head Start offers family support services and for your child, the opportunity to socialize with peers, engage in pre-kindergarten readiness experiences, and enhance individual skills and talents. Sites are located in Antwerp, Carthage, Dexter, Adams Center and Watertown with home based options available for rural families of Jefferson County. We provide a variety of options including center part day and full day, and a combination of part day and home base programming for 3-year olds.

Head Start offers a full range of services including family support, mental health and community resource services, transportation for part day classes, on-site nutritious meals, health screenings and healthy life-styles education, bilingual services, and parent trainings and activities.

If you or someone you know is interested please call us at 315.782.4900, ext. 236.

 

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Save Energy and Money

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With winter well underway, you may be looking for ways to cut back on your energy bills.  Our Weatherization Department has put together five tips that will help you keep those hard-earned dollars in your wallet.

1. Thermostat setting
When you are sleeping or not in the house, make sure you turn down the heat to around 65 instead of 70 or 75 degrees. 65 degrees will still keep the house warm enough so the pipes don’t freeze but won’t use up unneeded energy.

2. Windows 
Properly insulated walls have an “R” rating for about 15-20. A single pane glass window only as an “R” rating of 1. A great way to add another layer of protection against the cold is to put up plastic in front of the windows to seal the cold out.

3. Air Sealing
Many doors may have a gap at the bottom that lets cold air in. Install a door sweep to help seal up those drafty doors.

4. Water heating
Did you know that the water heater takes up about 15%-40% of your energy bill? A lot of water heaters are set at 140 degrees. Turn it down to 120, and you will see immediate savings!

5. Lighting
The best for last….This tip isn’t just for winter but it’s so important that we had to add it. The lights in your home can account for 30% of your total energy bill. Remember to turn off lights when you don’t need them. Literally, one second of flipping a switch can save you hundreds every year!

We hope you find these tips useful.  Please contact us to share your own great tips or home remedies.

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Early Childhood Studies: Birth to Age 5

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Interested in becoming an early childhood professional? Seeking an education which will propel you into a career providing excellent care, education and services for young children and their families? Looking to pursue a bachelor’s degree on a part-time basis while still working a full-time job?

If so, SUNY Cobleskill encourages you to apply for its Bachelor of Science degree completion in Early Childhood Studies: Birth to Age 5. Graduates will be grounded in best practices and prepared to work in a variety of roles in the early childhood field or to enter master’s degree programs in related fields.

“Thanks to the cooperation and connection between SUNY Cobleskill and Jefferson Community College, I had the opportunity to attend classes as a non-traditional student of SUNY Cobleskill. The program allowed me to attend classes close to home while working towards the completion of the Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree by providing face- to- face evening classes that fit into my busy life…The degree I obtained has led me to the exact job I was looking for and enabled me to support myself on my own…the choice to go through the cohort was life changing and I will forever be thankful to all who were a part of my success at SUNY Cobleskill.” – Melody Eldred, recent SUNY Cobleskill – Jefferson Community College Cohort Graduate.

Curriculum is specially designed for working adults who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree on a part-time basis.  Classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting at the Jefferson Higher Education Center, located on the JCC campus.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science degree completion in Early Childhood Studies: Birth to Age 5, stop by to talk with SUNY Cobleskill representatives, who will be at Jefferson Community College on February 11, March 3, and April 16. You can also contact SUNY Cobleskill’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education at PACE@cobleskill.edu or 518.255.5528.

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