This page includes news, coming events, community information and other NDNCC items of interest to residents of the Newark, Delaware area.
Lots of Fun Was Had At Our Garden Party on Saturday April 21, 2018!
NDNCC held a Garden Party on Saturday, April 21st, and the event was a great success! We had visitors from the Brandywine Zoo including a porcupine and a giant rabbit, and a beehive demonstration from the Entomology Department at the University of Delaware. Children painted birdhouses to take home, and transplanted lavender, peppermint, and marigold seedlings for their home gardens as well. Our very own SAC teacher Mackenzie painted faces, and we had healthy drinks and snacks for all to enjoy. We raffled off two trees, a gift basket from Harvest Market, $25 gift cards from Leon’s Garden Center and Gateway Garden Center, and two $25 coupons from Home Depot. Fifty eight families joined the event, as well as several staff and board members. It was a gorgeous day, and everyone had so much fun! The Garden Party will be an annual spring event!
Highmark Walk on June 9th, 2018
NDNCC has participated in the annual Highmark Walk at Bellevue State Park for the past 2 years. We sent several teams to the walk and have raised nearly $7000 to support high quality Early Childhood Education for all children here at NDNCC. See the attached flyer for more info. To register to be on one of our teams go to www.walkforahealthycommunity.org and follow the links to the June 9th Wilmington Delaware walk, then to our agency’s page
Come to Summer Camp
Summer Camp at NDNCC is a great place to be. Campers are busy with many outdoor activities, arts & craft projects, swimming, and team games. Field trips are planned to the Philadelphia Zoo, Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park, the Renaissance Fair, Midway Raceway and Water Park, and Rehoboth Beach/Cape Henlopen to add even more great adventures to our themed weekly programming. A visit will also be made by a traveling planetarium, and camp wraps up with a Fun Fair of carnival type games and an inflatable obstacle course. We look forward to seeing all the campers at our American Camp Assoc. accredited camp this summer!! Spots are filling up, so contact Dane Hutchinson to get your camper enrolled!
Welcome to Jane Bowen, our new Executive Director!!
Jane Bowen joined our team as Executive Director on December 4th, 2017. Jane comes to us with the right mix of education, skills, and experience to lead our organization. We are excited to have Jane with us, and are confident that when you meet her you will find that she has great positive energy, embraces diversity, is empathetic and has a great sense of humor!
Annual Meeting held February 22, 2018
Our Annual Meeting was held February 22, 2018. While we reviewed the year’s accomplishments and staff anniversaries, and voted on the Board of Directors slate at this event, we also enjoyed Miss Sharon’s wonderful meal and the Imagination Player’s musical entertainment. It was a great night for our families, staff, and Board members!
School year 2017-2018 activities
We are midway through the 17-18 school year. The ECE children have been enjoying learning new skills in each of the classrooms. Spring themed activities are blossoming throughout ECE. The ECE children enjoy music lessons once a week, Toddlers and Preschool classes participate in Jump/N/Fun classes once a month, and Read Aloud Delaware volunteers spend several hours per week reading to our children. Look for family-centered activities offered in your child’s classroom throughout the year.
Child TSG Assessments/Ages & Stages Screening (ASQ)/ Parent Conferences
Our ECE Teachers complete fall, winter, and spring assessments, on children enrolled in the program, using the Teaching Strategies Gold assessment tool. Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3) are also used in the ECE program. Families complete an ASQ-3 for their child and together, ECE teacher’s and families review the results to determine if children are developing at an age appropriate level. Teacher’s conference with families, reviewing the children’s progress towards research-based developmental benchmarks and goals, at least twice per school year.
Infant Playground Upgrades
NDNCC wants to thank the following organizations for contributing to upgrades to our infant playground last fall: DE Community Foundation, Christiana Rotary, and Wilmington Flower Market. We would not be able to continue to improve our facilities without partners like these!