Tips for TEMPO!

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We look forward to you joining us for TEMPO – A Family Fun Festival.

Our event is on the West Green directly across 1st Avenue South from the new Regions Field baseball stadium. The BLUE line is the best line for Railroad Park access.

Parking downtown can be confusing! Keep these tips in mind:

  • Parking: Parking is limited close to the park. Here are our suggested parking options.
  • NOTE: The entire block of 18th Street to 19th Street between Morris Avenue and 3rd Avenue South will be CLOSED from 9 – 11:30 AM for the cycling events.
  • DART Trolley: Because there is a game Saturday evening, the downtown trolley DART system will be available for free starting at 10 am Saturday for you or your family’s use.

Activities/Entertainment: There will be much to see and do at TEMPO – A Family Fun Festival. Checkout the fun-filled schedule below!

10:00 am                   Cahaba Cycles Mock Crit Race

10:00                          Stage: BC/BS Zumba

10:30                          Family Bike Ride

10:30                          Stage: HEAL Dance

11:00                          Stage: The Checkerboard Guy

11:30                          Stage: Si Reasoning Improv Rhythm Activity

12:00 pm                   BUMP Skills and Safety Clinic, 12 and under

12:30                          Stage: Mommy & Me Time Fitness Mommy Fit 

1:00                            Stage: BC/BS Zumba

1:30                            Stage: The Checkerboard Guy

See you tomorrow!
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Top 10 Reasons to Attend TEMPO this Saturday!

TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND TEMPO THIS SATURDAY:
 
10. Participate in a family bike ride downtown!
9. You can meet members of the Birmingham Barons!
8. Learn about bike skills and safety for riders under 12, presented by BUMP!
7. Get free bike repair and maintenance lessons from BiciCoop and Redemptive Cycles!
5. You might win a bike from Cahaba Cycles!
4. “Funderstanding” activities: children’s games and activities provided by local nonprofits, with updated information for parents!
3. The first 500 children will receive a free bike helmet from Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris!
2. Have you seen how beautiful the weather is going to be Saturday?
1. It’s a great way to spend the day in Railroad Park with the whole family!
 
So, grab your bike and helmet, pack up the family and join us at TEMPO!
 
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Three Words: FREE Family FUN!

Now that the rush of back to school has died down, I’m sure you’ve had an opportunity to take a deep breath and unwind a little.

Back to school can bring lots of stress: getting the right school supplies, meeting new teachers, learning new rules and, of course, new expectations.

Childcare Resources believes that all children should have the opportunity to succeed.  We believe that family literacy is a great way to teach a variety of skills to prepare children for school.

That’s why Childcare Resources is proud to again participate in Read and Romp! Birmingham. Join us on Saturday, September 15th at Railroad Park from 9 am – 12 pm. Families with children ages 3 – 5 years will enjoy activities ranging from arts and crafts to physical activities, all which revolve around book themes. At the end of your fun, collect a free bag of books to enjoy at home!

Still not convinced it’s worth your time? Check out some of the fun from last year below!

Childcare Resources volunteers provided face paining to all attendees.Families participate in activities together at tables sponsored by various organizations.

Last year, our book was My First Book of Sign Language. We decorated hands with glitter, crayons, markers and stickers and learned simple signs. This year, our book is Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Come find out what fun we’ll have to go along with it!

See you next Saturday!

Read and Romp! Birmingham 2012 is sponsored by United Way Success by 6, The Community Foundation of Birmingham, BAM!, Infinity Auto Insurance and Reach Out and Read Alabama.

We Need a Contest Winner!

The Fairy Tale Ball is only two days away, and Princess Merida is busy sharpening her skills for the dance floor.  (Hey, she’s already a great shot at archery, why not?)

She has also been practicing her signature and stocking up on pens, since every child receives a souvenir book with plenty of room for autographs. She just knows she’ll be the talk of the Ball and sign more autographs than any other character! After all, all of the children will have the opportunity to play in her enchanted forest and play games.

Speaking of stocking up on pens, Childcare Resources Resource and Referral team keeps a large quantity on hand too! Our Supplemental Child Care Program (SCCP) assists eligible parents with paying for the cost of child care. Based on a sliding scale related to family size and income, parents pay a portion of the cost of care and Childcare Resources pays the rest.  Lots of pens are needed to complete all of the applications necessary to apply, but it is well worth the time and effort!

Helping local families afford quality child care is a vital aspect of Childcare Resources.  Many working families turn to us to assist their needs, but when funding is low, our services are limited.  Due to decreases in government funding for SCCP, as of May 15, 2012, we have suspended further applications for this vital program.

Your ticket purchase to the Fairy Tale Ball provides the support needed to sustain and grow the programs offered by Childcare Resources – programs that help give our children the best start in life.

Birmingham was recently named the third largest metro area for charitable giving. We hope you will consider contributing to our area’s generosity by attending the Ball and making memories with your family!

You never know, you might end up on television.  Our good friends at CBS 42 are a generous supporter and will be there to check out all the fun too!

Contest Alert!

It’s always great to look your best if you appear on television, right? Make sure you princess or wizard is ready by entering our hairstyle contest! You must be a verified guest (meaning you need to have purchased tickets in advance) to enter. The winner will be chosen tomorrow at 12:00 pm. Don’t miss out on another fun experience to add to your family’s Fairy Tale Ball memories!

A special thanks goes out to XCell Academy for sponsoring the contest!

Will the Old Woman in the Shoe Make it to the Ball?

With three days to go, the Old Woman in the Shoe is about to cry. She has all these children but has no idea what to do with any of them. She’s so busy she might have to miss the Fairy Tale Ball!

Thankfully, she recently decided to turn her shoe into a child development center, hired a few child care providers and enrolled other children to attend as well. Now she is eligible for four of Childcare Resources’ great programs!

The first thing the Old Woman did was sign up to participate in the Early Learning Resource Library and Van. Now the Old Woman can check out children’s books, make die cuts and laminate materials. Yesterday, when she realized one of the teachers wanted to teach her class about insects, she was able to check out a book to help that teacher plan the lessons, as well as a theme box full of insect activities! Plus, once a month, a van with library resources visits the shoe school for teachers to browse and check out items.

(Oh, and the best part? Parents can join too! Stop by and fill out an application!)

One of her classroom teachers is having difficulties with implementing circle time activities. Thankfully, Childcare Resources has “Training with a Purpose,” a program designed to provide topic specific, hands on technical assistance in this classroom. Now, in addition to specialized training, the teacher will have the opportunity to see an experienced child development consultant “in action.”

I’m sure the Old Woman’s infants and toddlers take up a great deal of her time—they have so many needs! The Old Woman could apply to participate in the Infant Toddler Program. The Infant Toddler Program offers free training, one-on-one consultations, program assessments, and classroom stipends to participating child care centers to improve the quality of care in their infant and toddler classrooms.

In a few years, the Old Woman might decide to apply to an accreditation program.  Childcare Resources will assist her through RISE (Reaching Improvement through Self-Evaluation). The program offers free training, one-on-one consultations, program assessments, and classroom stipends to child care programs interested in working towards reaching national accreditation standards and improving the quality of early care they offer at their child care center.

The Old Woman never would have been able to attend the Ball without the support of Childcare Resources. To show her appreciation, she’s bringing her shoe for all the children to play in at the Ball—don’t miss out!

(At the moment, the Old Woman is busy at the doctor’s office with a handful of sick children—good thing she has great health insurance through one of the Fairy Tale Ball’s corporate sponsors, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama!

There’s always a wait, but thankfully she brought along the lastest edition of Birmingham Magazine to read. (They are a 2012 Fairy Tale Ball Sponsor too!)

What’s the llama doing Six Days before the Ball

Yes, I said llama. “But wait,” you say, “I don’t recall a fairy tale featuring a llama.”

Neither can I. (But I’m sure there were lots of llamas roaming around in the background of fairy tales. . . ).

Childcare Resources supports family activities. We believe that children learn best from their parents through daily interactions and shared experiences.  Our work supports parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher by offering resources, programs and “Parenting Counts” workshops.

Childcare Resources’ experienced child development consultants are eager to provide these services for you—contact us to schedule a session!

One easy way to spend time together every day is reading books.  In fact, we will be encouraging this activity at the Fairy Tale Ball.  Guess who will also be there?

You guessed it: a llama!  Make sure to visit the “Llama Llama Read-a-Rama” area during the Fairy Tale Ball. Stop by to read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” and meet Tatoo  (courtesy of AlaLlama Llama Farm – Steele). He might even pose for a picture or two!

So, as I asked before, with six days to go until the Fairy Tale Ball, what’s the llama doing?

“Llama llama
red pajama
waiting waiting
for his mama.

Will she take him
to the Ball?
baby llama
starts to bawl.

Llama llama
red pajama
begs oh pretty
please dear mama!

Baby llama,
what a fuss!
I will take you
but you must hush!

Please stop all this
llama drama
and be grateful
for your mama.

Llama llama
red pajama
quietly says thank you
to his mama.”

(Inspired by Llama Llama Red Pajama)

Pinoccio: One Week Before the Ball

We’ve all heard of Pinocchio: the puppet whose wish to be a “real boy” came true.

One week before the Ball, he’s having a great time, running and playing with all the other real boys!

But what about Geppetto, his “father,” the one who made him and controlled his movements as a puppet? What a responsibility–directing another’s life!

Childcare Resources recognizes that leadership in the early care and education field is not easy. In fact, we have a child care consultant whose primary focus is to assist, train and mentor child care directors. From opening a child care business to training staff members, Childcare Resources is here to offer career assistance to Blount, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties (we’ve even had some St. Clair county clients recently too!).

Your ticket to the Fairy Tale Ball will not only allow you to interact with Pinocchio and Geppetto, it also ensures that local child care directors have the tools and resources necessary to offer the highest quality services to their clients.

So, purchase a ticket, “have a ball,” and assist Childcare Resources in making more dreams come true!