The Lanyard

~ For moms, from Susan

The Lanyard – Billy Collins
The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly—
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.
I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that’s what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.
She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light
and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.
Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift—not the worn truth
that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-tone lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.

Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Training

PITCOur Infant and Toddler classroom teachers have recently begun the Program for Infant Toddler Care Training (PITC) here at the CCC.

PITC Trainer Institutes are offered to educators, program managers, and other professionals responsible for training infant/toddler care teachers. Trainer Institutes are conducted three times per year, alternating between Northern and Southern California, and East Coast locations. Once participants have completed the certification requirements, they will receive a certificate of completion from WestEd and the California Department of Education. Upon completion of all four modules, a participant becomes a PITC Certified Graduate. Fellowships are available to California residents who meet eligibility requirements.

The CCC is very excited and honored to have our teachers trained in this high quality method of care giving for our youngest learners!


Added Security

As part of our emergency preparedness, we practice shelter in place drills. In order to add an extra layer of security, we are installing security guard latches (hotel latches) on all of the classroom doors. This is just another small measure to keep our children safe.

In lieu of the recent car burglary, we are in the process of installing security cameras to keep our parking lot monitored for added safety. We will share more on this development later.


Esteemed Guests Visit the CCC ahead of ECSTEM 2016

JFS_2071The guest tour of The Children’s Center at Caltech was a spectacular success! Below is a list of the distinguished attendees and panelists and some pictures to reflect the visit.

Susan Wood, M.A., Executive Director, The Children’s Center at Caltech

Mitch Aiken, M.Ed., Associate Director for Educational Outreach, Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach

Carrie Lynne Draper, M.Ed., STEM Director, Readiness Learning Associates

Dr. Russell Shilling, Executive Director for the STEM Office at U.S. Department of Education

Dr. Susan Hackwood, Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

Dr. Chip Donohue, Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago

Dr. Thomas Rosenbaum, President of Caltech

Julie Wolf, Board of Trustees, The Children’s Center at Caltech

Richmond A. Wolf, Caltech Board of Trustees, Vice President, Capital World Investors

Dr. Cassandra Horii, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach, Caltech

Tiffany Alva, Director of Early Learning, Think Together

Tia Dwyer, M.Ed., Chief of Field Operations, Think Together

Zachary First, President of the CCC Board of Trustees

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Information on the Zika Virus from the CDE

This is a message from the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education and Support Division (EESD).
The information below was developed by the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is related to the Zika virus.

For parents: What Parents Need to Know About Zika Virus.

Celebrating ECSTEM 2016

Dear CCC Families,

We are excited to report that the 5th Annual ECSTEM conference we hosted last week was a huge success! We had over 600 attendees from over 20 states and several countries. President Thomas Rosenbaum of Caltech came to tour the CCC on Thursday along with our expert panelists Dr. Russell Shilling, Dr. Chip Donohue and Dr. Susan Hackwood. An educator tour of the CCC was also held on Saturday for conference attendees who gave rave reviews. Additionally, we would like congratulate our staff who presented at the conference this year based on their research and work in the classroom.

We wanted to reach out and say thank you to our parent community for your continuing support of our work in introducing STEM concepts to the world of early childhood education! We know that school closure days can be inconvenient so we are so grateful to offer this day to our teachers to attend the conference and grow as professionals. We hope you will see the influence of their experience in the classroom and the benefit that professional development has on our community.

Here are some quotes from some of our exhibitors, attendees and panelists:

“Hello Dear Colleagues,
Special thanks for organizing and seeing to fruition another fabulous conference. It was a dazzling success and I learned so much! Susan, your remarks about your own questioning of the role of technology was a perfect way to frame the conference. I also really enjoyed listening to the panel – and Chip was a change agent for me. I also loved the researchers who presented too – nice to have a variety of tracks for different levels of interest and topics.
With tremendous appreciation for all you do,” Carrie Rothstein-Fish, Professor. Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, California State University Northridge

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful conference. As you can imagine, I attend quite a few such events, but this one was exceptional. It was big enough to have plenty going on, but not so big as to be overwhelming. The care and attention to detail was impressive. Kudos to Veronica and the team!” Trevor Wiser, Community Playthings

“Thank you for your part in putting together the ECSTEM Conference. I enjoyed all of the classes I attended, and the Hall of Inquiry was excellent. This was truly a wonderful opportunity for learning and networking!”
-Beth M. Odom, Children’s Home Society of California

“We just wanted to offer a huge thanks for the amazing conference! We absolutely adore the diversity of perspectives we encounter at the conference, within a consistent context of thoughtfulness. Both years we have attended have been fabulous, and we have left excited and inspired to take new ideas back to our context to share with teachers at BJS and our partner schools in the Boulder/Denver community!”
-Lauren & Alex, Boulder Journey School, Boulder, CO

With gratitude to our wonderful parent community,
Susan, Alma, Veronica, Paulina and Seadra