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Weekly Digest 12/17/2021


Relationships develop at different paces and some take more effort than others. You may quickly form bonds with the children in your care, while other relationships maybe more challenging and take time to grow. With some children, especially those with challenging behavior, it may be more difficult to emotionally connect. You may feel afraid to admit this to yourself and others. Know that this is a normal feeling and does not mean that you don’t have unconditional support for the well-being of all the children in your program. If you ever struggle to build a mutually engaging relationship with a child in your care, use the questions below to guide your reflection. If you feel comfortable, share your feeling with your Support Specialist or another child care professional.

  • Is the child’s family culture different from my own? Is this affecting my feelings towards this child?

  • Am I considering that the child has challenging behavior because they lack specific skills most children this age have developed?

  • Do I disagree with some of the family’s parenting practices?

  • Am I placing judgment on the child’s interests rather than following their lead and trying to engage in those interests together?

  • Is the child’s family under considerable stress or have they experienced trauma, making it difficult for the child to form relationships?


The Educator agrees to monitor all children’s attendance and to report to CFC, Inc. any situations where a child is consistently absent from care. The Educator understands that there can be no more than 45 excused absences (illness, vacation, appointments) in a one-year authorization period, or no more than 3 unexplained absences that total 3 consecutive days*. The Educator must monitor daily attendance and contact families with unexplained absences, as required by EEC. Excessive absences may be grounds for termination of care.

*During COVID, policies around unexplained absences remains in effect. Educators should be vigilant in reaching out to families who do not regularly send their children to care, providing reasons for absences on attendance invoices.


WE’VE MADE IT EASIER FOR YOU! A colored button has been added to your attendance invoice. From now on you do not have to call in your closures. Just go into your attendance invoice, click the button, fill out the short form and hit submit. The information will automatically be e-mailed to us. If you wish to cancel your closure, you can also do so by clicking the button.


It is important that Amy track different kinds of closures so we know to pay you. If you close for more than 3 days due to COVID we must have verification that you reported it in LEAD as soon as you receive it.

If CFC has set up sub care, or a new child has enrolled with you, it is your responsibility to enter absent or attended dates on your weekly attendance invoice. If your sub care information is NOT listed on your sheet, you must enter a comment on the sheet with the child’s name, Date of Birth, and the dates that sub care has been set up. Instructions for entering comments are below. Once you have entered the comment, you can enter the attendance as you normally would. You will no longer be required to e-mail Amy directly of sub care attendance, absences or start dates.

Remember, if you forget to include this information on your invoice, we cannot bill EEC and cannot pay you for the sub care. Also, if a parent cancels sub care, we cannot credit it to you.

If you have any questions on what to do, contact Emma.

How to comment in Google Docs on a computer

1. Open Google Docs on Mac or PC and open the document you wish to edit.

2. Highlight the text in your doc using your mouse that you'd like to add a comment to.

  • Right-click on the highlighted text and select "Comment" from the pop-up menu. This will immediately turn your highlighted text yellow and a comment box will open in the right hand margin. Enter your comment into the text box and click the blue "Comment" button when you're finished typing.

  • Alternatively, you can also hold "command" + "option" + "M" on your Mac keyboard, or "ctrl" + "alt" + "M" on PC, once you've highlighted your text to add a comment. Enter your text and then click the blue "Comment" button.

Holiday Donations –the deadline was December 13th. If you haven’t already sent one in, we have extended the deadline to Dec. 20th.

  • Please let Cathy know if you plan to donate.

  • Let her know if you have any families who are in particular need this year so we can start our list.

  • We are asking for money donations. Once we have a total of families and their size we will purchase gift cards

to stores they most often frequent. No amount is too small.

  • Donations can be made through Venmo, check or cash.

EEC UPDATE: EEC has approved a rate increase for educators! Stay tuned for more information. We’ll be updating you in upcoming Weekly Digests!



Las relaciones se desarrollan a ritmos diferentes y algunas requieren más esfuerzo que otras. Puede formar rápidamente vínculos con los niños a su cuidado, mientras que otras relaciones pueden ser más desafiantes y tomar tiempo para crecer. Con algunos niños, especialmente aquellos con comportamientos desafiantes, puede ser más difícil conectarse emocionalmente. Puede tener miedo de admitir esto ante sí mismo y ante los demás. Sepa que este es un sentimiento normal y no significa que no tenga un apoyo incondicional para el bienestar de todos los niños en su programa. Si alguna vez tiene dificultades para construir una relación de participación mutua con un niño a su cuidado, utilice las preguntas a continuación para guiar su reflexión. Si se siente cómodo, comparta sus sentimientos con su especialista en apoyo u otro profesional de cuidado infantil.

• ¿La cultura familiar del niño es diferente a la mía? ¿Esto está afectando mis sentimientos hacia este niño?