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Family Community Connections 

The concept of community and giving to those in need is an essential part of our curriculum. Annually, we participate in a food drive and the Christmas Joy Program with Epworth Church in Rehoboth. Each year we look for other projects that help connect children to their community.  


Child's Play students get into holiday spirit 

Childcare facility works with Epworth to bring holiday cheer

December 31, 2014 - Cape Gazzette 

Using two hands and sticking her tongue out, Rehoboth resident Ella Tull, 3-and-a-half, is determined to cut this roll of wrapping paper in a straight line.

Rehoboth residents Katey and 4-and-a-half-year-old Claudia Stazzone stuff a clothing box with a jacket that will keep some lucky kid warm this winter. (Photo by: Chris Flood)

LEWES — Child's Play by the Bay, a preschool and childcare center in Lewes, celebrated the holidays with ts annual Christmas Joy gift-giving event.

Done in conjunction with Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, the event is a chance for kids who attend the center and their parents to give back to the community.

Participants picked a tag with a description of a present off the Christmas tree in the front lobby. Then on the nights of Dec. 9 and 10, teachers, students and parents gathered at the day care for wrapping fun, caroling and snacks.

There were an estimated 75 tags this year for kids ranging in age from infant to young teen.



Child's Play teacher Patti Hocker gets help tying ribbon in a bow from 5-year-old Jack Louden of Lewes. (Photo by: Chris Flood)

Five-year-old Harper Hertrich cuts wrapping paper for a cake decorating toy and a bike helmet. (Photo by: Chris Flood)

The finished product. A nook is filled with wrapped presents that will be delivered to Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth. (Photo by: Chris Flood)


Child's Play uses food drive as learning experience

Program rasies money for Delaware Food Bank 

November 20, 2014 - Cape Gazzette 

Mike Long, district director for Giant Food and board member at the Delaware Food Council, accepts the donation for the food bank from Child's Play by the Bay. Pictured (l-r) Delaney Huxtable, Irving Flood, Claudia Stazzone, Mady Lehman, Brandon Wilkinson, Quinn Klutchnik, Alex Muncie, Scarlett Stazzone and Mike Long.


LEWES — In November, children attending Child’s Play by the Bay, an early learning child development center located in Lewes, participated in a food drive service project benefiting the Delaware Food Bank.

Teachers at Child’s Play provided the kids with a visual shopping list that showed pictures of various non-perishable food items. The visual shopping list allowed the children to participate actively in the food shopping experience.

When possible, parents were encouraged to allow their child to assist with the shopping, complete the checkout process, and pay for their items.

“Early intentional exposure to logos, signs and words lead to knowledge that symbols have meaning,” stated Child’s Play preschool teacher Katie Miller. “This is a very important pre-literacy skill. This lays the groundwork for conventional reading and writing.”

As the children started to bring their food donations to Child's Play, the food items were used for classroom learning activities such as sorting, graphing and practicing number skills.

“We firmly believe in using real objects and items when offering young children early learning experiences. Providing the children with canned goods and boxed foods gave them ways to incorporate some sorting and patterning learning into the classroom using products that they purchased," said teacher Amy Burhop.

Child's Play wraps up some Christmas spirit

Dec 12, 2013 - Cape Gazette 












































Families of Child's Play preschool and childcare center wrap gifts they have collected as part of a joint program with Epworth UM Church.  Children from the school select a tag from a tree and shop for a gift. Then children and families get together Dec. 11 to wrap gifts, sing carols and get into the Christmas spirit.

The Hertrich family (l-r) Harper, 4, Lyndie and Remy,1, are dressed festively as they wrap packages.

(Photo by: Deny Howeth)

Andrew Connors gets some help from dad Mike as they wrap a gift. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)

Stephen Hart concentrates

on getting the tape just right on

his gift. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)

Mady Lehman is the tape provider while her mother, Nicole, holds the paper as families wrapped gifts.(Photo by: Deny Howeth)

Hurricane Sandy Collection 

Childs Play By the Bay collects for Sandy victims

Nov 27, 2012 - Cape Gazette 

Childs Play by the Bay spent the afternoon of Nov. 17 collecting children’s and babies' clothing, toys and school supplies for the youngest victims of Hurricane Sandy. The collected items were sorted and loaded onto a truck headed for Our Lady of Solace Church in Sea Gate on Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y. Our Lady of Solace is acting as a distribution center for relief items.












Shown sorting out some of their items are (l-r) Graham, Sasha and Gavin Robbin.

Clothes drive coordinator Candace Shetzler sorts out some of the many donated children’s items

Raising some funds with their craft items are (l-r) Bryan and Reagan Ciabattoni and Samantha Connors. 

Volunteers Maureen Faries, left, and Carol Grove organize the items in a box truck. 

Trick-or-Treat UNICEF 

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