We believe that it is important for young children to be able to share their excitement about their birthdays with their friends at the Center. Children whose birthdays occur during the summer months when the Center is closed are welcome to celebrate their “half-birthday” at the Center.
We highly encourage families to help their child pick a favorite book that can be shared with the group as their birthday celebration. If you would like to bring in a food item to celebrate your child’s birthday, you must consult your child’s classroom teacher. She/he will give you a list of foods that would be acceptable. Due to food allergies and family food preferences, we ask that you confer with the teachers and only bring in food items that are on the provided list. In line with accreditation standards, all foods that come from home for sharing must be either whole fruits or commercially prepared packaged foods in factory-sealed containers. If you plan on bringing something in, please notify the program one week before the event.
For safety reasons, balloons should not be sent or brought in to the Center. Balloons present a serious choking hazard to young children. Mylar balloons are safe, but if let go, they pose a problem with the ceiling fans.
If you are bringing in invitations to your child’s birthday party, please place these in the family mailboxes in the hallway. We would prefer that you mail the invitation, if possible, as birthday party invitations (or rather, non-invitations) have caused many hurt feelings among the children in the past. We encourage you talk with your child about the hurt feelings that can result from a comment such as, “You’re not invited to my birthday party,” and to discourage such comments.