First Beginnings Child Development Center- 1st United Methodist, Shreveport

First Beginnings Child Development Center is a "Type 3", full-day, ECE Preschool. Ages 8 wks - 5 yrs. “CLASS”, TS Gold, QRS and LDOE participant.

Weekday Early Childhood Education serving infants 2 months old through Pre-Schooler, 4 years old.

First Beginnings Child Development Center is a full-day Pre-School and Early Childhood Education Center. We are a ministry of First United Methodist Church, Downtown Shreveport, serving families with children ages 8 weeks through 5 years. All families are welcome! First Beginnings is a "Type 3" Early Childhood Education center registered with the Louisiana Department of Education. Parents, we know, selecting a childcare center or preschool program can be a very frustrating experience! With so many options, it is hard to know just what will be right for your very special child. First Beginnings Child Development offers every child a loving and nurturing environment, a place that is stimulating, and a place where every day has something special in store. Weekday childcare has been a part of First United Methodist Church since 1970. As the demands for quality childcare for young children in our community grew, we evolved into a full day, preschool and early childhood education center, While First Beginnings is a Ministry of First United Methodist Church, our program is non denominational and open to families of all faiths throughout the community. The First Beginnings Child Development Center’s program emphasizes interrelated areas important for the growth of the whole child - intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and creatively. We seek to meet the needs of the individual child in a group setting. We strive for a daily positive feeling of success and self-worth at his or her level of maturity. A love of learning is fostered through a Christian environment, rich in opportunities for growth. We strive to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity as they investigate, discover, and solve problems in their daily experiences. We can assist you by providing a nurturing, secure, fun, and challenging environment for your child while they are in our care. You can go to our web-site for more information and to add your child to our waiting list. http://www.firstbeginnings.org/
Our hours:

Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Operating as usual

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🚀🪐Outer space week was a real exploration at F.B.☄🌎!!!

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⚽️🏀⚾️🏈Sports week / Field day 2021was a hit!!!🏅🎟

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🐄Farm week fun!!!🐖🚜

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It's lights out at Camp F.B.!!!!!

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Congratulations 2021 Graduates! Thanks to Ms. Vanessa and Ms. Tiffany for organizing this adorable event. Hats off to you!

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Dinosaur week is officially extinct @ F.B.C.D.C.

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Summer 2021 has begun!!!! Picnic week wrap up.

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30 Million Words: Building a Child's Brain Review and Takeaways | Elisabeth McKnight 06/02/2021

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This is so easy that it makes it hard. As a parent, we have questioned our parenting skills. We want to do our best, yet we typically think we could or should do more. This is our answer: The science of brain development is being realized at massive levels. Every well-respected organization in the field ECE offers us a great deal of solid research on this topic. The importance of talking, or better yet, actively engaging in conversation with our babies is something we can do with very little effort to ensure their success as they journey into adulthood. There are tons of links you could delve into, but this article below gives you the basics of The 30 Million Words Project… Worth your time, please!

https://elisabethmcknight.com/30-million-words/

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[01/11/21]   Remember, 1st Beginnings will follow Caddo Parish School’s decision to close during inclement weather. Tune in to local media outlets for closings and plans to reopen.
Please stay safe.

[12/22/20]   Not at all surprised with the accomplishments of these two! This should fill all of us with hope for our future! Picture the community with leaders that really are honest and show us unwavering integrity.

[12/21/20]   Tonight watch the southwest sky for the Christmas Star...
https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1341158961832083459?s=20

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Thirty Million Words: Good read explaining the science behind how speaking and listening to our children is the utmost important thing we can do for their development...

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Scholastic orders due 11/25/2020!!!

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LPIC Parent Poll | policyinstitutela

https://www.policyinstitutela.org/parentpoll

Parents, please participate in the Parent Poll.

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LPIC Parent Poll | policyinstitutela

https://www.policyinstitutela.org/parentpoll

Louisiana Child Care Parent Poll: the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children is working in collaboration with the Louisiana Department Education and Women’s United of Southeast Louisiana to conduct a survey gathering information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Louisiana families with children under the age of 5. This survey is for any parent, guardian, or caregiver raising children in their home. The survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete and is available in English, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Please take a few minutes and complete this survey to help these agencies understand and advocate for the child care needs of our families along with the needs of all young children across the state.

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[06/28/20]   Dear First Beginnigs Followers,

Over the weekend,a member of our First Beginnings staff has self-identified as testing positive for COVID19. Following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, we are closing First Beginnings to conduct a deep cleaning of the entire center and test our staff. Due to the short week ( July 5th holiday weekend) and turnaround time of the COVID19 testing results, we expect to re-open Monday July 6.

Public health agencies state that you do not need to be tested unless you have symptoms (fever,cough,difficulty breathing). We are testing our employees since they have been exposed to an individual testing positive for the active virus. Your primary health care provider can help determine if you need testing or treatment. I apologize if this last minute notification presents a major inconvenience. This is a very unusual time and our goal is to keep everyone healthy as we strive to make the best decisions possible to protect our families and staff.

Thank you

Charlotte Rogers

[06/04/20]   Oh for joy! We will be (for real this time) opening Monday, June 8 at full capacity. Again, I ask your continued patience as we take this step together. We are excited! Hope to see your smiling faces and those loving babies of yours then. Blessings to you all!
Also, I have emailed all of our enrolled families through our ProCare data-base. A few are still kicked back. If you did not receive an email, please email me with this information. @ [email protected]. Thanks

[06/04/20]   This is the results of a survey I participated in and the results were interestering. Thought you might want to know what some of the other centers are doing in our country.

HiMama Survey: Impact of COVID-19 on Childcare Centers
POSTED BY MELISSA WOOD
• MAY 7, 2020

• IN POSTED INCOVID-19 / LEADERSHIP
HiMama conducted two surveys over the past two months on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on childcare centers (one in March, the second in April). These survey results include responses from over 500 centers across North America.
67% of childcare centers closed during COVID-19
In both our surveys conducted at the end of March and the end of April, 67% of centers who responded were closed.
Regionality and size of center impacted the percentage of closed centers:
• 80% of Canadian centers closed vs. 63% of American centers closed.
• 55% of home daycares closed, 65% of single location centers closed, and 75% of multi-location centers closed.
96% of centers who remained opened saw a decline in attendance
Of the centers that remained open, 96% had parents keeping the children at home as a precaution to the pandemic. On average, open centers experienced 69% of children staying home in March and 70% of children staying home in April.
51% of closed centers are still paying their staff in full
In terms of paying their staff, there were big differences between open and closed centers.
Closed centers were more likely to be paying their staff in full with 51% of centers who responded stating that they are still paying their staff. Open centers were more likely to have reduced staff hours with 39% stating that they have done so.
Below is how participants replied to the question, “what are you doing for staff regarding salary?”
Closed Open Total
I don’t know what I’m going to do 5% 9% 6%
I’m currently using their vacation/holidays 4% 1% 3%
I’ve had to lay off my staff 33% 24% 30%
I’ve reduced their hours 8% 39% 18%
Paying them in full 51% 27% 43%
Many closed centers leveraged ‘remote learning’ to maintain positions for staff as they transitioned to working from home.
• “We are allowing main teachers to work from home with lesson planning and providing activities for families electronically.”
• “Working from home, connecting with families, sending activities, virtually reading books, and singing songs to children.”
58% of closed centers are not collecting any tuition
In terms of tuition collection, only 6% of all respondents noted that they were collecting full tuition payments:
• 71% of closed centers are collecting nothing, 15% are collecting partial tuition, 11% are supported by the government, and 3% are collecting full tuition.
• 41% of open centers are collecting partial payments with only 13% collecting full tuition.
60% of centers currently offering remote learning
67% of closed centers and 45% of open centers are currently offering remote learning programming for their children. Remote learning has exploded within the early childhood education community with teachers and centers running virtual circle times, setting up at-home activities, running yoga sessions, and setting up virtual playdates to ensure learning is still happening.
12% of centers are not offering remote learning but are planning to, 12% of centers want to launch remote programming but don’t know how, and 17% of centers have no plans in offering remote learning.
‘Stress’ and ‘staff’ are the two biggest concerns for centers
When asked how they are holding up, the most popular mentioned word was ‘stress’ as both centers who are open and closed are facing a lot of uncertainty in terms of how to run their business.
The second most mentioned word was ‘staff’ as people shared how they were worried about maintaining their staff with few children in attendance or being forced to close their businesses.
Words of hope and gratitude
🙏 A BIG THANK YOU to the childcare community. Working in the childcare community throughout this time has led me to personally be inspired daily by the passion, perseverance, creativity, and hope that you bring to our youngest minds. Each and every one of you amazes me.
A follow up thank you to everyone who participated in this survey. This data helped shape the content that we curated, the product features we shipped and launched, and the at-home activities database we developed to support the childcare community in this time of crisis.
Through everything, the community has also been very supportive and encouraging.

06/04/2020

HiMama

This left me with such hope! Enjoy

The #COVID19 crisis has been an incredibly challenging time for the entire #childcare community. Here are some words of hope that our amazing #ECE community shared to help us all get through this together!

[05/31/20]   https://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/child-care-providers/child-care-assistance-program-(ccap)-pandemic-protective-services-crisis-application.pdf?sfvrsn=21e09b1f_8

Essential Employees
1. Agriculture and Fishing
2. Manufacturing
3. Repair and installation of Machinery and Equipment
4. Electricity, Gas and Water
5. Construction
6. Wholesale and Retail Trade
7. Transport Storage and Communication
8. Accommodation and Food Services
9. Information and Communications
10. Financial and legal activities
11. Professional, Scientific and Technical activities
12. Rental and Leasing Activities
13. Administrative and Support Services
14. Public Administration and Defence
15. Human health and social work activities
16. Community/Voluntary Services

Licensed Name of Center:
First Beginnings Child Dev Center
Provider Number (TIPS): 020144036
License No.: 12422
Physical Address:
500 Common St, Shreveport, La. 71101 License
Capacity: 135
Ages Served: 2mo-4yrs
City:
Shreveport
Zip Code: 71101
Parish: Caddo
Telephone:
318 4296890
E‐mail: [email protected]

Employer Identification Number: 72-0977243
The Employer Identification Number (EIN) is issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

05/23/2020

From LDOE
Essential critical infrastructure workers are eligible to apply for CCAP subsidy child care through May 31, 2020. For questions regarding CCAP, please contact [email protected]


Veronica Buckley
Program Consultant
Louisiana Department of Education
1201 North 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, La. 70802
(225)342-1861
www.louisianabelieves.com

surveymonkey.com 05/05/2020

Can you spare a few moments to take my survey?

This survey will be very helpful as we make plans to reopen June 1. We want to provide the best environment possible for your children and our staff. Thank you for helping us out.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6CWKFH7

surveymonkey.com Please take the survey titled "First Beginnings: We Are All In This Together". Your feedback is important!

A little bit of who we are...

First Beginnings Child Development Center is a full-day Pre-School and Early Childhood Education Center. We are a ministry of First United Methodist Church, Downtown Shreveport, serving families with children ages 8 weeks through 5 years. All families are welcome! First Beginnings is a “3 Star”, "Type 3" Early Childhood Education center registered with the Louisiana Department of Education.

Weekday childcare has been a part of First United Methodist Church since 1970. As the demands for quality childcare for young children in our community grew, we evolved into a full day preschool, and early childhood education center, While First Beginnings is a Ministry of First United Methodist Church, our program is non-denominational; open to families of all faiths throughout the community.

Parents, we know selecting a childcare center or preschool program can be a very frustrating experience! With so many options, it is hard to know just what will be right for your very special child. First Beginnings Child Development offers every child a loving and nurturing environment, a place that is stimulating; a place where every day has something special in store.

The First Beginnings Child Development Center’s program emphasizes interrelated areas important for the growth of the whole child; intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and creatively. Our staff bring collectively, an overwhelming number of years in Early Childhood experience. The teachers continue their own education to acquire a 2-year certification in Child Development. With past years of experience, and exposure to current education trends,we are prepared to meet the needs of each individual child. A love of learning is fostered through a Christian environment, rich in opportunities for growth. We strive to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity as they investigate, discover, and solve problems in their daily experiences. We can assist you by providing a nurturing, secure, fun, and challenging environment for your child while they are in our care.

You can go to our web-site for more information and add your child to our waiting list.

https://firstshreveport.com/about/first-beginnings-day-school

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500 Common St. First United Methodist Church
Shreveport, LA
71101

Opening Hours

Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm
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