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Early Childhood Center-School Year 2016-2017

"Play is the highest expression of human development."
Welcome to The One School At Temple Beth Am, Celebrating the Whole Child. We understand and respect that every child is essentially, ‘the one.’ Every child is unique. The specifics of how we nurture and grow each child are dependent entirely upon the needs of the child. This is how we celebrate each child - by engaging him or her at his or her point of need. The One School partners with every parent to ensure every child is championed and educated as an individual.

The One School is a NAEYC Accredited, Reggio Emilia Nature-inspired school, serving ages 18 months to five years. The One School offers certified teachers, a low student/teacher ratio, an emergent creative curriculum and specialty areas of study including science, art, music, foreign language and nature study. The One School’s curricula are supplemented by young family programs and parenting workshops, an infant and toddler program, Family Center, Summer Camp, after school enrichment classes and an active and instrumental Parent Teacher Organization. A commitment to contribute to the community and the world at large is also a part of the school’s social justice philosophy.






Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Plastic products

Academy Focuses on Children’s Environmental Health 
As part of the Academy’s collaboration with the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), on April 9 NAEYC and CEHN jointly presented a webinar titled Eco-Healthy Child Care: Small Steps to Improve Children’s Environmental Health. Many of our stakeholders listened and participated. In order to continue this conversation, we would like to share information from CEHN about environmental health concerns related to plastics and plastic toys:
Plastic products are found everywhere, and child care settings are no exception. At one time we thought that plastic products were inert -- that chemicals in those products aren’t released into the food, beverage, or saliva that they come into contact with – but today, we know better. Certain plastics contain chemicals that can harm human health and we find that some of these chemicals migrate from the product into our bodies. (One compound is typically found in 93% of the U.S. population, and in higher levels in children compared to adults.)
Children are particularly vulnerable to these chemicals for several reasons: (1) their systems and organs are still developing; and (2) young children’s typical behavior includes inserting plastic objects into their mouths.
Two compounds of special concern -- phthalates (“thay-lates”) and Bisphenol A (BPA) -- have been found in baby bottles, sippy cups, teething rings, and toys.
Phthalates are a class of chemicals that are used to soften plastics, such as PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), bind fragrances in products, and act as solvents and fixatives, such as nail polishes. Children often inhale fragrances, chew on plastic toys, and absorb products (lotions, shampoos) through their skin. Exposure to phthalates is linked to harmful health effects including developmental and reproductive problems, asthma, preterm birth, low sperm count, genital malfunction, hormone disruption, premature puberty, and development of some cancers.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hormone disrupter that is used to harden some plastics. BPA can be found in baby bottles, water bottles, canned food liners, and sippy cups. We are exposed to BPA primarily through ingestion, as it travels to the body through food and drink containers. Adverse health effects may include breast cancer, miscarriages, birth defects, low sperm count, hyperactivity, and aggressiveness.
As caregivers, educators and parents, we have a responsibility to ensure that children are not exposed to unsafe plastics. Follow these Eco-Healthy Child Care (EHCC) suggestions to protect the children you care for:
  1. Avoid plastics with recycling codes #3, #6, #7 (unless the #7 product is also labeled “BPA free”)
  2. Purchase baby bottles and sippy cups labeled “BPA free” or glass options (newer baby bottles are supposed to be BPA free under Federal law).
  3. Never heat or microwave food or drink in any plastic containers, as leaching of toxic chemicals from plastic to food or liquid may occur. Use a paper towel instead of plastic wrap to cover food in the microwave.
  4. Only buy “new” plastic toys for infants and toddlers that are labeled “phthalate-free” or “PVC-free.”
  5. Discard all plastic food containers with scratches, especially baby bottles, sippy cups and infant feeding plates and cups.

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