Together We Grow Summer News


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Gifted and Talented: Emma

Emma has been coming to Together We Grow for over three years now. Her parents discovered the center after a family emergency required her stay-at-home father to go out of town. Her mother Kristin found that there were few day care centers willing to take a child with Emma’s medical needs. A family friend recommended that she look into Together We Grow as an option. She was so pleased with the facilities that she decided to enroll Emma full time. With medically fragile children it is common for one parent to have to stay home to care for the child. Kristen says moving Emma to Together We Grow has allowed Emma’s father to go back to school instead of staying home with Emma, which was “a big deal for us.”


Emma is an incredibly outgoing five-year-old who loves to sing, dance, and entertain her friends. She enjoys taking acting and dancing lessons. Center Director Nicole Hage says, “When she’s here, she lights up the room. She’s a sweetheart.”


Though Emma’s Cystic Fibrosis requires her to make frequent visits to the hospital, it has also given her the opportunity to be an advocate for the annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk for the past four years. Her team, Emma’s Angels, raised over $4,000 this past year. Emma’s confidence will serve her well as she moves on to kindergarten in the fall. She is one of the seven typical and medically fragile children who graduated from the preschool program at our San Diego campus. Though her transition will be a challenge, Kristin is certain that Emma will do well because of Together We Grow’s strong academic focus.


NAEYC Accreditation

National Association for the Education of Young ChilddrenTogether We Grow is honored to receive Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. To achieve NAEYC Accreditation, early childhood education programs volunteer to be measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health and safety. This new honor reflects Together We Grow’s high standards and illustrates why we remain leaders in quality care for children.


Medically Fragile Weekend Program

Summer 2008 Medically Fragile Weekend Calendar


Getting to Know Together We Grow: Nicole

Nicole Hage began working for Together We Grow almost seven years ago. Originally she was the lead teacher in our pilot program at Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Child Care Center. Following that, she worked as the lead teacher in several classrooms in our Oceanside campus. This last December she accepted the position of Center Director for our San Diego campus. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Arizona State University, and then returned to San Diego to receive her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant from Maric College. As the Center Director, her goals are making sure that the children’s needs are met, upholding the standards which we have come to expect from Together We Grow, and being a resource to which patients and staff can turn.


Together we growNicole says, “I just love the kids. I love the whole philosophy of inclusion. I think it is so important.” She is so committed to the concept that both of her children have been a part of the Together We Grow family since they were infants. Watching her own typical son playing with his special needs friends in the classroom and on the playground has been inspiring for her. Nicole feels that it is incredibly important to provide an environment where young children are given the support to be independent.


As another class graduates and moves on to kindergarten, Nicole reflects on the progress she has seen in the children who come to Together We Grow. She wants parents and health care professionals to know that we provide a safe, supportive environment for both typical and medically fragile children.


Sources of Funding

Four principal sources of funding are available for parents who wish to have their children attend Together We Grow:

1. Medi-Cal - Some children may qualify for Medi-Cal eligibility separate from their parents’ income
2. Regional Centers - Funding may come from Early Start or Skilled Nursing Hours (including the weekend program)
3. Military - Respite and child care hours available through a government funded program
4. Other Insurances/Private Pay - We can help parents explore funding through their insurance plans.

Our pricing for typical children is comparable to day care centers in the area. Private insurance may not disqualify a child from other funding sources.


Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Bruschetta

1 (32-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained (you can also use fresh tomatoes or mix in sun-dried)
1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed and spun dry
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 or 5 garlic cloves, peeled
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large French baguettes, sliced 1-inch thick (about 36 slices)
1 ½ pounds fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼ inch thick

Preheat oven to 375˚. In the bowl of a food processor, add drained tomatoes, 1 cup basil leaves, olive oil and 2 garlic cloves. Pulse until chunky. Season with salt and pepper. On a baking sheet, line up baguette slices. Toast in oven for about 3 minutes or until light golden brown. Working quickly, rub the remaining garlic on the toasted side of each slice and then lay a piece of mozarella cheese on top. Place bread back in oven and melt cheese slightly, about 45 seconds. Remove from oven and spread one tablespoon of the tomato mixture on each piece. Place bruschetta on decorative platter and garnish with basil leaves.


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