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November 01, 2010
>Paths to QUALITY™, Indiana's Voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System for Child Care Programs Launches Sign Campaign

Child Care Answers has unveiled a brand-new sign and banner program that allows parents to recognize which businesses and child care agencies that are recognized by Paths to QUALITY™ as high quality child care organizations. This is a free resource for families to use when choosing child care. According to Melanie Brizzi, Child Care Administrator for the Indiana Bureau of Child Care, "Over 1,900 child care programs have demonstrated their commitment to quality child care by participating in Paths to QUALITY™. The signs are a great way to recognize the efforts of programs rated at Levels 2, 3, or 4 and to tell others that these child care programs are working to give children the rich environments they deserve."

Learn more about Paths to QUALITY™ and other child care resources in our community by contacting Child Care Answers at 317-631-4643 or www.childcareanswers.com.

To access a free, online search for a Paths to QUALITY ™ child care program, visit childcareindiana.org.

Dr. Bennett and Pacers Launch Indiana's Parent Pledge

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Pacers Center Jeff Foster and Pacers Sports and Entertainment Vice President of Communications Quinn Buckner recently released Indiana's Parent Pledge to educators and parents across the state.

Indiana's Parent Pledge aims to increase parent engagement and enhance parent-teacher collaborations on behalf of Indiana's students. The pledge affirms your commitment to make the pursuit of knowledge and education your number one goal in your household. The pledge includes promising to: Read to your child or encourage your child to read daily, help your child complete all homework assignments and encourage your child to ask for help (or assist with tutors), make sure your child arrives to school on time, well rested and prepared for a full day of learning, make certain your child treats his teachers and fellow classmates with respect and compassion and make positive behavior the expectation in your home, make certain your child graduates from high school and understands the importance of continued education, encourage your child to dream big and give 100 percent effort, treat your child's teachers as a valuable resource and work with them on academic improvement and classroom behavior expectations and monitor your child's academic growth and stay as involved as possible in his education and notify teachers of any issues immediately.

By signing this promise, you are pledging to do your part to help raise intelligent, inquisitive, respectful and compassionate citizens. The children are the future of the state of Indiana and your pledge to help make sure your child receives the best education possible is imperative. The pledge will be available online at www.doe.in.gov/parentpledge and in school buildings around Indiana.

Goodrich Quality Theatres Presents Lights Up Sound Down Sensory-Friendly Movies

Goodrich Quality Theatres is proud to present Lights Up, Sounds Down, a new experience that gives families with children who have special needs the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory-friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down in the auditorium. Regular matinee pricing applies. Indiana plays host to three venues: Hamilton 16 IMAX in Noblesville, Lafayette 7 in Lafayette and Portage 16 IMAX in Portage. The next movies scheduled include: Megamind on Saturday, November 6 at 9:15 a.m. and Yogi Bear on Saturday, December 18 at 9:15 a.m. (Dates and titles are subject to change. Confirm with theatre five days before date to make sure the theatre has been book with the movie noted). For more information on this brand-new experience, visit www.gqti.com/lightsup.aspx.

Folgers® Brings Families Home for the Holidays with Essay Contest

The sights, sounds and aromas of the holiday season often stir up a sense of nostalgia and a yearning to be at home with family. This year, Folgers® is once again helping to make that happen for five lucky families as part of the second annual "Home for the Holidays" contest.

Five winners will receive a seven day, six night trip in December 2010 for themselves and up to three other guests to travel to their hometown destination within the 48 contiguous United States. Each trip includes round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a rental car, $1,000 spending money and a Folgers gift basket. Travel origination and destination must be within the 48 contiguous states. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. 18 years old or older. Void where prohibited. See www.folgers.com for Official Rules, entry information and complete details.

"The sights, sounds and aromas of the holiday season often stir up a sense of nostalgia and a yearning to be at home with family, but everyone may not have the opportunity to go home and be with their loved ones," said Maribeth Badertscher, Director, Corporate Communications, The J.M. Smucker Company. "Our hope is that Folgers will help the five lucky families celebrate old traditions and make new memories together this holiday season."

To enter, America can visit www.folgers.com now through November 30, 2010, and submit a 200-word essay answering "What is the best part of wakin' up at home during the holidays with Folgers coffee?"

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