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Every Parent Needs to Read This

Are you a parent? You need to read this. 


Over 40,000 babies every year are born with congenital heart defects. The health of children in our community is always a top priority for us at MyLilyPad and Easy Time Clock. We work with Vizavance often to support vision screenings for children all over Oklahoma. We participate in multiple health fairs to support companies who are offering their healthcare services to families in need. 

This year, Piedmont Public Schools is working with Athletic Testing Solutions (ATS) HeartCheck to provide heart screenings for people ages of 8 to 25. On Saturday, December 15th, you can go to Piedmont Elementary to get your screening done. There is a fee for this particular screening, however, your family may qualify for discounts. 


Pre-registration is required, so be sure to sign up BEFORE the 15th. 


Go to this link to learn about services offered: www.ATSHeartCheck.com

At this link, you will find the application for discounted services: https://www.athletictestingsolutions.com/financial-aid/



Watch a video on YouTube about ATS saving lives: https://youtu.be/EwPqEjo_zOI


Car seat Safety





CAR SEAT SAFETY TIPS

Hard Facts about Safety in Cars

  • Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States.

  • Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

  • Three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly.

Top Tips about Car Seat Safety

  1. Buying the right car seat. Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible, at least until age 2. When your child has outgrown that seat, you are ready for a forward-facing car seat. 

  2. Installing your car seat. You’ll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat. Both are safe, but don’t use them both at the same time. Once your child is forward facing, it is important to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors. 

  3. Getting the right fit. A properly-fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child. 

  4. When to change your car seat. Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height and age limits for that seat. 

To get more details and a car seat safety checklist go to https://www.safekids.org/car-seat

Halloween Safety for the Littles


Everyone wants to have fun on Halloween. But we need to make sure our kiddos are safe so everyone CAN have fun! 

YIKES

On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

Top Tips

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.

  2. Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

  3. Children under the age of 12 (at least)  should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If a child is mature enough to be without an adult, be sure to remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

  4. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

  5. When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

  6. Be sure to wash ALL makeup off before bed, sleeping with paint or makeup on can cause eye and skin irritation. 

  7. Tell your kids not to eat any treats before they get home so you can make sure it is safe. 

Resources:

https://www.safekids.org/halloween

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween

In the Know: Bus Safety



In The Know about School Bus Safety


Did you know? School buses are actually 70x safer than any other type of transportation on the road! Buses are the most regulated vehicle on the road. 

Tips to travel safely: 

  • Stay seated
  • Keep hands to yourself
  • Use Inside voices
  • Listen to the bus driver and bus monitors, they are there to keep kiddos safe! 


When crossing the road, getting on and off at a bus stop always follow the directions of the bus driver. If the stop sign is out that means cars will stop to let kids cross the road or get on and off the bus. 

  • Be aware of your surroundings AT ALL TIMES when crossing the road 
  • Look for cars coming 
  • Make sure you know where to go when you get off the bus 

Have a SAFE and FUN school year!!! :) 





Oklahoma City's Diaper Need

Let’s get together and support struggling parents and caregivers with supplying diapers! If we all bought just ONE pack of diapers and donated it, we could change the struggle immensely! 

The Infant Crisis Center in OKC provides families in need with necessities such as formula and diapers. 3 out of 4 families struggle with needing necessities for their baby.

How can we help?!

Drop of diapers, wipes, baby wash, etc. at The Infant Crisis Center at 4224 N. Lincoln Blvd in OKC or any drop of locations listed at www.infantcrisis.org 


More info on how to help: 

http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/diaper-drive/


Together we can bridge the gap!!

Just Between Friends Sale

JBF SALE!!! This is the BEST sale of the year for parents! You can get tons of toys and clothes for a huge discount! AND you can sell your kiddos gently used items to make a little extra back to school cash! Win win! 


August 19th-25th at OKC State Fair Park is the first event! If you miss that one you can catch it in Norman at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on September 23rd-29th. 


Heres the link with all the deets! http://www.jbfsale.com/home.jsp

End Summer Time with a Bang in OKC!


What to do before school starts to end Summer with a bang!


  • Gypsy Glam Roadshow is hosting a Kid’s Fest at the OKC Farmer’s Market on Monday, August 5th! Shop, bounce, eat and so much more. Admission is ONLY $5 for all kiddos 5 and older. 

  • Wide-Open Wednesdays at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum allow you to go spend a day exploring for FREE! 

  • Take a spin on Myriad Gardens’ carousel at their Carousel Carnival Day on August 11th! The best thing- it is ONLY $2 per rider. There will also be carnival games and the opportunity to learn how to make balloon animals! 

  • At Cuppies & Joe (727 Nw 23rd st) bring your kiddos to Storybook Hour!! This event is completely FREE and happens twice a month. Enjoy coffee and relax on the first and third Saturday each month at 10:00 am.

Good to Grow: A Family Fun and Wellness Expo



We are so excited to invite YOU to this special event!

At Good to Grow, you and your kids, big and small :),  can come play games, get free check ups, and all kinds of health information available to children and parents! 

There will be vendors for eyesight, hearing, learning, and more!

Come see us on Saturday, August 25th from 9:00am-12:00pm at Feed the Children in OKC. Check out our FB event here: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/524272774672479/

School Supply Drive- Good Fight Church Yukon

 

Can you believe Summer is almost OVER?! It is Back to School already!! Get your kiddos prepared with all they need to start the school year off right by going to The Good Fight Church in Yukon!  They will have games, live music, free food, and free school supplies for those who need it! 

                                        Join them on August 5th, 5:00-8:00pm at 500 E. Main ST. Yukon, OK 73099.

Community Outreach- Build A Monster

One of our favorite things over here at MyLilyPadApp and EasyTimeClock, is community outreach. Over the years we have perfected a few of our favorite activities to do with kiddos and the Build a Monster craft has been a HUGE hit! This week we went to the Piedmont OK Public Library and hosted our Annual Build a Monster Event. Each Tuesday during the Summer the Piedmont library offers free activities to children and their families. You can learn more about the library, their events and their classes by visiting their website https://www.piedmont.okpls.org/ 

MyLilypadApp had a Great time at Oklahoma Family Child Care Alliance Spring Conference!

MyLilypadApp Raffle Winners!

The signs say:

The Childcare Provider

Although I 'm not their mother, I care for them each day.

I cuddle, sing and read to them, and watch them as they play.

I see each new accomplishment, and help them grown and learn.

I understand their language, and listen with concern.

They come to me for comfort, and I kiss away their tears.

They proudly show their work to me, I give the loudest cheers.

No I am not their mother, But my role is just as strong.

I nurture them and keep them safe, though maybe not for long.

I know someday the time may come when we will have to part.

But I know each child I've cared for is forever in my heart. 

  



June 23 2018- Geekapalooza!

MyLilypadApp.com will have a booth this year at Metro Family Magazines and the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma's event, Geekapalooza! 

From their facebook event:

You won't want to miss our annual Geekapalooza STEAM event put on by Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma and Metro Family Magazine!

We've got some returning booths this year, as well as lots of new ones! You won't want to miss this incredible opportunity to participate in STEAM activities!

There will be two sessions during the day. A morning session at 9am-12pm and an afternoon session at 1-4pm. Please select which session you'd like to attend on the event page!

Registration for this event is done by group/family up to 4 people. You will need to register all of your guests (up to 4) in the Family/Group Registration category.

Early registration is $12 per family, $6 per additional guest, through midnight on Thursday, June 21.

Day-of registration is $15 per family, $7 per additional guest.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1561321387277116/

Leaping Lily Game

Leaping Lily Game.pdf


We are all about Science and Math over here at MyLilyPadApp.com. So we created a fun STEAM game to do at health fairs with jumping frogs!  Using Frog Hoppers, each kiddo takes turns "hopping" their frog and recording their results. 


This game teaches how to test a theory, record results, and discusses the concept of Newton's Third Law "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object."


We hope you enjoy it adding science, math and Lily the Frog to your STEM learning!

How to Protect Your Kid’s Identity Now

Much ado has been made about protecting your personal information lately (Thank you, Apple and the FBI, for bringing this issue center stage.) And, according to techies who follow such trends, it would seem that many people are starting to take notice—especially when it comes to protecting their children’s privacy using encrypted communications.

Sight Saving Still Shows 4 years Later


My nephew, Phoenix, was born November of 2011 with terrible vision.  Through testing with Vizavance, formerly Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, we were able to get the right direction for Phoenix's vision. Had we not done his screening and been diligent with his eye care, Phoenix would have gone blind in at least one eye by the time he was a teen.   Enjoy our journey video from 2014 and you can see from his picture below, Phoenix is all boy and excelling at life with great vision!


Easy Time Clock is a proud supporter of Vizavance! If you want more information on this sight saving program, check out their website at http://www.Vizavance.org

What is the Lilypad Technology?

I wanted to take Easy Time Clock to a new level and begin to offer other Software as a Service (SaaS) products. One of the major pain points I felt as a child care provider in my past, and now as a parent with a child in daycare, was the lack of ability to communicate digitally with the provider. We are in a time in which we live off of technology. If you don’t take a credit card, that’s a burden on the parents to make sure they have checks or cash on hand (who even keeps their checks on them anymore?). Every day at pickup, you are provided a daily sheet that inevitably ends up on the floor of your car. As a parent who has shared custody, I never knew what was going on with my kiddo unless someone else told me. MyLilypadApp.com solves all of those problems and more. Lilypad brings the power of the internet to your daycare to save the provider time and money. We offer time tracking, a parent portal for payments, daily sheets, calendar access, and billing management for the provider. It is also super cute and offers different blog options than Easy Time Clock. I hope, in time, we are able to be a provider and parent resource for anything kiddo related.

Where did Lilypad Start?

My desire to bring technology communication between the provider and the parents started the conversation for our newest product, Lilypad.


Before my husband and I purchased Easy Time Clock in January, 2016, I worked in child care, and I made many friends who have gone on to found their own in-home day cares – our son attended one until Pre-K! I’ve been hearing the horror stories of organizational chaos from these friends; some owners I know use as many as five different applications to help keep their businesses running smoothly, and as the owners of a tech company, this pulled on our heartstrings.


Additionally, as a mom, there is so much information I wish my provider had the time and resources to provide me while our son is in their care.
Meet Lilypad! Chuck, my computer-wiz husband, and I have created Lilypad as an all-in-one product that any in-home care provider or center director needs to run her business while providing live updates to parents. I’ve dreamed of this product for years, and we’re excited to announce that Easy Time Clock, inc. is able to offer this product!