Program Spotlight: EARLY GATEWAYS TO THE ARTS
Through Early Gateways to the Arts, we provide instruction to
children at Kid's Connection Day Care of Messiah Lutheran Church in Cape Coral. The course instructs four-year-olds in basic music terms, teaches
them how notes and rhythm come together, and introduces them to a variety of instruments. They learn to work together, sing together, match pitch, and improve basic learning skills. During the year
musicians from the Symphony visit the school to give the children the chance to see and hear firsthand what they’ve learned.
“For these children, many of whom come from lower-income families, this is their only opportunity to really learn about music, and to begin to appreciate the complexity and artistry of what they hear,” says Betsy Randolph, who helped develop the curriculum and has taught the program since 2010. For example, in one lesson series, the children work with hand chimes, learning how musicians use rhythm, and read notes to be able to play a piece together—to make music. During the musicians' visit, the children are able to see these ideas in action; they also get to hear, see, and touch the instruments they otherwise would only ever hear about.
Kid's Connection Day Care music classes are not open to the public—contact the Gulf Coast Symphony to find out how you can get involved, or to bring Early Gateways to the Arts to your pre-school or pre-K program.
Early Gateways has some immediate needs, including additional instruments for the students. We are looking to purchase jingle bells, triangles, tambourines, resonator bells, egg shakers, maracas and drums. Items range in cost from $2 to $66 each.
If you are interested in helping to support Early Gateways, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your contribution can be allocated to this program at your instruction.
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Make a secure donation online, send a check to Gulf Coast Symphony, 6314 Corporate Court, Suite 100, Ft. Myers, FL 33919, or call 239.277.1700.
Welcome to Kid's Connection Early Learning Center! We are celebrating our 20th year of operation this year, so come on over and see what we have to offer!
The VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) program is up and going strong. We still have a few openings, so if you have a child that turned four before September 1, come take a tour of the facilities and meet the teachers.
Ms. Jeanette and Ms. Diane have many fun and exciting lessons and activities waiting for the children. Kid's Connection enhances the VPK curriculum by offering Bible Stories in Chapel on Mondays, Dance Class with Ms. Dot Conley on Wednesdays, Instrumentals on Thursdays with Ms. Betsy Duncan from the Gulf Coast Symphony, and Singing with John Renfroe on Fridays. We have two VPK classrooms. We have a great Family Involvement Plan for parents to come and join the fun during the school year. We are licensed VPK and School Readiness providers through the Early Learning Coalition of SW Florida.
In addition to the VPK program, Kid's Connection offers child care for children from 6 weeks of age to 12 years, and a before- and after- school program, as well as Christmas vacation, Spring Break and Summer Camp. The KC bus makes field trips easier, and summer also includes a week of Vacation Bible School. Licensed through DCF (#C20LE6313), Kid's Connection has surveillance cameras on all premises including classrooms and hallways. All of the staff is CPR and First Aid certified.
If you have questions, you can call Ms. Carmen, the director, Monday - Friday at 239-656-3536. (Se habla Espanol!) We would love to welcome you and your children into our warm and caring family.