Windham Area
Family Child Care
     Grant Facilitators                          Member at Large                  Website Coordinator
Cathy Tormey 456-3161​                Kim Sutherland 468-0053            Kelly Lisee 228-1718
                               Lindsey Hayes 377-3125                                                         email:                    
Jenn Zator 228-3299                                                                                                    ​

Put a photo of something here.
OUTINGS(MUST sign up at meeting or with Cathy @ 456-3161 or

Thursday, May 24th @ 10am - Creamery Brook Bison Farm​​

Monday, June 4th @ 10am - Mystic Aquarium​​ Traveling Classroom @ Willimantic Library

Friday, June 15th @ 6pm
Kelly's House - 62 Chestnut Hill Road, Hebron
Pot Luck Dinner - sign up at the next meeting or call Kelly to RSVP​
There are no meetings during the summer.  The next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13th @ 7:00pm, Windham Hospital Desrosier's Conference Room.


This information is updated monthly.
​All available spaces are subject to change.


​Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 3 - Misty Berthiaume - Misty Berthiaume's Home Day Care & Preschool   - 456-9952
Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 1 ​- 
Linda Coulombe - Linda's Day Care - 456-2352
Infant spots: 
1 - Over 2 years old spots: 1  - Alice Hazzard - Red Thread Day Care - 456-1640
Infant spots:
2 - Over 2 years old spots: 4  ​- Nancy Lemire - Extended Family Day Care - 456-8799
Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots:
2  - Liz Schwanke - Footprints Child Care - 423-0089
Infant spots:
0 - Over 2 years old spots: 0  - Cathy Tormey - Cathy Cares Child Care - 456-3161

Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots:
 1 - Melanie Gagnon​ - 450-6645
Infant spots: 0
 - Over 2 years old spots: 1 - Cathy Robacker - Out Came the Sun Child Care - 208-0374 

Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 0
  - Tia Fricano - Forever Friends - 456-1176

Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 0  ​​- Shelley Hickey - Shelley's Family Day Care - 228-1935
Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots
: 0  - Pat Kitchen - Pat's House Child Care - 228-8481
Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 0
  - Jennifer Zator - Jenn-Jenn's Place - 228-3299

Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots​​​: 0 - Andrea Martin - 742-2811

Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots:
1  - Kelly Lisee - Small Wonders Day Care - 228-1718

Infant spots: 0
 - Over 2 years old spots: 1  - Lindsay Hayes - ​​​​​​​​​Happy Hoppers Day Care - 377-3125

Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 0
 - Rebecca Berta - Becky's Lil Sprouts - 908-5603
Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 0 - Gloria Carabillo - Just Like Home Day Care - 884-8465​
Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 0 - Karen Germain - Germain Family Day Care - 267-6873
​Infant spots:
1 - Over 2 years old spots: 1 - Deb Pothier - Munchkins Unlimited Family Daycare - 267-6778​​​​
Infant spots: 0 - Over 2 years old spots: 1 - Shelly Walters - Country Kids Day Care - 537-5455​


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President                                Vice-President                        Treasurer                               Secretary 
Questions or concerns regarding this site can be directed to Kelly Lisee at
                  228-8481                                    456-1176                             456-9952                                228-1718       
  Pat Kitchen                                 Tia Fricano                      Misty Berthiaume                         Kelly Lisee    
                                       WINDHAM AREA FAMILY CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION
                                                                REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
                                                                              May 3rd, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 7:02pm. Members present were: President P. Kitchen,
Vice-President T. Fricano, Secretary K. Lisee, Treasurer M. Berthiaume, C. Tormey, L. Hayes, J. Zator,
M. Gagnon, K. Germain, D. Pothier, S. Walters, L. Coulombe, N. Lemire, B. Berta, G. Carabillo, A. Martin
​and C. Robacker.

C. Tormey motioned to accept the reports. D. Pothier seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

K. Lisee passed around a pamphlet from All Our Kin. They are hosting their annual Family Child Care Conference on Saturday, June 2nd at the University of Bridgeport. For more information or to register go to:

P. Kitchen reported that the Columbia Library is having their Spring Book Sale 5/18-5/20.
Hours: Friday, 5/18 5pm-8pm (admission free to members, $5 non-members)
Saturday, 5/19 9am-3pm (free admission)
Sunday, 5/20 11am-3pm (free admission) *Discount Day * Everything ½ price*

P. Kitchen passed around a newspaper clipping of a picture of Dr. Tummers doing yoga with kids from our April field trips.

Discussion was made regarding the recent daycare incident where a daycare provider left children in the car and went into a store. Members on social media have been seeing many posts this week. P. Kitchen passed around the newspaper ad. Discussion was also made about 2 other incidents this week in the childcare industry. We recognize that as an association it is important to know and follow the rules and regulations. They are there for the safety and well-being of the children. Some regulations may seem silly or impractical, however no matter how you perceive them (silly or reasonable), it is not your job to make your own rules, but to follow the rules set forth by the OEC and to use common sense. We hope that being members of the association help to remind us of what is right and how to best meet the needs of the children in our care. The meetings and workshops we provide have many advantages, including discussions about regulations and how to troubleshoot issues. We also want our members to know that we are here for each other when questions arise or if you need someone to talk to outside of meetings. We hope that members will lean on each other for support. This is a demanding job where we don’t have many adult conversations during the work day.

A. Martin questioned what we can do to respond to the bad press about child care. Discussion was made about what to do about promoting family child care? Some of the ideas were to contact local news stations, newspapers, etc. and ask them to run a story about our group and the benefits of family child care, how to research daycares so families feel comfortable leaving their children with us. Other comments included to keep doing what we’re already doing by inviting the community (and local newspaper) to our field trips. And while we’re not looking for publicity for our members only, we could also promote child care associations and the benefits of being a member (workshops, field trips, support).

Field Trips
~ Friday, May 4th @ 10am – Two Right Feet “Transportation” @ Willimantic Library
~ Thursday, May 24th @ 10am – Creamery Brook Bison Farm
~ Monday, June 4th @ 10am - Mystic Aquarium Traveling Classroom @ Willimantic Library

​Quality Enhancement Grant
C. Tormey passed out the grant funded book Steam Train, Dream Train to all members present.
She reported that the 2018/2019 grant was approved for $5250.

May Nominations – The following members were nominated. Any other nominations can be made by contacting K. Sutherland prior to 6/15.
~ President/Co-Presidents – L. Hayes & M. Gagnon were nominated as Co-Presidents
~ Vice-President/Co-Presidents
~ Secretary – K. Lisee
~ Treasurer – M. Berthiaume
~ Grant Facilitator – J. Zator
~ Member at Large – A. Martin

​Summer Supper – Friday, June 15th @ 6pm
Location changed to K. Lisee’s house, 62 Chestnut Hill Road, Hebron
A Pot Luck dinner sign-up sheet was passed around. Members can also contact K. Lisee to sign up prior to 6/15.

First Aid/CPR scheduled for Tuesday 8/21 & Thursday 8/23
Contact P. Kitchen for more information

​Early Childhood Fair – canceled due to lack of participation from our members. Discussion was made regarding this being a great opportunity to get our names and faces out into the community. It is a great way to promote home daycare in light of the recent issues in the news with negative daycare publicity.

OEC Updates from TCCA meeting - K. Lisee reported that she forwarded an email to the group from Katie Cicero at Today’s Child Care Association. It listed questions asked at their recent meeting with the OEC and the answers received from an OEC supervisor and inspector. Discussion was made regarding a few key points.

​Discussion was made about current members retiring and the possibility of them becoming association substitutes, because our current licensed substitute has also retired. Discussion was also made regarding looking into the state list of current substitutes for replacements.

The raffle winners were: K. Lisee, A. Martin, B. Berta and S. Walters.

Spending our Instructional Supplies Grant Funds with Dave Kulick from Kaplan Early Learning Co. Due to a neck injury, Dave was unable to attend. He sent catalogs for us to shop from.

The meeting adjourned at 8:55pm. Our next gathering will be the Annual Summer Supper. There are no meetings during the summer. The next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13th @ 7:00pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Kelly Lisee
WAFCCA Secretary

In an effort not to plagiarize myself, please note that some of the photos below were taken off the internet.  I have done most of the crafts in my day care, so if you have any questions as to how to make a specific craft, please contact me @

​Benefits of Membership

Support Group - Our support group offers opportunities to share ideas, activities, concerns and enthusiasm with other members.
Child Care Referrals - The association assists providers with filling open child care positions and refers parents to quality child care.
Professional Development - Free workshops and training are offered in all areas related to child care.
Enrichment Grant - The majority of our workshops, special events and field trips are funded by the Town of Windham's Enrichment Grant, therefore we do not need to do any fundraising.
Special Events & Field Trips - Special group activities are planned monthly for the day care children of members. For example: visits to see Santa & the Easter Bunny, children's museums and travelling classrooms to name just a few.
Willimantic Public Library Book Bag Kits - The children's department has book bags with several themes, props & suggested activities available to members.
Conference and Workshop Information
Support and Collaboration from the Windham Family Resource Center
Community Service Projects
Meeting Information
Ask yourself these questions:
Do you feel isolated in your job because you rarely have someone to share your thoughts with (talking to your toddlers doesn't count)?
Do you feel over-whelmed and under-appreciated?
Do you need ideas to fill the day?
Do you wish you could enjoy your job more, but you don't know how?
Do you want to take the children on free filed trips?
Do you want to further your knowledge on early childhood education?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please come join us for 3 complimentary meetings. Meetings are held at Windham Hospital in the Desrosiers Conference Room on the 2nd Thursday of the month with the exception of July, August and December. Each meeting includes a short business meeting, a workshop pertaining to child care, a raffle and refreshments. In January and June we meet at an alternate location for an informal dinner with friends.  We'd love it if you joined us to see what we're all about.
* * * To see the MAY Meeting Minutes, scroll to the bottom * * *
Our apologies...this section has been discontinued.  If you would like to see some more craft/project ideas, request to be invited to our closed Facebook group.
The words ‘art’ and ‘craft’ are often used interchangeably in preschool settings. However, they are, when really considered, very different. I KNOW this topic is a hot button for many.

Lisa Murphy, aka the Ooey Gooey Lady, often says in workshops and her podcast that we need to consider 3 things when we plan (and this does not apply only to Arts & Crafts):

1. What are we doing?
2. Why are we doing it?
3. Who is it for?

My goal here is two-fold:

To let you know where I stand on the topic and why and
To encourage us all to think deeper when it comes to doing activities “for parents”, or even for us, because we think it’s a cute activity or for children and think about developmental skills required for each before we plan them.

Art and Craft Defined
ART: Per Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, art is defined as a skill acquired by experience, study, or observation.

It is also defined as the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.

Oxford Dictionary (online) further defines it as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

CRAFT: A craft is defined as skill in planning, making, or executing and as an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill

A cursory reading of these definitions seems to suggest they are similar. They are the act of creating. However, there is a difference.

Did you see the difference in the above definitions?

The primary focus of art is creative imagination. The primary focus of a craft is, in my interpretation, a set outcome. (The final product is planned, then made and then executed upon). In addition, it requires manual dexterity.

So..What’s the Difference?
The difference is Art is subjective. Crafts are objective. What does this mean in preschool? It means that art is subject to the preschooler’s creative imagination and the outcome is his/hers whereas crafts have a prescribed outcome before the activity begins.

Is One “Better” Than the Other?

I don’t think ‘better’ is the word I’d use. I would say that art (when open-ended) is more developmentally appropriate for preschoolers.

There are many foundational skills preschoolers need to develop before going to elementary school. Providing art activities that allow them to use a variety of tools and mediums as well as explore and investigate how these tools and mediums work will help them develop in the top domain areas.

Crafts do not, most times, provide this ability.

Why not? Well, because the focus is using set materials in a set way to provide a set outcome.

The goal of doing crafts, in most cases, is for the parents (specifically so we have an object to send home).

Certainly, if all children are making a bunny out of the materials provided, each bunny rabbit will look a bit different.

Perhaps the color of paint they choose is different or the eyes are placed closer or further apart. However, in the end, there will be 16 bunnies that look strikingly alike.

The skills children learn doing this (and the ones many educators state when providing craft activities) are fine motor development, following through on a task and following directions.

I agree that crafts do provide an opportunity to work on use these skills, however, they do not help children develop these skills. To me, that is the biggest difference.

It takes fine motor control to place small items on a craft. Crafts do not help preschoolers’ to ‘develop’ fine motor skills. They require preschoolers to have some level of mastery in fine motor control. Art activities, when open ended, allow the opportunity for children to develop these skills.

In my years working with preschoolers, I plan art activities 98% of the time with the goal of providing opportunities for the children to develop and strengthen areas such as fine motor control, eye-hand coordination and creative thinking.

I do, on occasion, plan crafts for special events (such as Mother’s & Father’s Day and Christmas) and provide the activity as an open choice for children. There are also times when children want to make something that looks like a specific “thing”. When this is the case, I do provide the materials that child needs to create the said “thing”, however, I do not plan it as the art activity for all the children for the day.

To read more about this topic, you can go to the article on the website where I go into more detail about the differences between subjective and objective activities.

We'll talk more about art and preschoolers next week!

Until then,
Happy Planning!