528 Gompers Avenue

Indiana, PA 15701


Indiana County Head Start

                       WHEN YOUR CHILD COMES HOME MESSY

Red paint in the hair? Blue paint on the jeans?
Sand in the shoes? Peanut butter on a favorite shirt?

White socks that look brown? Sleeves a bit damp?


worked with a friend

solved a problem

created a masterpiece

negotiated a difference

learned a new skill

had a great time

developed new language skills


feel lonely

become bored

do a repetitive task that is babyish

do worksheets that are too easy

do sit down work that is discouraging


paid good money for those clothes

will have trouble getting the red paint out

are concerned the caregiver isn't paying enough attention to your child


was aware of your child's special needs and interest

spent time planning a challenging activity for the children

encouraged the children to try new things

was worried you might be concerned

Young children really learn when they are actively involved in play... not when someone is talking to them. There is a difference between "messy" and "lack of care."  Your caregiver made sure your child was fed, warm, offered new skills and planned messy fun things to do because that's how your children learn!

So send your child in clothes that can get dirty! Keep extra clothes at the site for the times when the child gets really messy. But remember, your child needs time to be a kid.

                                           ~ Author Unknown~