February 2024 newsletter

In our January newsletter, as 2024 began to unfold, we reflected on our mission, and how we have always been able to provide services to meet the needs of our children and their families for the last 17 years – from spending a week in Utah supporting a family trip to navigating security in the Colorado Springs airport, we take great pride in offering services across a variety of environments. We have noticed since the COVID-19 pandemic, requests for services to address unique needs in the community have decreased. As we launch into the new year, we hope to serve you in any environment you need, please never hesitate to reach out to your child’s consultant to talk about therapeutic needs. We are excited to be approaching Spring Break season! We will be offering our annual Spring Break camp this March; if you have any requests to make adjustments to your child(ren)’s schedule, please email [email protected]

We greatly appreciate all of our families for continuing to make our PlayDate community the great place it is!

– Christina Nulk, MS, ECSE, BCBA 

Fun February Dates

Feb. 2 – Groundhog Day
Feb. 4 – Thank a Mailperson Day
Feb. 8 – Boy Scout Day & Kite Flying Day
Feb. 9 – National Pizza Day
Feb. 10 – Chinese New Year & PlayDate Outing
Feb. 11 – Superbowl Sunday 
Feb. 13 – Mardi Gras 
Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday & Valentine’s Day 
Feb. 17 – Random Act of Kindness Day
Feb. 19 – President’s Day
Feb. 29 – Leap Day

Monthly Celebrations
American Heart Month
Black History Month
Children’s Dental Health Month

February Spirit Days

Feb. 10 – Pajama Daywear your coziest pajamas

Feb. 14 – Red, White, and Pink Out get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and wear a pink, red, or white outfit

Feb. 29 – PlayDate Colorswear you red, blue, or yellow oryour PlayDate gear

February Anniversaries

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of our staff for their unwavering commitment to our organization and their families, and for supporting PlayDate’s mission. Your contributions are deeply valued and appreciated.

Caeli – Registered Behavioral Technician – 1 year
Alex – Registered Behavioral Technician – 1 year


February Outing

Calling all parents! Sign up now to secure your kiddo(s) a spot at our fun Valentine’s Night! 

Our team has carefully planned this event to ensure that kids have a delightful experience!

PlayDate Review

We are delighted to share a review from a PlayDate parent. Your kind words are sincerely valued and deeply appreciated. We take pride in delivering exceptional services to our clients and their families.

“Good morning,

Thank you SO much for your response. Sometimes it is discouraging being a parent of a special needs child financially, let alone a single parent. Sometimes it feels like we are punished for working! My son has been in many ABA centers since his diagnosis, and I have never experienced this level of support before coming to PlayDate. Staff is just exceptional. I have never experienced a center with such a calm and welcoming atmosphere. The confidence in your RBTs and support staff is beautiful. I am so appreciative for having found your facility. I can’t say “thank you” enough.

Again, thank you!


If you have any requests to make adjustments to your child(ren)’s schedule please email [email protected]

Also, if you would like additional sessions (due to school being closed, holidays, etc.) please email your request at least 7 days in advance. The earlier the better.

Sick Child Policy

The majority of parents are quite careful about children’s health matters, following policies that are more likely to ensure their health, and having therapy only when the child is well. This policy provides specific guidelines so that everyone, including therapists, can be sure of when to cancel/reschedule therapy and so you can be confident in your child’s limited exposure to other sick individuals. 

In the event that your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease, please notify your Senior Therapist or Consultant so that we may provide warnings to other families and report to the Department of Public Health as appropriate. Your child’s confidentiality will be safeguarded.
Our policies are based on our commitment to helping families and employees stay well so that children can attend and derive the most benefit from therapy. It is equally important for us to protect other children and our employees, whose good health is directly related to their ability to maintain their therapy appointments.

Please read the information and keep these guidelines for your reference:

Children may only participate in services (in-home or center) if they have NOT had a fever WITHIN THE 24 HOURS PREVIOUS TO THE APPOINTMENT. 

This means that even if a fever breaks, services must be canceled until 24 hours have elapsed since the fever broke. This is standard medical policy and parents may verify this with their medical advisor. Since energy levels or fevers alone are not always accurate indicators of illness, our employees may advise you that your child appears to be getting sick even in the absence of a fever. A child can be very contagious and quite sick before a fever appears. Because our employees are careful, they know they are required by law to be aware of each child’s individual health “picture”, to watch children they suspect of illness, and then to advise parents of their judgment.

If, in the judgment of the therapist, a child is deemed ill, a parent must pick up the child within a reasonable amount of time. A therapist may also end a session early if the child appears too sick to actively participate. This is important, to safeguard the ill child and to safeguard other children and employees from being exposed to an illness unnecessarily. This also ensures that service time is used when the child can receive the most benefit.
Cancel services for one (1) calendar day if your child:

Is being treated with AUGMENTIN – as this drug creates explosive diarrhea symptoms
Is being treated with antibiotics
Has vomited and/or has diarrhea
Has persistent cough or nasal drainage
Has a greenish discharge from the nose – as this is an indication of an active infection in the child’s respiratory system

Valentine’s Party Donation Request

Get your heart-shaped glasses ready because we’re throwing the ultimate love-fest on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the center! We’re going all out with a morning and afternoon bash, so everyone can join in on the fun.

Now, we need your help to make this day extra sweet. Check out the link below for the list of goodies we need. We’re hoping to receive all non-food items by Friday, February 9, 2024, but feel free to bring in treats ahead of time, or on Valentine’s Day. We’ve got some treat ideas listed, but don’t be shy to add your own special touch. 

Thanks for being our Valentine!

Parent Therapist Association 

We are excited to announce our Parent Therapist Association (PTA)! Our PTA is a collaborative group between our PlayDate community, including guardians, family members, staff, and all that are interested.  

If you are interested in joining the PTA, please email [email protected]

Donation Requests

If you have any items or resources you would like to donate, we would greatly appreciate your support. Every donation, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in the lives of those we serve! 

Kindergarten Classroom Materials/Decor
Circle Time Rug
White Glue
Paint Brushes
Acrylic Craft Paint