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October 15, 2018

Back to Work After Baby: Adjusting to Our New Normal

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist We did it! Aria and I have successfully made it to one month of our new normal – a working mom who relies on child care. If you remember, at the beginning of the school year I documented how I planned to make the transition to child care Read More »

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October 5, 2018

The Gift of Routine

Contributed by Jennifer Horner, Director of Education Development Children are born into a world which they have never known. One of their first securities is a parent’s voice and warm arms. They start to notice routines around them, which they’ve also been noticing in utero; the way the world transforms from day to night, the Read More »

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October 2, 2018

Meet Bridget Wolff: October Employee of the Month

You know the Anne of Green Gables quote – I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. After all, this month we have the honor of recognizing one amazing Toddler Teacher, Miss Bridget. Miss Bridget is a Lead Toddler Teacher at our Orchard Park center. We admire how she delivers a Read More »

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September 28, 2018

STEAM: Focus on the Future

Contributed by Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist STEAM has emerged as a significant buzz word in the world of education. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. From Early Childhood experiences  all the way through college we hear about this push to engage children and young adults, especially girls, in STEAM. This push Read More »

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September 20, 2018

Time Out is Out: Supporting Children Through Stressful Moments

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist Do you remember what it was like to be two? Or three? Perhaps four? Chances are, probably not. There are many reasons for this, but simply put, at that age the human brain has not yet developed the complex neural pathways that it requires to form memories. In Read More »

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September 13, 2018

What Happened to Joy?

Contributed by Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist “Joy,” brings me visions of my two year-old’s reaction to the Fun Slide at the local Carnival. He squealed over every bump of the smooth plastic. At the bottom, he leaped out of his burlap sack and started screaming, the biggest smile spread across his face as he jumped Read More »

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September 11, 2018

Meet Jillian Rushman: September Employee of the Month

Like clockwork, pumpkin spice lattes, hayrides and “quick weeknight meals” have filled our news feeds – fall is (almost) here! So, grab your latte and snuggle up, we have our first Employee of the Month of  the new school year to introduce you to. Miss Jillian is a tremendous asset to our school age program Read More »

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September 6, 2018

Music Therapists Bring New Enrichment Program to all Ages!

Doodle Bugs! and Bloom Creative Arts have been working together on an exciting collaboration that will  bring Music Therapists to all of our classrooms, each month,  for an exciting music enrichment program – Music Rocks! We have spent the past year trailing the program in each of our age groups and are thrilled to grow Read More »

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August 29, 2018

3 Steps for Supporting the Back-to-School Transition

Contributed by Lindsay Leusch, Doodle Bugs! Director of Education Outreach; Behavior Specialist Emotional development is one of the main influencers in a child’s life. These skills not only drive social abilities and academic outcomes, but family dynamics as well. With that being said, it’s critical to understand what this development entails and the support it Read More »

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August 22, 2018

I’m thinking about running away.

Contributed by Jennifer Horner, Director of Education Development Back in June, as we were driving home from my son’s Pre-K graduation ceremony, my almost-5-year old looked out the window, deep in thought and uncharacteristically quiet. This wasn’t like him. He is consistently adaptable – he is flexible on road trips, exhibits leadership instincts, and seems Read More »

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