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November 21, 2018

A Thanksgiving Focused on Gratitude

Contributed by Lauren Wierzbicki, Education Specialist Growing up, most of us celebrated a happy story about the first Thanksgiving — Pilgrims and Native Americans peacefully coming together for the colony’s first successful harvest! Over the years, we’ve discovered that the story we all learned was one perspective told by European colonists which became widely popularized as Read More »

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November 19, 2018

The “After”: Finding Beauty When Things Don’t Go As We Planned

Contributed by Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist I whirled through Target like a short-term sprinter, enthusiastically collecting the items that had been described on the Mommy blog I’d read earlier that day. My sons and I were going to make dishcloths. They would color on a piece of sandpaper and I would use the iron to Read More »

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November 8, 2018

Every Moment is an Opportunity to Learn.

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist Childhood is a developmental journey of amazement and wonder. The simplest experiences are the most fascinating, and every moment is a moment to learn. Just the other day, I watched my little one quite literally discover her hand. Her hand! They’ve been attached to her since birth, and Read More »

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November 7, 2018

Meet Alyssa Dickerson: November Employee of the Month

By title, Miss Alyssa is a Lead Infant Teacher at our Henrietta, NY location. But, if you were to ask her teammates or the parents of the children in her care, you’d quickly find out that she is so much more. Alyssa’s ability to connect with parents, grandparents, and children is simply incredible. She is Read More »

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October 29, 2018

Handling the Holidays: 4 Common Halloween Hiccups

Contributed by Lauren Wierzbicki, Education Specialist Halloween can be an exciting (and sometimes overwhelming) time for children. They’re looking forward to wearing the costume they picked out, and they can’t wait to go trick-or-treating. But no matter how much you plan, there’s always a chance that the unexpected will happen. Here are a four common situations, Read More »

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October 24, 2018

Daily Practices for Nurturing a Love for Literacy

Most of us, at one point or another, have felt the pressure to ensure our children don’t “fall behind” when it comes to learning to read. The truth is, the best way to prepare young children for reading is really quite simple: Add rich language to a child’s day by narrating simple routines and interactions. Read More »

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October 18, 2018

The Evolution of Kindness

Contributed by Lindsay Leusch, Director of Education Outreach; Behavior Specialist As a company and educational program we’ve always prioritized what’s best for children. This expectation is woven into the development of our curriculum and everyday work in the classroom. As a result, providing ongoing support for and development of young children’s social and emotional skills, Read More »

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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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