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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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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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