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March 5, 2020

Ensuring balance, consistency and happiness in early childhood education

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Director of Evaluation and Learning Our mission, to build a community of happy children, parents and teachers, means that every day we hold ourselves to the highest standards of safety, cleanliness, organization, professionalism and education by putting the right processes and people in place to achieve excellence.   A large part Read More »

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March 2, 2020

Meet Jessica Kiseleski: March Employee of the Month

Miss Jessica is a Lead Teacher at our Penfield, NY location. She is an educator that radiates a true passion for working with young children and understands the importance of positive relationships and personal connections within the learning process. She goes out of her way to make each student feel special and loved, helping to Read More »

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February 19, 2020

What does learning look like?

Contributed by Bridgett Wolff, Learning and Development Specialist   Take a moment to close your eyes and envision the ideal, perfect early childhood classroom.   Now open.   Did you envision something that looked like this?     Though it might not be the kind of learning that first comes to mind, research shows that Read More »

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January 30, 2020

Meet Katie Hoag: February Employee of the Month

It’s February and speaking of love, we LOVE being able to recognize Miss Katie Hoag this month. Katie is the Center Assistant at our Greece, NY location and a wonderful role model for the teachers in her center.  Prior to her promotion to Center Assistant, she was a Lead Toddler Teacher and well-loved by the Read More »

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January 10, 2020

5 Things We Learned From Studying Our Infant & Toddler Educational Programs

Contributed by: Toni Berrafato, Director of Evaluation and Learning   This past spring our Program Evaluation and Education Teams combined efforts to complete a study of our educational program in our infant, 1-year-old, and toddler age groups and our findings left us extremely proud of our BRAVO! curriculum and teaching teams.   Our BRAVO! lesson Read More »

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December 12, 2019

Building a Bond

In order for young children to thrive in the classroom, teachers first need to establish a relationship with each child, creating a bond consisting of love, trust, and respect.

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November 27, 2019

Meet Alysa Thacker: December Employee of the Month

Miss Alysa is currently leading a classroom of 12 babies at our Lakewood Ranch, Florida center. She stepped into this role and we have been so impressed with the effort she continues to put forth every day to deliver the highest quality of care. Families and faculty alike really appreciate all she has done to Read More »

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November 12, 2019

Could a smile really be the best medicine?

Contributed by Jennifer Horner, Director of Education Smiling: such a simple way to show kindness, but considerably challenging at times depending on your comfort zones.   I read an AMAZING blog shared by a colleague called “What a Smile Can Do” by Meghan Fitzgerald who conducted her own smile project in 2009 and hasn’t looked Read More »

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November 8, 2019

Gratitude is in Season

It’s that time of year when everything starts to feel a little cozier (ahem… PJ Day, anyone!?)     A Thanksgiving (lunchtime) Feast, community-focused curriculum and November Food Drive fills our November calendar helping to support themes of gratitude, kindness and friendships – all of which feel especially appropriate this month.   Our annual Food Read More »

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July 3, 2018

Building a Brain

 contributed by Jennifer Horner, Doodle Bugs! Director of Education Development The impressions children collect from adults set the stage for the rest of their lives; every interaction actually helps to shape their brains. Socially, emotionally, and cognitively, the groundwork for how they will communicate, socialize, and problem solve is all being established at an incredible pace. Read More »

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