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April 29, 2019

Simple Ways to Show Appreciation – From a Former Teacher!

Contributed by Lauren Wierzbicki, Education Specialist Did you know? At Doodle Bugs!, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week one week ahead of the national celebration.  Each year, the national dates occur during the week leading up to Mother’s Day (and the dates of our in-center Mother’s Day festivities — this year, Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May Read More »

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April 19, 2019

Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Children

Contributed by Lauren Wierzbicki , Education Specialist Happy Earth Day! The first Earth Day was in 1970 and was an effort to bring awareness to creating and maintaining a healthy, sustainable environment. While young children can’t always understand the concepts behind Earth Day, there are still ways you can involve them in appreciating and celebrating the nature Read More »

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April 19, 2019

May News!

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April 17, 2019

Go Gardens! The growth of gardening in our early childhood programs

Contributed by: Jennifer Horner, Director of Education This week, our Education Team  launched our first “Go Gardens!” meeting of the season – a gathering of passionate teachers, program coordinators, and kitchen managers who want to lead their center in gardening with children. It’s been so exciting to see team members eagerly stepping up to volunteer Read More »

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April 3, 2019

Meet Shaina Samples: April Employee of the Month

This is an exciting time of year at Doodle Bugs! We’re coming off a huge celebration — our Annual Conference, where we: grew professionally, formed stronger bonds, recognized successes and felt inspired to be even better! Our theme at this year’s event was superheroes and it couldn’t have been more fitting. Speaking of superheroes, we’re Read More »

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March 13, 2019

March is Music in our Schools Month

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist Music plays a large role in our lives, no matter our age. A walk through the grocery store, a ride in the car, cooking dinner at home with family, or dancing with the little ones are just a few examples of how music has the ability to enhance Read More »

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March 7, 2019

Meet Courtney Smith: March Employee of the Month

There is something so beautiful about the magic and wonder of celebrations in early childhood. We are creating the first moments and memories that will serve as a frame of reference for the rest of our children’s lives. How humbling is it to know that you are facilitating experiences that create memories that will literally Read More »

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March 5, 2019

The Legacy of Fred Rogers: Life lessons in kindness, respect and authenticity

Contributed by Jennifer Horner, Director of Education     I’ve come to realize that I didn’t truly notice or adequately appreciate the way Fred Rogers taught people about the power of human connection, until his documentary was released. Since partaking in a free screening event setup by the WNY chapter of AEYC (Association for the Read More »

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February 27, 2019

How We’re Beating Cabin Fever

Contributed by Lauren Wierzbicki, Education Specialist I have two children – an almost three-year-old and a nine month old – and there is nothing I would like more than to take them outside. But here in Western New York, it seems as though we’re getting a new Winter Storm Warning every week. It’s been extra cold Read More »

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February 19, 2019

Peace of Mind for Working Parents

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist Being a working parent is hard. Leaving your child with someone else for the day is even harder. It helps, though, when you have a community holding you up, supporting you—and of course high-quality child care to rely on for those moments where you cannot be there to Read More »

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