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August 14, 2018

Back to Work After Baby: 4 Tips to Ease the Transition

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist As a Doodle Bugs! employee, I have the unique perspective of knowing and understanding our program inside and out — the educational, operational and employee-engagement aspects, all of which play a huge role in creating an ideal learning environment for young children. However, just like any other parent, Read More »

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August 9, 2018

Intergenerational Connections – Benefits for Young and Old

Contributed by Jenna Cochrane, Program Coordinator, Orchard Park Center What is more heartwarming than the youngest and the eldest people in our communities getting together to have some good, old-fashioned fun? Over the past year, many of our centers have forged relationships with nearby senior care facilities. We’ve talked about it before on the blog because we Read More »

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August 1, 2018

Meet Emily Melnick: August Employee of the Month

Happy August! It’s a new month and that means we are bursting at the seams to introduce you to our newest member of the Employee of the Month club– Emily Melnick. Miss Emily is a Teacher Assistant and Center Opener at our Mars, PA center. But, her positive impact on the team, community and company Read More »

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July 31, 2018

5 Reasons Why A Career in Early Childhood Education is the #BestJobEver

Contributed by Lana Diaz, Recruitment Specialist  Working in early childhood education is a profession that offers perks that go beyond a paycheck. It’s a career that gives you the opportunity to make a difference in young lives. You know what they say — choose a job you love and you will never have to work Read More »

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July 25, 2018

The mess… is where the magic happens.

Contributed by Jennifer Horner, Director of Education Development With each easel paint drip to the floor, each sensory bin splatter, every rice table spill, and every toy bin tumble, most adults experience a sense of anxiousness.  Most of us in the moment are already creating our task list for clean-up. Meanwhile, the child’s experience has Read More »

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July 19, 2018

The Importance of Water Play

 contributed by: Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist What is your favorite summertime childhood memory? I asked this question during a professional development training recently. The majority of teachers responded with fond memories of playing in pools, jumping in puddles, running through sprinklers and floating on rivers and lakes. Most responses had something to do with water. 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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July 3, 2018

Lather, Rinse, Repeat: The Power of Repetition

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist As a musician there were many long, tireless nights of repeating the same exact 12-note phrase over and over again until it sounded absolutely perfect. The same sentiment is echoed in the way children explore their world. Mastery of a task cannot happen without repetition. Learning cannot happen without Read More »

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July 2, 2018

Meet Tierney Snyder: July Employee of the Month

We would be sad about how quickly June flew by, but we think July is kind-of THE BEST! Ah-hem… pool parties, popsicles, fireworks, Doodle Day Camp. And, speaking of the best… you need to know about Tierney Snyder. Miss Tierney is the Kitchen Manager at our Lakewood Ranch location and, quite frankly, we think she Read More »

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June 27, 2018

Oatmeal & Gardens: A Growing Fascination

by Alison Tweedie, Doodle Bugs! Education Specialist Children have an intense interest in growing. Their curiosity shows up early, often with a realization of “Hey, I’m growing!”  and a slightly skewed understanding of the process. My oldest son recently took a bite of his oatmeal and told me that oatmeal makes him grow bigger. He proceeded Read More »

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