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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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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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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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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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May 7, 2018

Meet Amanda Flatley: May Employee of the Month

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week! Each year, the nation-wide celebration falls on the first full week of May. At Doodle Bugs! we got a head start on the week-long observation, and celebrated all last week! We look forward to this week every year, it makes our hearts so happy to see all the gratitude in Read More »

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April 27, 2018

Employee of the Year: Christine Duquin

  Coming back from a warm, sunny vacation is never easy – especially when it’s your honeymoon! But, when you come back to a center full of happy children and happy teachers celebrating YOU – things get a little better. Last weekend, Doodle Bugs! Children’s Learning Academy hosted their eighth annual teacher conference. If you Read More »

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