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December 28, 2018

How I Did NOT “Get Ahead of Holiday Hiccups”

Contributed by Emma Hartman, Program Coordinator (Mars, PA center) Had I found the time to read our previous article on How to Get Ahead of Holiday Hiccups, I probably wouldn’t feel the need to write this today.   My daughter is a funny, strong willed passionate 2 ½ year old. This year, for the first Read More »

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December 21, 2018

Handling the Holidays: How to Get Ahead of Holiday Hiccups

Contributed by Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist If your family is anything like mine, you’ve already had one weekend of holiday celebrations with more to come — plus Christmas Day itself. Children are particularly aware of the feelings floating through the air this time of year. They are in tune with the pleasant feelings of excitement, Read More »

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December 13, 2018

GIFT GUIDE: [mostly] Handmade Gifts for Teachers

Contributed by Lana Diaz, Recruitment & Advancement Specialist As a parent, I find myself feeling stuck each year, around this time, on just what to give my child’s teacher to express my gratitude for all they do year round.  I always wonder, what is it that would mean the most to them? So, this year, Read More »

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December 11, 2018

5 Ways to Involve Young Children in the Holiday Hustle & Bustle

Contributed by: Jennifer Horner, Director of Education Development Have you had one of those (fleeting) moments when the holiday season moves like a peacefully, drifting snowflake taking its time to nestle in a blanket of glittery snow?  In that moment, you have time to take a deep breath, snap a mental picture, and embrace its beauty. Read More »

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December 4, 2018

Meet Katerina Walek: December Employee of the Month

In the final month of 2018 (wait, what? How did we get here?), we feel honored to recognize an incredible, talented member of our team. She’s the whole package, guys. A #1 teammate and cheerleader, the most loving teacher, and an innovative, passionate early childhood professional. Miss Kat is a Lead Preschool Teacher at our 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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November 19, 2018

The “After”: Finding Beauty When Things Don’t Go As We Planned

Contributed by Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist I whirled through Target like a short-term sprinter, enthusiastically collecting the items that had been described on the Mommy blog I’d read earlier that day. My sons and I were going to make dishcloths. They would color on a piece of sandpaper and I would use the iron to Read More »

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November 8, 2018

Every Moment is an Opportunity to Learn.

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist Childhood is a developmental journey of amazement and wonder. The simplest experiences are the most fascinating, and every moment is a moment to learn. Just the other day, I watched my little one quite literally discover her hand. Her hand! They’ve been attached to her since birth, and Read More »

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November 7, 2018

Meet Alyssa Dickerson: November Employee of the Month

By title, Miss Alyssa is a Lead Infant Teacher at our Henrietta, NY location. But, if you were to ask her teammates or the parents of the children in her care, you’d quickly find out that she is so much more. Alyssa’s ability to connect with parents, grandparents, and children is simply incredible. She is Read More »

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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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