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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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January 2, 2020

Meet Shannon McCarthy: January Employee of the Month

We can’t think of a better teacher to kick off the new year with than Miss Shannon McCarthy. Miss Shannon is an infant teacher at our Orchard Park, NY location but she is much more to our team and to our families. Shannon is an incredible teacher, mentor, and caregiver. She began at Doodle Bugs! 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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October 28, 2019

Meet Lana Gelin: November Employee of the Month

Miss Lana  has been a part of the Doodle Bugs! team for over 10 years and is one of the original teachers from when our Webster center opened its doors. Each morning, Lana greets everyone she sees — children, fellow teammates,  parents, everyone, with the most genuine smile. She is always proactive and ready to Read More »

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October 25, 2019

Bringing Doodle Bugs! Play Home: Push Track

Contributed by: Jennifer Horner, Director of Education We’re so thankful for November! This month is one of our absolute favorites with so many fun Doodle Traditions like our annual Turkey Trot, celebration of friends and community at our Thanksgiving Feast, and our highly acclaimed day after Thanksgiving PJ Party! Another exciting element of our November Read More »

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October 9, 2019

October News!

  View this email in your browser     HAPPY FALL! We’re happy to welcome fall – new seasons always seem to bring a sense of excitement. This month, our Bravo! Curriculum will focus on the theme of communities, purposefully building on children’s experience exploring “All About Me,” the unit that began our school year. Read More »

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October 8, 2019

Parenting in an Increasingly Digital World

Contributed by: Lauren Wierzbicki, Education Specialist Parenting in the 21st century is hard. We are all trying our best to raise our children with one particularly daunting hurdle that our own parents didn’t have – modern technology. Our children have more exposure to technology than we did as children, growing up in a world where Read More »

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