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May 23, 2019

What I Learned from 40 Hours in a Car with My Kids

Contributed by Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist Last week we took our first major family road trip from Niagara Falls, New York to Hilton Head, South Carolina for my brother’s wedding. My husband is the planner, so he mapped the route and took care of all the pre-travel organization, prep and car maintenance as well as Read More »

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May 14, 2019

My Doodle Story: Journey from Toddler Teacher to Center Director

There are so many people that make this Doodleverse go ’round. While every Doodle hero’s story is a little different, each of them are woven together by a common mission to build a community full of happy children, happy parents and happy teachers.   Contributed by: Angela Frost, Doodle Bugs! Clarence Center Director October 8, Read More »

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May 9, 2019

A reflection on my first year as ‘mom’ – and an open letter to all moms

Contributed by: Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist  10 days after my first Mother’s Day, year one of motherhood will come to a close. Over the past year,  I’ve shared with you my first drop-off, my first month as a “working mom”, and my feelings about relying on child care.   As I reflect, I keep coming Read More »

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May 7, 2019

Dandelions: The Greatest Gift

Contributed by: Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist Have you ever experienced a moment like this: You are outside with a child and they come running up to you with great excitement in their eyes. They extend their arm, reach towards you, and place a rumpled dandelion in your hand—still warm from being squeezed in their tiny Read More »

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May 3, 2019

Happy High Fives: Teacher Appreciation at Doodle Bugs!

Last month, we introduced a new way for Happy Parents to recognize our Happy Teachers and it has been a heartwarming success. In just 4 weeks, nearly 200 High Fives have been shared through our website! In the spirit of all things teacher appreciation and because we can’t keep them all to ourselves (!!), we’d Read More »

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May 2, 2019

Meet Maria Caci – Karen Richards Award Recipient

Earlier this week we chatted with our 2019 Employee of the Year, Clayton Schmidt (if you missed it, make sure you hop over and read). Now it’s time to introduce to you another employee who we honored with the Karen Richards Award!   The Karen Richards Award is a very special recognition that we present annually Read More »

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May 1, 2019

Meet Tiffany Cacho – May Employee of the Month

There couldn’t be a better time, than in the midst of Teacher Appreciation Week at Doodle Bugs!, to introduce to you our newest member of the Employee of the Month Club! Miss Tiffany is the UPK Teacher at our Orchard Park, NY location. Because of the nature of the half-day UPK program, Miss Tiffany’s group Read More »

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April 30, 2019

Meet Clayton Schmidt – Doodle Bugs! Employee of the Year

A month ago, hundreds of Doodle teachers, center managers and administrators gathered together at DoodleCon – our annual Doodle Bugs! conference. In addition to the professional development opportunities, we use the event as a way to show appreciation for the tremendous efforts our team has made all year long. A part of  our appreciation is Read More »

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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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