Five Low-Maintenance Rainy Day Activities for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/28/16 3:11 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Have you and your early learner been stuck inside lately due to rain or snow? I surveyed my friends and colleagues to find out their screen-free, fun, and easy rainy day secrets!

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6 Dos and Don'ts to Encourage Good Attitudes for Math, Reading, and Writing with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/19/16 10:11 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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In my career I've worked with countless students, Pre-K through adult, who are led to believe that they’ll never understand or be skilled at math because they like reading better, or vice versa. In a world of standardized testing, it’s easy to see how students can come to feel this way. Students are constantly assessed in math and reading—it’s only natural that those who are more skilled at one than the other could, out of frustration, come to see them as opposites. The belief that “I’m just not good at this” is a difficult hurdle for any learner to overcome. In my experience, this attitude is easier to break in younger students, particularly the earliest years of K-5.

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Kids Leading by Example: An Interview with CCSWFL's Youngest Volunteer

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/11/16 3:28 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in volunteering

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On Friday, December 11th, I visited the Joseph H. Messina Children's Center to observe CCSWFL's youngest volunteer, Tillman (9-years-old), and her father Bill interacting with the early learners. Bill and Tillman began volunteering in early November of 2015, and are regular volunteers at the Joseph H. Messina Center continuing into the New Year.

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The Impact of Early Education

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/6/16 11:37 AM / by Beth Lobdell posted in Donations

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It is an unfortunate truth in our society that some children live in poverty, even some right here in Southwest Florida. And while the effects of growing up in a household that lives below the poverty line can be devastating, these children are not destined for a less of fortunate future. There are actually ways to counteract their poverty, one of which is early education. Some researchers and policymakers have argued that high quality education and care programs that begin early in life have the potential to close gaps in school achievement that often exist between poor and minority children and their middle-class, mostly caucasian, counterparts. Below are some of the recent findings regarding the impact of early education:
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7 Important Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend VPK

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/16 10:04 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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What a Gift of Education Can Do for a Southwest Florida Child and Family

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/17/15 2:58 PM / by Beth Lobdell posted in Donations

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Scientific studies have shown that nearly all of the neurons in the brain are developed by age five. This is the primary reason why early learning has such a big impact on a child's future; by the time a five-year-old attends Kindergarten, their brain is nearly fully-developed. Unfortunately for many families, a quality early education is simply out of their financial reach. That’s why Child Care of Southwest Florida has a scholarship program in place for you to be able to help these children get the outstanding education they would otherwise miss out on.

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6 Different Ways to Volunteer with Your Child (12 and Under)

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/15/15 9:49 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in volunteering

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Early next year, readers will have the opportunity to hear from Child Care of Southwest Florida's youngest volunteer, Tillman (9-years-old), and her father, Bill. Tillman's involvement with the Joseph H. Messina Center got us thinking—what other ways can we help our children to become involved helping our communities, forge valuable community connections, and acquire great values along the way? See the list below for some great ideas for volunteering with your child:

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4 Activity Stations to Keep Early Learners (and Older!) Occupied During a Holiday Party

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/8/15 9:26 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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6 (More) Ways to Promote School Readiness at Home!

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/30/15 3:12 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Tips for Traveling with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/15 9:18 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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The holidays are rapidly approaching! For most of us, this means lots of family—either traveling or hosting. If it's the former, travel time can be incredibly stressful, especially for those with early learners. I polled a number of veteran traveler co-workers, friends, and family to find their best secrets and tips for traveling with (and entertaining!) early learners.

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Grammy Tammy’s tips for keeping your child learning all summer long

It’s summer time and the living is easy! But that’s why most children tend to fall behind in their schooling for the upcoming year. This “summer slide” refers to the way children can forget what they have learned during the previous school year over their summer break. We’re not just talking about the little things like knowing their state’s capital or how to write their name, but more important skills such as math and reading. For preschoolers, especially, these are the skills they need to keep building for the following school year.


 

 

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