"Helping Our Mini-Engineers" Program with United Mechanical

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 4:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, development

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We've teamed up with United Mechanical to launch "Helping Our Mini Engineers," or "HOME," to teach pre-schoolers about STEM fields.  Southwest Florida children will now get the chance to learn about mechanical, electrical and plumbing concepts and careers.The program has purchased a trailer to fill with exhibits and take to schools to offer students hands-on learning experiences. Covered topics included will be engineering,  electricity  and weather. We are excited to announce that the trailer will be delivered just before the holidays and we will be offering STEM tours to other centers and events.

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Joseph H. Messina and The Community Children’s Center partner with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 3:54 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, development

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Joseph H. Messina and the Community Children’s Center are partnering with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is a local organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Starting in November, children ages 4 through 8 will participate in activities once a week introducing them to personal economics, the importance of economic exchange and how members of our community benefit from and contribute to community’s successes. These activities will not only empower children but also encourage them to make observations, collaborate with their classmates and use critical thinking and decision making skills.

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Watch me grow - observation matters in early childhood

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/13/17 8:05 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, development, observation

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Watch me grow - observation matters in early childhood

Early childhood education is as much about observing as it is about teaching. In this case we’re not talking about passively watching a child, either. Structured observation is a simple, active practice that that you can do. When used consistently, basic observations amount to a powerful method of tracking and assessment. It’s also an enjoyable process that will help you more fully appreciate how your child behaves and learns. Plus, you’ll be able to recognize areas where improvement or intervention is needed. 

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Creative expression activities for your child

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/2/17 5:19 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, development

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Creative expression activities for your child

Education doesn’t have to be constrained by traditional learning. Activities promoting creative expression are a great way to expand your child’s curiosity and cultivate their imagination. Encouraging children to communicate through movement, visuals and through sounds and words is an essential developmental tool that can make learning FUN for your child. The following activities are an interactive and entertaining way for children to learn and express themselves:

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Come Grow With Us evolves into valuable online parenting resource

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/1/17 11:16 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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Child Care of Southwest Florida creates online parenting resource: Come Grow With Us

With 50 years of service to the community, Child Care of Southwest Florida created a go-to parenting resource, Come Grow With Us. Visitors to the resource-rich blog will find dozens of features that highlight critical child development areas and address challenging issues like bullying, potty training, problem behaviors and more.  

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Teaching manners to young children

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/24/17 5:13 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, development

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Teaching manners to young children

With all the responsibilities you juggle on a daily basis, it can be hard to invest time in teaching your child to be polite outside of the standard “please” and “thank you.” But did you know that good manners are often the first step in teaching your child right from wrong?

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Preschool changes lives

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/16/17 2:56 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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As a leading child care center and parent resource in the region, Child Care of Southwest Florida's CEO, Carol Conway, will be speaking at the upcoming fourth annual Business Building Symposium on Wednesday, August 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. Click here for more information.

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United Mechanical is teaming up with Child Care of Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/17 3:26 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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We've teamed up with United Mechanical to launch "Helping Our Mini Engineers," or "HOME," to teach pre-schoolers about STEM fields.  Southwest Florida children will now get the chance to learn about mechanical, electrical and plumbing concepts and careers.

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Some life lessons from Dr. Seuss

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/17 3:15 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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Wednesday is National Book Lovers Day! Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel), created some of the world’s most famous children's books and illustrations, including such classics as Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Cat, and The Lorax.

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Why preschool is the smart choice for your child

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/6/17 10:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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90% of a child's brain growth occurs before they turn 5 years old, which means that more and more parents are choosing preschool for their children. Check out this infographic that helps explain why preschool is the smrat choice for your child:

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