How pre-reading skills can help prepare your child for adulthood

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/17 1:57 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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We all know that learning to read is important skill young children need to develop, but did you know that reading skills are directly correlated with success as an adult? Developing pre-reading skills improves your child’s phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds within spoken language. According to Ruth Rumack, creator of Alpha Mania Adventures, pre-reading skills have a significant impact on a child’s ability to read and understand.

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Coloring books aren't just for kids

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/4/17 5:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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This week, schools across the country celebrated National Coloring Book Day! Did you know that coloring books aren’t just good for children, but for adults as well? Some benefits of coloring books include experiencing feelings of relief by entering a meditative state, less negative thoughts, focusing on the present, and lower stress and anxiety levels.

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Tune in to ABC7 to hear about our STEM trailer project with United Mechanical!

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/26/17 4:46 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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Child Care of Southwest Florida's Chief Executive Officer, Carol Conway, and United Mechanical's Service Business Manager, Jill Moreland, will be appearing on ABC7 this Thursday, July 27, to talk about our new STEM trailer project. Be sure to tune in to ABC7 at 6:45 am!

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What is STEM and why is it important?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/20/17 5:23 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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It seems like educators everywhere are talking about STEM, and with good reason. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, and research shows that STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers…but what is STEM, anyway?

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Is teasing the same as bullying?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/7/17 9:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, behavior, development

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Every child deserves to go to school free of fear. However, bullying is an unfortunate reality of today’s world. While every good teacher strives to create a safe, accepting classroom environment, bullying can still happen anywhere at any time. Bullying is not limited by age, gender, or socioeconomic level: anyone can be a victim. 

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Children and Social Media

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/30/17 10:37 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, behavior, development

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We live in a world where social media impacts everyone, including young children. As adults, it's up to us to set a good example and establish ground rules for our children when it comes to social media. So in honor of Social Media Day, here are some digital parenting tips to help you set limits that work for you and your family. 

 

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United Mechanical brings engineering skills to Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/5/17 11:55 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, development

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United Mechanical, Inc., a Child Care of Southwest Florida corporate partner, recently returned to the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center to launch “Helping Our Mini Engineers (HOME),” a brand-new STEM initiative to develop an understanding and appreciation for mechanical, electrical and plumbing concepts among preschool students.

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Joseph H. Messina Center kids pitch their own tent

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/1/17 9:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in outdoor activities, summer, children, play, development

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When you think back on your memories of summer camp, what stands out the most? Forging friendships? Canoeing? S’mores by a bonfire? While planning activities for summer camp, Joseph H. Messina Center employees were inspired by their personal camp experiences and decided to help the children pitch their own tent.

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The hazards of distracted parenting

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/18/17 5:06 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in safety, children, development

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Being the parent of a young child is a huge responsibility. Not only are you in charge of your little one’s everyday care, but you’re also given the monumental task of raising your child to become a decent, happy, healthy human being. Knowing that you are accountable for the happiness and wellbeing of this little person can feel a little overwhelming at times. Many parents are dealing with these feelings of stress by relying on their phones and tablets to make it through the day. However, just as distracted driving is hazardous to yourself and others, distracted parenting can be just as dangerous.

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Why won't my child sit still?

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/10/17 6:38 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, music movement, development

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Any parent knows that staying still can be difficult for young children, but the truth is that adults aren’t much different than kids when it comes to sitting quietly. Think about it: have your thoughts ever drifted off during a boring meeting? Have you ever found yourself struggling to stay awake during a lecture or training? Most people can’t help but start fidgeting when stuck at a desk or conference room table with nothing to do. This is because sitting for long periods of time significantly reduces our ability to pay attention.

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