Why preschool is definitely worth it

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/3/17 5:52 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, development

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All parents want the best for their children. While there is no magic potion or formula that guarantees that their child will have a better life, research shows that early childhood education programs lead to success in school, the workplace, and beyond. Unfortunately, financial struggles can cause some parents to start considering whether or not preschool is really “worth it.”

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Week of the Young Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/17 4:24 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, development

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It's the Week of the Young child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association. In honor of young children everywhere, we're asking you to post on social media using #WeekoftheYoungChild!

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Infographic: National Kindergarten Day

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/21/17 8:56 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, behavior, development

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It's National Kindergarten Day! Celebrate by taking the time to say thank you to a kindergarten teacher today and share your kindergarten memories using #NationalKindergartenDay on social media.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/19/17 5:09 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, play, behavior, music movement, development

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The old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” However, we Floridians know that the real rain starts in May and can last through October! Southwest Florida may be going through a bit of a drought at the moment, but rainy season is almost upon us. While playing outside can be little tricky on a rainy day, Spring weather provides the perfect opportunity to keep our kids engaged and curious about their surroundings and everyday experiences. 

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Infographic: Promoting healthy habits

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/7/17 4:52 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, behavior, development

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As children grow, it's important to promote good health both at school and at home. Exercising and eating healthy are things children can start practicing at an early age.

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Practicing mindfulness with children

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/5/17 3:21 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, play, behavior, music movement, development

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Feeling stressed out or overworked lately? Is your child having trouble dealing with their emotions? Do you ever feel like having a full body tantrum on the floor like your toddler? 

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Finding a safe haven for children

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/30/17 1:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in outdoor activities, children, development

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It's no doubt that our children are growing up in a fast-paced world. Technology is a great connector, but it can also demand that we be instantly available to each other, no matter what. And while it is wonderful to be able to turn on our smartphones and “see” each other all over the world in real time, this often means our children are bombarded with horrific images of war or natural disasters right in their own homes. Where is the "safe haven" for our children these days? This is the question authors Christine Kiewra, Tina Reeble, and Nancy Rosenow ask in their book, Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms. 

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Dealing with challenging behaviors in a positive way

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/29/17 1:01 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in play, development

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While it can be difficult to handle a child’s challenging behavior, communication is always key. Everyone in the home or family should be aware of the situation in order to best understand how to support and help the child, in addition to understanding how they can individually contribute. Some examples of challenging behaviors could be: a child hurting themselves or others, biting, repetitive destructive behavior, etc.

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Kids on the move

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/27/17 2:32 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in play, development

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Transportation has been a natural interest of little minds for years. Children are enjoying learning about cars, trains, boats, planes, trucks, and other forms of transportation now more than ever. Here are a few transportation activities to captivate little minds:

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Are kids playing it TOO safe?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/24/17 2:21 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in development

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When parents drop their children off at preschool or daycare, they should feel at ease knowing that they’re leaving their kids in a safe, supervised environment…but is it possible for schools to be too safe?

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