Five Child Care of Southwest Florida locations earn five-star ratings from Early Learning Coalition

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/4/18 2:01 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in education, Community, development, children, Learning, Child care

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Five Child Care of Southwest Florida locations earn five-star ratings from Early Learning Coalition

Child Care of Southwest Florida has announced that five of its learning centers have earned five-star ratings, the highest classification, from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida.

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5 easy ways to incorporate math into your child’s day

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/16/18 1:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, Learning, math, education

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Math is everywhere. Concepts such as counting, sorting and time are involved in pretty much everything we do. That’s great news for parents, because we have lots of opportunities to give our little ones a head start and get them comfortable with math at an early age.

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10 Important Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/28/18 11:40 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, Learning, Dr. Seuss, reading

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In his years as a cartoonist and children’s writer, Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel), created some of the world’s most famous books and illustrations, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax. But what really makes the work of Dr. Seuss noteworthy, are the valuable life lessons that can be found throughout his writing.

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5 Valentine’s Day Activities for Preschoolers

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/6/18 2:49 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, Learning, Valentine's Day, activities

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This Valentine’s Day, get your preschoolers excited for arts, crafts and games with these fun holiday ideas!

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Why is goal setting important for children?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/16/18 12:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, Learning, education, goal-setting

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Encouraging your child to set goals is important because not only can it improve their confidence and build their self-esteem, but it also helps them focus and make better decisions. Along with this, goal setting can be used to motivate your child by ensuring that they achieve smaller goals on a regular basis. With this in mind, teach your children the importance of goal setting and how to go about it.

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STEM, STEAM and now STREAM: What does all of this mean?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/3/18 11:41 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, Learning, activities

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You see these acronyms everywhere but what do they really mean? It seems like now-a-days educators are always talking about STEM, STEAM, STREAM and with good reason. The importance of STEM is to educate and prepare children in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Soon after STEM, evolved STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. By incorporating art into the mix, this adds the design and creativity needed to look at a situation and develop a plan. This allows children to increase their technical skills but use creative ingenuity. Now let’s add the newest acronym, STREAM – science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math. This movement recognizes that reading is foundational to all early childhood education subjects. Essentially, STEM, STEAM and STREAM are being implemented to ensure that your child receives a well-rounded education.

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Outdoor play in preschool: why it matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/27/17 12:23 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, Learning, activities, outdoor

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Playing outdoors is the best place for your preschooler to practice and master emerging physical skills. The outdoors can help children freely and fully experience motor skills such as running, jumping and leaping. Set up an obstacle course with old tires, large appliance boxes, and tree stumps. Moving through it will teach important concepts like over, under, through and around.

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"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 children, Learning, 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 children, Learning, 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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Florida SouthWestern State College hosted Pop-Up Adventure Play on Nov. 4

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 12:16 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, Learning, Community, outdoor activities

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Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Education hosted a Pop-Up Adventure Play from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The event was free and open to children of all ages. Pop-Up Adventure Play events encourage children to use their imaginations and utilize everyday materials such cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes and art materials.

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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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