Multicultural Centre announces new location for Big Backpack Event

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/6/17 12:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in first day of school, Donations, Learning, children

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The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida announces Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School will serve as the new venue for the 18th annual Big Backpack Event, to be presented 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 at 4750 Winkler Ave., Fort Myers. Every year thousands of kids receive free backpacks and school supplies while celebrating diversity in our community.

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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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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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Infographic: Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/5/17 4:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child care, Teachers, Learning, children

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Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 8, and ends May 12. We want to take the time to say a big THANK YOU to all of the amazing teachers that work at our learning centers. 

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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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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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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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Music and Movement

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/14/17 3:41 PM / by Patricia Guth posted in Learning, play, music movement, development

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Most children seem to enjoy the sound of music. They often ask to hear their favorite songs again and again, usually not caring how their voices, or the voice of the adult sounds while singing it. Movement seems to follow naturally with music.
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The Latest on Screen Time

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/16 9:03 AM / by Patricia Guth posted in Learning

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From Exchange Everyday December 8, 2016

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
-Elbert Hubbard in The Note Book

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The Five Different Play Categories of Early Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/3/16 12:16 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, play

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Did you know that there are five different play categories of early learning? These categories can be combined or practiced individually. Does your early learner encounter all of these categories each week? See below to find out!

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