Outdoor play in preschool: why it matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/27/17 12:23 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, 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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2nd Annual Par-Tee for Tots Golf Tournament raised more than $28K for Child Care of Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/9/17 8:28 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Donations, children, Community, charity

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Brown & Brown Insurance of Southwest Florida presented the second annual Par-Tee for Tots charity golf tournament to benefit Child Care of Southwest Florida on Friday, Oct. 27 at West Bay Golf Club in Estero. The four-person scramble raised more than $28,000 for Child Care of Southwest Florida, whose mission is to enhance the lives of children and their families through quality early childhood education and related serviceds to promote health and school readiness. A very special thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this event a huge success! 

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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 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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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 outdoor activities, Learning, children, Community

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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 use everyday materials such cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes and art materials.

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Early Learning Coalition Quality Rating Improvement System

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 11:46 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, education

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All six of our centers participate in the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) that is used by the Early Learning Coalition to improve and communicate the level of quality in early childhood programs. We are pleased to announce that our centers have received 4 and 5 star ratings!

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Child Care of Southwest Florida  implements "Focus on Four" initiative 

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 11:06 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, education, focus on four

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The “Focus on Four” initiative started in June 2017 and the purpose of this program is to provide 4 hours of free early education to 4-year-old children during the summer months.

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Florida SouthWestern State College Hosts Pop-Up Adventure Play

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/24/17 9:03 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in outdoor activities, children, Community

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Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) School of Education will hold a Pop-Up Adventure Play from 1-4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Practice Field (across from the Lockmiller Child Care Center) Thomas Edison Campus, Fort Myers. Pop-up Adventure Play is free and open to children of all ages.

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Second Annual Par-Tee for Tots Rescheduled to October 27

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/13/17 1:06 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Donations, children, Community

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Second Annual Par-Tee for Tots Rescheduled to October 27

Golf registration and select sponsorship opportunities are still available for the second annual Par-Tee for Tots to benefit Child Care of Southwest Florida, which has been postponed to Friday, Oct. 27 due to Hurricane Irma.

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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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