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