Child Care of Southwest Florida collecting donations for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/10/19 1:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, CCSWFL News

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Child Care of Southwest Florida is partnering with Venice-based Agape Flights to collect critical supplies for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

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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 Child Care, Community, VPK, CCSWFL News

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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. The top rating indicates that Child Care of Southwest Florida (CCSWFL) is offering a safe, high-quality educational environment for the children it serves.

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Child Care of Southwest Florida centers named Preferred Pre-K Providers

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/26/18 4:20 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Education, VPK

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The job of getting children ready for tomorrow starts today. The School District of Lee County recognized the commitment that Childcare of Southwest Florida (CCSWFL) makes to preparing young children for kindergarten by selecting two CCSWFL centers as Preferred Pre-K Providers.

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Tips for Keeping your Child Learning all Summer Long

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/29/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning, Development

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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.

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Teachers: Where Would We Be Without Them?

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/10/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Teachers, Education

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Early education offers children the chance to socialize with other children, learn more about themselves, learn how to problem solve, build confidence and much more. But this doesn’t happen alone – it happens at the hands of teachers!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: The Benefits of Gardening With Your Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/18 8:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning

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We have all heard that being outside in the fresh air has all sorts of health benefits. We have also heard that planting flowers can be therapeutic. But did you know that gardening has amazing developmental benefits for children? Gardening offers wonderful opportunities for children to play, learn and grow!

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

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/16/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, STREAM

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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 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, 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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How Dr. Seuss Can Help Your Early Reader

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/26/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Reading

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Did you know that Read Across America week is celebrated in the month of March? This yearly reading initiative also includes the observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. Most of us grew up reading these wacky tales and have at least a few Dr. Seuss books in our own home for our little ones to read. Parents know how much fun these books are but many don’t realize how valuable they can be when teaching your child to read. So, what makes a Dr. Seuss book such a great choice for early readers?

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Tips on Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Development, Family

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Parents and children alike love sports and it’s easy to get caught up in a game and become focused on winning. There is so much more to be gained from the sports experience than just winning. When children are involved in sports, they are able to learn and put into practice values that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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5 Valentine’s Day Activities for Preschoolers

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/6/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Activities, Holidays & Celebrations

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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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Tips on Spending Quality Time With Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development, Family

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Let’s face it – life is busy! Between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. Many parents worry that they don’t spend enough time with their children. Some parents even feel guilty about working full time, or choosing to work out at the gym or go to dinner with friends.
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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 Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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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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Tips on Teaching your Child to Share

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development, Family

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Learning to share can be a challenge for younger children especially with their exciting new toys after the holidays! Not only is sharing a skill they need for play and educational purposes throughout their childhood but it plays an important part in bonding with other children around them.

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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 Learning, Development, Activities, STREAM

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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.

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Tips on Keeping your Child Safe During the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/4/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Safety, Family, Holidays & Celebrations

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The holiday season is a joyful and exciting time of year but it is also a time to be extra-cautious when out and about with your child. Between holiday shopping at the mall, crowded stores, airports and holiday parties, sometimes little ones can slip away. Not to worry, these preventative tips will help ensure your child’s health and safety this holiday season:

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Outdoor play in preschool: why it matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/27/17 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Play, Early Learning

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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, Nonprofit

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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 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 Program

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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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Fun, Family Activities For Fall

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/1/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Play, Family, Seasons

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If your anything like me, you have been patiently waiting for the changing of the seasons. Well it seems as if it is finally beginning to feel like fall here in Southwest Florida. The snowbirds are arriving and the temperature is beginning to drop. As the summer heat begins to fade, it becomes time to take advantage of this fall weather with some exciting activities that the whole family can enjoy.

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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, Behavior, Development

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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.

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Creative Expression Activities For Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/2/17 5:19 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Play, Development, Activities, STREAM

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Education doesn’t have to be constrained by traditional learning. Activities promoting creative expression are a great way to expand your child’s curiosity and cultivate their imagination. Encouraging children to communicate through movement, visuals and through sounds and words is an essential developmental tool that can make learning FUN for your child.

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Top 5 Tips on Helping Your Child After a Traumatic Event

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/27/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Safety, Children, Behavior

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Traumatic events and natural disasters have a significant impact on all of our lives but with a few easy steps you can be better prepared for these situations.

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Top 5 Tips for Creating a Back to School Routine

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/28/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in First Day Of School, Behavior

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The school bells are ringing and kids are back in the classroom! While this comes as a relief to some parents, it also ushers in a new set of issues, including getting back into a daily routine.

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