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 Donations, Children, Education, Focus On Four Program, CCSWFL News

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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, Community, CCSWFL News, Events

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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 Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Events, Partners & Sponsors

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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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Teaching Manners To Young Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/24/17 5:13 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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With all the responsibilities you juggle on a daily basis, it can be hard to invest time in teaching your child to be polite outside of the standard “please” and “thank you.” But did you know that good manners are often the first step in teaching your child right from wrong?

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Second annual Par-Tee for Tots

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/23/17 12:56 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Events, Partners & Sponsors

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Join Brown & Brown to hit with the pros on the beautiful greens of the exclusive West Bay Club in Estero on Friday, Sept. 15 for the second annual Par-Tee for Tots to benefit Child Care of Southwest Florida. Register to golf alongside PGA players Nolan Henke and George McNeill at parteefortotsgolfouting.com and take advantage of a variety of attractive sponsorship opportunities.

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Preschool Changes Lives

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/16/17 2:56 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Development, CCSWFL News

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As a leading child care center and parent resource in the region, Child Care of Southwest Florida's CEO, Carol Conway, will be speaking at the upcoming fourth annual Business Building Symposium on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. Click here for more information.

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United Mechanical is teaming up with Child Care of Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/17 3:26 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, STREAM, Partners & Sponsors

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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.

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Some life lessons from Dr. Seuss

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/17 3:03 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Development, Reading

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Wednesday is National Book Lovers Day! Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel), created some of the world’s most famous children's books and illustrations, including such classics as Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Cat, and The Lorax.

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Why Preschool Is The Smart Choice For Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/6/17 10:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Learning, Children, Development

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90% of a child's brain growth occurs before they turn 5 years old, which means that more and more parents are choosing preschool for their children. Check out this infographic that helps explain why preschool is the smart choice for your child:

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How Pre-Reading Skills Can Help Prepare Your Child For Adulthood

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/17 1:57 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Development, Reading

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We all know that learning to read is important skill young children need to develop, but did you know that reading skills are directly correlated with success as an adult? Developing pre-reading skills improves your child’s phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds within spoken language.

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Coloring Books Aren't Just For Kids

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/4/17 5:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Development, Activities

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This week, schools across the country celebrated National Coloring Book Day! Did you know that coloring books aren’t just good for children, but for adults as well? Some benefits of coloring books include experiencing feelings of relief by entering a meditative state, less negative thoughts, focusing on the present, and lower stress and anxiety levels.

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Top 5 Tips for Creating Healthy Eating Habits

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/25/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Health & Nutrition

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Childhood obesity has become increasingly problematic over the years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children struggling with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s, and about one in five school-aged children today are considered obese. This can pose serious health risks including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma.

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What is STEM and Why is it Important?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/20/17 5:23 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Development, STREAM

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It seems like educators everywhere are talking about STEM, and with good reason. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, and research shows that STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers…but what is STEM, anyway?

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Vlog: The Philosophy of Play

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/11/17 7:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Development, Vlog

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Ally Kulbeda, Teacher at the Children's Learning Center at FSW, explains her philosophy on play and how it helps infant development.

 

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Is Teasing the Same as Bullying?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/7/17 9:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Behavior, Development

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Every child deserves to go to school free of fear. However, bullying is an unfortunate reality of today’s world. While every good teacher strives to create a safe, accepting classroom environment, bullying can still happen anywhere at any time. Bullying is not limited by age, gender, or socioeconomic level: anyone can be a victim. 

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Children and Social Media

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/30/17 10:37 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Behavior, Development

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We live in a world where social media impacts everyone, including young children. As adults, it's up to us to set a good example and establish ground rules for our children when it comes to social media. So in honor of Social Media Day, here are some digital parenting tips to help you set limits that work for you and your family.

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Top 5 Tips on Preventing Bullying

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/28/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development

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Making threats, spreading rumors and attacking someone physically or verbally all count as aggressive behavior. When this behavior is repeated over time, it can turn into bullying. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, one in seven children is a bully or the target of a bully.

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Vlog: In VPK, Play Equals Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/16/17 4:46 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Play, Development, Vlog

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In our latest vlog, Jenna Thompson, VPK Teacher at the Children's Learning Center at FSW, explains why play-based learning is most appropriate for children and helps them in every aspect of their lives.

 

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What are Small Group Activities and Why are they Important?

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/12/17 12:03 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in First Day Of School, Learning, Children, Development, Activities

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There are plenty of good reasons to send your child to preschool. Not only does preschool prepare children for kindergarten, but it’s also an opportunity to help promote social and emotional development. The preschool classroom environment is structured to help children make new friends, learn how to play and build relationships with others.

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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 Donations, Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Partners & Sponsors

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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 Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, STREAM, Partners & Sponsors

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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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Vlog: CCSWFL Invites you to "Come Grow With Us"

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/2/17 4:03 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Teachers, Learning, Development, Vlog, CCSWFL News

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At Child Care of Southwest Florida, we invite parents and children to come grow with us. We strive to create a safe place where the imagination is set free and the childhood spirit is celebrated.

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Joseph H. Messina Center Kids Pitch Their Own Tent

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/1/17 9:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Play, Development, CCSWFL News

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When you think back on your memories of summer camp, what stands out the most? Forging friendships? Canoeing? S’mores by a bonfire? While planning activities for summer camp, Joseph H. Messina Center employees were inspired by their personal camp experiences and decided to help the children pitch their own tent.

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Top 5 Tips on Bonding With Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/19/17 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Family

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A strong parent-child relationship is based on trust. Parents should make an effort to get to know their child and form a connection with them. Unfortunately, work, school and countless other commitments make it difficult for moms and dads to set aside quality bonding time.

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The Hazards of Distracted Parenting

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/18/17 5:06 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Safety, Children, Development, Family

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Being the parent of a young child is a huge responsibility. Not only are you in charge of your little one’s everyday care, but you’re also given the monumental task of raising your child to become a decent, happy, healthy human being. Knowing that you are accountable for the happiness and well being of this little person can feel a little overwhelming at times.

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