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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Vlog: The Importance of Play

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/11/17 10:32 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Development, Vlog

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Research shows that children learn through play. Playing is a key part of healthy brain development as it encourages children to use their imagination while helping develop their physical, cognitive, and emotional skills. It is also an important part of how little ones discover and interact with the world around them.

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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, Behavior, 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?

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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

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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 Child Care, Learning, 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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Week of the Young Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/17 4:24 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Children, Development

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It's the Week of the Young child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association. In honor of young children everywhere, we're asking you to post on social media using #WeekoftheYoungChild!

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Vlog: Using Your Words

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/25/17 8:59 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Development, Vlog

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When we ask children to "use their words," we are are encouraging them to use language and develop their communication skills. As adults, we have a responsibility to be patient and respond to a young child's attempts to communicate in a positive way, as this can have a big impact on their language development.

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Infographic: National Kindergarten Day

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/21/17 8:56 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in First Day Of School, Children, Development

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It's National Kindergarten Day! Celebrate by taking the time to say thank you to a kindergarten teacher today and share your kindergarten memories using #NationalKindergartenDay on social media.

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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 Outdoor Activities, Learning, Children, Play, Development, Seasons

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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.

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Vlog: Early Literacy

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/12/17 9:12 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Vlog, Reading

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What is "early literacy" and why is it important? Developing early literacy skills helps prepare young children for school. Children who are read to regularly and have been exposed to language at home start kindergarten prepared to learn to read and write.

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Infographic: Promoting Healthy Habits

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/7/17 4:52 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Behavior, Development, Health & Nutrition

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As children grow, it's important to promote good health both at school and at home. Exercising and eating healthy are things children can start practicing at an early age.

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Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Biting

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/7/17 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development

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For parents of toddlers, biting is a huge area of concern that causes emotional stress. When moms and dads drop their kids off at daycare, the expectation is that their children will be safe. The last thing they expect is to see a bright, red chomp mark on their child’s skin when they pick them up.

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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, 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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Finding a Safe Haven for Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/30/17 1:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Children, Development

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It's no doubt that our children are growing up in a fast-paced world. Technology is a great connector, but it can also demand that we be instantly available to each other, no matter what.

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Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in a Positive Way

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/29/17 1:01 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Behavior, Development

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While it can be difficult to handle a child’s challenging behavior, communication is always key. Everyone in the home or family should be aware of the situation in order to best understand how to support and help the child, in addition to understanding how they can individually contribute.

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Kids on the move

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/27/17 2:32 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Development, Activities

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Transportation has been a natural interest of little minds for years. Children are enjoying learning about cars, trains, boats, planes, trucks, and other forms of transportation now more than ever. Here are a few transportation activities to captivate little minds:

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Are kids playing it TOO safe?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/24/17 2:21 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Development, Activities

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When parents drop their children off at preschool or daycare, they should feel at ease knowing that they’re leaving their kids in a safe, supervised environment…but is it possible for schools to be too safe?

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Vlog: Kindergarten Anxiety

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/22/17 10:11 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, First Day Of School, Vlog

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Many children--and their parents--worry about the transition from preschool to kindergarten, which is understandable. Kindergarten may be a very different experience, and this fear of the unknown is enough to cause anxiety about starting "big kid school."

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How Do Seeds Grow?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/17 9:49 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development, STREAM

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It’s the first day of spring, so what better time to introduce children to the concept of how things grow? Check out this engaging, hands-on activity from Community Playthings that teaches kids how to observe the process of germination by planting seeds and watching them grow.

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The Power of Touch

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/17 1:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Development

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Physical touch can be a powerful thing. In her article The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch, Lydia Denwoth explains how the sense of touch is a key part in nurturing relationships between babies and their caregivers. Those first moments with your child—hopefully followed by years of hugs and cuddling—can help you build a strong bond. 

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Introducing Come Grow With Us: Your Parenting Partner

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/10/17 2:39 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Vlog

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We're proud to introduce our new blog, Come Grow With Us: Your Parenting Partner. Check out our first "vlog" post, featuring Joseph H. Messina Children's Center Director Tammy Aronson.

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Top 5 Potty Training Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/22/17 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Development

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Through the years, we’ve received tons of questions from parents about potty training. Some of the most common include:

At what age should I begin potty training my child?

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Music and Movement

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/14/17 3:41 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Play, Development, Activities

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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 Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development

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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

Recognizing the ubiquitous role of media in children’s lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released new policy recommendations and resources to help families maintain a healthy media diet.

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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, Development

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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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5 Hidden Ingestible Dangers to Toddlers

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/18/16 2:38 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Safety, Children, Health & Nutrition

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Do you know the most common dangers in the home for accidental ingestion by toddlers? See below for five of these items and suggestions on how to avoid them.

 

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5 Ways Your Toddler’s Early Learning Center Facilitates Play Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/10/16 11:50 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Teachers, Learning, Play

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Is your toddler enrolled in an early learning program? See below for five ways that your child’s early learning teacher facilitates play-based learning for your child’s development.

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4 Books That Reinforce the Concepts of Good Behavior for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/3/16 10:54 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Behavior, Reading

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Are you looking to discuss appropriate behavior with your early learner in a way that is fun and interactive? Here are four books that introduce and reinforce the concepts of good behavior for early learners (without being boring or scary!).

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5 Must-Have Multicultural and Diversity Books for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/15/16 9:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Reading

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Are you looking to introduce your early learner, baby through PreK, to literature that discusses the diversity of people here and abroad? Check out these five (it was so hard to choose!) wonderful books concerning multiculturalism and acceptance of differences.

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5 Ways to Keep Early Learners Busy While YOU’RE Studying

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/11/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Activities, Family

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I’m fortunate enough to have a career where I work with non-traditional college students. These driven individuals often return to school after working for a number of years, and come back with a variety of experiences and perspectives, and also full families in tow!

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