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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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: 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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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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5 Ways Early Learning Educators Promote Auditory  Engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/26/16 12:03 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Teachers, Health & Nutrition

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While many learning centers and classrooms focus on visual environments like decorations and displays, some other learning centers have increasingly focused on creating hearing, or auditory engagement in their classrooms as well. Early learning centers that embrace senses outside of sight are able to engage early learners’ brains in ways that allow them to explore their creativity and curiosity. See below for five ways early learning centers promote auditory learning engagement for children.

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4 Ways Early Learning Center Workers Connect with and Support Parents

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/17/16 10:20 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Teachers, Family, Education

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(Adapted from Karen Miller's "The Dual Challenge: Meeting the Needs of Parents and Babies" http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2009/the-dual-challenge-meeting-the-needs-of-parents-and-babies).

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4 Must-Have Manipulatives for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/9/16 12:31 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Play, Development, Activities

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Manipulatives are objects used to assist learning and engage early learners in play-based and hands-on learning. They are used in classrooms from early learning all the way through high school to introduce and assist with different concepts. Some parents are unaware that they already have learning assistive manipulatives at home, while others may be looking to add to their collection of learning-based toys.

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5 Indications Your Early Learner May Need Extra Help

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/1/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Behavior, Education

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Serving as a director for a tutoring center, I often found bewildered parents in my office wondering how their child could be struggling all of a sudden. This was especially true for early learners leaving voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) and entering kindergarten. I once spoke with parents whose child's teacher had just told them that if she doesn't pass the next benchmark assessment, they may want to consider waiting to enroll her in kindergarten.

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7 Important Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend VPK

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/16 10:55 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development, Education

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It's never too early to begin to consider a high-quality voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program (VPK) for your child. (Check your state guidelines for enrollment ages.) See below for seven important reasons why your child should attend VPK!

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4 Activity Stations to Keep Early Learners (and Older!) Occupied During a Holiday Party

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/8/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Activities, Family, Holidays & Celebrations

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Are you one of the thousands of households hosting a holiday party in December or January? If you are, chances are that some early learners (and older!) might be in attendance. See below for some play area ideas to keep busy hands occupied so that you can be the host or hostess with the mostest.

 

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6 (More) Ways to Promote School Readiness at Home!

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/30/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development

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When I served as the director of a prekindergarten-12th grade tutoring center, I assessed incoming students to determine their ability levels. The assessment for early learners was the most intensive (and extensive!) because there are so many different categories on which to evaluate students for scholarly skills and classroom skills.

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5 Tips and Tricks for Early Learners and Dogs

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/10/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Safety, Children, Development

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Your dog loves your early learner—otherwise you wouldn’t have your dog! Countless articles online are devoted to what to do when bringing your baby home from the hospital and introducing them to Rover, but what about as your early learner grows and becomes more curious with him? See below for five tips on how to keep the relationship between your early learner and your dog safe, healthy, loving, and fun!

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4 Ideas for Introducing Nutritional Concepts to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/4/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Health & Nutrition

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With Halloween over, the holiday season is getting into full swing. While we’re probably thinking about all the delicious foods we’ll have for Thanksgiving and more, our early learners are continuing to develop associations with food, events, family, and friends.

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Topics for Early Learners Part 3

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/29/15 10:36 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development, Activities

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Welcome to Part 3 of CCSWFL’s Topics for Early Learners series! Below you will find some great suggestions for interactive exercises concerning music, geology, and literature.

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5 Ways to Determine if Your Child's Learning Center is Hands-On

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/27/15 10:56 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development

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Most of us know that early learners do best when exposed to play-based learning. Not only is play-based learning more engaging for the students than traditional classroom models (sitting at desks and doing worksheets or listening to lectures), it's also more memorable because it creates a positive and lasting connection to knowledge.

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Topics for Early Learners Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/23/15 10:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development, Activities

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Welcome to Part 2 of CCSWFL’s Topics for Early Learners series! Below you will find some great suggestions for interactive exercises concerning the sciences and art.

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5 Benefits and Rewards of Donating to Early Learning Centers

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/19/15 10:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Volunteering, Donations, Community

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You work hard for your money and when you save up some extra, it can be exciting to look through your options. Should we go on a lavish vacation? How about some new designer clothes? Or, you could donate the money to a good cause and benefit yourself- as well as others in the community.

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Topics for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/14/15 9:03 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development, Activities

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What is your preschooler's major? Just kidding! With hundreds of majors out there for college students, it's more important than ever that we start exposing a variety of concepts to our early learners as soon as possible. By doing this we can help to develop early learners' creativity, curiosity, and enthusiasm for the world around them—and also get them started on the right track for college!

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Active Kids = Active Minds

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/6/15 4:49 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Play, Development, Activities

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Having worked in both remediation and gifted education Pre-K through college for over six years, I am often asked by family and friends for tips and tricks of how their children can get a running start on the path to success.

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The Benefits of Volunteering for an Early Learning Center in Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/14/15 10:17 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Volunteering, Donations, Community

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With the busy lives many of us have today, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. It’s easy to get “me” focused and forget about others in your community. You may think you have to focus on yourself, your career, and your family before you can worry about anyone else. Actually, helping others helps yourself in many ways, several of which may come as a surprise to you. If you’ve been considering volunteering at one of Southwest Florida’s Early Learning Centers, but are still unsure, think about this:

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9 Kindergarten Readiness Skills Your Child Needs

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/12/15 8:23 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Learning, Children, Development, Activities

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Kindergarten is an important milestone in your child's life, it's their first step into formal education. Preparing children for this step is the job of parents and early learning centers. Nowadays, parents are feeling more and more pressure to make sure their children have the necessary skills that will put them on the same level or ahead of their peers.

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7 Important Reasons Your Child Should Attend An Early Learning Center

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/13/15 3:42 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Learning, Development

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You're a busy parent. You might have one maybe even two jobs, attending classes to further your education, or other responsibilities that require you to find child care. While daycare is what most parents are familiar with, a quality early learning center is the best option for parents and their children.

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