Fort Myers Eagle Scout designs, builds outdoor learning station

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/18/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Volunteering, Children, Community, CCSWFL News, Partners & Sponsors

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Students attending the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center in Fort Myers now have a new water table that will enhance children’s learning and discovery.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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