Two Child Care of Southwest Florida centers recognized as ‘Preferred Pre-K Providers’ in Lee County

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/12/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Education, Focus On Four Program, VPK, CCSWFL News

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The Lee County School Board has recognized two Child Care of Southwest Florida centers as Preferred Pre-K Providers for families in Lee County.

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Free seminar for early childhood education teachers

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/15/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Education, Focus On Four Program, CCSWFL News, Events

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Pre-school and kindergarten teachers in Southwest Florida are invited to the free Focus on Four Conference being held at Florida Gulf Coast University on Feb. 23, 2019.

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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 Education, Focus On Four Program, VPK, CCSWFL News

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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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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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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 Community, Education, CCSWFL News, Partners & Sponsors

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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.
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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 Education, Focus On Four Program, VPK, CCSWFL News

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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 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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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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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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17 Best Learning Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/16/15 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Education, Reading, STREAM

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Just because your child isn’t reading yet doesn’t mean he or she can’t gain a wealth of information from books! So put on their pajamas, cuddle up, and settle into a good book. Preschool and Kindergarten aged children are ready to be introduced to the world of reading through any classical, modern, funny, moral, and colorfully illustrated books you can provide for them. Below are some of our favorites:

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