Category Archives: Director’s Corner

Anchor It To Protect Young Children!

Children like to climb. On parents. On purpose built play structures. On furniture. For kids, your home is a playground. As you look at your home with an eye to childproof it, you may not be aware that unsecured TVs, furniture and appliances are “hidden in plain sight” hazards lurking in every room. To Prevent a Tip-over Tragedy: Think like a kid Put yourself

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Whatever The Weather, We Play!

Living in New York and New Jersey means that families and childcare centers are well experienced with all kinds of weather, from infamously humid East Coast summers, to wet and windy autumns, and cold snowy winters. In many day and child care centers, nursery schools, preschools, and camps, the teaching staff is prepared to take children outside to play in sun, rain, and snow.

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Why Do Toddlers Love To Dump Things Out?

Parents everywhere are no doubt exasperated when the 15-18 month old’s fascination with dumping out containers becomes a regular activity for their children. Dumping water, food, toys, the garbage, the cat food, the everything… It gets old quickly, cleaning up all that stuff. The toddlers show little interest in the items they have dumped out, but that doesn’t keep them from dumping them out

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Learning a Second Language: More than just a handy skill

Many adults took some foreign language classes in high school or college, but most did not become fluent or even conversational, and many also then forgot most of what they learned without frequent practice. That model of education leaves a lot to be desired in terms of efficacy. If today’s parents want bilingual or multilingual children to obtain the maximum benefits of those second

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How Young Kids Learn Science

Most parents probably don’t remember their very first official science lesson, but it was probably sometime in second or third grade. Surely, there was some sort of textbook reading and perhaps a short demonstration by a teacher on surface tension or gravity. We have come to think of science as a book-learned set of ideas for children much older than nursery and preschool age.

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What is a CDA Credential, and Why is it Important?

The CDA, or Child Development Associate Credential is a credential awarded to childcare and preschool staff that have completed relevant coursework and experiential training based on a core set of professionally prepared competency standards recognized nationally by educators and child development professionals. This means that teachers with a CDA credential are among the teaching professionals who have met nationally recognized standards of early childhood

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Keeping It Green – How Kids can Learn environmentalism early on

In 2016, many parents are concerned about the Earth they will leave behind for their children. Combating climate change, air and water pollution, and resource depletion is on a lot of people’s minds. Many families have systems in place at home to reduce, reuse, recycle. However, schools (where most kids spend much of their waking hours) need to reinforce these environmental values if kids

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Just Checking In – How new apps keep teachers and parents connected regarding child care

Pick up and drop off times are often the only face time parents get with teachers and staff at their children’s preschool, child care, or camp. However, those times are also the most hectic and busy, and every other parent has the same idea. Busy parents might not have enough insight into what their child’s day was like at school or camp if they

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Here Fishy Fishy! The Amazing Benefits of a Classroom Fish Tank

Many Preschools, Nursery Schools, and Daycares have done away with the notion of a Class Pet. It used to be that many child care centers had some sort of resident critter like a hamster, turtle or a parakeet. Modern times have brought allergies, fears of disease, possible liabilities, and too much added responsibilities to the prospect of classroom pets. That’s a shame, certainly, because

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Read The Manual! The importance of School and Parent Manuals in Childcare

It may come as a surprise to some parents that some Child Care centers, Camps, Preschools and Nursery schools have a Parent (or Family) Manual, often detailed, that is provided to all families upon enrollment. Most parents did not go to schools with family manuals when they were children, so the idea that families need to read and review a multi-page booklet to send

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