Category Archives: School Blog

Preschool As Prep School: Getting Ready For Kindergarten

Preschool is not mandatory, so parents may choose to send children to “Pre-K”, or to wait until Kindergarten to begin their education. It may not seem like a big deal to skip preschool, after all, it’s mostly playtime and snacks, right? Well, on the surface, perhaps. However when you dig deeper, it’s way more than that. Here are some of the major benefits of

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Tree Nuts, Peanuts, and Child Care: What Parents Need to Know

In many Summer Camps, Nursery Schools, Preschools and Elementary Schools, families are asked to maintain a nut-free classroom. Peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc. are now sometimes disallowed in lunches and snacks in classrooms and occasionally school-wide. Some parents view this as overprotective and unnecessary measure. Many children enjoy a PB&J in their lunches, and it’s an easy go-to lunch for a busy

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Building Self Esteem In Preschoolers; What Works, What Doesn’t.

Parents of preschoolers are familiar with the refrain “No one plays with me at school”. Just about every preschool student or child care attendee will say something like this at some point. More often than not, the child was not purposefully excluded, the child more likely was waiting to be invited to play and the invitation didn’t come. Preschool students tend to just absorb

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Battling Over Bites? Kids can eat healthy and without fuss, it is possible!

Parents all over the world can all agree that getting kids to eat a variety of healthy foods can be a challenge. Pickiness is an evolved human behavior. Early mankind avoided poisoning themselves by eating what is familiar. So, toddlers and preschoolers are just doing what is natural. It is also natural to learn to taste new foods, especially the great food we have

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Beat The Bugs: How to get ahead of head lice

Every year at nearly every preschool, childcare center, day camp and nursery school, head lice affects one or more children; sometimes suddenly affecting many kids at a time. Most folks now know that there are misconceptions about head lice being caused by unsanitary conditions or poor hygiene, anyone can get lice. The good news is, there are practical ways to prevent children from getting

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Happy Father’s Day!

If you are the father of a child in day care, preschool or organized childcare such as our Prime Time Early Learning Center in Paramus, NJ, you have likely received or are about to receive a precious artifact of your child’s affection. Whatever it is, it was hand-made by your child with the help of his or her preschool teacher or childcare provider. What

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Toilet-Training: The Developmental Approach

by Michael Reisman, M.Ed. If you are the parent of a toddler or preschool-age child, it is likely you are supporting your child’s transition from diapers to the toilet. As parent, coach, mentor and cheerleader you wear many hats as you search to provide the right support at the right time – prodding yet sympathetic, encouraging while comforting. As a parent and early childhood

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7 Tips for Vegetable Gardening With Your Toddler

by Julia Luckenbill, M.A. – University of California, Davis. Used with permission from the NAEYC It’s gardening season, and soon our vegetable gardens will be overflowing with tomatoes, zucchini, and beans. Well, some of our gardens will. Those of us who have small toddler helpers may not have the loveliest veggies to show for it, but we will have learned some important lessons along

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New CDA Credential Program at Prime Time

[ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Prime Time Early Learning Centers recently implemented a new and improved plan to have more of our teachers certified as Child Development Associates. The Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) is a nationally recognized credential in the field of Early Childhood Education issued by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA is designed for those individuals who are working with young children in all

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Prime Time Early Learning Supports The March of Dimes

Prime Time Early Learning has long supported the critical child health research and services offered by by the highly successful March of Dimes organization. In 2015, Prime Time donated $1,000.00 to the March of Dimes, which was matched by another $1,000.00 from its Board of Directors, for a total donation of $2,000.00. The following is a brief history of The March of Dimes and

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