Early Child Development

Let’s Get Ready for School! Fun Summer Activities to Prepare for Kindergarten

Every September, children across America get a fresh start: They head back to school. At KinderCare, young learners get a jumpstart by reviewing alphabet letters. The review encourages school readiness for children who are starting kindergarten in September. Think of it as a learning bridge from summer into the start of the school year. While

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Night Waker? Early Riser? Children’s Sleep Expert Dr. Super Troubleshoots Your Family’s Sleep Woes

For their first few years, children spend half their lives asleep. But parents seem to spend much of those early years trying to get more sleep. That conundrum (familiar to all parents) prompted us to call Dr. Elizabeth Super, a pediatrician and children’s sleep specialist with the Pediatric Sleep Medicine program at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s

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Are We Too Clean? The Dirt on Dirt

Dirt gets a bad rap. Yes, hand-washing and removing dirty shoes before coming into the house are important for keeping kids healthy. But a growing body of research suggests that we may be making our children too clean. According to the “hygiene hypothesis”—a concept first proposed by Dr. David Strachan in 1989’s British Medical Journal—letting

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How to Raise a… Community-Minded Child

While most of us associate “community” with adult activities (such as volunteering), parents absolutely can begin instilling community-mindedness in their young children—even as young as two or three! Luckily, most young children are eager to learn about their world, and you are their very best guide. Plus, introducing children to our communities builds a sense

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Can Two-Year-Olds Cook Cornbread? You Bet. Plus: A Recipe You Can Make, Too!

The kitchen is a learning lab. That’s why KinderCare Learning Centers build cooking into our curriculum and why we like to get children cooking early. This month, the smell of fresh cornbread will be wafting through our centers’ halls, thanks to the chefmanship of our two-year-olds. They’re learning all about farms in February, so they’re

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