Archive for the ‘ Early Child Development ’ Category

Accreditation: What it Means for Your Family

Accreditation is a term I was unfamiliar with before I started working at an early childhood learning company, so I thought many parents might be new to this concept as well. I asked our Quality and Accreditation team to explain what accreditation means to families – read below to learn more. (By the way, nearly

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From the Classroom to the Family Room: At-Home Activities for January

Beat the winter boredom blues with fun and educational activities from our classrooms! Each month this year, we’ll be sharing new at-home activities for infants through PreK age groups. The following activities are focused on cognitive development (math—sorting and sequencing; counting; measuring; and subtraction) and language and literacy development (songs and fingerplays). Many of the

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Tips From Our Teachers: More Potty Training Tips

Jaime Roshon and Tena Christianson are veteran teachers who have each been with KinderCare for 13 years. This year, they were among ten outstanding teachers presented with the coveted Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator awards, chosen from more than 24,000 teachers across the country. Potty training is one of the key accomplishments of toddlerhood, but

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Embracing and Creating Family Holiday Traditions

by Meg Davis, MS, Managing Senior Editor, Education Department “We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others.” – Fred Rogers The months of November, December and January present many opportunities for children to learn about and participate in

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The Art of Parenting: Discipline (video)

The word discipline is often interpreted as punishment. In this video, our own VP of Education, Linda Hassan Anderson, shares a different perspective on “discipline” not as punishment, but as an opportunity to teach children how to regulate their own behavior and learn what’s appropriate in what settings. Linda also discusses discipline as the opportunity

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Teaching Young Children About Community

Teaching young children about communities is beneficial for a number of reasons: It helps children recognize the importance of communities and the roles people play within communities It helps create a sense of place, familiarity, and security It helps foster stewardship and the knowledge that along with citizenship comes certain responsibilities It helps children recognize

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Tips From Our Teachers: Discipline, Aggression and Biting

One of the most frequently asked questions from families who tour KinderCare centers is: “How do you handle aggressive behavior and discipline?” I asked Deborah Simmons, Assistant Director at Eastville KinderCare in Belleview, Illinois, for her perspective on the topic based on her experiences and observations in the classroom. Deborah has 26 years of experience working

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“Don’t Talk To Strangers”

By Linda Hassan Anderson, Vice President, Education “Don’t talk to strangers!” As children, most of us heard this “well intended” parental advice. It was as common as “Look both ways before crossing the street” and “Don’t talk with your mouth full.” This is what parents say, right? And yet, the world has changed so significantly

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