Beyond the Classroom

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Snow Day Fun – Educational Activities to Try at Home

We are snowed in today in Portland! It’s a big deal here, since we don’t usually get much snow. My daughter and friends built a snowman (and yes, those are broccoli eyes!), but for the most part, we’re staying inside where it’s warm and cozy. Here are some fun activities from our Education team that

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Talking to Strangers – Video

The age-old wisdom “don’t talk to strangers” is not as practical as it used to be. Our own Linda Hassan Anderson discusses instead how to give children opportunities to practice what they would do in tricky situations.

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Talking With Children About Divorce

By Linda Hassan Anderson  Divorce can be a sad, stressful, and confusing life event for the entire family. From heightened emotions to big questions from the children, each family member is affected by the changes that occur when parents decide to end a marriage. There is no easy way to talk with your children about

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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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Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods

By Carly Dunn, KinderCare Registered Dietitian Introducing your baby to solid foods is an exciting milestone. How and when infants start eating solid foods will be different for each child, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting at around six months. This depends on the baby’s readiness, and it is important to learn and

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Tips for Adjusting to Life as a Parent

Becoming a mom or dad is one of the most fulfilling, yet challenging experiences in life. Many parents struggle with getting used to the changes in their lives and finding a healthy balance between family, work and their own independent selves. We have lots of experienced parents here at KinderCare headquarters, and we wanted to

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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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Winter Activities That Encourage Creativity

One common challenge for families during winter break is what to do with bored, cooped-up children. Well, we’re here to help! Winter break is a wonderful opportunity to engage your child in activities that help foster creativity. The following activities are appropriate for one or more preschool-aged children and can be done in your home with

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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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