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  • Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 1:15 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Is Your Child Ready To Be Home Alone?

    There will be a time when you hear the words you may not quite be ready for. “May I stay home by myself?” Parents often have mixed feelings about leaving their children home alone. The internal questions start: “Is my  child  old enough to stay home alone?” “Is it the right time?” Leaving your child at home for an hour after school, or...
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 10:47 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Holiday Tips

    The flurry of activities surrounding holiday preparations can get everyone excited and routines can get disrupted. The following tips adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics offer ways to keep your family safe and minimize disruptions during this busy time.  Toy Safety Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level...
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 3:32 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Children and Bullying

    As a parent, you are likely to hear children telling on each other: “Mom! Jimmy’s picking on me again,” or “Sally called me a name.” You may brush this off as typical behavior for a child. But, do you know how to recognize when it is  more than that? When the name calling and teasing goes too far? Bullying can be a serious issue for young...
  • Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 9:59 am |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Field Trips for Summer Fun

    Ah, the joy of long summer days. Three months of fun in the sun and endless possibilities. So, what do you do when your child comes to you and says “I’m bored!”?  Below, you’ll find some helpful hints. Use these boredom-busters to liven up your summer, and feel free to create new ideas of your own! Find Story Time: Many local libraries...
  • Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 5:28 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Take Time to Share a Meal

    Recall when family meals, sit–down-at–the-table-meals, were an everyday occurrence? Today it seems like more and more families are either eating on the go or maybe even in shifts. Family meals do not have to be a thing of the past. Enjoying a sit-down family meal  at least once or twice a week will benefit all family members – regardless of...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 12:18 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Great Tips For Selecting a Faith-Based Program

    December 6, 2004 When selecting an early care and education program for their child, many parents select a program that includes and supports their faith. Some faith-based settings are located in their communities near their home and others are located in urban areas near work-related locations. Faith-based programs are also now an option for...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 12:17 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Preschool - Academics or Play?

    November 22, 2004 Discussions about academics in early childhood programs often oversimplify the debate as a choice between academics or play in preschool and kindergarten. In truth, all high-quality early childhood programs are academic, but in a professional and appropriate way. Research shows that young children learn best through manipulation...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 12:14 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Nurturing Emotional Literacy

    October 25, 2004 A Good Beginning, a recent report from the Child Mental Health Foundation and Agencies Network, emphasizes that social and emotional readiness is critical to successful kindergarten transition, early school success, and even later accomplishments in the workplace. However, according to the report, many children enter school...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 12:09 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Science and Literacy

    September 6, 2005 Young children have a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. While watching snails in an aquarium, blowing bubbles, using a flashlight to make shadows, or experimenting with objects to see what sinks or floats, children are busy finding out how the world works. Because they are ready to learn about the everyday world,...
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - 12:07 pm |Parents And Guardians - Are You Aware Articles

    Children Who Just Watch

    August 30, 2004 While many young children, when given the opportunity, will immediately engage in play with others, families and early childhood teachers often encounter children who want only to watch from the side. These children will watch others playing around them - constructing a towering building; reenacting a battle of dinosaurs in the...