1. Why Daycare is the Right Choice for many Families: Considering Your Options

    Expectant parents who both plan on working once their child is born must consider childcare options for their infant, and this decision can be difficult for many parents. Lots of families hire nannies and babysitters, while others opt for center-based care at their local daycare or childcare center. The latter can be advantageous for a variety of reasons when it comes to choosing the best childcar…Read More

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    Transitional Objects and Your Young Child: Benefits and Misconceptions

    Many children between the ages of six months and five years use transitional objects such as blankets, loveys, or stuffed animals to soothe them, especially during times of change and challenge. These items become both beloved by children and useful when moving from one developmental stage to the next, or for overcoming common childhood challenges. Why do Children Choose Transitional Objects? Most…Read More

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    Five Unique Activities for Chilly Days With Young Children

    In December, cold weather is a bit of a novelty. The first snow lightly coats the ground, holiday celebrations commence with hot cocoa handy, and the excitement of cozy winter sweaters and toasty fires consumes us. But when January and February arrive, the cold temperatures no longer feel new, and children in particular have a tendency to become bored, whiny, and riddled with cabin fever. Try a di…Read More

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    Six Benefits of an Early Bedtime for Your Young Child

    There is little consensus among parents about what a suitable bedtime is for children, from infancy through preschool and pre-K age. Many parents desire more time with their children after work, which is certainly understandable, but an earlier bedtime will make for a more well-rested child, which will in turn make the time you spend with your little one more enjoyable for the both of you. From ou…Read More

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    Navigating the “Why” Phase: How to Answer and Promote Further Conversations

    At around the age of three (preschool age), young children begin to ask, “Why?” about nearly everything the adults around them discuss. The endless “why” questions can become unnerving and exhausting, but there are ways to manage the “why” phase in a way that actually promotes more stimulating conversations between you and your child. In this blog post, our childcare staff and preschoo…Read More

  6. How to Build Home-to-School Connections

    An important part of helping your child feel more comfortable in school is building a solid home-to-school connection. Your child’s daycare provider or preschool teacher is likely working hard on building that connection by sending you information and updates, as well as talking with you about any issues that may be cropping up at school, but parents can take a proactive approach as well. Here a…Read More

  7. Helping Socially Anxious Children Make Friends at Daycare

    Many toddlers and preschoolers have a bit of trouble making friends at daycare. Even the most talkative, playful child at home can become a bit more reserved in a childcare setting. Children who are a bit socially anxious may avoid large groups of same age peers, may have trouble knowing how to converse with other kids, and may not always want to join in on the rambunctious fun their cohort is enj…Read More

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    Supplies Every Kid Needs to Start a New Year at Daycare or Preschool

    If you’re sending your child to daycare or preschool for the first time, knowing what to pack can become overwhelming. It’s hard enough to pack for a quick outing to the park or the grocery store, let alone an entire day without you! Our list of essentials will make sure that your child is covered. Milk or formula for infants. If you plan on sending breast milk to daycare with your infant, rem…Read More

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    Seven Tips for Transitioning Your Child from Summer Fun to a New School Year

    Has your child spent the summer in camp, enjoying the outdoors and a slightly altered schedule? Maybe she has gone on a few trips and has been getting used to coming and going. Perhaps your household has been waking up a little later and getting to bed later than usual. Gear up for a new year of daycare or preschool by easing into new routines and schedules a few weeks in advance. Get your child p…Read More

  10. Sensory Processing Disorder and How it Affects Young Children

    Your child may have friends at daycare or preschool who struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), or you may know families who are going through the difficult process of ascertaining whether their child has SPD, and finding effective therapies for him or her. You may have even noticed symptoms of SPD in your own child, and have wondered if looking into SPD further might be helpful for your …Read More