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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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Early Speech Milestones: What to Look Out for As Your Child’s Communication Evolves

    Your infant, or young toddler, is gaining new skills every day, and many parents can become confused about what is typical in terms of communication and speech acquisition. Typically, children develop according to a general timeline, so if you notice your child is not meeting certain milestones, you may want to bring them up to your pediatrician. Not every concern is a sign of an impending speech …Read More

  5. Answering “Why” Questions: Tips for Understanding and Handling Your Child’s Curiosity

    Why can’t I eat ice cream for dinner? Why is the grass green? Why do you go to work everyday? If your days are peppered with “why” questions from your little one, you’re not alone. Toddlers and preschoolers begin to ask why frequently and fervently, and it’s a normal part of their development and the teachers at our Monroe day care center know just how to help you survive this stage. Chi…Read More

  6. Infant Sign Language: Getting Started with the Basics

    When your baby is between six months and two years of age, it’s likely that her receptive language skills, meaning the amount she understands, is more advanced than her expressive language skills by a mile. This means that your little one has an understanding of the world around her, but cannot communicate her needs. This can lead to meltdowns and frustration. Luckily, teaching her a bit of sig…Read More