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Seasonal Affective Disorder in Children: What to Know

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, emerging in the fall and winter as daylight lessens and letting up in the spring and summer as the days lengthen.

While SAD has received a fair amount of attention for its effects on adults, the condition can also affect children. Here’s what you should know about SAD and how to help your child if they experience it.

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Topics: Child Development

Toddler Developmental Stages Keep Parents on Their Toes

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 06, 2021 @ 06:00 PM

Children can seem to race through their toddler years, and the speed of their growth and skill development between 18 and 36 months can leave parents panting to keep up.

Overall, toddlers learn by playing and need both structured and unstructured play to learn, practice and master new skills. The mastery of each new skill allows the child to progress to the next level of development, going through a number of developmental stages on their way to becoming accomplished 4-year-old children.

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Topics: Toddler Care

Do Children Really Need Preschool?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 30, 2020 @ 06:00 PM

Early childhood education options like preschool provide a safe, nurturing, educational and social environment for children. While preschool is not required as part of your child’s education, sending them to a highly rated preschool program can have benefits that stretch far beyond the classroom. Here’s what you should know if you’re wondering: Do children really need preschool?

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Topics: Preschool

The Best Toys for Your Children This Year

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

As the holiday season approaches, parents all across the country are looking for the best toys to buy their kids. Here are some great gift recommendations to consider, broken out by age.

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Topics: Skill Building

Make the Most of Your Children’s Winter Break

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 09, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

“Let’s just get this out of the way: Don’t feel guilty.” (Washington Post)

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Topics: Activities for Children

Horizon Remembers Founder Mary Smith

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Dec 07, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Mary Smith, founder and former executive director of Horizon Education Centers, passed away on November 26, 2020. Mary founded Horizon in 1978 after noticing a lot of her children’s friends were “latch-key kids,” kids who returned home to an empty house after school. This, combined with a lack of art programs available in North Olmsted, led Mary to take action, creating the Horizon Afterschool Center.

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What Your Baby Can Learn in Infant Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 02, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

“The environments infants and toddlers encounter, the relationships they form, and the activities they engage in before age 3—both inside the home and out—are key to healthy and positive growth, development and learning outcomes that can last a lifetime.” (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) strongly recommends continuity of care (COC) for infants and toddlers. This means that these young children will have their care provided by a consistent group of caregivers for at least two to three years. This allows them to feel secure and helps them to thrive, which means they can learn to trust and engage with caregivers and other young children outside of their family — a key step of socialization.

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Topics: Infant Care

Fun and Fast Homework Tips for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 25, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Do your kids groan and complain when you remind them it’s time to do their homework? If you’re tired of their grumblings, you’re not alone—and finding the right solution can feel even more difficult this school year during COVID when your children’s friends may not be holding in-person study groups like they once did.

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Topics: Learning

Helping Your Child Cope with Loneliness as a Result of COVID-19

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

While social distancing during the pandemic is a smart move to help keep everyone physically healthy, social isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness. According to the Mayo Clinic, this can be especially hard for children. Reasons why can include the following:

  • They can have a harder time than adults when it comes to expressing feelings.
  • They can’t simply go visit friends as a way to cope with those feelings.
  • “Friendships with other children can give kids crucial support, build a sense of belonging and help them to develop personal identities”—and now those friendships must be enjoyed in different ways.

How do you help your child cope with feeling lonely as a result of this situation?

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Topics: Child Development

We're Hiring: Come Work at Horizon Education Centers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 11, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children? Horizon Education Centers is committed to providing enrichment and educational opportunities to children in our communities, but we couldn’t do it without dedicated professionals like you.

We’re hiring dedicated professionals who love working with children to join our team. If this sounds like you, take a look at our open positions and apply.

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Topics: Child Care



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