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Horizon Market Square Location Receives 4-Star Step Up to Quality Rating

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 22, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

What happens during the 1,890-plus days from when your child is born to when they enter kindergarten lays the foundation for success in school and later in life. That’s why it’s important to enroll your child in a quality learning and development setting, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

Horizon Education Centers is proud to announce that our Market Square location has received a 4 Star Step Up to Quality rating. We pride ourselves on being an institution that exceeds the level of quality in development and learning programs of Ohio’s child care licensing standards. In addition to the Market Square location, Horizon Education Centers has six other locations with a four-star rating or higher from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFM).

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Should I Send My Child to Summer Camp?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

When deciding to send your child to summer camp, you’ll likely factor in practical factors as well as some social ones. And, here’s one of the most practical reasons to send your child to summer camp: you need to work to support your family and you want your child to be in a safe, educational environment. So, you might as well choose someplace where your child can also have a fun adventure! 

Here are more reasons why sending your child to summer camp makes good sense. 

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What to Know About Your Child's Oral Health

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 08, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

It isn’t unusual for young children to have issues with oral health. In fact, HealthyChildren.org points out that by age 2, 10 percent of toddlers have one or more cavities. By age 3, the number jumps up to 28 percent, which is nearly 1 in 3 toddlers. By 5 years old, nearly half of children have at least one cavity.

Because tooth decay in a child’s baby teeth can cause problems in his or her permanent teeth, it makes sense to teach your child good dental habits from a young age.

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Why You Should Choose a Summer Day Camp for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 01, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Summer will be here before you know it (really!). Choosing a local summer day camp program can be a win-win for working parents and their children. Working parents need dependable, high quality, all-day care for their children that is available all summer long, and children need activities that will continue to stimulate their minds during summer break.

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The Terrible Twos: What to Do

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 07:30 AM

According to Parenting.com, the phrase “Terrible Twos” was first used in the 1950s. They suggest that it was coined at a time when “so much pressure was put on families to be detergent-commercial perfect that the moment a child grew out of compliant infancy, moms were freaked out.”

An expert quoted in this article notes that, although 2-year-old toddlers are being singled out for temper tantrums, in reality, youngsters may test their limits in this way from about ages 1 to 4. Another expert shares how one child may more or less “skip the meltdown stage altogether,” while another might seem to throw tantrums for years. The average toddler, of course, falls somewhere in the middle.

Temper tantrums occur at a time when toddlers are growing rapidly, wanting to test their abilities. When they feel as though that’s being thwarted, they can get quite frustrated — at an age where they typically can’t use language well enough to ask for the help they need. In other words, it’s a perfectly logical stage in child development that can also feel quite challenging, to toddlers and parents alike.

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Surprising Choking Hazards

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 17, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Children are curious, and young ones often use their mouths to explore what’s in their world. Because of that, according to a study of children aged one through three, it’s easier than you think to overlook choking hazards. In the study, researchers showed ten items commonly found in households to parents, and asked them to identify which ones posed a problem. And, parents were wrong 18 percent of the time.

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Technology and Kids: How to Use it for Good

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 10, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

“When wisely chosen and used well, technology has many benefits for children and adolescents . . . There are some wonderful programs available that inspire and educate and delight children and adults. And technological adaptations can be life-changing for a child with special learning needs, whether giftedness or learning problems.” (Psychology Today

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Is My Child Ready for Preschool?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Preschool can provide a solid foundation for your child’s academic years, also serving as a key early step in his or her success in life. But, how do you know if your child is ready to start preschool? Here are five issues to consider.

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6 Types of Coughs to Watch For

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

During the cold and flu season, there are plenty of people coughing. To help, Parents.com lists four techniques to help soothe symptoms, which include: 

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Cold Prevention Strategies to Try

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Yes, it’s that time of year again, the season when everyone around you seems to be sneezing or coughing, including the kids at your young children’s preschool or school. So, what can you do to keep your own kids cold free? Here are strategies to consider, as well as some myth busting, from three helpful websites. 

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