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What Are The Benefits Of Routine for Children?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

The benefits of routine for children are significant.  A routine can create a sense of familiarity, which in turn can allow a child to feel more confident at home, in childcare settings, and in school. Consistency in a schedule can be especially important during more challenging times in a child’s life, but it also offers a sense of security even during more ordinary days. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Benefits

Which Child Development Milestones Matter Most?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 07, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Child development milestones are a great way for parents to tell if their child is developing appropriately. Each child is unique—and their rate of development is also one of a kind: socially, cognitively, physically, and more. That said, there are standard developmental benchmarks and, as a parent, it’s natural to wonder how your child is progressing.

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Topics: Preschool, Infant Care

Here's Your 2022 Back-To-School Guide For Parents (And Kids)

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

From getting back into a school year schedule to buying school supplies and more, there’s plenty to do to return to fall routines. So, we put together a little back-to-school guide to help. And the best news is that there are only three things to focus on in our guide!

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Horizon Education Center, Back-to-School Tips

How to Prepare for Preschool

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 17, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Preparing for preschool is different for every child (and parent). For some youngsters, the idea of preschool is exciting, a place they’ve looked forward to attending. For others, going to school may be a bit nerve-wracking—and, for still others, it’s a combination.

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Topics: Preschool

Programs Expand Beyond Horizon Education Centers’ Walls

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 27, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Horizon Education Centers is proud to offer summer school programs. But not all of our activities happen within the walls of our 13 centers.

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Topics: Summer Camp

What Are the Benefits of Imaginative Play?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 13, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Imaginative play is how your child makes sense of the world around him or her through role-playing. During imaginative play, a child may pretend to visit the moon with a pile of sand on the beach serving as the spaceship or turn a box into a castle and reign over the world from within the confines of the cardboard. Possibilities with this kind of play are literally limited only by the child’s imagination. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Activities for Children

Horizon Programs Earn 5-Star Ratings

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 06, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Horizon's two site-based locations in Lakewood have received 5-Star Step Up to Quality ratings for their before and after school programs at Emerson and Harrison Elementary Schools. These programs are a collaboration with the Lakewood School District. 

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Topics: Afterschool

Horizon Education Centers and AmeriCorps Partnership Spotlight

Posted by Dave Smith on Thu, Jun 23, 2022 @ 02:34 PM

Horizon Education Centers is always looking for new and exciting ways to educate your children. Our partnership with AmeriCorps is one of the ways we do this.  

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

What Is Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 08, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Donna Wittmer and Sandy Peterson authored a landmark book on the subject. Titled Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A Relationship-Based Approach, the book provides an in-depth look at this topic. You can access a fifty-page preview at, and here are just a few highlights:

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Horizon's Shoreway Center To Open In September

Posted by Dave Smith on Fri, Jun 03, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

The construction of the newest Horizon Education Centers facility is wrapping up and we'll swing open the doors in September.  That means you can schedule a tour at the Shoreway Center at your convenience and registration for classes is already open.

If you'd like a sneak peek at what it's going to look like, you can check out the latest images (and track the progress since the project began) below.

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