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Keeping Your Preschooler Healthy This Winter

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 19, 2022 @ 06:30 PM

“This winter, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the globe, staying healthy (and keeping your immune system in tip-top shape) is of paramount importance.” (

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Topics: Preschool

Tips for Choosing a Child Care Center or a Preschool for Your Child

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 27, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

There are so many child care and preschool options available today that parents can feel overwhelmed when it comes time to make a choice for their child. Location and cost will certainly play a role in a parent’s decision-making process but should not take precedence over the quality of the care and the programming provided.

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Topics: Preschool

Lights On Afterschool 2021

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 29, 2021 @ 07:30 PM

More than 11 million children are unsupervised after school in the United States. Afterschool programs help keep kids safe, allow them to develop skills, and help working families.

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Horizon Adds Multi-Purpose Trails To Select Centers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 08, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

Horizon Education Centers is blazing new trails — multi-purpose, outdoor trails, that is.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

National Grandparents Day: Seven Bonding Activities to Celebrate

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 01, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Marian McQuade is recognized as the founder of National Grandparents Day. She wanted young people to understand the importance of older adults and their contributions to society. In 1977, congress requested that President Jimmy Carter proclaim the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. President Carter followed through on Aug. 3, 1978, and the day was first celebrated in 1979.

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Topics: Child Development

Tips to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 14, 2021 @ 05:45 PM

Children who develop a sense of positive self-esteem value themselves, have confidence in their abilities and strive to do their best. They are more likely to have, in the words of, a “growth mindset”— which empowers them to tackle challenges, seek help when needed, be resilient, advocate for themselves, take personal responsibility for their actions, resist peer pressure, and learn from mistakes.

This clearly sounds like a real formula for success — but the question then becomes how to help your child to build self-esteem. To help, we’ve collected strategies from experts.

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Topics: Child Behavior

Taming Temper Tantrums

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 09, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

“A temper tantrum is when a child has an unplanned outburst of anger and frustration. Tantrums can be physical, verbal or both. Your child may act out, be disruptive and generally display unpleasant behaviors. Usually, they’re acting like this because they want or need something they can’t express with words.” (Cleveland Clinic)

Some kids have temper tantrums as toddlers but then outgrow them. Other children can still struggle to manage their frustrations beyond those years — and then there is a percentage of children who seldom seem to lose their cool.

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Topics: Toddler Care

How Much Physical Exercise Does Your Child Need?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Daily physical exercise is essential to the healthy growth and development of children of all ages. How much is optimal? According to the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE), children should spend at least 60 minutes per day engaged in physical activity.

What that looks like, though, can vary based upon the child’s age. Here is some more targeted information.

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Topics: Activities for Children

The Importance of Play in Your Toddler’s Development

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 07:15 PM

When your child is at child care, it may look like he’s just playing; but he’s actually hard at work. Toddlers learn by playing. Play helps your toddler develop the muscle control, balance and coordination necessary to master gross motor skills like running and pedaling a tricycle. Play also helps your toddler hone the fine motor skills he needs to feed and dress himself. Each new skill your toddler masters prepares him to take the next step in his physical development.

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Topics: Learning, Child Care, Toddler Care

Water Safety Tips for Children

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 05, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Swimming is an important part of summer, and now that some pools are beginning to reopen, you and your children might be itching to get back in the water. While swimming is a great form of exercise, it comes with risk. Drowning is the second most common cause of death and injury in children ages 14 and under. Here’s what you need to know to keep your children safe in the water.

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Topics: Summer Camp



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