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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

Join us on Oct. 22nd for Lights on Afterschool

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 @ 07:30 PM

11.3 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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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

Horizon Education Centers’ COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Horizon’s new hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

We will be flexible as schedules change. If you need to drop off or pick up your child at a different time, just let your center director know.

These new hours of operation allow for the cleaning and sanitizing of each center.

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Topics: COVID-19

Returning to Child Care and Your Child's Safety

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 08, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Since the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, child care centers across the country were closed to stop the spread of the disease. Everyone has been strongly encouraged to practice social distancing, and face masks became the new normal. As centers begin to reopen, the top question on every parent’s mind is: Are the centers safe for kids?

The answer is yes.

Read about the ways child care centers — especially Horizon — are making it safe for children to be in the classroom again. Or watch the video on Horizon's reopening procedures below.

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Topics: COVID-19

Horizon Education Centers Gives Back to the Community

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

At Horizon Education Centers, we care about the communities we serve throughout the Greater Cleveland area — and to put that caring into action, we’ve partnered with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help them hold a weekly mobile food pantry.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Is My Child Keeping Up in School? 4 Ways to Find Out

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 05, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

You want your child to succeed in school but sometimes worry that he or she is struggling, perhaps even with a learning disability. Your concerns may be unfounded, of course, and to help, we’re sharing four tips to help you find out how well your child is keeping up in school. 

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4 Cheap and Easy Breakfasts for Back-to-School

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

If you’re looking to start the day with healthy breakfasts that are quick, easy and family-friendly, you can find 21 different recipes in just one collated article at Buzzfeed.com. We’ll share two of them here, including this fun twist on scrambled eggs, shared by MrBreakfast.com

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Back-to-School Bus Safety: 4 Tips

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

From the moment your child arrives at the bus stop, early in the morning, until he or she is off the school bus and inside the building, there are important safety tips for your school-age child to follow. We’ll provide four of them here. 

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