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How Much Sensory Stimulation Is Appropriate for an Infant?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 29, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

Sensory stimulation is a powerful tool for helping infants to understand and connect with the world around them. But it’s also important to be mindful of cues from infants to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed by sensory-rich experiences. So, how much sensory stimulation is appropriate for an infant?

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

What Is Lights On Afterschool? And What It Means to Us

Posted by Dave Smith on Tue, Nov 21, 2023 @ 08:42 AM

There’s no shortage of benefits tied to afterschool programs. While children can access support to improve their academic performance, they also enrich their development with STEM and art activities. Rather than engaging in risky behaviors, students can focus time on constructive activities, and build their social and emotional skills in the process.

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Topics: Afterschool

Four Thankful Activities for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 15, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

Thanksgiving is coming! As families make plans to spend time together and enjoy a hearty meal, it can also make sense to share activities with your children that promote gratitude and appreciation. 

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Topics: Activities for Children, Family Time

Why Are Science Experiments Important for Preschoolers?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 08, 2023 @ 12:53 PM

Kids are naturally curious, and science experiments are a useful way to foster this trait in children as young as preschoolers—and that’s just one of their many benefits.

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Topics: Child Development, Learning, Preschool

What’s the Difference Between Childcare and Preschool?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 01, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

You may hear the terms “childcare” and “preschool” used interchangeably but these terms come with different contexts—despite the fact that both childcare centers and preschool centers focus on providing care services for children. 

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Topics: Child Care, Preschool

How To Make School Mornings Easier

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 25, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

From rushing around to bathe and dress, eat breakfast, and ensure that everything needed for school that day is readily available, mornings can feel very hurried. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to involve this much hustle and bustle. There are ways to make your school mornings easier and more stress-free. 

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Topics: Parenting Tips, Back-to-School Tips

Visit These Three Indoor Playgrounds in Cleveland, Ohio

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 18, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

As cooler temperatures arrive, that doesn’t mean playground season has to end. There are numerous indoor playgrounds in Cleveland and the surrounding areas that families can visit. 

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Topics: Activities for Children

Fun Family Halloween Activities for All Ages

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 11, 2023 @ 10:00 AM

While trick or treating is a tradition for many families on Halloween, there is no shortage of other enjoyable activities for families around this time of year. Here are plenty of fun family Halloween activities for you to consider and enjoy!

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Topics: Activities for Children, Family Time

Daycare Services for Infants: What a Well-Rounded Program Looks Like

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 04, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

As a parent, you want the best life experiences possible for your infant, including in a daycare program. That said, it isn’t always clear what qualities to look for to achieve this goal. 

Fortunately, when it comes to choosing daycare services for infants, we can provide guidance.

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Encourage Toddler Language Development with These 5 Activities

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 27, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

The toddler stage is a key time for children to expand their vocabulary, string words together, and start to verbally ask for objects. As they grow in their ability to communicate, this enhances their ability to learn—and there are fun activities that can help them advance in the crucial toddler language development stage.

Check out these five simple yet effective strategies. 

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Topics: Child Development, Toddler Care



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