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How to Get Your Children to Eat Healthy During Quarantine

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 22, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

It’s hard enough to provide your child with nutritious meals under normal circumstances, but throw in the changes associated with a pandemic and quarantine, and it can seem downright impossible.

Whether you’ve got a picky eater or two in your home, find yourself getting groceries less often or finding your options are limited, there are things you can do to promote healthy eating during the quarantine. Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Child Care

Helping Your Child Cope with the New Normal

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 15, 2020 @ 07:00 PM

COVID-19 has changed lives in numerous ways that can be hard for adults to process — and it may be even harder for children to understand why they’re happening. They suddenly see people wearing masks in public and social distancing in stores. They may be used to Mom or Dad sitting next to them when getting a haircut, and suddenly they’re sitting farther apart. They may have, in the past, gone on errands with parents, but now they can’t in places where the building capacity is limited.

So how do you explain these issues to your children in age-appropriate ways?

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Topics: Child Behavior

The Top Three Educational Apps for Kids to Learn During the Pandemic

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 01, 2020 @ 06:45 PM

As you keep your children engaged during the coming months, it can make sense to strategically use screen time by providing them with educational apps for kids that make learning fun. Here are three recommendations.

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Topics: Skill Building

Summer Learning Loss: Why Combatting It This Year is More Important Than Ever

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 17, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Summer learning loss can take place when children are out of school for summer break and don’t participate in educational activities that can keep them intellectually stimulated and learning.

This isn’t a new concern (Horizon Education Centers provided tips to combat this in 2018). Having said that, with school students shifting to online learning during the second half of the 2019-2020 school year, they may be more vulnerable to learning loss now than in previous years.

So, during the summer of 2020, it’s crucial to provide your children with opportunities to learn and grow for a successful 2020-2021 school year.

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Topics: Summer Camp

Three Educational Activities for Kids at Home During the Quarantine

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 10, 2020 @ 06:45 PM

Summer is arriving, but this one may be unlike any we’ve ever experienced before, with many places closed down and families needing to practice social distancing. To help keep your children engaged and learning, here are three educational activities for kids at home.

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Topics: Activities for Children

Outdoor Activities for Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 27, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

This spring and summer will likely be different from any we’ve ever known before, and summer camps may not be available. So, how should you respond?

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Topics: Activities for Children

Preparing for a Safe Reopening at Horizon After COVID-19

Posted by David Smith on Thu, May 14, 2020 @ 09:59 AM

With the coronavirus pandemic temporarily closing Horizon Education Centers since late March, our team has worked tirelessly to prepare for the day we can once again open our doors to families.

Watching the governor’s daily updates at 2 p.m. have become the new normal. We are paying close attention to his guidelines and the directives he’s giving as he carefully reopens the state. We have adapted these guidelines into our own protocol as we plan for how these changes will affect child care. We are also taking parent concerns and feedback into consideration.

With our centers closed to the public, we have incorporated stringent sanitization guidelines. We are modeling best practices set by the state to ensure the safest environment for children and our employees when they return. We are also using this time to improve our facilities and have focused our extra time on vehicle maintenance, ensuring they meet the highest standards in transportation for children.

So what exactly will things look like when we reopen? Here is what we envision.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Four Virtual Vacation Spots to Visit with Your Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Perhaps your family was planning a vacation over spring break or were at least intending to visit local parks, theaters, museums and other fun locations. But with the spread of COVID-19, plans have been canceled all across the country and around the world. Fortunately, there are excellent virtual vacation destinations that your family can “tour” together.

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Topics: Learning

Horizon Education Centers holds Teacher Appreciation Parade (from

Posted by David Smith on Fri, May 08, 2020 @ 02:15 PM

Horizon Education Centers is celebrating its teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week runs through Friday.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Teacher Appreciation Parade at Berea’s Horizon Education Centers an Emotional Reunion for Students, Leaders (from

Posted by David Smith on Fri, May 08, 2020 @ 09:06 AM

Family and children of the Berea Horizon Education Centers held a teacher appreciation parade for teachers and support staff on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center



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