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Ohio Step Up to Quality: What the Ratings Mean & Why They're Important

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 26, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a rating and improvement system overseen by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This system recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that exceed licensed health and safety regulations using a five-star quality rating.

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South Side Pride Summer and After School Programs

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

South Side Pride is a community collaborative working to sustain a healthy and safe community for fifth- through eighth-grade students and their families in South Elyria. Seven community organizations have partnered to provide services both in school and during those crucial out-of-school time hours. These partners include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Catholic Charities, Elyria City School District, Elyria Parks and Recreation, Elyria Public Library, Horizon Education Centers, the LCADA Way and United Way of Greater Lorain County.

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3 Ways to Give Your Preschooler Independence

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Although it may be hard to imagine your preschooler as an adult, that day will come — and when it does, you’ll want him or her to make the right choices and manage his or her daily life. And the way you make that happen, an expert quoted in Parenting.com says, is to slowly let go of the things you do for young children, “while keeping the safety net of family rules and limits firmly in place.” The article also notes that, yes, it can take both “wisdom and guts” to know how to make this happen.

When you keep doing tasks for your child rather than teaching him or her how to do them, you’re sending a message that you don’t have confidence in his or her abilities. As an expert quoted in TodaysParent.com says, this can lead to a child who “lacks independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills and who can’t — or won’t — do age-appropriate tasks.”

To help, here are three ways to encourage independence in young children.

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How to Keep Kids Safe Online

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 05, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Two sentences found in an article on SafeSearchKids.com clearly state the main goal and challenges associated with creating an environment of safe online activity for children.

  • Here’s the goal: “Internet safety should be the first priority of any parent or guardian when seeking protection of children online.”
  • And the challenge: “It certainly can be a balance to juggle freedom on the internet with a safe level of online restrictions.”

For young children, you can manage online activity with one main rule: internet use is only allowed in the presence of a trusted adult. Beyond that, what internet safety strategies can you use to protect your children?

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Summer Camp 2019: It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up!

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jun 03, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

There are numerous benefits of summer camp, including these: 

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Topics: summer camp, horizon summer camp

Horizon's Triskett Station Center Now Open

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 29, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

We’re excited to announce the opening of our newest center at Triskett Station in Cleveland for children ages 18 months to 12 years old.

Unlike our Market Square center, this location is in the Rapid RTA parking lot, making it convenient for working parents to drop off and pick up their children. 

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Horizon Market Square Location Receives 4-Star Step Up to Quality Rating

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 22, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

What happens during the 1,890-plus days from when your child is born to when they enter kindergarten lays the foundation for success in school and later in life. That’s why it’s important to enroll your child in a quality learning and development setting, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

Horizon Education Centers is proud to announce that our Market Square location has received a 4 Star Step Up to Quality rating. We pride ourselves on being an institution that exceeds the level of quality in development and learning programs of Ohio’s child care licensing standards. In addition to the Market Square location, Horizon Education Centers has six other locations with a four-star rating or higher from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFM).

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Should I Send My Child to Summer Camp?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

When deciding to send your child to summer camp, you’ll likely factor in practical factors as well as some social ones. And, here’s one of the most practical reasons to send your child to summer camp: you need to work to support your family and you want your child to be in a safe, educational environment. So, you might as well choose someplace where your child can also have a fun adventure! 

Here are more reasons why sending your child to summer camp makes good sense. 

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Topics: summer camp

What to Know About Your Child's Oral Health

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 08, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

It isn’t unusual for young children to have issues with oral health. In fact, HealthyChildren.org points out that by age 2, 10 percent of toddlers have one or more cavities. By age 3, the number jumps up to 28 percent, which is nearly 1 in 3 toddlers. By 5 years old, nearly half of children have at least one cavity.

Because tooth decay in a child’s baby teeth can cause problems in his or her permanent teeth, it makes sense to teach your child good dental habits from a young age.

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Why You Should Choose a Summer Day Camp for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 01, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Summer will be here before you know it (really!). Choosing a local summer day camp program can be a win-win for working parents and their children. Working parents need dependable, high quality, all-day care for their children that is available all summer long, and children need activities that will continue to stimulate their minds during summer break.

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Topics: child activities, summer camp, horizon summer camp, summer activities

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