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5 Top Safety Tips: Returning to School During COVID-19

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 14, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

“As schools reopen, they must balance the educational, social and emotional needs of their students along with the health and safety of students and staff in the midst of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.” (Mayo Clinic)

Schools are reopening in a variety of ways, ranging from 100% distance learning to 100% in-person schooling with safety precautions or a hybrid solution that lies somewhere in the middle.

If your child will be with other students and teachers, then these five tips can help.

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Topics: Child Care

Star Wars Characters Come to Horizon

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 07, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

When your child comes home from a day at Horizon Education Centers, you might expect to hear about an entertaining book that was read, fun times spent with friends, and a snack that was enjoyed—but, Star Wars?

Yep! Star Wars characters came to Horizon. (photo source: The Morning Journal)

As The Morning Journal reports, the characters who came to our centers in Lorain spread “cheer and joy” as they handed out a total of 350 free water bottles and drawstring bags to the children.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Tips to Help Your Child With Online Learning

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

A significant percentage of children will be attending school online this fall, either in full or in part—and, for many of them, this is a brand-new experience. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that parents can do to help their children transition to online learning.

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Topics: Learning

5 Ways an Afterschool Program Can Help Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 16, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

From a practical standpoint, quality programs allow parents to work while knowing their children are in a nurturing environment outside of school time. That by itself is quite important, so we’ll delve more into that benefit, along with four other valuable ones connected with high-quality afterschool programs.

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Topics: Child Development

Give Your Child the Advantages of Exceptional Afterschool Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 02, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

The benefits of afterschool care can be quite significant academically, socially and emotionally—and quality programming also helps children to develop skills they will use throughout their lifetime. Here are some of the ways a quality afterschool program can benefit your child and position them for lifelong success.

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Topics: Child Development

How to Prepare Your Toddler for the First Day of Child Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 26, 2020 @ 05:00 PM

Learning is an adventure and a journey we begin the first time we become aware of our surroundings.

According to The Ounce of Prevention Fund, the first three years of a child’s life is especially important as a way to predict future successes — in school and in life. More specifically, they note how “Early experiences that are language-rich and nurturing promote healthy brain development. So finding a high-quality early learning setting is essential for parents who work and seek child care.”

Here are tips to help prepare your toddler for their big day: that first day of child care.

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Topics: Toddler Care

Full-Day Programs for School-Age Children Now Offered at Horizon

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 19, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

With enrollment plans differing by school district, Horizon has developed a new program to help working families. When schools are closed, Horizon will now offer all-day care for school-aged students.

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Topics: Horizon Education Center

Preparing Your Child for Preschool

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

After you’ve chosen the right preschool for your child, you can rest easy knowing that they will be in the hands of trained caregivers and educators. Before that day comes, though, parents can do plenty to prepare kids to enjoy and grow in the preschool environment—on Day 1 and beyond.

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Topics: Preschool

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

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