Parents' Corner

Horizon's "Lights On" After School Program

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 26, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Horizon Education Center's Cascade and Market Square locations recently hosted our "Lights On After School" event. We invited families and community members to the center to see some of the different activities and programs the kids participate in while they’re in our care.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Afterschool

Here Are 5 Benefits of Eating at the Family Dinner Table

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 14, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

According to The Family Dinner Project, sitting down to eat at the family dinner table provides children with numerous physical, academic, and social-emotional benefits. That’s why the non-profit organization refers to family dinners as “magic.” This magic is created through three elements: food, fun, and conversation. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Afterschool

Horizon Programs Earn 5-Star Ratings

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 06, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Horizon's two site-based locations in Lakewood have received 5-Star Step Up to Quality ratings for their before and after school programs at Emerson and Harrison Elementary Schools. These programs are a collaboration with the Lakewood School District. 

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Topics: Afterschool

Effectively Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 05, 2022 @ 06:15 PM

If you’re got school-aged children who try to outdo one another, you’ll be relieved to learn that the Mayo Clinic calls sibling rivalry a “natural part of growing up.” They note how children closer in age may engage in this more than ones spaced further apart (although this isn’t always true) and that kids of the same gender may be more competitive with one another than those from the opposite gender. Again, this isn’t always the case.

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Topics: Afterschool

Head Start Program Highlight

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 15, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Not sure what a Head Start Program is? Let's break it down.

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Topics: Afterschool

How Your Older Child Can Benefit from Afterschool Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 18, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

The varying needs of older children — defined in this context as fourth-graders through middle schoolers — can provide an array of challenges when designing an effective afterschool program that will build confidence, foster independence and promote growth. This is true because the youth of these ages are quickly maturing as they approach their high school years and because each student has unique needs as they progress along their journey.

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Topics: Afterschool

6 Tips to Help Your Child with Homework

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

“Children need to know that their family members think homework is important. If they know their families care, children have a good reason to complete assignments and to turn them in on time. You can do many things to show that your child that you value education and homework.” —U.S. Department of Education

How exactly do you convey to your child that homework is important? Here are six tips to help your child with homework.

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Topics: Learning, Afterschool

4 Easy, Healthy & Cheap After-School Snacks

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

When your child comes home after school, he or she is likely to say, “Hey, I’m hungry! What do we have to eat?” And, depending upon how hectic your day has been, it may be tempting to offer your child whatever snack is easiest to provide. That’s only natural. We put together a list of four after-school snacks that are quick and convenient — but are also healthy and easy on the budget.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Afterschool

8 Summer Activities that Build Gross Motor Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

We’ve been talking about activities that help toddlers and preschoolers develop gross motor skills by exercising the large muscles in the legs, arms and trunk.  Today, we continue our list of summer games that parents can play with their children to encourage gross motor skill development:

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Topics: Skill Building, Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp, Afterschool

The Benefits of Afterschool Programs

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“Effective afterschool programs bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families and communities. Afterschool programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.” (

Afterschool programs provide structured, supervised programming outside of school hours for children and teens, providing “academic support, mentoring, youth development, arts and sports and recreation.” Although these programs can benefit all children and youth, there are additional benefits of afterschool programs for working families as they provide a safe haven after school while parents work.

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Topics: Afterschool



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