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How to Find Quality Child Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Few decisions are as important as choosing the right child care for your young ones. To make it simpler, we’re sharing key components of quality child care as stated by experts – and then a few red flags.

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Topics: child care, early learning center

Your Invited to Join Our NEW Friends of Horizon Referral Program

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Feb 02, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

We’d like to thank you for being such a loyal customer by inviting you to join our new Friends of Horizon Referral Program. The more people that you refer to Horizon, the more rewards you will earn – which can include $100 tuition credits in 2015, $50 Visa gift cards and more. You’ll also earn the recognition that you deserve, have the opportunity to offer us input, and help your friends and family members find the Horizon services they need.

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Topics: child care, affordable childcare, horizon childcare center, friends of horizon referral program

Child to Caregiver Ratios - What's the Best Number?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

It has long been a bone of contention with teachers in the public sector that child to caregiver ratios are far too high for effective teaching. In addition to the extra paperwork that a teacher or tutor must prepare, each pupil does not really get enough one-on-one "face time" when the ratio hovers around the 30:1 mark as it does in most public primary and secondary schools in the U.S.

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Topics: learning centers, child care, day care

Bee Sting 101 and First Aid Tips

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Do you know what to do if you or a family member suffers a bee sting? With reactions that can vary from minor redness and swelling to major allergic reactions, a little knowledge can go a long way…

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Topics: child care, emergency, first aid tips

Child Care Tips: What to Look for in the Perfect Babysitter

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Selecting a babysitter to care for your children can be daunting. Follow these tips to find a babysitter both you and your children will love:

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Topics: child care, babysitter, emergency training

When Are Children Ready to Give Up Their Security Blankets?

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Favorite blankets or stuffed animals provide comfort and help young children soothe themselves when they are upset or transitioning to sleep. Toddlers and young children also rely on the security of blankies and loveys for the boost of self-confidence they need to face new experiences and new social situations.

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Topics: toddler, independence, child care, preschool

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy During Flu Season

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

Tis the season for colds and flu. Lorain County childcare facilities take particular care to keep the spread of colds and flu to a minimum, but it can be an uphill battle. The very nature of cold and flu viruses combined with the close confines of daycare centers and the way children interact and play create a triple threat that aids the spread of cold and flu viruses. By knowing the facts about colds and flu, parents can augment the precautions taken at toddler care and preschool programs to help keep their families healthy this winter.

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Topics: child nutrition, child benefits, child care, child safety, healthcare

Children Need Guidance in Using Technology

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 01, 2013 @ 08:57 AM

There is a lot of talk about how children today are the first generation of 'digital natives' -- meaning that they have been exposed to computers from birth. In contrast, adults who did not grow up with computers have had to adjust to the growing role technology plays in our lives. The term ‘digital natives’ can be misleading, though. Children are curious and adaptable and if you give them a computer, smartphone, or tablet, they are likely to jump right in and start exploring, but this doesn't mean they don't need guidance. The fact that children are getting used to computers doesn't mean that they really know how to use them.

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Topics: child behavior, child development, child benefits, child care, child safety

Keeping Tweens on the Right Path from the Child Years, Part 2

Posted by David Smith on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 @ 07:57 AM

While there is lots of advice out there on how to manage your child's teen years, some of the best advice tells you how to build a relationship with your child before he or she becomes a teen so that once the teenage years arrive, you have a solid foundation.

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Topics: child behavior, Childcare, afterschool programs, child development, child benefits, child care

The Lasting Advantage of Preschool

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 @ 08:57 AM

In "Preschool can pay big dividends," The Washington Post quotes people who challenge the notion that preschool is merely nap time and playtime. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is quoted as saying that school have to get out of the "catch-up business" since many schools spend time trying to get middle school and high school students to be where they need be. Duncan feels that if there is a focus on early childhood education, children will be prepared for the challenges of higher grades.

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Topics: child behavior, child development, child activities, child care, preschool



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