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Updated COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Feb 01, 2021 @ 07:00 PM

Horizon has made changes to its COVID-19 policies and procedures. Here’s what you need to know:

Horizon Education Centers’ pandemic hours of operation are 6:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday – Friday.

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Topics: Child Behavior, COVID-19

Helping Your Child Cope with Loneliness as a Result of COVID-19

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 18, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

While social distancing during the pandemic is a smart move to help keep everyone physically healthy, social isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness. According to the Mayo Clinic, this can be especially hard for children. Reasons why can include the following:

  • They can have a harder time than adults when it comes to expressing feelings.
  • They can’t simply go visit friends as a way to cope with those feelings.
  • “Friendships with other children can give kids crucial support, build a sense of belonging and help them to develop personal identities”—and now those friendships must be enjoyed in different ways.

How do you help your child cope with feeling lonely as a result of this situation?

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Topics: COVID-19

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: COVID-19

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: COVID-19

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: COVID-19

Horizon Education Centers’ COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Horizon’s new hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

We will be flexible as schedules change. If you need to drop off or pick up your child at a different time, just let your center director know.

These new hours of operation allow for the cleaning and sanitizing of each center.

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Topics: COVID-19

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: COVID-19

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: COVID-19

Returning to Child Care and Your Child's Safety

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 08, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

Since the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, child care centers across the country were closed to stop the spread of the disease. Everyone has been strongly encouraged to practice social distancing, and face masks became the new normal. As centers begin to reopen, the top question on every parent’s mind is: Are the centers safe for kids?

The answer is yes.

Read about the ways child care centers — especially Horizon — are making it safe for children to be in the classroom again. Or watch the video on Horizon's reopening procedures below.

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Topics: COVID-19

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: COVID-19

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