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Parents' Corner

Importance of Family-Centered Day Care Programs

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

A study conducted by the prestigious Harvard Family Research Project shares the importance of family-centered day care programs. Titled Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs: How to Choose the Right Program for Your Child,this study is not new – but its findings are crucial and we at Horizon Education Centers fully support family involvement in all of our child care programs, ranging from toddler care to afterschool care for elementary school students. .

We’ll provide a summary of report highlights and then share our family-centric philosophy.

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Topics: Child Care, Family Time

Decorating for the Holidays as a Family

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

If your family decorates for the holiday season, your children will most likely want to be part of the process. If so, then here are tips for child-friendly decorating from About.com.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Family Time

Adjusting to a New Baby in the House

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

The arrival of a new baby is typically a joyful occasion, but the newborn also causes family routines to change and requires plenty of attention from the parents. These changes can be confusing for your other children and can trigger feelings of jealousy when they temporarily receive less attention than before. What can you do?

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Topics: Family Time

Fun Wintertime Activities for Families

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

After the whirl of holiday activities calms down, children (and sometimes even adults!) can get bored. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun activities for families in Northeast Ohio this winter, with 100 of them listed by NortheastOhioFamilyFun.com. Here, we take a deeper look at two of their suggestions. Be sure to check out the list for many more!

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Topics: Skill Building, Family Time

Fight Back Against Cabin Fever! Winter Learning Activities

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Although children usually love to play in the snow, when the temperatures dip down too low – as they can in Northeast Ohio – indoor play is the better choice. But, when kids stay cooped up too long, they get the dreaded cabin fever. Fortunately, Horizon Education Center has the cure!

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Topics: Activities for Children, Horizon Education Center, Family Time

Getting Your Children to Help Each Other

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Siblings may sometimes be best friends and at other times detest each other. As a parent, it can be frightening and frustrating to watch your kids rave and rant about each other. Thankfully, you don’t have to witness these squabbles and fights for the rest of your life. We, at Horizon Education Centers, have developed a few family tips to instill camaraderie into your family, so that your kids will be more than willing to help out each other.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Horizon Education Center, Family Time, Social Interaction

Sibling Rivalry -How Do You Stop the Ridiculous Squabbling?

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

If you’ve got more than one child, it’s inevitable you’ll have sibling rivalry. Rest assured, there are ways to keep it under control and protect what’s left of your dwindling sanity.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Family Time

Family Time: Top 5 Board Games for Elementary Kids

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Our toddler care program at Horizon Education Centers has a smorgasbord of indoor and outdoor activities providing fun, socializing, and learning to satisfy inquisitive minds. Our multiple locations in Elyria, Cleveland, Lorain, North Ridgeville, and North Olmsted make finding and accessing a Horizon Education center easy and convenient.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Family Time, Toddler Care

Family Cooking: 5 Ways to Make Dinner Time, Family Time

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Dinner is more than just a way to refuel your body. For your family, it's also nourishment for the soul. With everyone following his or her own busy schedule, dinner time is one of the few opportunities to gather together.

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Topics: Family Time, Health Tips

Five Ways to Create Family Time Nights

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

The family bonds that you create while your children are young provide a sturdy foundation for weathering the more turbulent middle school and teen years. Setting aside a special night when the family can come together to participate in shared activities can strengthen family bonds, reinforce mutual respect and encourage open parent-child communication -- all things that will help you and your child maintain your bond as your child becomes more independent.

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Topics: Learning, Family Time

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