Parents' Corner

Which Child Development Milestones Matter Most?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 07, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Child development milestones are a great way for parents to tell if their child is developing appropriately. Each child is unique—and their rate of development is also one of a kind: socially, cognitively, physically, and more. That said, there are standard developmental benchmarks and, as a parent, it’s natural to wonder how your child is progressing.

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Topics: Preschool, Infant Care

How to Prepare for Preschool

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 17, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Preparing for preschool is different for every child (and parent). For some youngsters, the idea of preschool is exciting, a place they’ve looked forward to attending. For others, going to school may be a bit nerve-wracking—and, for still others, it’s a combination.

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Topics: Preschool

Why Preschool Class Size Matters

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 03, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

People have been using the phrase ‘The more, the merrier' for nearly 500 years—and while this can be true on many occasions, that’s not the case when it comes to the size of a preschool class

As described by ChildCare.gov, having the optimal child-to-adult ratio is important for three crucial reasons—your child’s health, safety, and development.

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Topics: Preschool

Why Your Child Needs Sleep

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 02, 2022 @ 05:45 PM

“You need a nap” is most parents’ default response when toddlers get cranky—and not without good reason. After all, we know our young children need their sleep, and the change in their mood and behavior before and after a nap is remarkable enough to demonstrate the benefits of sleep. 

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Topics: Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Preschool, Sleep Tips

Bringing Winter Indoors for Your Preschooler

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 02, 2022 @ 08:00 AM

Before we talk about indoor preschooler activities, here’s a quick overview of the benefits of playing outdoors during the winter. From building snow people to riding on sleds and making snow angels, outdoor activities in the chilliest months can, according to Fix.com:

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Topics: Child Care, Preschool, Family Time, Parenting Tips

Keeping Your Preschooler Healthy This Winter

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 19, 2022 @ 06:30 PM

Putting a focus on your preschooler’s health isn’t something new this winter, but the pandemic has pushed it to the forefront. The good news is that, this far into the COVID era, you may well be doing most if not all of what’s recommended to keep illness away. Here’s more information.

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Topics: Preschool

Tips for Choosing a Child Care Center or a Preschool for Your Child

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 27, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

There are so many child care and preschool options available today that parents can feel overwhelmed when it comes time to make a choice for their child. Location and cost will certainly play a role in a parent’s decision-making process but should not take precedence over the quality of the care and the programming provided.

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Topics: Preschool

Horizon Families: Join Us for Family Nights In September!

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Aug 30, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

One of the best ways for you and your child to connect with Horizon Education Centers is by attending Family Night.

Family nights are designed to not only provide you with the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, but it also gives you the chance to see what your child's daily routine will be like, meet your child's friends and more.

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Topics: Child Care, Preschool, Toddler Care

Program Spotlight: Universal Pre-K

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 11, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

What is universal pre-k?

If you aren’t sure, you’re not alone. Although it’s widely in use in numerous other countries, only a few states in the United States offer it right now — and the short answer is that it’s publicly funded, high-quality preschool that is made available to all children, regardless of family income. Right now, many states have pre-k programs that are government-funded, but they’re based on income — and so universal pre-k would expand what’s now available.

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Topics: Preschool

Screen Time for Preschoolers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 02, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

From smartphones to tablets and from laptop and desktop computers, gaming systems, and television sets, we’re surrounded daily by screens. Fortunately, these devices offer plenty of benefits. They’re a way to connect with other people, learn new information, and be entertained.From smartphones to tablets and from laptop and desktop computers, gaming systems, and television sets, we’re surrounded daily by screens. Fortunately, these devices offer plenty of benefits. They’re a way to connect with other people, learn new information, and be entertained.

But what’s the ideal amount of screen time for preschoolers? How much is too much, preventing these young children from engaging in physical activity that helps to keep them healthy?

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Topics: Preschool

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