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Switching Daycares: 7 Tips For a Smooth Transition
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3 Reasons Why There Should Be More Male Preschool Teachers
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The Power of Play (and its Role in Early Childhood Education)
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Starting Preschool: What To Expect
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What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?
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What is an Accredited Daycare or Preschool?
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Intergenerational Child Care Program: Building Relationships Between Children and Seniors
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4 Common Myths About Daycare
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Child Care Center vs Home Daycare: Pros & Cons
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The Top 10 Qualities of a Great Child Care Provider & Preschool Teacher

Switching Daycares: 7 Tips For a Smooth Transition

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Tyler Johnson

That's a good idea to have the previous daycare provider take some notes on how they take care of your…

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In our recent post about what to expect when starting daycare or preschool, we said that starting daycare is a lot like flying. The first takeoff in particular can be stressful before the whole crew (you, your child and your child care provider) reaches a “cruising altitude” comfort zone. While switching daycares may not be as big of a change as starting the very first time, it’s not easy either!

Just as layovers are difficult for even the most seasoned travelers, switching daycares or preschools will have its own turbulence pockets for both parents and children. Here are a few tips to ensure a smooth crew change.

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3 Reasons Why There Should Be More Male Preschool Teachers

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Britney

Great post!

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Germans are an interesting bunch when it comes to caring for children both young and (nominally) old. Kindergarten is a German invention from 1779 and Männergarten – places for men to while away time with beer, sports, and video games while their wives or girlfriends go shopping – is one of the most “interesting” (or “strange”, depending on your views!) consumer innovations of the 2000’s.

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The Power of Play (and its Role in Early Childhood Education)

Every child grows up with a dream of what they will become when they enter the working world. From Kindergarten, we learn about adult life through Career Days, Take your Child to Work Days, and of course, our families and neighbors. For me, it wasn’t the parents in my classroom telling us about their careers, but the teachers who I looked up to the most.

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Starting Preschool: What To Expect

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CareLuLu

Yes, exactly! Thanks for sharing Gerald.

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You know the old dilemma about whether it is safer to drive or fly?

The logical answer depends on statistics and facts. As a driver, you don’t have a radar system, ground control, or a co-pilot. Maybe a GPS and a backseat-driver who “just tries to help.”

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What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?

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Marina Davis

I am glad there are some people interested in the Reggio Emilia approach for children, which really helps kids become…

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The “Reggio Emilia Approach” is a preschool teaching philosophy developed by Loris Malaguzzi after the Second World War in the Italian city of… you guessed it… Reggio Emilia! By way of reference, Maria Montessori began developing her method in Rome around the turn of the 20th century. What’s with all the Italian teaching philosophies, you say? Maybe it’s the child-friendly culture. Italians just seem to love kids!

Anyway:

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What is an Accredited Daycare or Preschool?

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Kids tend to figure out pretty quickly who they can ask for what. If mom says no, ask dad. If dad says no, ask mom. If mom and dad both say no, then ask the grandparents, who will usually say yes under the table! However, figuring out the permission system behind the alphabet soup of child care accreditations, tends to be more complicated.

Who gives what? NAEYC? NAFCC? NECPA? OMG… TL;DR!

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Intergenerational Child Care Program: Building Relationships Between Children and Seniors

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One of the most beautiful relationships in life is that of a child and his or her grandparent. Unfortunately, many children these days miss out on this special relationship due a diverse range of factors, including distance, and early loss of their grandparents. For nearly 25 years, Merritt Academy in Fairfax, Virginia has provided students with a unique opportunity to develop a special relationship with a “grandfriend” through our Seniors and Students Together Intergenerational Program.

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4 Common Myths About Daycare

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Corinne Woods

I have gotten only positives from daycare. My toddler kiddo gets to hang out with his friends all day long,…

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Daycare and preschool, especially universal preschool, is one of those “hot button” issues where there will always be some debate. Does it work? Is it good for children? Who pays? Part of the problem with issues like early childhood education is that we will probably never have enough hard data points to satisfy everyone. Also, studies to measure the impact of early education on children’s adult lives take a really, really long time!

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Child Care Center vs Home Daycare: Pros & Cons

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Levi Armstrong

Evgeniya, it's great that you said that child care centers can provide a more structured schedule and school-like environment that…

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I recently organized a child care seminar for parents and parents-to-be. The goal was to have an open discussion so that parents could bring all of their child care related questions, worries, hopes, and fears to the table. During the seminar, I realized the differences between child care centers and family child care (also referred to as home-based daycare) were unclear for a lot of families. I was also asked which environment was the best, child care center vs home daycare. My answer was simple: no option is intrinsically better than the other.

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The Top 10 Qualities of a Great Child Care Provider & Preschool Teacher

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Levi Armstrong

I agree with what you said that a great child care provider is organized since children like predictable routines and…

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Being a great child care provider or preschool teacher is a tough job that doesn’t usually get the type of social respect it should. Let alone the let alone the financial reward it should!

Throw in a demanding and sometimes fussy bunch of parents (and oh yeah, their kids), and you will find classrooms led by the few, the proud, the brave, the amazing caregivers and preschool teachers!

But wait:

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