childcare

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Paying in Kindness: What Is a Co-op Preschool?
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How To Be Involved Now That My Child Is In Preschool/Daycare
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Child Care Centers Go Green: How to Choose a Healthy Environment for Your Kids
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Is Daycare Bad for Kids?
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Gift Ideas for Child Care Provider Appreciation Day
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Beach Getaways: Terrific Resorts with On-Site Child Care
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CareLuLu Goes Nationwide! Spread the Word & Win $100
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Extracurricular Activities Beyond Child Care
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Help Your Child Sleep Better at Daycare
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3 Bad Habits Your Child Might Pick Up at Preschool… and How to Break Them

Paying in Kindness: What Is a Co-op Preschool?

By now, you’ve probably heard that the cost of child care and preschool is exorbitant. So much so that according to the Economic Policy Institute’s latest report, “high quality care is out of reach for working families”.

The cost of preschool for a 4 year-old is over $17,000/year in DC (the most expensive in the US) and infant care in a center costs over $22,000/year!

So the question is: would you like to pay less for preschool?

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How To Be Involved Now That My Child Is In Preschool/Daycare

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F or many full-time working parents, whose children are in day care for long stretches of the day, your child’s activities are somewhat of a mystery. How can you know what your little one has been up to? The best way to know is to get involved.

A quality daycare encourages parents their utmost involvement both at preschool/daycare and at home. The way the center is set up should reflect that and welcome you to build a sense of community there to support your child. Here are some ways to help your involvement:

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Child Care Centers Go Green: How to Choose a Healthy Environment for Your Kids

Going “green” and becoming more sustainable has grown to become an attractive and popular trend for many companies and organizations. Not only is it great for the environment, but those things that are harmful to the environment can also be unsafe for your children. When looking for childcare, things like wall paints, pest control practices and cleaning supplies are likely the last to cross your mind.  However, making sure that your center of choice is conscious of these things is important.

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Gift Ideas for Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

Provider appreciation day is here Friday! Founded in 1996, Provider Appreciation Day is a good way to show your child’s caregivers and teachers just how much you appreciate them. Being a teacher takes a lot of effort, and many of them see your child more than you do. This May, you can show your child’s teachers how much you appreciate their efforts.

Some parents don’t quite know which teacher to buy gifts for or who to show their appreciation towards: lead teacher, assistant teacher, preschool director, and the list goes on! The best rule of thumb, to avoid hurting any feelings, is to get all of your child’s teachers something. You can always do something extra special for a teacher that has had a significant impact on your child and their education. Below are some ideas for what to do for your child care provider on their special day.

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Beach Getaways: Terrific Resorts with On-Site Child Care

It’s that time of the year and if you are anything like me, you’re thinking about exotic vacations and fun getaways in the sun!  Before you schedule your next trip though, you have to answer the big question: How will you entertain the kids?

The good news is that a family vacation does not have to mean a visit to Disneyland or a trip to your in-laws. You can take a nice adult vacation that your kids will love too by staying at a resort with on-site child care.

Before you drop-off the kiddies, make sure you know the following information:

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CareLuLu Goes Nationwide! Spread the Word & Win $100

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W oo-hoo!! CareLuLu goes nationwide to help parents across the country find great child care and preschool that fits your family’s needs! It’s easy, fast, and free! Don’t spend hours on the phone or searching the web, use CareLuLu to find information about child care centers and home-based daycares, all in one place.

Now through February 28th help us spread the word about our free nationwide service for a chance to win $100! To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter contest below.

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Extracurricular Activities Beyond Child Care

As a working parent you probably rely on child care for your children. But don’t you sometimes wish your kids could do more extra-curricular activities? Getting your kids to day care and yourself to and from work seems hard enough, let alone planning for any additional evening enrichment. Luckily, we have some tips for how to strike a balance:

1. Look for child care that already offers enrichment activities.
Some daycares incorporate enrichment activities like dance, music, sports and technology into their program whereby kids can enjoy an activity without leaving the child care facilities. Be sure to ask when you are interviewing child care providers if these and other services are available. Most child care providers offer some sort of extracurricular activities as part of the curriculum. Others, however, might offer these classes at an additional cost because they invite outside companies to lead these special classes.

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Help Your Child Sleep Better at Daycare

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ne of the things I’ve learned in my years of working at a preschool and having my own as well as clients’ kids go to preschools is that many children do not sleep well in a daycare or preschool.  The last thing you want is to be away from your child for hours and then have to pick up a cranky overtired kid. Plus, if they do not sleep well during the day, they are more likely to sleep poorly at night. There are several ways to help your child sleep better and to help your child care provider help your child sleep better so you can pick up a happy, well-rested camper!

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3 Bad Habits Your Child Might Pick Up at Preschool… and How to Break Them

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aycare and preschool are great learning environments for children, not only to learn hard skills like math, reading and writing, but also soft skills like patience, communication, and teamwork. While socializing and interacting with others is critical for young children, being surrounded by other kids also means that your little one may pick up a bad habit or two. Nose picking, biting, and loud ear-splitting shrieking is not something you hope they’d learn, but it could happen. So be prepared and learn how to help your child break these bad habits.

1. Nose Picking. EWWW!
Nose picking is embarrassing but resist the urge to say anything negative. Most children pick their nose because they are bored, curious, or trying to relieve stress. Often times it is an unconscious habit. Children may also pick their nose because they have an excess of mucus and it “feels like something is stuck up there.”

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