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Focusing on children's wellbeing and ecological exposures in child care centers is Essential for several reasons: Since they display exploratory behaviors that put them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they're more likely to be vulnerable to some contaminants found. They're also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and are more prone to the negative effects of toxins and chemicals. Children spend a whole lot of time in child care settings. Many babies and young children spend as many as 50 hours each week, in child care.

Nationally, 13 million children, or 65 percent of U.S. kids, spend some part of the afternoon in child care and at California alone, roughly 1.1 million children five decades or younger attend child care. In this exact same condition, many adults might also be subjected as roughly 146,000 employees work 40 hours or more a week child care centers. Child care environments include substances which may be harmful for kids. Recent studies suggest that lots of child care environments might contain pesticides, allergens, volatile organic compounds from cleaning agents and sanitizers, and other contaminants which may be toxic to children's wellbeing.

Nevertheless, little is understood about what environmental and chemical exposures they might be getting in these configurations. To fill this gap, we quantified. Outcomes of the study were reported on the California Air Resources Board. Our findings help inform policies to lower accidents to children, encourage training and workshops to educate child care providers about methods to lower children's environmental exposures (ex. Using integrated pest management to decrease pesticide usage ), and search for future research.

Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes – How to do it Rightly
Washing Dishes
Washing Dishes
Cleaning up after oneself is an important life skill
Make a Bed
Make a Bed
It might be a dying art, but learning how to make a bed is a valuable skill.
Sweep a Floor
Sweep a Floor
Give a kid a broom, and you are likely to see dirt flipping everywhere except in a pile.
Mop a Floor
Mop a Floor
Be sure to give them instructions on how to mop different floor types you may have in your home.

You work really hard every day, and sometimes you need a little help – maybe with your taxes, maybe with PPP or EIDL loans, maybe with calculating your space/time percentage. If this sounds familiar, we have great news for you! Wonderschool is thrilled to announce that Tom Copeland is joining our community. He will be […]

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Whether you’re an experienced early educator, or someone looking to make a career transition, starting a child care out of your home is a really exciting career path. Here’s what you need to know about how to start a daycare: Ten Steps on How to Start a Daycare 1. Call it Child Care You will […]

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There are a lot of different words thrown around to describe care experiences for young children. How is day care different from child care? And is child care different from preschool? And which of these qualify as “early learning”? Sometimes you’ll hear a child care provider say, “Oh, I’m just child care” or, “It’s just […]

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You’ve probably been hearing about how you need SEO for your child care business website. Search Engine Optimization, or SEO for short, is an expanding field of expertise. SEO refers to a wide range of tactics businesses use to make their websites get listed in search results from places like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Why […]

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Time and again, we get asked why we refer to family child care providers as “directors,” and the answer is incredibly simple – because they are directors! We believe very much that the work an FCC owner does to build, operate, and maintain their business deserves professional recognition and respect. Building a community presence, marketing […]

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We are all adapting to the new normal that Covid-19 has forced. Drop-off and pick-up at child care is one of the first things that comes to mind when we think about Covid, child care, and new normal. Here is an example of how one Wonderschool child care provider has updated her drop-off routines. A […]

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Worksheets are a waste of time for preschoolers. So what can you do instead? We’ve pulled together some developmentally appropriate and research-backed alternatives. Download our Alternatives to Worksheets guide below.   Join Wonderschool today for access to curriculum planning resources.

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“Because the parents expect them,” is one of the most common answers we hear to explain why early educators continue to use worksheets. This makes a lot of sense when you think about it. For most of us we don’t really remember our experiences in early education, so we don’t know what early learning should […]

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Despite what we know about how children learn (hands-on, through play, through the use of their senses), worksheets are something that have persisted in our early learning world. At best this is a waste of time, and at worst, this has the potential to teach kids the wrong lesson about learning– that it’s not fun. […]

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You might be a preschool teacher, an assistant director, or a director at a child care center who has recently lost their job due to Covid-19. You might be an elementary school teacher or other educator who has been furloughed.  Maybe you’ve spent the last 100 or so days at home with your own young […]

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There are a variety of scenarios in which you may be thinking about the best child care options for your family. Maybe you’ve recently had a baby and are considering how to return to your job once your parental leave time is up. Or, maybe your child was attending a preschool or child care program […]

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The tour is one of the most powerful tools you have for ensuring your child care business is healthy and your waitlist is full. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself to make sure you’re delivering the best tour possible to parents. What is this parent looking for? You should be warming up the tour […]

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You may not have gotten into the family child care space because you wanted to be a salesperson, but here we are! As the owner, director, and head teacher, you are also the sales team, and the tour is your sales pitch. Benefits you can highlight in your tours: Small group size As compared to […]

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We’ve had the pleasure of speaking to many, many parents to better understand their child care search. One of the things we’ve learned is that parents are routinely disappointed with the lack of response when they reach out to child care programs. “I reached out to ~20 or more child cares via email. I only […]

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Depending how long you’ve been in the field of child care, you’ve probably seen some dramatic changes in how things are done. Notably, there’s a move away from pen and paper, and a move towards all things digital– digital paperwork, digital communication, digital payments. This move towards digital is true for how today’s parents are […]

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Cooking is an awesome activity to do with young children. It combines so many developmental domains: early math concepts, literacy, sensory exploration, and scientific thinking (just to name a few!). There are some tips, tricks, and best practices for incorporating cooking into your classroom. Wonderschool partnered with NomsterChef to develop a training for early educators […]

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It can feel daunting to figure out when and how to talk about issues like race with young children. But that doesn’t mean you should shy away from it. In fact you can, and should, start talking about these things from an early age. Here is a list of resources for educators and parents: Teaching/Learning […]

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“But I Already Have a Website.” As a business owner, you may have already taken on the effort of building a website for your program. All set, right? Not exactly. Running a website in isolation won’t necessarily position your program to be easily found by parents, unless they already know they are looking for your […]

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You probably already know that Yelp can help you market your child care program. But what specific steps can you take to  get more families interested in joining your program through Yelp? Get more reviews! Reach out to your current or previous families and have them write reviews of your program. Tell families and friends […]

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Are your parents still bringing you a physical check every month? Has that started to feel outdated and cumbersome? As more and more things move to the digital realm, child care payments should be one of them. Make it easy for your parents to pay you automatically and on-time with Wonderschool’s electronic payment processing. Why […]

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Are you still chasing your parents for payments every month? Is it the same routine, where you know they don’t do it on purpose, it just takes a few reminders for them to bring in a check? No matter how empathetic and understanding you want to be, you have a small business to run and […]

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We make use of digital tools in all aspects of our lives– banking, ordering food, looking up directions, connecting with friends, booking a weekend trip, etc. Your child care business shouldn’t be any different. Set tour availability Building a relationship with potential customers is so important to your business. With online tour booking, you can […]

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Whether the business aspects of your child care program are your favorite or your least favorite, the age-old adage is true: time is money. Whether it’s the time you spend doing paperwork while your assistant is with the kids, or the time you spend touring potential families. Your time is worth something, and everything you […]

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For many child care providers, it doesn’t come naturally to think about the business side of things. We could spend a lot of time dissecting why that is, but that’s an article for another day. The point is that whether or not you like it, as a family child care owner, you run a business. […]

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Research has documented the many benefits of mixed-age learning environments for children. While wonderful, these types of environments do come with their own set of challenges. One of those challenges is planning and implementing learning activities that reach all of the ages and stages in the program. This, in particular, can be a challenge because […]

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Days take care of themselves That’s the catchy, one line explanation for why we call it child care and not daycare. The word “daycare” does not honor the work that is being done. With or without care, the days will be just fine. It goes beyond this pithy explanation, though. Words have meaning. Words are […]

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There are unavoidable costs associated with starting a child care program in your home. Here are ways to keep those costs low. Start a wishlist Begin making a list of all the things you’d like to have for your program. Then, reach out to community centers, parent groups on Facebook, and neighborhood forums like Nextdoor letting […]

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There is likely to be continued uncertainty for the foreseeable future, but that shouldn’t prevent you from taking the steps right now that put your child care business on a strong path of recovery once things begin transitioning back to normal. Here are steps you might consider taking: Offer virtual tours We have settled into […]

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States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be returning to care over the next several months, and it may take some time and some thoughtfulness to help […]

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This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures. States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be […]

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