In recent years, one of the hardest parts of becoming a parent is financial. The cost of child care, one report says, is one of the biggest items on a family’s monthly budget. With the national average cost falling between $9,000 and $9,600 annually, the expense of child care comes in higher than the average […]
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Across the United States, COVID-19 cases are plummeting. With infection rates rapidly decreasing and vaccine distribution ramping up, schools are beginning the planning required to bring students back to the classroom. But what does that look like? While most states don’t have a specific order when it comes to school closure — a move that […]
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As a parent, educator, or caregiver, you have an important job of helping children grow into confident people who respect themselves and others. That’s why empowering children is so important and why it's built into the Wonderschool approach.
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There is a Tibetan proverb that reads, “a child without education is a bird without wings.” The sentiment is one that sends a simple yet powerful message: Each child is capable of success if we just harness their potential. The formation of these proverbial wings, however, happens earlier than you might suspect. Early childhood education […]
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Enrollment is a constant concern for many child care programs across the country right now. At the same time, caring for small children while supporting distance learning of elementary aged children and working full time is impossible and unsustainable for parents. So why, then, do we see programs struggling with enrollment? A Slow Return to […]
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If you’ve begun the process of researching preschools, then you’ve likely noticed a wide variety of options that exist. The sheer number of preschool models can seem overwhelming. Ultimately, the differences between each preschool curriculum model come down to values and philosophies. Once you understand the values and philosophies behind these common preschool models, you’ll […]
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Finances play a factor in most of our decisions, especially when it comes to making choices about child care and early childhood education. One factor to keep in mind when it comes to these decisions is how these choices will affect your tax return. The Child and Dependent Care Credit is a tax break designed […]
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I started a Pandemic Pod One teacher’s journey with a group of distance-learning 1st graders – with some parent perspective thrown in, too Charleston Walter, Charly for short, has been working with children for the past 7 years. She currently lives in San Anselmo, California, and attends University of Redlands as a graduate student in […]
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While some may overlook its importance, preschool lays the groundwork for your child’s education. The most important way this is done is by helping children develop social and emotional skills that they’ll use for the rest of their life. When done correctly, this moment in early childhood education can be the force behind the momentum […]
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The spread of the coronavirus pandemic has produced a cascade of school closings. As a result, moving towards distance learning or remote instruction is a necessity in these difficult times. Online learning offers children the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their homes, but it also has its downsides. Before enrolling your child into […]
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When first entering the world of child care and early childhood education, you may feel a bit like you’ve taken a dive into the deep end of the pool. While it’s easy to become overwhelmed, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re not the first person to ever take on this endeavor. Plus, you’re […]
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When the time comes to enroll a child in an age-appropriate program, parents find themselves with a huge decision to make. They are looking at preschool vs. daycare or child care (here’s a quick explanation of why we prefer to call it child care) and doing all the research to ensure they are making the […]
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Are you aware that learning through play in early childhood education can help learners succeed in school and life? The importance of early learning in students’ development is integral. This is why it is entrenched in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For parents, the school in which you enroll your child for […]
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Child care programs help to nurture and look after preschool and school-age children. Private and government-sponsored programs provide child care services for parents in various income brackets. They provide valuable support to working parents and play a critical role in children’s development. Selecting the best child care services for your child can be quite intimidating. […]
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Starting a new business can often be frightening. You’re taking a leap of faith and hoping that you can accomplish your goals and provide the best service out there. Truth is, you can do that. If you’re looking into starting a family child care business, having a plan, and weighing the advantages and disadvantages will […]
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For parents with young kids turning five within the year, or in a year, kindergarten education systems become essential. The enrollment age for kindergarten children is five years, which creates a gap for four-year-olds who turn five before the end of the year. Kids who don’t have pre-school experience may also fall behind their peers […]
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Transitioning a toddler into child care or daycare is tough — not only for the child but also for the parents. For a preschooler, child care means a change in routine, a step into the unknown, and time away from parents or caregivers. For parents, it’s questioning a decision, being calm during a meltdown, and […]
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Children learn every second of their lives. From using a fork and building sandcastles to reading and socializing, proper guidance in the form of quality early childhood education can make a big difference. Results that children and adults achieve in school and beyond don’t just depend on their natural talents. Early childhood education is an […]
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Young children learn best when they interact with each other and the environment. That’s why it’s important to design your preschool learning centers in a way that facilitates hands-on learning. A good preschool learning experience doesn’t just involve building blocks and books. There are many factors that affect how your learning centers should be set […]
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As with other school venture ideas, the process of opening a bilingual early childhood education program is both exhilarating and scary. Not only is it challenging to create an ideal program for young children, but it’s also hard to factor in the funding and requisite resources for your preschool. However, establishing a bilingual program is […]
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Child care needs to be oriented toward ensuring each child develops the skills required for success both in and out of school, and the responsibilities of a child care director reflect that.
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Whether you’ve been running your program for three days, three years, or three decades, there may come a point where you want to rethink your approach to curriculum and planning. In-home child care is a bit of a unique early learning setting, and while there is no lack of resources for activity ideas, it can […]
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Preschool is an essential stage in early childhood development. Many educators and philosophers have tried to find the perfect preschool education program. As a result, plenty of different early childhood education programs (as well as child care and nursery schools) have been developed over the years. Today, we will focus on the six types of […]
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There’s a lot to balance when thinking about your approach to your preschool curriculum. Whether you’re buying a boxed curriculum, building totally from scratch, informed by a specific philosophy, or somewhere in-between, here are some best practices to keep in mind to ensure a developmentally appropriate and engaging learning experience for your entire program.
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The child care cost for early education programs is, unfortunately, somewhat unpredictable, and varies based on a lot of competing factors, most importantly, perhaps is location -- you’ll likely pay more in San Francisco than you would in Oklahoma. Whether you’re a child care director, opening a micro school, or just trying to set up an in-home preschool, it’s important that you charge what your services are worth, but that you also be fair to the families you’re serving. If you’re trying to establish the economics of your own child care business, having a good sense for child care cost is important.
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No matter what stage you find yourself in in your career, it’s really important to have access to resources to support your professional growth. This is especially true for the field of early learning because it’s all too easy to get stuck in our own little bubbles. Your bubble might be a small in-home family […]
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The Child Care Tax Credit can be a godsend for parents and those who are starting up their school. Here’s a little information about how using the credit yourself or telling your potential children and their families about the credit could really help out creating a win/win scenario for everyone. What Is the Child Care […]
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The most rewarding part about being a daycare owner is spending time with the little ones (by the way, we know it’s confusing sometimes, but we prefer the term child care). It’s eye-opening, satisfying, and for the most part, you end up benefiting more from your time with the kids than they do. It’s a […]
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You’re a preschool teacher, family child care owner, or other Early Care and Education (ECE) professional who wants to expand their professional background, perhaps through child care training or another program. Why might you want to do such a thing? Highly qualified early care and education teachers are a key focal point when ensuring high-quality […]
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Caring for children is a valuable, rewarding, and essential career path. It is also incredibly challenging, and teacher burnout is real. One thing that can help you to feel fulfilled and motivated in your job is to find the right type of child care job. While similar, there are some subtle but important differences between […]
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