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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A daycare provider (we prefer child care over daycare, by the way) supervises young children, aged two-five, and provides them with learning and play stimulation to aid their physical and mental development. A daycare provider might work from their home, other people’s homes, or a daycare facility. Following the required steps to become a certified […]
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Being a child care provider can be a fulfilling career path that can allow you to be your own boss while connecting with families in your area. In fact, for someone who loves kids, being a child care provider may not even feel like a job at all. Yet, if you are looking to start […]
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There continues to be increased awareness about how important the early years of life are for healthy brain development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. This is a great first step in prioritizing high quality early care and education experiences for all children. But this often leaves people wondering, well, so what? What does that mean? […]
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Wherever you are on your journey to open a licensed child care facility, it is probably the right time to pause and reflect on the purpose of licensing. While licensing can sometimes feel like an inconvenience, it’s an incredibly helpful system to have in place for parents, providers, and the children they serve. By completing […]
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There are so many good reasons to create a preschool at home. Whether you’ve been providing more informal care in your home and are looking to level up, or have always had a dream of running your own preschool, this is an achievable dream for everyone. Here are tips for making sure your preschool program […]
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With the upcoming school year getting closer, and the uncertainty of COVID remaining, parents are being forced to grapple with being full-time parents, educators, and caregivers, while trying to manage their own jobs. An increasingly popular option has been microschools, a hybrid of 19th century schoolhouses, private schools, and in-home schools. There are a number […]
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Like any new business idea, opening a forest school is simultaneously exciting and scary! No matter how long you’ve been scheming about this, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions you need to answer as you begin this process. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from new forest school directors. Hopefully […]
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Education is rife with jargon, and the early learning space is no exception. Case in point: is it ECE, and for that matter, what does ECE mean? Spoiler alert: it’s Early Childhood Education. It’s also Early Care and Education. These two terms are used interchangeably….see isn’t this easy?! Is there a difference between preschool and […]
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COVID-19 has forced a new level of creativity and adaptation for all sorts of businesses, and child care is no different. From changing the way drop-off and pick-up happen, to enforcing new daily routines to allow for social distancing, preschool programs are finding new ways to keep everyone safe and healthy. For Julie Fellom, the […]
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An important early step for starting any new business is to make your business plan. Starting a preschool is no different! What expenses do you need to take into consideration? How can you think about setting your pricing? What ages should you take? What hours should you operate? Here’s how to think through each of […]
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COVID-19 continues to put parents in an impossible situation. With schools closed, they have been forced to stand in as full time teacher and caregiver, while still carrying their own workload, and they're looking for alternatives: the micro school is an increasingly popular one.
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Child care, daycare, preschool, preK, in-home, center-based, Montessori, Reggio, play-based, nanny-share, micro-school….how’s a person to decide what type of child care program or child care provider is best?!
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Tracey McEntyre had plans of being a fashion designer, but then decided to open her own microschool when her son’s needs weren’t being met in a traditional elementary school. She’s setting the standard for excellence in home-based education.
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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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