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Catchphrase – You are in charge of your body

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Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right words to say. These catch phrases can help by offering you go-to phrases in stressful situations. You are in charge of your body. Context: If your child moves close to a friend, and then wants space, your child can move away. Tell your child, “You are in…

Now is not a good time to go to the emergency room

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Invitation to Dig Deeper: Comment, “Now is not a good time to go to the emergency room.” It may have just come out of your mouth. Your child was doing something risky and you thought, “Now is not a good time to go to the emergency room.” So you said it. You’re not a bad parent,…

Why practice continuity of care?

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Our Neighborhood practices continuity of care, a system of keeping children and teachers together from infancy until age three. This practice is backed by research that tells us there are many benefits. Continuity of care promotes healthy brain development. It allows caregivers a deeper knowledge of the children and reduces stress on children and families.…

Swaddling

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In the US it is common to see young babies wrapped tightly with their arms held close to their body. Swaddling advocates say it mimics the tight hold of the womb. Claims are made that swaddling reduces the startle reflex resulting in better sleep and an easier transfer from arms to bassinet. Not to mention…

ECE Math

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Basic math that is missing from the high-quality child care discussion.   Infants need one teacher for every four children.   One teacher’s salary at $15.00 per hour is $31,200 a year. That is $7,800 per infant annually.   The federal government defines affordable care as care that costs no more than 7% of a…

Why We Chose Holacracy?

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Power-With Adult Relationships In our commitment to treat children like whole people from birth and offer respectful care, we want to be mindful of the power dynamic between teachers and children and creating a power-with relationship. The goal in a power-with relationship is recognizing the needs of all parties, including the children, and interacting respectfully…

Learning Through Play

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As an early childhood professional I often find myself saying over and over, “Children learn through play.” I defend play as not only a way to learn, but the best way for children to learn. I was reminded recently of a simple study that shows how important play is for young children. Fifty years ago…

Preschool Should Be Ages 3 to 8

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Preschool should be ages three to eight not ages three to five. Children under age eight are in what researchers call a sensitive period of growth. Our public school system starts at age five so the majority of families just assume between five and six preschool ends and Kindergarten begins. Once in school children are…