Child Care

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Academic Vs. Play Based Programs

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In some discussions and writing, you have referred to programs as academic. It seems like you refer to academic as a negative thing, why? When would you have children in a more academic setting? Our Neighborhood believes children learn through play. We are social constructivists who believe children learn best in the context of secure…

What is a High Quality Early Childhood Program?

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High-quality early childhood education is garnering media attention, but figuring out what quality is can be hard for families. The research into what leads to great early childhood experiences is mixed; lower child-to-teacher ratios, stringent teacher credentials, and beautiful environments don’t necessarily equal a high-quality program. The best measure of quality in early childhood programs…

Explore some of the regulations on early children programs and what that means for you

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Virginia – Child Care Licensing Each state has their own requirements for operating a child care center. In Virginia, child care centers are licensed by the Department of Social Services (DSS). Licensing regulates basic health and safety requirements for child care programs. License regulations include background check requirements, minimum staff to child ratios, and emergency…

Learn what to ask and what to look for when touring an early childhood program

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There are lots of articles about questions to ask and what to look for when you’re touring a preschool program. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation about what high-quality early childhood education really looks like. The research into what leads to great early childhood experiences is mixed; lower child-to-teacher ratios, stringent teacher credentials, and…

What is your plan for children’s days away from home?

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Consistency is more important than time. We believe that ideally the child should attend 4 or 5 days a week, in a row, for no less than 3 hours and no more than 9 hours. Children use routines to understand their world and feel safe so the care must be consistent in both caregivers and…

Could a nanny share, family-friend care, or in home program work for you?

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In Home Child Care In home child care centers can be a less costly option that provides a close bond with a consistent caregiver and a small group of children to play together. One of the big challenges to high quality child care programs is turnover and so home based care often provides that crucial…

Would an early childhood program suit your needs?

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Benefits You get to be part of a larger school community. You and your child get to make lifelong friends. Your child learns to negotiate with friends, share, build relationships, and be independent. The school will help make your child’s learning visible. The program will support and challenge you and your child to learn and…

Is a nanny a good choice for your family?

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Benefits A nanny may be a less stressful option for children and parents. Some families feel more comfortable with someone being in their own home. You can talk with your nanny to set rules and make decisions about food, diapers, and toys. You get to choose the schedule that works best for your family. The…

Prepare for a successful transition back to work after baby

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When should I go back to work? There are many opinions out there about when and if parents should go back to work after having a child. The only right thing is what is right for your family but we can share our experiences. Based on our extensive work with infants, toddlers, and families, I…

Reflect on the idea of returning to work after baby

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Benefits You will be contributing financially to your family. You will be growing as a professional and moving forward in your career. You will have someone to collaborate with about your child’s growth and development. Your child will get the opportunity to build other relationships and have other experiences. You may feel more able to…