Letting Millions of Children Down Are you a numbers person? Well, I’ve got some incredible numbers for you! In 2015, there were 23.9 million children aged 0-5 years of age in the United States. Forty-five percent of those children live in poverty aka “working poor” homes. Of that 23.9 million, 12.5 million children are in childcare with 72% of those children in private sector programs. Amazing numbers, right? Over half of the children, ages 0-5 years, are in childcare. Now, let me ask you this… why are we, as a society, letting millions of children down? Why? Did that question
Why Do Daycares… Have you ever wondered, why do daycares do the things they do? The answer is simple… to meet the standards of the rules and regulations as established by the state and federal government. Well that certainly makes sense… but, after a moment of thought you might remember how many wipes your infant goes through in a day. Then, your thoughts turn to, “come on… the government couldn’t possibly care about how many wipes a daycare uses”. Am I right? Hopefully, you will find the answers to your questions here. Each state has their own set of rules,
Tamika Johnson, President and CEO – Kidz World Childcare, Inc. This week in October, we celebrate Miss Tamika Johnson. We celebrate our boss, Miss Tamika, today, National Bosses Day and Wednesday, her birthday! We, the staff of Kidz World, want to express our greatest appreciation for who Tamika is as a person and as a boss. We welcome everyone to wish her a happy birthday Wednesday! Miss Tamika, is the heart and soul of Kidz World. She has built a successful, STARS 3 center, from the strength and will God has blessed her with. She gives everything she does 110%
Spatial Awareness in Children Life is complicated and busy. Seldom do we take the opportunity to break down the elements involved in a child’s development. Sometimes, however, we need to slow things down to better care for our children. Spatial awareness is something that a child starts acquiring from birth. Maybe, if we as parents, understood more about it, we could better assist the child in the development of their spatial awareness. So, let’s get started!! What is Spatial Awareness? Before a child can begin to understand the concepts of distance, time, speed or depth, they must first learn to
Creating an Environment of YES! “No!” “Put that down!” “Get down before you fall!” “I said no, and I meant NO!” As a parent, grandparent, teacher, or caregiver… can you count the times you have said these phrases? Impossible, right? Creating an Environment of YES, changes the whole way of thinking about child development. It’s really a different world from when I was young and even from when my children were young. Children don’t come with an instruction manual and parents don’t have one automatically uploaded to their brain when they become a parent. The “parent” is born the moment
Five Crafty Halloween Ideas for Children As I am all about family time, I can’t imagine a better way to kick off the holiday season than by getting “spooky crafty” with the kids. Children absolutely love to do crafts. We will take a look at five crafty Halloween ideas that will put those creative little minds to work. Craft ideas are just that… ideas… add your own little twist to them. You will be surprised what children come up with while creating their crafts. Halloween is a holiday that sticks with you throughout your lifetime. Every Halloween you remember characters
Coping with Seasonal Allergies Aah..ahhh..choooo! And, that’s how it starts! Before you know it, you are in a full-blown allergy attack mode and carrying tissues everywhere you go. With eyes watering, throat itching/burning, sinus drainage, nose running… you go about your day. By the time night falls, this thing has you exhausted into a weepy pile of mush. So, how do we go about coping with seasonal allergies? What are seasonal allergies? Do you know your triggers? What’s your favorite brand of tissues? What are seasonal allergies? Seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis is an immune
Analyzing Play “In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.” Lev Vygotsky (Russian psychologist, 1896–1934) Whether it’s the serenity of a child laying quietly on the floor coloring a peaceful landscape or a group of children running screaming through the house, there is nothing quite as amazing as watching a child at play. But, what exactly is play? We played when we were children, yet we didn’t analyze why we played. We simply played because we loved it. But, have we