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Taking your classroom outside this summer

As the school year wraps up and you bring in more wraparound care for older children, you’re probably planning out activities for the summer. As you do your planning, try to get as many outdoor activities in your curriculum as possible.

Outdoor activities have many benefits to both children and teachers, and in many parts of the U.S., this is the only practical time of the year to get your classroom outside.

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Quality childcare can improve academic and behavioral outcomes for kindergarten

You know the role you serve as a childcare provider in a child’s development is important. But do you know just how important? Studies show that high-quality childcare centers can improve academic and behavioral outcomes for children once they reach kindergarten.

The defining characteristics of a high-quality center aren’t solely decided by how well you teach letters, numbers, colors and shapes, however. So what makes a childcare center high-quality? We’ve compiled the results of the Early School Readiness studies to bring you these highlights of high-quality care, which produces the following affects for children:

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Getting your classroom back on track after Memorial Day

You’re sluggish and your students just want to run and play. Yep, it’s definitely the day after a holiday in the classroom. Memorial Day provides a much-needed break from the busyness of routine but getting your classroom back on track after a holiday can be tough.

There are some tactics to help you recover from a holiday break and stay on track for your weekly learning plan. Check out these tips.

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Trends in early childhood education that you should know about

As educators, we’re constantly researching and analyzing how children learn best. This makes education an ever-changing landscape as we adjust with new insights and learning’s.

As you strive to provide only the best care and education at your childcare center, we’ve compiled a list of current trends in childhood education that you should know about. You know your childcare center and the children you care for best, so be sure to discern if these trends are right for you before implementing. You can also discuss these trends with teachers at your next meeting to get their take on how these trends might be applicable to their classroom.

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Are You Ready For Summer Break?

Tips for preparing your childcare center for summer break
The summer enrollment slump is felt by many childcare centers. This can be for a variety of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with the level of care you provide.

However, there are some ways you can prepare you childcare center for summer break to keep children engaged and parents happy with keeping their children enrolled or enrolling children.

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Recognizing teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers are there for children through the great moments of success and through the difficult moments of learning something new. They truly help to shape who children become.

This week, their important role moves to the spotlight for Teacher Appreciation Week. Take some time this week to recognize the teachers who make your school or childcare center a great place for kids with these top 10 ideas for how to recognize teachers.

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