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Identifying Warning Signs of Childhood Depression and Anxiety

Is My Child Anxious and/or Depressive? Although it’s more common to associate depression and anxiety with adults, the truth is that it can impact anyone of any age, including children.  Due to everything that has occurred with COVID-19 and the number of ways it’s challenged and impacted our lives, it’s more important than ever to lend a watchful eye over your own children or young kids in your life who may be showing warning signs of anxiety and depression. Here are some tips to be better equipped at identifying key signals.    Who is Primarily Affected? According to the Anxiety and […]

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Child Trafficking Awareness and Education

Human trafficking, including child trafficking, is far more prominent in all parts of the world and an unfortunate reality for millions of men, women and children. As organizations continue to build awareness, we’ve sought to provide an educational series on what child trafficking is, ways to identify it, and how you can get involved.  What is Human Trafficking? Trafficking of children falls into the category of human trafficking (or trafficking in persons) and is a human rights violation and form of modern-day slavery. Although exact numbers are difficult to obtain, the International Labour Organization estimates some 21 million men, women […]

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Creating a Healthy Environment for Your Child

Creating a healthy environment for your child takes work, discipline, and consistency. Children are sponges and as such, fully respond to and navigate their world based on the influence of their parents. Of course, needs differ depending on each child, and thus, parenting styles will as well.  Of the numerous reasons to actively cultivate a healthy environment for your child, one of the best ones is to ensure their current enjoyment and future success. Children while inevitably grow in various directions and develop their own interests, and with ample love and support from their parental figures, they can truly thrive […]

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Communicate, Collaborate, Coordinate and Cherish: The Four Keys to A Solid Parent/Child Relationship During COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, many parents have been scrambling to fill the role of teacher and create curriculum on the fly while balancing new work from home duties. But it is in these times that there’s a unique opportunity to step more fully into an approach that works for everyone: that of communicating, collaborating, coordinating and cherishing. And it is through this approach that everyone benefits.  While each family is presented with unique challenges and circumstances right now, these general guidelines are intended to be helpful in any way you see fit.  Communicate As a family unit, it’s crucial as parents […]

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Creating a Sense of Belonging for Children

When children feel a sense of belonging, they develop confidence and self-identity. A Sense of Identity Experiencing belonging–knowing where and with whom you belong –is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighborhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become. A child learns and develops a sense of identity […]

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November is Child Safety and Protection Month

National Child Safety and Protection Month is an entire month dedicated to recognizing the unique potential dangers many children face in their everyday lives and taking tangible steps of prevention against those challenges. Taking safety measures can help reduce the number of unintentional injuries and deaths. In honor of Child Safety and Protection Month, we encourage you to take precautions to keep children safe. Talk to them about potential dangers and teach them what to do in case of an emergency. Infant Safety For children less than one year of age, two–thirds of injury deaths are due to suffocation. It […]

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Using Nature as a Learning Lab for Children

Fall is a wonderful time of year to go outside and explore nature.  Going on a nature walk with children is an excellent way to inspire love and appreciation for the natural world. Nature provides more stimulation than indoor play. It activates the senses – you can see, hear, smell, and touch outdoor environments. Taking a nature walk with children doesn’t have to include a specific activity. Just take a walk and let learning find you! Allow children lots of unstructured time to explore and discover. What you can help your students understand is that the discoveries they made while […]

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The Importance of Goal Setting for Children

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins Why Goal Setting is Important As teachers and parents, we are always encouraging children to make and reach goals; whether it’s a child taking his tentative first steps to a preschooler’s success at tying his shoes.  Teaching children to reflect and set goals is an important lesson that needs to be taught starting at a young age. Preschool and early childhood education teaches young children the core social skills that prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. These skills boost children’s confidence, increase their ability […]

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Celebrate National CACFP Week March 17-23, 2019!

CACFP Week is a national education and information campaign sponsored annually by the National CACFP Sponsors Association. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger and bring healthy foods to the table for adults in adult care centers and children in child care homes, centers, and in afterschool and summer feeding programs across the country. The purpose of the National CACFP Week is: 1. To educate parents and the community about how the CACFP helps child care providers serve well balanced, nutritious meals, 2. To promote proper […]

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