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As a parent or child care provider, you know that sometimes you encounter unexpected challenges. Here’s a look inside a typical day in the life of Mechelle, one of our favorite child care providers. Let’s see how she handles her unpredictable situations.
Over thirty-six percent of children in this country live without their fathers. A recent study found that children who grow up without a father figure in their lives are twice as likely to drop out of school, more likely to commit crimes or to behave antisocially, and two to three times more likely to have emotional problems. Here's the story of one mother whose brother is playing a big role in her young son's life.
A space for privacy, or a private space, is a semi-enclosed, cozy area, away from where the main activities take place. Nestled among pillows and soft toys, a child can escape from the rest of the world and relax there for a while.
Accreditation is the highest level of certification for providers. For some, the process seems intimidating, but for Darlene Morales, it helped her set guidelines and standards.
Take a look at how some four-year-olds are putting their imagination to the test by creating and narrating their own colorful tale.
“Time-outs” are only one way to help kids manage their emotions. Here are some simple additional activities that can help your kids manage their emotions before they get out of control.
The symptoms of ADD and ADHD can be minimized with early intervention services. Discover how one program is helping children who are at risk for developing ADD and ADHD.
The decision to become a parent is a life-changing one. While some people become parents biologically, others may choose to explore a different path – adoption. Although the process of adoption can be lengthy – and may even seem overwhelming at times – adopting a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have.
If you have more than one child, you probably realize that each of your kids has grown and developed at a different rate. Those differences in development and growth are part of a concept we call “ages and stages.” Here’s what you need to know about your four-year-old’s development.
If you have more than one child, you probably realize that each of your kids has grown and developed at a different rate. Those differences in development and growth are part of a concept we call “ages and stages.” Here’s what you need to know about your four-year-old’s development.
If your child is starting to walk, run or crawl faster than the road runner, it means you’ve entered the world of “toddlerhood” – the stage of development between 12 and 24 months. This is a delightful time for you and your baby because so many “firsts” happen during this year – from walking and talking, to turning pages in a book, to expressing a range of emotions. Here’s what to expect when your child becomes a toddler.
You may have heard the expression “the terrible two’s.” It’s because children this age can be challenging. Two-year-olds are curious about the world around them. In other words, they get into everything! But the two’s don’t have to be terrible. They can be terrific if we understand and nurture their development. Here’s a closer look at why the two’s are terrific.
Did you know there’s a big difference between toddlers and three-year-olds? With the turbulent years of toddlerhood behind them, three-year-olds are ready to spread their wings and play. Find out how to encourage your three-year-old’s new-found sense of independence and curiosity.
If you have more than one child, you probably realize that each of your kids has grown and developed at a different rate. In fact, there can be big differences in how children of the same age grow and develop. Those differences are part of a concept we call “ages & stages.” Here’s a look at how your environment can play an important part too.
Getting everyone to agree on behavior management can be a big task - especially when your child care provider is a family member. Here's how one family is trying to get on the same page.
 
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