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Posted by on in Get to Know ECA
What's For Lunch?

Along with getting all of your child’s school supplies, back-to-school prep should include planning for healthy lunches. 

A healthy school lunch provides sound nutrition to establish a lifetime of healthy habits and the energy your child needs for the rest of his busy day.  My son participated in “Lunch Bunch” for the past year through his preschool.  In doing so, he is convinced that Mommy needs to pack his lunch for him to take to school this year as well.  So like a lot of other parents, I am the one responsible for ensuring that he gets the nutrition he needs to get through the day.

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Afterschool Snacks

Let’s face it. When our kids get home from school, they are hungry.   But snacking isn’t a bad thing if you provide healthy options that will help satisfy a snack-attack, and at the same time not ruin the appetite for dinner.

To help explore some healthy snack guidelines and options available, I have asked Lisa Bradley, our Child and Adult Care Food Program Coordinator, to share some resources.

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Posted by on in Quality Care for All Children
But Me Wait

Are your children aware of their feelings, needs, and impulses? Can they calm themselves, control their behavior, and focus on tasks? Preschoolers who can do these things find it easier to take turns, make friends, and adapt to school routines. This ability is called self-regulation.  *From Play and Self-Regulation in Preschool by Illinois Early Learning Project

Self-Regulation has been on my mind a lot these days.  What can I do to better equip my children to help themselves?  To help get some guidance, I asked our Inclusion Specialist, Nicole Wysong for direction. 

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Musical Memories

Children of all ages are naturally drawn to music.  Infants coo at lullabies, toddlers bang on pots and pans with a wooden spoon, and preschoolers sing and dance to music.

Children learn a variety of skills from musical experiences.  Shaking, tapping, and beating instruments enhance fine motor development.  Children listening for a beat, the sounds of different instruments, tones and lyrics are developmentally important listening skills.

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Posted by on in School Age
School Agers Beyond The School Day

We know that quality early childhood care and education positively affects child growth, development and school readiness.Did you know that high quality learning experiences are also important for school agers, both in school and beyond the school day?

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