Powell Open House on 7/15/2016

Please join our Open House on Friday, July 15th from 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM for a creepy crawly good time with Dr. Insecta.  This is a free community event – invite a friend!  We hope to see you then!

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Mud Pie Anyone?

A Play Framework What if only two rules in life exist? The first is to have a good time and the second is to make sure others have a good time. This may not be a productive way of thinking in all aspects of life, right?  When it comes to children’s play, however, it opens

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Infant Communication

No one can deny the emotions babies cause us to feel. Whether it is passing a baby in a stroller and ensuring you get that one little glimpse, or gazing into your own baby’s eyes as you feed him, change him, and simply watch him in wonder. Despite these astonishing emotions that are inherently inside

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Why Are Routines Important For Infants?

Creating Social and Emotional Development Children of any age can thrive in a structured, predictable environment because consistent routines encourage development and learning. Of course, predictability and stability not only help children develop trust for others and their environment, but they help to foster a sense of security. Although children typically gain these sentiments naturally

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How is the Classroom Environment the Third Teacher?

The Classroom Environment Reggio-inspired programs in the U.S. are an adaptation of the original Reggio Emilia program based out of a region in Northern Italy. Recreating a similar Reggio style takes careful consideration in how both learning methods and environmental aspects are incorporated into the philosophy. Fundamental areas of focus also include relationships, community, documentation,

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What is the Importance of Parent Involvement in Reggio-Emilia?

In our culture, instant access and real-time information is something we’ve come to expect. What’s surprising is that in regards to communication with parents, many preschools and child care centers still operate in an outdated mentality. Emails, online portals, and newsletters are some ways schools keep parents in the loop. Yet with so much occurring

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What to Consider When Selecting a Preschool

How to Choose a Preschool Choosing a preschool is a big decision for a parent. With different schools endorsing different philosophies, it can be overwhelming to understand what will be right for your child. Research suggests a strong correlation between high quality child care and higher levels of academic and cognitive achievement. This puts great

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After School Care Matters

What Happens After School Matters Filling the child care gap in school-aged children is challenging for any parent. After school programs help bridge this gap by offering a safe and fun place for children while their parents finish the work day. After school programs give them the opportunity to participate in organized activities, explore their

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A Child-Centered Kindergarten

A Child-Centered Approach There are many definitions and descriptions of child-centered kindergarten, and for this reason it’s largely misunderstood. Differing from traditional kindergarten, a child-centered approach encourages children to take learning into their own hands, as opposed to being directed or prompted by a teacher. Children take responsibility for making choices about what they will

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Why is Toddler Development Important?

Research tells us that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important in building the foundation for their growth, development, health, social skills and emotional skills. In fact the first three years, which include a good portion of toddler-hood, shapes a child’s brain structure in preparation for lifelong learning. Gross and fine

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