We had another wonderful and very successful our turnout for our annual toy drive at Toddler Town! Thank you for all your time, help and donations–our community appreciates each and every generous and thoughtful gift!
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We truly enjoy being able to help! Both Toddler Town Daycare Center locations held our 2nd Annual Toy Drive. All of the toys were donated to the children at the Primo Center for Women and Children.
We also held a Food Drive. It was a wonderful success!
This heartwarming thank you letter from Fr. Lojek shown below proves how your donation was much appreciated in the community. Many thanks to those who participated!
Thank you to all the families that donated a toy for our 2nd Annual Toy Drive and a non-perishable food item for our Food Drive.
It was all a huge success!
All of the toys were donated to the children at the Primo Center for Women and Children.
With the focus of the American education discussion pivoting around K-12 education, many parents of young children are often left wondering how they can help their child prepare for Kindergarten and lifelong learning.
Lost in the talk of graduation and drop-out rates in school age children, pre-k kids have taken the back seat in policy considerations. But research has begun to indicate that early childhood education, especially before the age of 6, is one of the best ways to ensure that children succeed in future academic endeavors.
What is Early Childhood Education?
Early Childhood education involves the education of young children from the infant toddler stage to the age of eight. There are many different theories of early education and child development, but all of them consider early education of some form to be essential to child development.
What are the Benefits of Early Education?
Early education in a preschool, daycare or other childcare setting has a number of statistically backed benefits on child development. And according to a report from the Connecticut Early Childhood Planning Team, early childhood education is an important element in preparing children for grade school classrooms, lowering their risk for psycho-social and emotional mental health problems and increasing self-sufficiency in the future as adults.
Other studies have shown that children involved and learning in early education programs have IQ’s 4 to 11 points higher than children who did not receive the learning and cognitive benefits of an early childhood education program.
Further and more comprehensive studies have shown that not only do children exhibit immediate benefits of early education in the form of elevated IQ scores, they are more likely to attend college and have a much lower high school dropout rate than children who were not involved in any early childhood education curriculum.
Also, early education intervention programs have shown to close the performance gap between children from low and high income households.
Where to Start with Early Education
Early childhood education starts at home. One of the most highly recommended ways to launch your child to successful life-long learning is to read to them. Experts recommend that you start reading aloud to your child as soon as you can, even newborns! Children who are read to at a young age, even if they can’t yet talk, walk or even crawl have less difficulty learning to read in the future.
Outside of the home, early childhood education involves enrolling your child in a daycare education program or preschool.
Early Childhood Education at Toddler Town
Toddler Town is devoted to providing your child quality early childhood education at both our Evanston and Chicago locations. We have programs for every child developmental stage from 2 years old to kindergarten. Our professional and friendly staff receives 20 hours of annual early childcare education training.
Toddler Town has received the prestigious NAEYC accreditation for both of its childcare locations and the Gold Level Circle of Quality from Excelrate Illinois. Come check out our amazing programs and curriculum at our Evanston and Chicago locations today!
When thinking about education and learning, few adults and parents think of fun and engaging learning games. Having been brought up in the classroom at a time when the three R’s were stressed – Reading, wRiting, and aRithmatic – new parents still associate learning with long hours staring at books and scribbling numbers. But new research and theories of education have begun to uncover that learning is not all drudgery; and that if it is drudgery, it can be counterproductive. Researchers and teachers are discovering that learning games and engaging interactive learning methods are more effective at teaching children, especially young children and preschoolers, than traditional reading and memorization.
What can learning games teach preschoolers?
Almost anything! Preschool learning games include board games, interactive and group games, and even video and online computer games.
These games can teach a variety of soft and hard skills, including math, reading and motor skills. Check out some of these online learning games for preschoolers.
Moreover, according to research compiled by ParentScience.com, board and other games can increase memory and concentration, develop critical thinking skills, aid in the process of social development, teaching children diplomatic and rule based play, and fine and large motor skills.
Benefits of Preshcool Learning Games: Critical Thinking
According to research, learning games such as board and online and computer problem solving games teach and develop essential higher level cognitive skills in preschoolers, toddlers and even infants. In navigating the parameters and the rules of the game, children learn to engage in problem solving techniques with limitations that require them to work with – or in competition against – other children to reach a goal. Moreover, many educational single player games attempt to present to the child fun and engaging problem scenarios that the child must solve to in order to win or advance to the next round.
And according to some research, even non educational video games have been shown to improve cognitive and critical thinking skills in children of all age groups. But it’s up to you, the parent, to ensure that the games are age appropriate and that your child is not spending too much time in front of a screen. As in most things education related, balance and moderation are the keys to health and success.
Benefits of Learning Games: Socialization
Apart from the fact that children are developing essential critical thinking skills while playing learning games, they are also learning critical social skills. Games allow the child to work in teams and requires that the child subordinate their importance to that of the group, teaching them to work with others in a productive, non-competitive way to reach a desired goal. By playing in group learning games, children learn compassion, empathy and the importance of considering the ideas of others, which are a critical set of skills for the 21st century.
Preschool Learning games at Toddler Town Chicago
At Toddler Town in Chicago and Evanston, we are dedicated to providing children in all our programs the opportunity to learn through play and games. We provide engaging and fun games and activities to help your child learn to think critically, work with others, and develop their unique creativity in a safe and fun learning environment. Come check out our programs and some of the great activities you can share with your child! Contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!