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This may be the summer that you need to prepare your child for their first year of preschool. An article from Eutopia.org states that 64% of young children attend preschool in any given year. Here are some ways that you and your child can prepare for preschool while spending valuable time together:
Tell Your Child About Getting Older
Most youngsters set primary goals that will be accomplished “when they get bigger”. During the summer before preschool, make a big deal out of them getting old enough to go to school. If you have kept a growth chart, show your child how much he has grown since the last year. You may also give him a couple more privileges to celebrate being a preschooler.
Share Your Story
Tell your child how you felt on your first day of preschool. You may have some pictures of you as a preschool child. Tell them about all the fun you had and the things that you learned. When your kids see that you loved your preschool, they will feel better about their own.
Make Reading A Daily Habit
When you read to your child each day, you are enhancing their skills in literacy and language. Find beautiful picture books that the two of you can enjoy together. Although your child does not have to be a reader to enter preschool, it helps if she gets a head start during the summer. You can foster a love of reading in your child for the rest of their life, says a study from the University of Michigan.
Encourage Games of Learning For The Transition Of Preschool
Some of the basic learning and social skills that little ones receive are from playing. Preschool integrates a lot of play into their lessons. During the summer, play games with your child that are fun and can teach a lesson. Basic games like dominoes teach children numbers and how to find basic patterns.
If your child prefers video games, there are a bunch of games that teach eye-hand coordination and other valuable skills to your preschooler. Many video games are excellent for teaching math skills, states a mathematician in an article from Forbes.com.
Practice Social Skills For Transitioning From Home To Preschool
Chances are that your child’s social circle is limited to family and a few close family friends. They may have bonded with another child in the neighborhood. Over the summer, you will have great opportunities to set up play dates with other children, so your child will get used to socializing. Even when they are playing, they learn how to respect others and to get along.
Use The Buddy System For Adjusting To Preschool
The first day of preschool will seem less stressful if your child has a friend in the neighborhood in his class. You may need to befriend some neighbors with younger children over the summer. Children are comforted by routine and familiarity. If they ride the bus, they should always have a traveling companion too. Many such friendships last into high school and into adulthood.
Acclimate Your Child To The Idea Slowly
Do not turn your summer into a complete enrichment course. If your expectations are built up too much, your child may feel anxious. There are many fun activities that subtly teach valuable skills. Your child can have fun without even realizing that he is learning something. Let the subject of preschool be casual and let your child bring it up more than you do. It is the easiest way for them to get used to a different schedule and environment.
Get Your Child Used To Simple Responsibilities
One of the basic skills that everyone needs is how to clean up after one’s self. These are things that you have probably been working on together since she was a toddler. Chores like putting her dirty clothes in the hamper or putting away her toys after play are elementary. The idea of cleaning up her own messes will become like second nature, and will be beneficial for preschool.
Make Transition to Preschool Fun!
Remember how exciting it was to pick out your own school supplies before the start of fall? Manufacturers of school supplies purposely market to children. They come in bright colors and themes from your child’s favorite cartoons. Tell your child how much money they can spend and help them find the school supplies needed. Most preschools give parents a supply list for shopping. Write your child’s name on everything for a quick identifier.
Schedule A Tour For Evanston Preschool Prep
You can ease a lot of your child’s first-day jitters by arranging a tour a week before school starts. Your child will get to meet their teachers and will see all the beautiful things in the classroom. It is a great chance for you and your child to ask questions. On the first day of preschool, your child will know what to expect and will be much less nervous.
Daily Communication to Curb Preschool Separation Anxiety
Preschoolers can be as young as three years old. It is a young age to be separated from parents—even for a couple of hours. Ease your child’s separation fears by writing funny and loving notes for their lunchbox every day. Since they are just learning to read, draw pictures of sunshine, smiles, and things they love. Your thoughtfulness will encourage them throughout the rest of the day.
Preschool is the first milestone on a long journey of your child’s education. Some of the foundations he receives at preschool may contribute to their attitude toward learning. These special classes are fun ways to get your child ready for kindergarten the following year. Preparing your child for their first year of preschool is one of the most important things you can do for them at this age.
May is National Foster Care Month. This month is set aside to recognize the individuals and families who give their time, their resources and their homes to children who are going through the most difficult times of their life.
Most people would have a difficult time letting a stranger in their home to shower, sleep and eat. It would be the equivalent of picking up a homeless person and taking them home. You know nothing about this person except what you can see and perhaps what they have told you.
For foster parents, the person is a child. This child may have severe mental or physical trauma that is not apparent to the naked eye. Emotional damage may be hidden under layers of disdain, hatred and aloofness. Now imagine that you open your home, your family and your heart to this child. Is that hard to imagine? That is what foster families do every day. It is all about placing your fears and doubts aside to meet the needs of a child who has nobody else to turn to.
National Foster Care Month
May is the time to bring awareness to foster care. Foster parents are honored during this month. The need for more families to volunteer is brought to the forefront of the public eye. The needs of the foster care families are recognized. Resources are introduced to help meet the needs. After all, foster care is more than just opening your home up to a child in need. Foster care awareness is critical to help families and communities meet the needs of the children and the families that care for them.
Where to Find Help
Many people caring for children do not know that there are resources available to help them. Respite babysitting services, community clothing closets, support groups and even activities and sports programs for the children are all in place to help families foster these children. However, the problem is that not all families know about the resources available. During May, resources of all kinds are brought to the forefront in an attempt to help families caring for foster children.
Grandparents, aunts and uncles are often kinship caregivers. This means that they have assumed the role of caregiver since the parents of the child are not an option. Often, this causes a change in family dynamics. An adult child may resent the grandparent becoming the primary caregiver of their child. Maybe a grandparent does not know what to do about things like medical care, legal issues with the school, etc. Resources like
The Grandkin Guide can help grandparents to navigate the legal system, family issues and the new role of caregiver.
Such resources are critical to helping foster care families cope with the changes that come from having a new child in the home. Online resources, support groups, financial aid and more can all be beneficial for the care of foster children. Whether kinship care is decided between family members or set up by child welfare services, there is no reason to feel alone and adrift in this new circumstance. Help is available.
Why is Public Awareness so Important?
Foster care is often shown in a negative light. News stories of tragedies, rumors of greed and horror stories from former foster children get the spotlight, while great foster successes go unheralded.
Care of these children must be brought to the public in a positive light. People will remember success stories of foster children who went on to college and beyond. Foster parents who go above and beyond to help children find their passions, like painting or horseback riding, should be highlighted and commended. The children should have their success stories shared, just like in a traditional family. These children can thrive if the parents have the resources available to help them. Even severe mental and physical abuse of the past can be overcome with love and support from foster parents who really care.
Foster care takes a whole community to be successful. Outreach groups, support groups, legal and financial help, respite caregivers, teachers, child welfare advocates – everyone must work hand-in-hand with the foster caregivers to ensure these children are protected, loved and given the chance for a successful, happy life.
Use May as the month to educate yourself about the foster care system and how you and your community can help these families. A community picnic, a toy or clothing drive, volunteering your time or even offering your talents (like free piano lessons) – there are plenty of ways you can help with foster care. The keyword is ‘care’.
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If you haven’t noticed yet, Mr. Robert has been growing his hair out; and for such a great cause. He is doing so to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!
“The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.” -St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Robert has made a pledge to shave his head in support of cancer patients, who often lose their hair during treatment. This Saturday, he will be cutting his hair off.
If you would like to participate in this cause, you are more than welcome to donate any monetary amount you’d like. Remember, a little goes a long way, so anything donated is more than appreciated.
All proceeds will be given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. If you have any questions, see Mr. Robert.
Results of St Baldricks Fundraiser
Thank you to ALL that donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!
We raised a total of over $1,100.00
Here are Pictures of the whole Process…Before, During, and After!!!
What is NCAPM All About?
April of 2017 marks the 34th year of National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM), a time dedicated to raising awareness of this devastating social issue and ending child abuse once and for all.
Since 1983, this month has been a time for communities to have a dialogue about the ways to not only stop the abuse of children, but providing education and resources for families and young adults to make sure that the abuse and neglect of children doesn’t carry on for even one more generation.
What the Statistics Say (And What they Don’t Say)
Are the numbers of abuse victims still high enough to warrant a month of awareness and advocacy? Sadly, the answer remains an absolute “yes”.
Despite what you might think, America still has a huge abuse and neglect problem. Current statistics report a staggering 3 million children a year who deal with some form of abuse. Sadly, these are just the cases that are reported; we will likely never know the true statistics.
This is one of the worst rates of abuse in any industrialized nation. The time has come to say, “Enough!” We can do better, which is why each April we renew our promise to the children of America.
Time Can’t Heal All Wounds: Ongoing Symptoms of Abuse
Abuse would be bad enough if the hurting ended with sores and bruises, but abuse creates many scars that do not manifest until later in life (often manifesting in dangerously rebellious teenage or young adult behavior).
Over time, the young victims of abuse may also be affected by the following issues:
- Increased tendency towards drug and alcohol abuse
- Serious depression, including suicide attempts
- Higher instances of “risk-seeking” behavior, such as multiple sexual partners, and other unsafe sexual practices
- An almost 80% instance of some type of psychological disorder
The list of effects is startling, but what is most unacceptable are the nearly 1,600 children who died as a result of abuse last year. Until that number reaches zero, the NCAPM will advocate and raise awareness of these issues affecting countless American families.
History of the NCAPM
Did you know that the first specific laws regarding child abuse were only signed in 1974? While we’ve certainly come a long way since then, there is still a social stigma and problem of reportage and awareness that we need to deal with as a nation.
What started as a single week of awareness in 1982 became a full-fledged month of action starting in 1983, and the events and actions have inspired the creation of new laws and statutes that aim to eliminate harm to innocent and vulnerable children.
Whether in your own community, online, or by joining a larger march or event somewhere near you, you can become part of the NCAPM’s history this April–don’t wait until next year.
Ideas to Get Involved
There are many ways you can participate in this nationwide awareness month. Activities can be simple:
- Organizing a block party or “meet and greet” with your neighbors
- Attending parent meetings at your children’s school
- Finding city or government-organized events for NCAPM
Or, you can organize with other parents and local families to put on bigger events, such as:
- Running for local office or a PTA board
- Attending and speaking at local government meetings (such as city council)
- Organizing letter-writing campaigns and petitions
Keep in mind, these are just a few ideas. Be creative and think about new and interesting ways that you can help children and families who have been affected by neglect and/or abuse.
Moving Our Communities and Families Forward
Whether you visit the official NCAPM website (provided by the government’s Child Welfare Agency) or you find local events to raise awareness, the important thing is to get involved. It’s also important to remember that April is only the beginning–staying vigilant and engaged in your family and community throughout the year is the best defense we have against future abuse and neglect.
For too long, the victims and families who have suffered from abuse and neglect have been silent. April is a time for these voices to be heard, loud and clear. Now is the time–take a stand against abuse and neglect!