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It is absolutely essential to have young children properly dressed in order to play outside during the cold and rainy season. Exposed skin and wet heads can lead to runny noses, colds and time away from school. Taking precautions to dress your children warmly when it is wet or cold helps to keep them warm and protected and allows them to get out of the house from time to time even when weather conditions are not all that ideal.

Going to school for the first time is an adjustment for any child, and this new experience may be accompanied by feelings such as fear, apprehension, and even some rebellion. Once your little one becomes accustomed to being in school or a day care program, such feelings are likely to dissipate. To make the adjustment period as comfortable as possible, you might take a variety of actions.

It's no secret that children love the outdoors, but modern families have few opportunities to experience the natural outside setting. Most quality child care centers have outdoor playgrounds for children to burn off their excess energy, but that isn't the same thing as going out and exploring a nature trail near a park or learning about growing food in a garden.

There are many who believe that exploring the natural world is just as important to toddler care and preschool as time spent in the classroom, and we agree. Here are just a few reasons why.

Besides the joy of having some time to yourself while your child is in caring and capable hands, preschool services present a vast amount of opportunities for your child's development. Preschool helps children develop the skills they need to have social, academic, and emotional success and here is why.

Anyone who has ever had to raise a child while holding down a job or juggling other responsibilities knows that child care can be a godsend. Unfortunately, people also have a lot of misconceptions about what child care is supposed to be. Some of these misconceptions and myths are relatively harmless, but some could convince parents to avoid seeking out the kinds of quality child care services that they may need to help raise their children while working fulltime. Here are some of the more common myths associated with children's daycare.

STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is a focused initiative of the current White House administration. The Educate to Innovate initiative was launched in 2009 with goals such as preparing an additional 100,000 teachers by 2020 to teach the next generation in science and technology while also creating a publicprivate partnership in order to leverage the capabilities of the corporate community.

While everyone is working on resolutions for themselves for 2016, now is the perfect opportunity to consider the academic goals that your child can accomplish over the course of the year. That might sound difficult, but with the help of child care centers and early education programs, it will actually be easier than you think. These goals don't have to be overly ambitious, either. Every child is different, so the goals you set for your child will obviously be different from what other parents will set for their children. With that being said, there are some common education goals that every child can and should work for.

While children are not required to attend school prior to kindergarten, education professionals agree that early education plays a vital role in a child’s development. Preschool services help to better prepare children for entering kindergarten by teaching the six valuable life lessons below.

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Tender Care Accreditations

Tender Care is a Pennsylvania and Connecticut state-licensed child care and early childhood learning organization, an accredited member of NAEYC, PAEYC, CAEYC, HAEYC, and PACCA, and is Keystone STARS rated.

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    Accreditation

    Tender Care Learning Centers has committed to accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the measurement of our program excellence. NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators, and is dedicated to improving programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC sets the standards for quality childcare and education in America, with an emphasis placed on the quality of interactions among teachers and children and the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum.

  • Keystone/STARS

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    The Keystone STARS program validates what Tender Care Learning Centers have been doing for many years. Your child's Early Education is critical to his/her development and future success in school and life. Keystone STARS sets requirements for early childhood educators to promote the best learning environment and safest setting possible for your child. As a parent, feel confident your child is safe and respected, is learning new things every day, and is well prepared for future success in life.