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We're Making Glow in the Dark Slime

We're Making Glow in the Dark Slime

Break out your lab coats mom and dad because it is time to entertain your little scientist! We are happy to present an incandescent activity your kiddos are sure to enjoy – Glow In The Dark Slime! That’s right, we want to brighten up your kitchen with learning, measuring, and so much more! Our activity is inspired by Vroom, an online and mobile resource that has over 1,000 free tips and learning activities that will turn everyday events like mealtime, bath time, and bedtime, into a brain building opportunity.

Back to School, No Problem!

Back to School, No Problem!

Whether your child is attending a new school, transitioning to kindergarten from preschool or from elementary to middle school, they may feel anxious about all the newness. As their parent, you may also feel nervous. Our Head Start program is starting this week, and we know that emotions are high for both our students and parents.

Spring Time is Here!

Spring Time is Here!

It is finally spring, farewell winter winds and hello warm breeze. Although your littles may be anxious to bask in the new temperate air, we have a great, easy indoor science experiment, thanks to The Imagination Tree, that will surely keep your children entertained.

A Colorful Winter Wonderland

A Colorful Winter Wonderland

The holidays have come and gone but the cold is here to stay. We know a great way to enjoy the cold outside with comfort of being indoors. With the help of The Artful Parent, we bring you a Rainbow Winter Wonderland featuring rainbow ice sculptures.

Cinnamon Sugar Snowflakes

Cinnamon Sugar Snowflakes

Winter is here and in full swing! There might not be snow in our service areas but the temperature has certainly dropped. What better way to enjoy the season than with a tasty treat? Introducing, Cinnamon Sugar Snowflakes, with the help of Parents. This easy and tasty treat will definitely help those frigid temperatures feel more tolerable. These cinnamon sugar snowflakes are not only fun to make with the kids, but they taste amazing too. And with only 4 ingredients, your kids will want to make them all winter long.

Frozen Erupting Snow - Winter Activity

Frozen Erupting Snow - Winter Activity

The holidays are here and the temperature is falling! Although it isn’t below zero, now is a great time to do a Frozen activity! Inspired by the Disney movie Frozen, we bring you Erupting Snow with the help of Paging Fun Mums! This activity is easy to recreate, and a sure favorite for your littles.

FALL in love with this season!

FALL in love with this season!

School is in session but the fun doesn’t have to end! It’s an exciting time as the weather starts to chill, the leaves are starting to change and the holidays are fast approaching. If you are looking for some in season activities for you and the family, you have come to the right place!

Sticks, Stones, and Words

Sticks, Stones, and Words

We have all heard the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words” In this instance, it’s the words that have all resounding power. IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, conducted a live Anti-Bullying experiment called Bully A Plant, that recorded the growth patterns of two identical plants, with very unique methods of care. This 30-day study was set to model the negative effects of verbal bullying for students and staff. While this experiment only involved plants, it speaks volumes to the power of our words and how we communicate with others.

New school year – You got this!

New school year – You got this!

August, it’s your favorite time of the year, parents! Your kids are dreading school but secretly you can’t wait. Despite the excitement, the first week of school can be nerve-wracking. Whether your child is starting at a new school— transitioning to kindergarten from preschool or from elementary to middle school—they may feel anxious about all the newness. PBS has great tips to help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

Pet Meets Baby - Tips For That First Introduction

Pet Meets Baby - Tips For That First Introduction

Your furry baby is getting a sibling! You’re pregnant, and naturally you are wondering how your four-legged friend will deal with this new addition to the family. A little bit of planning can go a long way. WebMD for pets offers a few simple solutions to get your furry baby ready for your baby baby.

Fun You Can Eat!

Fun You Can Eat!

Do you have teething tots who just can’t resist putting everything into their mouths? These fun edible activities may be just right for you!

1. Edible Finger Paint

Pour 1 cup of cold water and 1 cup of flour into a pan. Gradually add 3 cups of boiling water to the mix. Stir over heat until it boils. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Then divide the mixture into bowls and add food coloring. Store in airtight container until you are ready to use. It’s not as thick as Jell-O but not as thin as water. Great for finger painting activities.

Give Your Child a Head Start - Apply Now!

Give Your Child a Head Start - Apply Now!

Open Enrollment for Head Start’s 2018-2019 school year is available! You, or someone you know, may be eligible to register for Head Start. Head Start is a fun filled, fundamentally sound program that provides a comprehensive preschool environment for all learners.

Postpartum Depression, A Battle You Can Win!

Postpartum Depression, A Battle You Can Win!

 Postpartum Depression (PPD) can affect any woman—women with easy pregnancies or problematic pregnancies, first-time mothers and mothers with one or more children, women who are married and women who are not. PPD affects all mothers regardless of income, age, race or ethnicity, culture or education. It is an uphill battle, but it can be won.

Learn How to Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

Learn How to Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare for those warm days than a nice scoop of homemade ice cream! This is a great, mess free activity for you and the kids.

Car Seat Safety Tips & Videos

Car Seat Safety Tips & Videos

This past January, a study published in Health Affairs compared child mortality rates in 20 wealthy, autonomous countries since 1960. It revealed that over the last fifty years, the rate of childhood death decreased in all nations except the United States. Part of the problem is the mortality rate of children involved in car accidents. Sadly enough, these incidents are quite preventable. Last year, NPR reported that 43% of children who died from car crashes were improperly restrained.

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