"Tax season is my favorite time of year," said nobody ever. However, 2019 is here, and it's time to start thinking about filing your annual business tax return.
Whether your child spends nine hours every day in daycare or only attends one morning a week, you know you would feel more comfortable if you knew what to look for when choosing a childcare setting. Your community may have few choices, or you may be awash in daycare options, but in both cases, you want to be able to make the best decision possible for you and your family.
Teaching children about the world around them is one of the primary goals of early childhood learning. An excellent way to do so is to provide lessons around the wide variety of winter holidays, many of which celebrate light in one form or another, from the lengthening daylight to the birth or accomplishment of a deity.
Nothing teaches better than hands-on experience. Taking your childcare class on a field trip is an exciting and rewarding exercise in education and entertainment. Kids always have a fresh outlook on life and adults often learn just as much from the trips as they do.
The musical South Pacific contains a song entitled, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” It lyrically represents the concept that nobody is born feeling one way or the other about those who are different; children must be “carefully taught” the attitudes of their society.
After school programs are an essential element in childcare. They take over once a child reaches elementary school and can provide critical services and enrichment programs through high school.
Study after study shows the improvement in children’s lives made by effective afterschool programs. In many communities, an afterschool program is the only chance for enrichment available. The value of providing homework assistance and opportunities to experience other activities cannot be overstated.
If there is no one at home to care for them, many children who have aged out of daycare can be at loose ends until their parents get home. In some neighborhoods, being without a caregiver is a dangerous proposition. Not all "latch-key" children have the maturity to stay home alone, particularly under the age of 12 or so.
Deciding to start a childcare center is the very tip of an iceberg that can sink your hopes and plans if you don’t have a solid plan in place. Whether you begin with childcare in your home or decide to create a free-standing facility, there is a generally defined pathway from making your decision to opening your doors.
It's never too early to start preparing for school. If your children are spending the summer at home or if this will be their first experience in daycare, there are many things you can do as a parent to smooth their way.