Five Characteristics of a Quality Shool Age Program-Vonya Washington

A quality school age program provides children a safe and nurturing environment.  It creates opportunities for children to interact with their peers, participate in age appropriate activities, while generating educational experiences within their community.

There are five quality indicators that a quality school age program should consist of but not limited to:
1. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
2. Environment Design
3. Developmentally Appropriate Activities
4. Child/Youth Development and
5. Guiding Challenging Behaviors.

Each quality indicators brings their own unique value and are crucial to helping children grown and develop social-emotionally as well as physically.

What is the Importance of SunScreen?


Sunscreen is important for children because it protects them from sunburns and the UV rays that cause skin cancer. Paying attention to SPF is important when buying sunscreen. SPF measures the sunscreen’s ability to protect your child’s skin from UV rays. According to the CDC, the SPF of the sunscreen you choose should be at least 15. Another way to protect children from the sun is to provide full coverage of your child’s skin. This can include hats, long sleeves, and long pants.

Why is it Important to Continue a Consistent Sleeping Schedule During the Summer?

It’s important to keep a consistent sleeping schedule for children because it’s important to their development. In the summertime, it may be tempting to allow your child to go to bed later but that’s not necessarily a good thing. In fact, enforcing habits like going to bed earlier can improve your child’s behavior. This habit alone can help your child get along better with other children and reduce their chances of acting out. Keeping a bedtime routine and making sure your child is still going to bed at a decent time are two ways to continue their sleeping schedule into the summer.

Five Alternatives to Fireworks

Did you know Fourth of July activities like sparklers and fireworks can be dangerous to children? Here are five fun and affordable ideas you can use as alternatives:

  1. Ribbon Wands:
  2. Toilet Paper Confetti Poppers:
  3. Glow in the Dark Balloons:
  4. Red White and Blue Slime:
  5. Painted Lawn Stars:


What is Dry Drowning?

What is Dry Drowning?

Dry drowning occurs immediately after exiting the water and is easily confused with secondary drowning. Although similar in nature and symptoms. Dry drowning occurs when water enters the vocal cords whereas Secondary drowning occurs when water enters the lungs.

How does dry drowning happen?

Water gets into the vocal cords causing the chords to spasm and leading to suffocation.

What is One Way To Prevent Dry Drowning?

Teaching kids to swim is the number one defense against dry drowning. Tips from qualified instructors like keeping your mouth shut when jumping or diving into water can be the difference between life and death for your child.

What are some of the Warning Signs of Dry Drowning?

Warning signs for dry drowning can include trouble breathing, coughing, chest pain and choking. It’s important to pay attention to these symptoms while getting in and out of the pool this summer.


Why It’s  Important For Children to Get Vaccinations Before Summer Camp?

Vaccines prevent the spread of disease. It’s important for children to get their vaccines before going to summer camp or traveling to another country. In fact, vaccinations can prevent many diseases including the mumps.

The types of vaccines needed depend on where your child will go this summer.  If they plan to attend summer camp, many summer camps for kids already require vaccination before you even walk through the door. If you child is headed out of the country they may need a different set of vaccinations in addition to the ones they may already have.  You can which vaccinations are appropriate for you child’s age here.

The American Camp Association recommends getting vaccinated for MMR Vaccines, Chicken pox, and even meningitis before going off to summer camp.


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Three Good Reasons You Should Send Your Child to Summer Camp


I. Social Interaction

When children attend summer camp they learn to build relationships outside of school and communicate with other peers who they’re member met before. Social interaction is very important because it teaches children how to get along with each other,  and it also teaches them to respond to different situations appropriately. Thus, teaching them social skills.

II. A Safe, Supportive Environment

Supportive environments are essential to developing children no matter what age they are. However, it’s most important for children at a young age.  Summer camp can provide children with a supportive environment while you’re at work and they’re outside of school.

III. Physical Activity & Healthy Eating

Many summer camps have a healthy eating program that caters to a child’s  nutrition and daily activity. Summer camps also offer some type of physical activity. This is a great thing because it teaches your child that exercise and healthy eating are important. It also teaches them the importance of getting outside in a world full of technology.

Bonus: Summer Care for Children Under 13 may qualify for a tax credit from the IRS

Looking for the best summer camps? Give us a call today at (336) 761-5100 and ask to speak with a Parent Specialist to help you start your search!


Five Meaningful Gifts for Provider Appreciation Day

Provider Appreciation Day celebrates the importance of providers. It’s celebrated in several locations including the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
The Importance of Child Care Providers in Early Education:
Childcare providers are important. They provide a nurturing environment for your child while you’re at work.
They make sure your child is always fed, clean, and safe.  Enrolling your child in quality child care can have many benefits. This includes developing all the skills they need to succeed in life.
Here are five meaningful gifts to give your provider  for Provider Appreciation Day:
1. Gift Cards & Supplies:
Gift cards and supplies (i.e. Soap) are a great way to say thank you to your providers. Many educators have to come out of pocket for supplies. Providing these items helps your provider save money.
2. Letters from Kids & Parents:
It’s always nice to receive a letter of appreciation. It shows that you care and will motivate and make the provider feel appreciated.
3. Foot Inserts:
Childcare providers are always on their feet. That’s why foot inserts are great. They help reduce pain and are beneficial to your child care provider’s health.
4. Get Well Soon Baskets:
Let’s face it we all get sick.   Get well soon baskets are great for days when your provider isn’t feeling so well. It incorporates items like soup, Aspirin, cold medicines, tissues, and tea. This is a nice way to thank your childcare provider. It shows them that you’re thinking about them and thinking ahead.
5. Coffee /Tea:
Taking care of children can be a handful, especially when you’re out of energy. Give your childcare provider something that will get them up and go in the morning.

How Do Our Nanny Services Work?


The purpose of our Nanny Service is to collect information for parents so they may respond to applicants at a time, which is convenient.

How it Works:

  • Work Family Resource Center has authored A Family’s Guide to Hiring A Nanny. It is included in the nanny service and you will receive your copy in the mail. A Family’s Guide to Hiring a Nanny will prove valuable during the nanny search and after you have

hired your nanny.

  • Work Family Resource Center has a database of applicants currently looking for work as a nanny. If these do not meet your needs, then a parent counselor will work with you on the wording of a classified “Child Care Needed” ad. The ad will list Work Family Resource Center as the contact. It is the counselor’s responsibility to place the ad with the newspapers; however, it is the parent’s responsibility to pay for the ad for the length of time you wish the ad to run. The counselor will request to have the ad invoiced directly to the parent. Nanny ads are places on the web on varies sites and all inquiries are screened by Work Family Resource Center.
  • The parent counselor will talk to all potential applicants answering your ad and mail them a “Nanny Application” and a “Nanny Information Sheet” to be completed and returned. You will be kept informed as responses from the ad are received and the Nanny Information Sheets will be forwarded to you with the understanding that Work Family Resource Center is not making recommendations, screening, nor making placements. The “Nanny Information Sheet” will assist you in determining whom to interview. We strongly recommend that you do not make hiring decisions based on the “Nanny Information Sheet” alone. Once you have reviewed the Information Sheets and determined which nanny applicants you would like to interview, the parent counselor will forward copies of those “Nanny Applications” for further consideration. Work Family Resource Center strongly urge parents to do the following:
  • Conduct a thorough background check on all potential nannies. This may include but is not limited to checking all references, past employers, and conducting a criminal records check. Information on how to conduct a criminal records check is included in A Family’sGuide to Hiring A Nanny. Work Family can conduct the criminal background check and charge the client the cost of the criminal record check if needed.

The cost of the service is paid by your employer. Any cost of the newspaper ads will be your

responsibility. If you have any questions, please feel free to cal

How Clean Up Time Can Be Beneficial To Providers and Kids


Keeping your child care facility clean throughout the year is important because it reduces the spread of disease.

Why cleaning is beneficial to kids: 
Cleaning up teaches children to put things back where they belong, and can also teach them the skills of responsibility, accountability, and teamwork. These are skills they will have to use later in life and on the job. 
How can clean-up  time help providers:
For providers cleaning up can mean the difference between staying open and being shut down. Cleaning up can take a lot of time especially when having to disinfect different areas. Having a clean-up routine cuts back on time you have to spend cleaning so you can focus on disinfecting important areas and planning for the next day.

Creating a Clean Up Routine:

  • Check out what your normal routine is during the day. Try to schedule your clean-up routine around the end of the day 30 minutes before pickup
  • Create a checks and balance system where you assign kids to simple cleaning tasks so you can focus on harder tasks like disinfecting and sanitizing those areas.  Check out this toy washing station.
  • Encourage kids to clean up by making clean up fun. Use a song to transition into clean-up time.
  • Make sure you are consistent. Schedule cleaning time at the same time every day so kids get used to cleaning up.