Starting a Back to School Routine As strange as it may seem, summer break is already nearing its end. Parents across the country are preparing to send kids back to either an actual school or online learning, and that means developing new back-to-school routines that work best for everybody.  Any parent knows that trying to meet challenges as they arise is a recipe for disaster. Planning is an important part of raising children, and going back to school any year, but especially this year, is no exception. To make sure you cover

As the nation continues to deal with COVID-19 and its variety of effects, your children will be returning to school this fall in a new way. What this means is still up in the air for many areas; it could mean more online learning, or it could mean a return to the classroom with procedures in place aimed at keeping kids safe. We’re here for you. We’ve recently written blogs to teach you how to talk to kids about COVID-19, how to avoid summer sickness, and how to social distance in

After months of social distancing and quarantine time at home, it’s understandable that, with summer now upon us, you’d like to get out of the house in some capacity, whether that’s a trip to the park for a picnic or a few days at a state park.  However, the coronavirus COVID-19 is not gone, and it’s up to you to figure out what activities you’re comfortable with, as well as how to keep your family as safe as possible when leaving the house for long periods of time. In this blog

Spending time outside with your children is a big priority, and with screens taking over their attention spans, it’s become even more difficult to get kids outside. Owning a playhouse or trampoline used to provide hours of fun, but with technology waiting inside, it’s hard to get kids playing, and playing is important to childhood development.  Not only that, but spending quality time with your kids can be challenging. You love your kids, of course, but relating to a six-year-old is not as easy as it might seem. Gardening offers a

While the most obvious and important priority in your life right now is keeping yourself and your family safe, social distancing has a few smaller, less apparent dangers, including bad habits becoming much easier to fall into. The same goes for your children.  With everyone home all the time, it can get exhausting trying to make sure everyone is spending their free time well, eating nutritious meals, and getting their work and school done. To help, we’ve come up with some of the best ways to build healthy habits during social

The coronavirus COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe and even as the curve begins to flatten, the virus is not gone. More than that, the noise around and about this virus continues to get louder, often becoming not only frightening but difficult to discern in its accuracy. It’s already challenging enough for adults to figure out how to act and feel, let alone a child.  Speaking to your children about the coronavirus can sound like a tall order – and it is! – but it’s also crucial. Children are extremely receptive

The highest priority for everyone during this difficult time is keeping their family as safe as possible by following the CDC guidelines, wearing protective gear, and washing their hands and surfaces. However, beyond your family’s physical health, it’s also vital to do everything you can to protect your mental health as well.  For children, this can be even more challenging, as children are less predictable. They don’t know their own feelings like adults do, and it’s much harder for someone young to handle the uncertainty and fear that comes with something

ABC’s & 123’s Learning Centers has always made the safety and wellbeing of our children our top priority.   As we navigate through this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic together, we want to assure you that we are working harder than ever to provide a safe environment for your family. Enhanced Disinfectant Procedures Our strict cleaning and disinfecting procedures have always adhered to CDC guidelines, however, with the onset of this outbreak, we have taken further steps in our hand washing and disinfecting procedures.  All staff members wear face masks.  Teachers conduct a deep

Recently, diversity has become something of a buzzword; it’s used so frequently though that it has lost a lot of meaning. Some groups use diversity in shallow ways, as if it’s only somewhat important, when the truth is diversity, at its fullest, is incredibly meaningful, leading to better connection, growth, and lives for everyone.  One of the best ways to make sure your child understands the importance of genuinely practiced diversity is by encouraging them to make friends with children different than them. In this month’s post, we’ll explain the biggest

The Holiday season is here, that time of year where you decide which toys your children might find most engaging or entertaining. Yet as you try to find the perfect toy, don’t forget that entertainment and education can often go hand in hand! We’ve compiled a list of a few toys to consider, by age group, that could be great choices for educational presents for your children.  Depending on your child’s age, there are different levels of educational toys that can teach them new skills while stimulating their imagination. Early childhood