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Is my child getting enough sleep?

A good night’s rest is crucial for children because it is the primary activity of the brain during early development. Circadian rhythms, or the sleep-wake cycle, are regulated by light and dark and they take time to develop. That is why newborns have irregular sleep schedules. The rhythms begin to develop when a baby is six weeks old and by three to six months old, most infants begin to have a regular sleep-wake cycle. Overall, a child will spend 40 percent of his or her childhood asleep because sleep is an important factor that directly impacts mental and physical development.

By ABC Quality Team on October 27, 2020

Why is outdoor play and learning so important for my child?

Studies show that playing outside has incredible physical, intellectual, and social benefits—particularly for children under the age of five. Because of all the many benefits of being outdoors and how it helps make children healthier, stronger, more imaginative and better communicators, most quality child care programs as well as the ABC Quality program are putting a greater emphasis on outdoor play and learning.

By ABC Quality Team on October 22, 2020

How do I know what child care program is the best fit for my child?

Whether you are searching for a large child care center, a faith-based center, or a smaller in-home program, the one common trait you should always seek in all options is the quality of the program.

By ABC Quality Team on October 22, 2020

How do I plan the perfect “staycation” for my family?

No matter if you are planning a winter mountain retreat or waiting for that annual summer trip to the beach, families around the world look forward to extended breaks from the routine that bring everyone together.

By ABC Quality Team on October 13, 2020

How do I teach my child about diversity?

Experts say the best time to begin teaching a child about accepting differences in people is when they first start asking questions about why people are different. Often, a child may ask a question out loud that may be embarrassing to a parent or caregiver. But rather than trying to quiet the child, it can be an opportunity to help the child understand and respect the differences and similarities that we all share.

By ABC Quality Team on October 6, 2020