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by Administrator | October 6, 2017 | Holiday Activities | Ideas

Let’s face it: It’s all too soon before your child only wants a store-bought, pop culture-character-of-the-moment Halloween costume. So, quick, before they get too old, dress them up in adorable coordinated costumes with their sibling(s), classmates, or even your entire family. (You’re never too old for a good Halloween costume.) Inspiration is everywhere: your family’s […]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | October 6, 2017 | Child Development

One of the biggest questions parents ask while raising children is when to start toilet training. While there is no specific correct answer, most children are ready to start toilet training somewhere between the ages of 22 and 30 months. Some children can be ready earlier; other children may take longer to become interested. There […]

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by Administrator | September 21, 2017 | Get to Know Our Staff

Meet Ms. Melissa, the lead toddler teacher at The Children’s Courtyard in Concord, NC! She has been at this location for eight years and has nearly 25 years of experience in early childhood education! Read our Q&A with Melissa to learn more about her!   Why did you choose a career in early education? In […]

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by Dr. Susan Canizares | September 6, 2017 | Child Development

These days, many children have schedules that could challenge most CEOs. Their days start early, end late, and are full of organized activities. Sports practices, music lessons, playdates, and homework for school-age children can result in stressed-out, unhappy children—and parents. While parents want to prepare their children for the future, and believe they’re doing what’s […]

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by Administrator | August 18, 2017 | Holiday Activities

Today is National Potato Day! After all, how could there not be a day dedicated to them? Here are 5 fun facts about these tasty tubers!

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by Administrator | August 17, 2017 | Child Development

Being a kid can be tough sometimes. These 11 quotes are perfect to share with kiddos to encourage them to keep working hard at school, to be kind, and to embrace their uniqueness! “Be silly, be honest, be kind.” – Anonymous “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not […]

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by Administrator | August 16, 2017

You memorized the layout of your local store’s “Back to School” section and know the optimal path to take. Your Pinterest accounted is full of beautiful school lunch masterpieces that you’ll never be able to replicate.  First day of school photo props? Done.  Lately, your daydreams consist of your kids NOT saying “I’m bored,” over […]

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by Administrator | August 15, 2017 | Child Development | Kindergarten Readiness

Parents can share a lot of worldly advice to prepare their kiddos for their first year in elementary school, but sometimes the best advice comes from the “big kids” themselves. We asked some of our school-age students to share their best tips for making the most of elementary school – here’s what they had to […]

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by Administrator | August 15, 2017 | Child Development

The Partnership for a Healthier America is honoring Learning Care Group, The Children’s Courtyard’s parent company, with the 2017 PHA Partner of the Year Award for the company’s extensive work in prioritizing healthier practices in the daily lives of young children. In 2014, Learning Care Group, a leading early education and childcare provider, reaffirmed its […]

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by Administrator | August 10, 2017 | Free Printables

Click the image below to view the full printable to-do list! (Tip: Print the worksheet and laminate it so kiddos can simply wipe off the old list at the end of the week!)

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