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Month: October 2011

The National Survey of Early Care and Education

October 28, 2011
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The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE)  will be conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago between late October, 2011 and May, 2012. If you are selected for the NSECE sample, we urge you to participate.  You may be contacted by email, mail, phone, or in-person.  Your response is very important in…

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Halloween

October 27, 2011
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Halloween need not be scary. It can actually be downright fun, regardless of the age. As more attention is given to ensure a safe Halloween, that does not mean it can’t still be enjoyable for one and all. As a parent, some of my fondest memories were taking my children around the neighborhood. It wasn’t…

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Recipe for Radishes by Amanda (age 4)

October 25, 2011
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Since this is the harvest season, thought I’d share one of my favorite kid recipes.   Recipe for Radishes by Amanda (age 4)   First you plant them in your garden. First you put the seed in your garden. Then you water it. Then, in a couple of weeks some of your mushrooms will grow…

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PNC Pledges Additional $250 Million to Grow Up Great

October 20, 2011
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PNC Financial Services Group  has announced a ten-year, $250 million extension of its Grow Up Great early childhood education initiative (http://www.pncgrowupgreat.com), which has benefited more than a million children since its launch in 2004 and has awarded $40 million in grants to date through the PNC Foundation. As part of its re-commitment to the effort,…

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United Way campaign

October 18, 2011
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4-C just finished our internal United Way campaign and we did it again! 100% of our employees gave to United Way. Thanks to all the 4-C staff for their generosity again this year. It’s a great way to make a difference in our communities.

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Kerfuffle

October 13, 2011
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Don’t be afraid of this strange sounding word. It means ado or disturbance, among other things. Why am I trotting out this weird word? The simple answer is: during the last year we have heard a lot about people needing jobs. Parents are stressed, unsure if/when they may be unemployed; Child Development Centers are concerned…

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ADHD News

October 11, 2011
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A story in ScienceDaily (Sept. 19, 2011), shared with us by Zvia Dover described a study of more than 400 children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder which found a link between the children’s routine play settings and the severity of their symptoms.  Those who regularly play in outdoor settings with lots of green (grass…

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Why Preschool Benefits the Brain

October 6, 2011
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In the current issue of Psychology Today is a fascinating article about why preschool benefits the brain. It cites a 1930 hypothesis which Nobel-prize winning ethologist and zoologist Konrad Lorenz tested to see if geese instinctively followed their mother or if it was a learned trait. It provided early evidence of critical periods of development…

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Get Your Pink On 4-C!

October 4, 2011
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Please join Team 4-C on October 23, 2011 for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. This will be our 12th year participating in the Making Strides Walk. With the help of staff, family and friends we have raised over $30,000. This team is dedicated to co-workers, friends and family whom we have…

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