When Parents and Providers Work Together

Childcare is a necessary part of life for many families. Childcare not only promotes growth and development in children, but it also helps to strengthen families and communities. Childcare providers are an important family resource for support and child development education. Creating a Positive Relationship Children benefit most when parents and providers work together to…

Your Village Is Here

Our village was born after seeing the need for connection in our childcare community. We understand that sometimes there’s a need for guidance in young families and childcare providers. It’s tough balancing the many things in our lives and at the same time making sure we’re giving our kids a good head start before they…

Tips On Stress Management

With their busy back to school and daycare schedules, kids these days face a lot of stress. Stress management for kids is a hot topic for parents. How do we help calm their nerves—whether they’re anxious about a test, upset after a tough day at the sitters or trying to wind down for bed? Try…

Facts About Separation Anxiety

After the Labor Day holiday, we start the full swing “Back to School” schedule. Dropping off your child at daycare can sometimes cause anxiety. Here are a few facts to help ease into the transition: Infants: Separation anxiety develops after a child gains an understanding of object permanence. Once your infant realizes you’re really gone…

Social And Emotional Health In Young Children

A child’s social and emotional skills, including the regulation of his or her emotions, capacity to solve problems and ability to interact with others have been identified as key factors in long-term academic and life success. With the support of CCR’s resources and education, parents and caregivers have the opportunity to enhance the social and emotional…

Children And Laughter

Laughter is an easily learned and reinforced developmental skill. Often when we think about children, we have a vision of fun, play and laughter. Play is learning for children and laughter is a big part of play. Laughter and humor are directly connected to a child’s development; humor can build a child’s vocabulary, reading skills and…

What Is Serve And Return?

Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that supports the development of communication and social skills. Much like a lively game of tennis, volleyball, or…

Summer Brain Builders Series

On August 14th, 6:30 – 8:30, we will be hosting the first “Summer Brain Building Series” here at CCR in Neptune. We are encouraging parents to come with their babies and older siblings for a night of information and fun! The topic of the night is “Brain Builders At Work” and we’ll share how parents…

Experiences Build Brain Architecture

Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Just as a weak foundation compromises the quality and strength of a house, adverse experiences early in life can impair brain architecture, with negative effects lasting into adulthood. An “environment of relationships” is crucial for the development…

What to Look for in a Child Care Program

The way children are treated by caregiving adults shapes their development in important ways, so it is crucial to find a childcare professional who both understands and nurtures children’s learning through the everyday moments they share. For example, does the caregiver talk to your baby during a diaper change, comfort or sing to her if…

A Good Caregiver…

Is loving and responsive One who hugs, rocks, cuddles, seeks eye contact and enjoys the child…who responds to the baby’s smiles and emerging skills and interests…who finds ways to expand upon children’s play to help them learn new skills…who is sociable and interested in children. One who talks with the baby about what they do…