It seems like forever ago, but I remember like it was yesterday when Jason and I were on the hunt for a preschool for Ryder. He was only a year old at the time, when the moms in our music class started talking about interviews they had arranged at various schools. Being new to the game, it was overwhelming to say the least; and this was 10 years ago, so there weren’t even as many education options to choose from. If I knew then what I know now, our search for schools would have been a much smoother process.
For the next few months, I will be partnering with KinderCare to spread the word about their newest Learning Center opening right in Tribeca! In the past few weeks, I’ve been working closely with them to learn about their programs and approach to childhood early education, and I have to say, I wish they were around when my kids were starting school.
KinderCare offers an innovative curriculum that models a “whole-child” approach and is purposefully designed to meet children where they are in their development, help build confidence and lay the foundation for life-long learning. I can say from experience this approach is super important.
For the three years that Ryder was in preschool, I took him to outside speech and psychical therapy to address his delays. His teachers kept telling me he was fine, but I persisted. By the time he reached kindergarten, he was super delayed, so I could only imagine how bad it would have been if he hadn’t already received additional help.
This is exactly why choosing an early childhood education center with properly trained staff is critical. KinderCare Learning Centers devote more time and resources to teacher training than any other childcare provider.
This past weekend, I hosted a fun workshop at KinderCare’s Tribeca Learning Center for children ages three to five years old. I borrowed a project that I remember Gemma loved doing last year in her art class, and brought it to life at KinderCare Tribeca.
To start, I read a book, called the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister to the toddlers. The message of this simple story is centered around a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing, while showing how everyone is different along the way. Using the story as a model, I asked the kiddies to make their own rainbow fish. We had pre-cut fish shapes out of a white paper plate, and then cut up tissue paper in an array of colors to represent the different fish scales. We glued the squares on their fish and added some eyes.
The craft and family day of exploring was a huge success, and everyone at KinderCare loved the premise since teaching kindness to children is one of the fundamentals taught at their centers.
Encouraging you all to check out KinderCare Learning Centers, to see all they have to offer! Check out the Tribeca Learning center here, plus find any locations near you.
photo credit: Amy Sussman