How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

Feeling Respected, Important, Accepted, Included and Secure The holidays your family chooses to celebrate offer great ways to help your children feel included which is the fourth critical emotional need of children. They need to feel they belong, to feel ...

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Holiday Programs to Share with Your Children

Holiday Programs to Share with Your Children

With all the holiday bustle of parties, shopping and the day-to-day, finding time to relax with our kids can be more rare and precious than any other time of the year. To help you celebrate the season, we’ve compiled the following list of holiday pr...

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Sparkles! Teacher Interview: Miriam Rocha

The teachers at Sparkles not only love their jobs, but they have worked for Sparkles! for many years, appreciating Sparkles! extended hours, the curriculum and, of course, their time with the children. The lead teacher at Chantilly, Miriam Rocha has worke...

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Sparkles! Teacher Interview: Ana Guerrero

Ana Guerrero at the Fair Oaks center has worked at Sparkles! for fifteen years. Her favorite part of the job is “watching the children learn and grow” and “helping them in their development or learning areas.” Ana says Sparkles! is different becau...

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Six Elements of a Good Childcare Curriculum

Six Elements of a Good Childcare Curriculum

In a previous article, we said a good childcare curriculum should be age appropriate and have activities that support communication, language and literacy; social skills and emotional development; exploration and different approaches to learning; developm...

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Teachers as Teammates – What You Should Know

Teachers as Teammates – What You Should Know

It’s a fear that many parents have, that teachers will not understand their children’s needs. At Sparkles! we acknowledge that concern and approach it like this: teachers and parents are on the same team. We have the same goals, which include keeping ...

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Out In the Cold: Sparkles! Helping Children in Need This Winter

Out In the Cold: Sparkles! Helping Children in Need This Winter

Virginia (and most of the East Coast) woke up to a frightfully chilly morning today as the temperature has dropped to record lows recently, and Old-Man Winter is showing us what cold really feels like. But do we really know what cold feels like? Have you ...

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Socialization: The Key to Growth and a Healthy Future

Socialization: The Key to Growth and a Healthy Future

We can all remember a time when our parents urged us to go outside and play with our friends. It was a part of life when we were young. Most times it was so that we would get out of their hair; if only for an hour or so. But, do you think for one second o...

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Seven Reasons Routines are Good for Kids

Seven Reasons Routines are Good for Kids

As adults, we might get a little bored with them, but then again, it’s not about us, right?  It’s about the kids, and kids need routine.  Studies show that children thrive when they have routines, and parents can attest that when their children are ...

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Why You Need to Start Looking at Childcare Centers before Your Baby is Born

Why You Need to Start Looking at Childcare Centers before Your Baby is Born

It might be one of the last things you want to do when you are pregnant – plan to go back to work.  But for many mothers who work outside the home, the reality is, maternity leave is short, and before they know it, they will have to decide who will tak...

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