Nannies vs. Child Care Centers: which is right for you?

For working parents, the question inevitably comes up: how do we decide on childcare? With so many options out there – nannies, au pairs, private centers, commercial centers – how can parents make an educated choice? At Sparkles! we make that choice a...

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What makes a good daycare center?

In the end, it comes down to comfort level. But what creates that comfort when you are choosing a daycare center? There are many factors to consider, but the most popular have to do with reputation, facilities and curriculum. When we think of reputation, ...

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Ten Tips to Winning Bedtime Battles

Ten Tips to Winning Bedtime Battles

Parents, you know what we’re talking about when we say “bedtime battle.” It’s that struggle that happens when children don’t want to miss a thing and insist on staying up, not because they are not tired, but because, by nature, they are curious,...

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Teaching Children How to Handle Failure

Teaching Children How to Handle Failure

When toddlers are learning to walk, they fall. What happens next? They naturally grab onto something close by and try again. However, as children grow older, fear and disappointment ensue and become problematic because we, as humans, often start to interp...

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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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Northern Virginia Offers Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

Northern Virginia Offers Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

Like most holidays, New Year’s Eve beckons to be celebrated. But for some parents, it’s difficult to find family-friendly events where they can not only ring in the new year, they can do so with their children. Fortunately, there are many such events ...

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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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