New Books Added to Classrooms!

There’s nothing quite like the joy on a child’s face when they see a storybook character that looks like them. Every child deserves to see themselves represented in a storybook that embraces the differences that make them unique. Unfortunately, many children don’t see themselves, their ethnic background, or their religious dress represented in illustrated stories.

But not anymore!

Antiracism Books for Children (ABC) is a non-profit organization that supplies classrooms with books that support positive diverse representation. These books allow children to delight in characters that represent them and their ethnic background, as well as being exposed to perspectives outside their cultural identity. ABC’s hope is that its books will promote inclusion and equity, even at a young age.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is thrilled to partner with Antiracism Books for Children! Children enrolled at our preschool will benefit from the diverse stories and beautiful illustrations that celebrate differences and encourage inclusion amongst their peers.

Stories play a powerful role in the life of a child. The lessons and principles taught in ABC’s books guide children in how to view themselves and others, how to respond to someone who looks or acts differently than them, how to be respectful and kind, and so much more!

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

How to Help Your Child Adjust to Daycare

Transitioning to a daycare preschool program can be challenging for both the parent and child. This is especially true if the child has been home or with family for most of their life.

Your child may not understand why they are left with strangers, which can be intimidating or scary. This can trigger big emotions in your child, which can be very sobering for you as the parent and tug at your heartstrings.

Is there a way to make the transition to daycare easier for parents and children? Here are 5 tips to help your child adjust to daycare:

1. Visit Their Class Together

At Children’s Academy, you’re welcome to visit our daycare before your child’s first day. Let your child meet their teacher and interact with some of the children. Find a few toys they enjoy and show your child the artwork the children in their class have created.

2. Talk About Their New Daycare

After visiting their class, talk about their experience. Ask your child open-ended questions to draw out their feelings, such as:

  • What was your favorite thing about class?
  • What artwork was your favorite?
  • What did your like about your teacher or classmates?
  • Tell me how you feel about starting preschool?

Getting books from the library about starting a daycare or school program can also be helpful.

3. Say ‘Goodbye’ Compassionately

Your child may feel nervous on their first day. Talk through drop-off with your child so they know exactly what will happen. Bringing a comfort item, such as a toy, stuffed animal, or blanket, may help with drop-off anxiety. While you might be anxious, as well, it’s important to not let your child sense this. Instead, focus on building your child up to have a positive experience.

4. Gradually Lengthen Time At Daycare

Children newly enrolled in a daycare program do best when their first days are shorter than a full day. This helps them build their endurance slowly so they are ready and excited to embrace full days at their preschool program.

5. Ask About Their Day

Similar to tip #2, ask open-ended questions that encourage conversation with your child. This can help you affirm positive experiences during their day, as well as address any concerns directly with your child or with their teacher.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

Does Preschool Prepare My Child For School?

Many parents wonder and worry if preschool really prepares their children for school. Not only does preschool gently prepare children for the routine and expectations of a formal classroom setting, but preschool also has many positive life-long benefits.

Take a look at just a few ways preschool benefits your child.

Children Enrolled in Preschool Have a Head Start

A quality preschool that sets proper expectations and routines gives children a head start in the following areas:

  • Academically: The curriculum gives children extra time to thoroughly solidify their understanding of colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and more
  • Socially: Children learn how to interact with their peers, solve problems, and have a broader collective imagination during play
  • Physically: Preschool gives opportunities for children to develop gross and fine motor skills through various activities and games

Preschool Children Are Better At Self-Regulating Behavior

New research from the journal of Child Development reveals that children who attend a quality preschool are more likely than nonattenders to have positive self-regulating behavior. This is when the child overcomes impulses and makes good choices. When children are able to self-regulate their emotions and behavior, they have the greatest potential for academic learning and strong relationships.

Preschool Encourages Broad Vocabulary

Preschool encourages a more robust vocabulary in several ways. First, children are introduced to quality books and literature during storytime, which allows children to learn new and interesting words. Second, the diversity of classmates in preschool allows children to hear thoughts and ideas expressed in new ways.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

Childcare Subsidies You Need to Know About

It’s a well-known fact that childcare is expensive. However, there are several helpful childcare subsidies that ease your financial load so you can afford the best care for your child!

Child Tax Credit

You become eligible for the child tax credit as soon as your child is born. A $3,600 tax credit is given for children under 6 years old and a $3,000 tax credit for every child under the age of 18. There are several factors that impact your eligibility, but you can determine your eligibility with a 10-minute eligibility screen.

Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Working families are eligible for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. Using the IRS Form 2441, you can itemize up to $8,000 in childcare expenses per child. This gives you $1,600 in tax savings per child.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Kentucky Division of Child Care started CCAP so children could receive quality child care while their parents work. There are basic eligibility requirements you and your child must meet, but enrollment is easy to complete. You can take a prescreening tool or apply for benefits here.

Dependent Care Account

Some jobs offer a Dependent Care Account. This allows you to put aside $10,500 in pre-tax dollars that you put towards childcare. A Dependent Care Account varies depending on your employment. For more information, contact your Human Resources department to see if you qualify and how to enroll.

Using one or more of these subsidies can significantly cut your childcare expenses so you can afford the quality care and preschool your child deserves.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

3 Benefits of Preschool Programs

As your child approaches school age, it’s important to consider childcare and preschool options that give them their best start to lifelong learning. Here are three ways that a preschool program (like the one at Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool!) can benefit your child.

1. Preschool Gives Children Quality Playtime with Peers

Playtime at home and playtime with peers are completely different. With peers, children are able to explore and play at greater levels than playing alone or with siblings. Preschool play activities give opportunities for children to develop gross and fine motor skills alongside their friends. Peer playtime also helps children develop essential skills for school such as executive functioning.

2. Preschool Encourages Social and Emotional Development

As children play and explore together, they encounter an array of social and emotional challenges and obstacles. Establishing social and emotional development before kindergarten can help ease your child’s transition to a school environment and foster a better learning experience.

“Preschool provides a safe but challenging environment for children to learn how to manage the loss of a toy to another child during play or sit quietly and listen to a short story without interrupting,” President of Amslee Institute Elizabeth Malson says. “These experiences help them explore different feelings and create the foundation for self-regulation.”

3. Preschool Teaches Children to Follow Directions

Children enrolled in a preschool program are given opportunities to practice following directions–a skill that is crucial in kindergarten and beyond. Whether it’s staying in a straight line, raising your hand before asking a question, or the rules of a group game, preschool lets your child practice following directions so they can be successful in school.

These are just a few ways that enrolling your child in a quality preschool program can help prepare your child for school. Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

Learn More About CCAP Financial Assistance

Every child deserves access to quality childcare, regardless of parental income. There are several financial assistance programs available to qualifying families. One such program is the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

What is CCAP?

The Kentucky Division of Child Care started CCAP so children could receive quality child care while their parents work. The low-income families who utilize CCAP are able to give their children a brighter start to their social, academic, and professional lives because they can afford better childcare options.

Who is Eligible for CCAP?

You are eligible for CCAP if you have a household income at or below 160% of the federal poverty level and meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are employed for at least 20 hours/week as a single parent or a combined 40 hours/week as a couple
  • You are enrolled in a full-time educational program at an accredited college or trade school
  • You are enrolled in the SNAP Employment & Training Program
  • If unemployed, you are involved in an active job search
  • You are a teen parent and attending elementary, middle, or high school, or preparing for the GED exam in a classroom setting
  • You are a K-TAP recipient
  • You have a protective or preventative service case

Your child must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Kentucky resident
  • Be a citizen or qualified legal alien of the United States
  • Be under 13 years of age. Children up to 19 are eligible if they have documented special needs or a court order

How Do You Apply for CCAP?

Applying for CCAP is surprisingly easy! CCAP applications can be submitted by phone at (855) 306-8959 or online at kynect. CCAP also offers a pre-screening tool so you can determine your eligibility. If you have any problems or need interpretive services, The Division of Family Support can help you apply for the program.

Does Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool Accept CCAP?

Yes! Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool accepts financial assistance from CCAP. This gives your child access to the exceptional care and curriculum at our facility.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool provide quality childcare for children from six weeks to 12 years old. Our facility has large rooms where your child can explore and play with peers. We use Funnydaffer curriculum that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that accepts CCAP, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!