Early Moments Matter for Children’s Brain Development (Needham, MA)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on January 10 launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain.

During this critical window of opportunity, brain cells can make up to 1,000 new connections every second –a once-in-a-lifetime speed.

According UNICEF release, these connections contribute to children’s brain function and learning, and lay the foundation for their future health and happiness. A lack of nurturing care – which includes adequate nutrition, stimulation, love and protection from stress and violence – can impede the development of these critical connections.

The campaign kicks off with #EatPlayLove – a digital and print initiative aimed at parents and caregivers that shares the neuroscience on how babies’ brains develop. #EatPlayLove assets explain the science in a straightforward, visually interesting way to encourage parents and caregivers to continue to make the most of this unrivaled opportunity to provide their children with the best possible start in life.

By engaging with families, the initiative also aims to drive demand for quality, affordable early childhood development services and to urge governments to invest in programs targeting the most vulnerable children.

According to a recent series in The Lancet nearly 250 million children in developing countries are at risk of poor development due to stunting and poverty. But the need for greater investment and action in early childhood development is not limited to low-income countries. Disadvantaged children living in middle- and high-income countries are also at risk. UNICEF estimates that millions more children are spending their formative years growing up in unstimulating and unsafe environments, putting their cognitive, social and emotional development at risk.

Investment in early childhood is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing the ability of all children to reach their full potential – increasing their ability to learn in school and, later, their earning capacity as adults. This is especially significant for children growing up in poverty. One 20-year study showed that disadvantaged children who participated in quality early childhood development programs as toddlers went on to earn up to 25 percent more as adults than their peers who did not receive the same support.

Early childhood development interventions, such as the Care for Child Development package that includes training community health workers to teach families about the importance of playing with their children in a way that stimulates healthy development can cost as little as 50 cents (USD) per capita per year, when combined with existing health services.

UNICEF is therefore, calling for governments to increase investments in early childhood, expand health and social services offered to young children, and strengthen support services for parents and caregivers.

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New Study Shows New Dads Suffers From Low Testosterone (Low – T)

New Study Shows New Dads Suffers From Low Testosterone (Low – T)

What is testosterone? a steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.

Testosterone dips to a very low number after men becomes a father or becomes a new parent.

The more he gets involve in raising the child, like changing diapers, playing and reading the child bed time stories.

The study took a great samples of men during their single life and childless and compared after the men became parents.  A doctor in Harvard Medical University was asked what’s the take away from this study is and he said “male parental care is important, so important that it actually shaped the physiology of men”.

The study, experts say, suggests that men’s bodies evolved hormonal systems that helped them commit to their families once children were born. It also suggests that men’s behavior can affect hormonal signals their bodies send, not just that hormones influence behavior. And, experts say, it underscores that mothers were meant to have child care help.

“This is part of the guy being invested in the marriage,” said Carol Worthman, an anthropologist at Emory University who also was not involved in the study. Lower testosterone, she said, is the father’s way of saying, “ ‘I’m here, I’m not looking around, I’m really toning things down so I can have good relationships.’ What’s great about this study is it lays it on the table that more is not always better. Faster, bigger, stronger — no, not always.”

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How do you know if your testosterone level have gone down? First find the nearest Testosterone Replacement Center In Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 

Type this following web address on the URL bar: www.trcenter.net, after reading and learning more about the symptoms and treatment for Low Testosterone or also called Low T. Set up an appointment that week. You will need to get a your testosterone level check with a blood test. If you can’t handle needles you definitely have low testosterone (bad joke, I know). Anyways, once the doctor determined that you have a low testosterone. He will put you on a testosterone replacement regiment which includes injecting you with testosterone to help your body start producing testosterone and get you back in normal level. Many former Low T deficient patients told us that they felt the effects in one day. They have more energy, they feel stronger and have great sex drives which their wife or girlfriends love. They felt like they got the old person back in their life.

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Little Corner SchoolHouse Childcare Center Needham MA Yelp Review

Little Corner SchoolHouse Childcare Center Needham MA Yelp Review

  • We love Little Corner School House too
    As most or every parent we had to find a day care for our daughter when she was just 2 years old. It was not easy until the day I talked to Sandra at LCSH she is so calm and loving and I felt I could trust them my daughter. My daughter is 3.7years old now and she loves LCSH. All the employees are very friendly and take good care of the kids. It has been over a year and We are so happy with our choice. Thank you all for your dedication to our daughter. – Jania (Medford, MA )

  • I’m shocked about the reviews on-line. I absolutely loved bring my baby girl here. I’m a first time mother who HATED the idea of dropping my 8 week old off with strangers. I interviewed all the daycares in the area and knew right away I loved this place.
    The first day of the transition week was hard on me (I only dropped her off for an hour!) but the staff was so great, by the third day I couldn’t stop telling everyone how shocked I was that I could trust these people 100%!! The staff made me feel so comfortable dropping her off every morning. I knew she was safe and happy.
    I would highly recommend LCSH to all my family and friends. – Julianne M. (Brookline, MA)
  • My daughter has been at the Harvard Street location since she was about 18 months old. We switched here when we moved and she’s done so well there. The teachers are so good with the kids and obviously care for them. My daughter has really flourished there and my husband and I talk about how much she’s learned since starting there all the time. I really couldn’t say more great things about this place. – Stephanie H. (Dedham, MA)

  • LCSH has been like a second home for  my children. We started off when my oldest daughter was around 3 years old, transitioning out of a terrible Montessori experience. We had a wonderful experience with pre-school and she adjusted right away and looked forward to school every morning. Ellen (lead PS teacher) was incredibly gifted. My daughter moved on to pre-K where she enjoyed field trips, outings, play production and weekly swim class (and now can swim independently). She also started early literacy and math. When she transitioned to KG in public school, she was more than ready. The staff treated her as if she was their daughter at LCSH, always very loving and caring. To this day, they greet her with warmth and hugs and kisses.When we had a second baby, we wanted a nanny to ease our home life but our nanny turned out to be terrible on day 1. So, I called the owner (Ina) in a panic, and she called me bad within minutes asking me to start transitioning our baby daughter the VERY NEXT DAY into the infant room. She was welcomed with love and kindness and was treated like a princess. The infant teachers are simply incredible, and they love every single child they take care of. Additionally, they are always doing creative art projects with the infants that you can take home! Our daughter loved coming even during separation anxiety months!
    LCSH has been truly an amazing blessing for our family. Ina also sent one of the teachers to bring my older daughter over to PreK when she didn’t get into the after school program in KG. She has always been very flexible, kind, and responsive. She takes concerns very seriously and will work with families to address them. When she found out I was ill at some point, she offered to bring me food or groceries! The families in this center are like family to her.
    The greatest asset to LCSH are the incredible teachers, who truly love their job and it shows! – H.D. (Brookline, MA)
  • We had a good experience there. The owner is quite responsive on various issues. They had a rich curriculum and my kid had a lot of fun. – Yiru (Seatle, WA)
  • I cant say enough about how wonderful this preschool is. When I first met Ina and heard about the success of her Brookline locations, I knew I wanted my little man to go there. Then I met the new teachers and it has only convinced me that this school is like no other. It’s hard enough to go to work and leave your child in someone’s care. To see how these teachers love him and care for him so well, it makes it a little easier. Highly recommend to all of Needham! – Holly C. (Needham, MA)
  • We have our little guy here and all I can say is as soon as the doors open he leaves me like yesterday’s news and when I pick him up he doesn’t want to leave. The School is small but wonderfully decorated and the staff is fantastic, loving, and nurturing. With nothing but franchised preschools around it’s nice to see a local, well respected alternative move into the neighborhood. Ina and her staff should be please with this foray into Needham. – Paul C. (Needham, MA)

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Gardner Co. plans daycare center in Downtown Boise U.S. Bank building

Gardner Co. plans daycare center in Downtown Boise U.S. Bank building

Gardner Co., the Downtown Boise developer that built Idaho’s tallest building and bought the second-tallest, has heard from some of its tenants that a daycare facility would be really handy, according to documents filed with the city of Boise.

“Currently there are not a lot of daycare options in Downtown Boise and this project seeks to fulfill that need,” a letter explaining Gardner’s request for permits to develop and operate the daycare space reads.

Gardner is asking the city’s approval to use 4,200 square feet — almost half — of the U.S. Bank building’s first floor for the daycare facility. The building is located on the southwest corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street. Gardner bought it in 2013 and recently finished a two-building, multi-use project on its west and south sides that includes retail, office, convention, meeting and public transportation space.

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Background checks for daycare centers begin with a finger print

Background checks for daycare centers begin with a finger print

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – “We try to make things as safe as possible for children so the parents can be ensured there’s a safe environment there,” said Tom Shanahan, Public Information Officer for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Most jobs require background checks, but when your job involves the well-being of someone else’s child, that check is especially important.

In Idaho, this background check begins with a finger print.

“With that finger print, what we can do is actually check all the registries both national, state, and local and so we’d look at the Federal Bureau of Investigations national criminal history background check system, the Idaho State Bureau criminal identification, the statewide child abuse registries, state driving records, and then the federal and state sex offender registries,” said Shanahan.

The Step Ahead Learning Center in Twin Falls conducts a reference check in addition to a criminal background check.

“Before we even hire someone, we do do a reference check, we have to do, if they had a background check within the last two years they have to do a name check with the Idaho State Police,” said Rosalinda Bowman, Executive Director of Step Ahead Learning Center.

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Syrian refugees face challenges accessing childcare in Kamloops

Syrian refugees face challenges accessing childcare in Kamloops

After one year of being in Canada, most of the 11 Syrian families who are living in Kamloops, B.C., are still struggling to find work and childcare (Brookline, MA).

Kamloops Immigrant Services has been working with most of the refugees to help provide English language classes. Executive director Paul Lagacé has seen the challenges they face trying to get established within the year allocated to them by the federal government.

“If you don’t have a job, it’s very difficult for you to go looking for work if you have no place for your children to be,” he said.

“It has a greater impact on their potential success rate of establishing and settling because they are on a pretty strict timeline.”

Boston Charter School News – 6 Year old boy accused of sexually assaulting another students inside the bus (Boston, MA)

BOSTON – A Boston charter school is working with several agencies to investigate an alleged sexual assault on a school bus, but parents are outraged because they say they learned of the incident through a Facebook post and not from the school.

Boston police told FOX25 they were notified of incident November 3. FOX25 learned Renaissance Boston Charter School failed to notify the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the agency which regulates the school and was supposed to be notified within two days of the incident being reported.

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Little Corner Schoolhouse Childcare Center Brookline Toddlers’ Art

Little Corner SchoolHouse Toddlers’ Class made their own reindeers using their handprints.

Materials: construction paper, brown, black and red paint,  paper plates, paint brush optional: googly eyes, red pom-pom, glitter, optional baby wipes (for cleaning)

Step 1: Pour a small amount of brown paint onto one paper plate. Remove the child’s shoe and sock and paint the bottom of their foot brown. Make sure you don’t you too much paint, a coating on their foot is enough.

Step 2: Assist the child with stepping on the paper to make the footprint.  This will make the reindeer’s face. Your child’s toes will be at the top to make the reindeer’s hair. Clean your child’s foot with baby wipes or soap and water.

Step 3: Pour a small amount of black paint on your child’s hands.  Have them rub their hands together so that both hand have a light coating of paint. Again, you want to make sure that you don’t use too much paint.

Step 4: Assist your child with placing their painted hands on top/side of their reindeer’s head.  This will make the antlers.  Clean your child’s hands with baby wipes or soap and water.

Step 5: Decorate your reindeer’s face.  Add googly eyes, red pom-pom or paint for nose to make Rudolph.