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Foundations School blog covers a range of topics relating to the care and education of young children, with special focus on development, brain research, and progressive education.
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Environmental Initiative At Foundations School In Kennesaw, GA

Since opening in 2004, Foundations’ has been committed to sustainable principals, and operating as environmentally responsible as possible. Things that may seem small have a large impact long-term. Through our commitment to sustainable principals, we’ve reduced our environmental impact through: solar power for our energy using real dishes instead of disposable dishes, saving tons of paper and plastic waste onsite gardening practices utilizing recycled and found materials for classroom projects weekly recycling school wide utilizing electronic communication vs. printed In 2013, Foundations’ was recognized as a “Cobb County Green School”. This initiative was designed to designate Cobb County schools that demonstrate a continued commitment to environmental education, conservation, preservation and beautification of our environment. To qualify as a “Green School”, our teachers plan and employ at least 5 environmentally friendly projects each year. In the summer of 2018, we began our second biggest project we have undertaken since the renovation of our Elementary & Gym building in 2011. During the renovation in 2011, we added 6 classroom spaces, a kitchen, an office, the rock wall, and redesigned the gym space.
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2018 Worldwide Day Of Play In Kennesaw, GA

The Worldwide Day of Play (WWDOP), an initiative sponsored by Nickelodeon, is designed to encourage active play. Since 2004, Nickelodeon has designated the Worldwide Day of Play signaling children and families to move away from their television and computer screens by having the Nickelodeon networks and websites go dark for three hours. Over the years, these efforts have resulted in thousands of events and millions of kids being active and pursuing healthy lifestyles. The 2018 World Wide Day of Play is coming up on Saturday, September 29th and to celebrate, Foundations will be hosting a few events around our camps for students! Our early preschool classes will be hosting a water relay. Each group will be given a plastic cup and a bucket full of water. The groups will have empty bucks at the finish line and the children will take turns filling up their cup from their bucket, then dumping it into their empty bucket. The group with the most amount of water in their finish-line bucket wins! Our preschool classes will be hosting a bean bag toss game.
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Cobb Safety Village Truck-a-Palooza Family Event In Kennesaw, GA

Don’t miss a fun & educational family event in Kennesaw, GA at Town Center Mall Saturday, Sept 8th. Presented by the Cobb Safety Village, the annual Safety Village Truck-A-Palooza provides  children and families the chance to get up-close and personal with larger-than-life trucks, public safety equipment, and specialty vehicles. Meet vehicle owners and operators, and have a blast watching your kids touch, climb on and interact with this awesome exhibition of transportation. Over 20 vehicles will be on display, along with a variety of other children’s activities. Cobb Safety Village believes that education is the key to reducing risk and protecting our community. By reaching out to all residents, they’re able to teach important safety techniques, provide guidance on crime prevention, and, most importantly, involve residents in hands-on learning experience. This event is sure to be a great time for the entire family!  
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Foundations Parties – A Private Event Venue In Kennesaw, Ga

When searching for a private event venue near Kennesaw, Ga, Foundations Parties is a unique option available to host a variety of events. Foundations Parties is located a short distance from the intersection of Barrett Parkway and Cobb Parkway, on the Foundations for the Future School campus, in the Gym & Elementary building. Foundations Parties is great for: Kids Birthday Parties Sports Team Celebrations Family Reunions Sweet 16 Parties Company Parties Seminars & Conferences Graduation Parties Holiday Parties Baby Showers Adult Birthday Parties Why pick Foundations Parties for your event? Private Event Venue — Only you and your guests onsite during your event. Our event space can accommodate up to 120 guests! Private parking is available onsite. Indoor Facility — With all party options and spaces indoors, no need to worry about the finicky GA weather! Flexible Schedules And Event Times — Standard event rentals start at 3 hours, but extended time can be reserved when the event is scheduled. Events can be scheduled throughout the week at 6:30pm, and on the weekends starting at 9:00am. Onsite Activities Available — We have
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WSB News Report Features Foundations School

On April 19th 2018, Foundations School hosted a group from the organization Mission: Readiness that included leaders of the organization as well as retired rear-admirals that help support the organization.  Foundations School was chosen to represent high quality centers that focus on important initiatives like reducing childhood obesity through activity and nutrition, as well as maintaining the highest standards for quality care and education.  The WSB News article is reprinted below, with a link to the original article for reference. NEW REPORT: 73% OF GEORGIANS (AGES 17-24) NOT QUALIFIED TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY By: Michelle Wright April 19, 2018 3:43 PM (copied 4/27/18 from WSB News) Lots of physical exercise, healthy meals and learning your numbers can help get you ready to protect the nation. In other words, “child’s play” is vital to the nation’s security. Of course, we know that national security depends heavily on qualified adults who are willing and able to serve in the United States Armed Forces. However, due to things like educational deficits, health issues, and behavior problems, nearly three-quarters (73%) of the state’s
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Another One Bites the Dust: Financial Health of Daycare Centers

The title of this article is hopefully just a little bit shocking, and that is purposeful–several sudden daycare closures have happened in the West Cobb area over the past year, and another (Children’s Corner Childcare in Marietta) was announced this week.  This should be alarming to anyone with children in daycare in this area.  Why is it happening? How do I determine the financial health of a daycare?  Will my daycare close suddenly?  These are crucial questions for anyone with children in daycare. This is the fifth daycare closing within this small part of West Cobb in the past year.  Why?  There are many factors, but they are all related to enrollment.  Daycare centers need a minimum number of enrolled children in order to pay the basic operational costs.  When enrollment goes below this minimum, the daycare center cannot continue to operate, and so that’s the simplistic answer as to why these daycares have closed. When trying to assess the health of daycare program, you could try directly asking the owner or director.   But, some places might not be forthcoming if
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How to Make Math Beautiful Again

Why do a lot of children dislike math? Is the subject actually that difficult?  The Chicago Tribune reported that math-anxious parents may influence their children into hating the subject as well, even by unassuming statements like, “Math never made any sense to me.” The children of math-averse parents reported more math anxiety than kids whose parents weren’t. This proves that the resistance to math goes back generations. In reality, math can be a very interesting subject, and mathematicians would even say that it’s beautiful and important. Lecturer Vicky Neale shared that math guides her in coming up with strategies to a problem. If she comes up with a solution that seems clumsy, she’ll find a better, more elegant way to solve the problem. What she’s indicating is that math can be very much applied to real life, and not just problems in a book. The reason why many people hate math also stems from the way it is taught in school. Rather than learning it in a manner that they can apply it in actual situations, children are given problems on paper, with
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The Importance of Experiential Learning For Children

Experiential learning is defined as the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically “learning through reflection on doing”. Experiential learning enables children (and adults!) to pursue their own areas of interest while gaining skills to navigate through real-life situations. It is one of the most fun, engaging and effective ways to learn and process new concepts. Many people see experiential learning as a great alternative to traditional methods of learning such as rote memorization and other forms of academic learning that typically take place in a more structured environment.   You may be asking yourself how experiential learning can be applied to a preschool or school age student when they seem so young. This approach is easily transferable to young children as it utilizes real-world applications to enable students to think critically about abstract concepts. With experiential learning, children do the work for themselves and have meaningful engagement with the subjects at hand. The children do not passively receive information from a teacher, but instead actively participate in the discussion and subject with enthusiasm and curiosity.   At Foundations,
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Searching For A Daycare: What Matters Most?

Searching for a daycare for your child can be an overwhelming  task for families. From knowing what “bells and whistles” you are looking for, to finding something within your budget or close to your home — how do you choose what matters most when the list of “requirements” is a mile long? Did you know that there are over 40 daycare centers in the Kennesaw area alone? That is 40 different centers you could potentially tour, interview & access for the needs of your child and family. The good news is that there are a few tried and true things parents should consider when selecting a daycare center. How long has the center been in business and what is their reputation? Looking for a center that has been around for several years might seem like a no-brainer, but when it comes to a “shiny & new” building, sometimes longevity takes a back seat. A recent study from USA Today revealed that only 20% of new businesses survive past their first year. Around half of all businesses no longer exist after
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Cobb Safety Village Truck-A-Palooza In Kennesaw, GA

Don’t miss a fun & educational family event at Town Center Mall this Saturday, Sept 30th. Presented by the Cobb Safety Village, the annualSafety Village Truck-A-Paloozaprovides children and families the chance to get up-close and personal with larger-than-life trucks, public safety equipment, and specialty vehicles. Meet vehicle owners and operators, and have a blast watching your kids touch, climb on and interact with this awesome exhibition of transportation. Over 20 vehicles will be on display, along with a variety of other children’s activities. Cobb Safety Village believes that education is the key to reducing risk and protecting our community. By reaching out to all residents, they’re able to teach important safety techniques, provide guidance on crime prevention, and, most importantly, involve residents in hands-on learning experience. If you would like more information about Foundations For The Future Creative Child Care and School near Marietta, GA and Kennesaw, GA, please contact us by email at info@foundationscorp.com, via telephone at 770-429-4799, or on our website. You can also take a visual tour of our facility and even schedule a tour with our Admission
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Nanny VS Daycare — Which is best for your family?

For many families, making the decision to return to work and trying to figure out who will watch your child can seem overwhelming. It’s hard to mentally and logistically prepare for a new role of being a parent, but the added emotions, financial factors and time constraints makes finding the right child care feel like the toughest and most important job in the world. When thinking about child care for your infant or toddler, the first question is to decide which type of child care would work better for your family dynamic — a nanny or a daycare facility. There are many advantages for each that should be considered before a decision is made, and we’ve included our list below: The advantages of enrolling your child in a daycare: Daycare centers provide your child with exposure to multiple, caring adults rather than just one person. Daycare centers help your child to learn socialization skills and build relationships with other children and their teachers. Routines are a very important part of daycare, and teaching children routines (sleeping, eating, outdoor time, etc)
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What’s The Difference Between Preschool & Pre-K?

For many families, the terms “Preschool”, “PK-3” and “Pre-Kindergarten” can be confusing. In Georgia, children are eligible for “Preschool” or “PK-3”, if they are turning 3 by Sept 1. For students turning 4 by Sept 1, they would be eligible for a lottery funded or private Pre-K program. Though Preschool & Pre-K are not mandatory, a recent study found that children who attended preschool programs were better prepared for kindergarten than children that didn’t. Many “Preschool” and “Pre-K” programs start in the fall each year, following an open enrollment period typically from March – July, while some schools offer rolling enrollment throughout the year. As you consider enrolling your child in a Preschool or Pre-K program, there are several factors to look at when picking a school: Hours of Operation – Do they offer part time or full time programs? Location – Is it better to pick a school closest to my home or to my place of employment? The Curriculum – Do they follow one and what is it like? What will my child learn? Communication – How will the teacher
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What Is The Purpose Of The Private School Admissions Process?

For most parents, the thought of applying to a private school and entering the admissions process congers up a sense of dread and anxiety. We all worry about whether or not our child will “Get In.” We even worry about whether or not we as parents will “Get In,” because yes, parents themselves do play a role in whether or not their child gets into their private school of choice. Then we sit and wait for a hopefully not too thin envelope or not too short email. The Basics That Go Into The Admission Process There are so many things that go into assessing the needs of the students, the expectations of the parents, and the school’s ability to fulfill those needs and expectations.  Most schools have an application, required testing or entrance examination, parent & child interviews, shadow days, and tours of the school. This isn’t a right or wrong, you are in, or you are “out” process; the admission process is about matching the needs of your family and child with the ability of the school to meet
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Growing Child Care Center In Kennesaw, GA

Since opening in 2004, Foundations For The Future School has maintained steady growth and expansion, in an industry that is often filled with numerous options for families. The teachers and administrative staff at Foundations work diligently to create a school environment where children feel comfortable and enjoy learning, parents feel confident in their child’s care and daily exploration, and where great teachers invest in their careers. Over the past 13 years, the staff and administration at Foundations has maintained the highest level of accreditation available to child development centers through NAEYC and Advanc-ed. Both accrediting agencies employ standards that are based on research of the development and education of young children. These standards were created with input from experts and educators from around the country and help to ensure the highest level of care available. Not only are the standards focused on the care of children enrolled, the standards also focus on a safe and healthful environment. These standards ensure that centers provide appropriate and well-maintained indoor and outdoor physical environments, as well as equipment and materials to facilitate child
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International Academy Of Smyrna School Closing: Invitation To Families and Teachers

The closing of the International Academy Of Smyrna is an unexpected loss for the approximately 1000 students and 90 staff members that were a part of that program. Foundations For The Future School in Kennesaw would like to warmly welcome the International Academy Of Smyrna families and teachers to come visit Foundations, located just about 10 miles north of the International Academy Of Smyrna campus. Foundations provides child care for children six weeks old through preschool, private Pre-K, private Kindergarten through 6th grade with a fantastic and active after-school program, and before and after-school transportation to and from Hayes Elementary school. Foundations has been open since 2004, and has maintained accreditation through Advanc-ed since the start of our school age program in 2007. The Advance-ed standards are research-based, comprehensive quality standards that describe conditions that are necessary for schools to achieve quality student performance. These standards support an education process that is truly visionary; characterizing how schools should operate to promote a culture of continuous learning that is fluid – engaging leaders, staff and students. At Foundations, our school age program provides a challenging and fun approach to curriculum that
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Avoiding The Summer Brain Drain: Summer Learning Activities For Your Child

Avoiding The Summer Brain Drain: Summer Learning Activities For Your Young Child Summer is just around the corner. Images of sandy beaches, later bedtimes, and walking barefoot in the yard are running through your head. Permission forms, homework assignments, and project deadlines will soon be a thing of the past. Who doesn’t like summer with trips to the pool and nights filled with catching lightening bugs in mason jars? I know I do. A week into summer break, say sometime after Memorial Day, you will read an article, maybe even this one, about the infamous summer brain drain. (Or if you are a planner like me you probably started reading about summer brain drain in say, March.) You may panic with the thought of failing test grades and teacher conferences because your child has forgotten everything they learned over the summer. Sometimes referred to as summer learning loss, the summer brain drain occurs when children take an extended break from academic work making it easier to forget material already learned and harder to retain new information. Summer learning loss is
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Choosing The Right Day Camps For Your Children In Kennesaw, GA

Day camps give kids the opportunity to play in a way some rarely do in their own neighborhoods or school settings these days. Day camps take children away from computers, TV, and other high-tech devices, swapping them for conversation, fun, and games in a new and educational setting. With so many options available, choosing the right day camps for your children can be overwhelming. We’ve included six key factors to look for when making your decision: Staff To Child Ratio: How big is the setting? How many teachers will there be per child each day? Depending on the age of your child, the child to teacher ratio could range from 1:15 – 1:25. Safety: What plan does the camp follow during emergencies? For severe weather? What precautions does the camp take to ensure the safety of all children? Unfortunately accidents and emergencies do happen, and being knowledgeable about the camp’s process will leave you feeling confident about your child’s care. Schedules: Do you have to commit for the entire week, or is there flexibility to attend on an as needed,
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Foundations School at Touch-A-Truck Event In Kennesaw, GA

Join us on March 11th, and get up-close and personal with larger-than-life trucks, public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles at the annual Touch-A-Truck event in Kennesaw, GA. Meet vehicle owners and operators, and have a blast watching your kids touch, climb on and interact with this awesome exhibition of transportation. Over 40 vehicles will be on display, along with a variety of other children’s activities. Along with the other vehicles, Foundations’ school bus will be on-site and available for your child to explore. Foundations also sets up a tricycle riding path, for toddlers and preschoolers who want to practice their bike riding skills. We also provide wheel-less riders for the little ones that aren’t quite ready for tricycles yet. They love pushing the riders around the course while the bigger kids ride the trikes.     At Foundations School, our bus is used for transporting children to and from Hayes Elementary School to our After School program. Foundations’ ASP program offers many benefits that differ from the traditional ASP setting in other child care centers or after school
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Private School Search In Marietta, GA

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You researched all of your options.  You narrowed down your private school choices by location, religious affiliation, emphasis, cost, and those accepting Georgia Special Needs Scholarships (if applicable).  Now it is time to take a deeper look at your school finalists and determine which one(s) are the best match for your family and child. Atlanta Parent recently compiled a list of guidelines to use when completing a private school search for your child. Our recommendations are below. Private School Admissions: Finding The Best Private School For You & Your Child Step #1: Schedule A Tour One of the best ways to get an accurate read on a school is to take a tour. This is where you can determine the atmosphere of the school. Here are some things to look for on your school visit: Is the school warm and nurturing, or more academic and rigorous? What are the facilities like? Modern or old? Is students’ artwork displayed throughout the buildings? What are the physical activity facilities like? The playground? Gym? Are they well equipped? Step #2: Interview Director Of
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Ivy Hall Day School Closing: Invitation to Families and Teachers

The closing of the Ivy Hall Day School in Kennesaw is an unexpected loss during this holiday season for the approximately 70 families and 20 teachers that were a part of that program.  Foundations School in Kennesaw would like to warmly welcome the Ivy Hall daycare families and teachers to come visit Foundations, located just about a mile down the road. Foundations provides child care for children six weeks old through preschool, as well as private Pre-K, private Kindergarten through 6th grade, and before and after-school transportation to and from Hayes Elementary school, with a fantastic and active after-school program.   Foundations is working hard to accommodate the Ivy Hall child care families and teachers displaced by this sudden closing announcement.  Foundations is committed to assisting families in finding ways to bridge the gap between the current rates at Ivy Hall school and Foundations School.  Foundations accepts CAPS funding, as well as funding for military families through Child Care Aware.  Foundations may also be able to help families find other scholarships as well. We know this is a difficult time