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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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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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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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Why You Should Choose A Licensed Child Care Center

Did you know that some of the programs you are considering for your child may not be state licensed?  Some might be exempt from licensing for certain reasons, and some might be operating unlawfully.  Either way, when a program is not state licensed, they do not have unannounced inspection visits from state agents to make sure they are in compliance with health and safety rules and regulations.  Unannounced drop-ins are not uncommon, so licensed daycare owners must always be on top of government mandated requirements or risk shutting their doors. Did you know that many “Mother’s Morning Out” programs, and many after school programs, often fall into the unlicensed category?  If they are not licensed, they are not held to basic care standards by the state.  In addition, home daycares can go through the process to be licensed, but some choose to operate unlawfully without going through the process.  Some home daycares have been operating for years before being caught, so be sure to check, since even years of operation is no guarantee that they are complying with state regulations.
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7 Tips For Choosing The Best Child Care: Marietta, GA

Did you know there are currently 217 childcare centers in Marietta, GA?!  Looking at all the available options can seem overwhelming, and the internet is full of so much information that it’s hard to determine what is important and what isn’t. Parents often find this period of their child’s care and education to be stressful, as the negative and positive consequences of this decision flow through their minds: “If my daughter isn’t exposed to another language at age 3, is she on the path to low academic achievement and inability to compete in a globalized economy?” “Do I ruin my child’s chances of getting into a great public school gifted program or great private school if I don’t send them to the “right” preschool or child care?” These are just a couple of the many questions and worries parents have expressed to me over the years. Choosing The Best Child Care in Marietta, GA For Your Child The good news is that there are some tried and true things parents should consider when selecting a childcare center.  You can quickly
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Private Schools in Kennesaw GA

The Georgia Department of Education records show that there are 11 private schools in Kennesaw GA, and there are 34 private schools in Marietta GA.  For families looking for private schools in Cobb County, sorting through 45 options can be a daunting task.  The good news is that with so many options, you are sure to find one that is the perfect fit for your family. You can narrow your options down quickly if one or more of the following statements describes what you are looking for: a private school that is not affiliated with a religion (also called non-religious or secular) a private school that has a special emphasis a private school that carries a specific accreditation a private school that accepts Georgia Special Needs Scholarships a private school that provides early care and education for children in preschool Non-religious Schools: Only about 20% of private schools in Georgia do not have a religious affiliation, so if your family prefers religion to be taught at home, you can narrow down your school choices greatly.   Special Emphasis Schools: About
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Comparing Primrose, Goddard, and Foundations School

Comparing Primrose, Goddard, and Foundations School Have you noticed that the information on most childcare center websites sound very similar?  Here are some things you will find on the Primrose, Goddard, and yes, even our FoundationsSchool.com website: child-initiated curriculum accreditations whole child development and the list goes on! Yet there are large differences between Primrose, Goddard, and Foundations School, so how do you actually compare them?  Let’s look at these in more detail: Child-Initiated Learning Though Primrose and Goddard express the philosophy of following children’s interests through child-initiated curriculum, they have a corporately planned and set curriculum, which severely limits any learning outside of the pre-selected theme.  Come tour Foundations and look closely  at our classrooms.  Even ones that are the same age group have completely different projects and activities happening.  This is because the teachers really do follow the children’s interests, working in the Goals and Objectives.  At the end of the year, each classroom has met their Goals and Objectives in a way that unique and engaging to that particular group of children.   Accreditations Not all accreditation
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Daycare for Newborns: Three Questions to Ask

Most of everything that your newborn baby has to learn about in the early months rests within 6 feet of where they are located.  Whether lying on the ground or being held, your baby is interacting with a very small universe.  Finding a daycare for newborns that has an environment that will support growth and learning while keeping them safe and secure is of the utmost importance.  These three questions will cover the areas most critical to your child’s well being: 1 )What is your Teacher to Child Ratio and what is your Group Size? The number of students per teacher and the total number of students within the classroom are of utmost importance for meeting basic needs and to promote developmental learning. Look for a 1:4 Ratio for your Newborn or Toddler:  Rare NAEYC accredited daycares for newborns  follow the lowest ratios for the highest quality (read more about Foundations NAEYC accreditation here).  This gives your newborn baby 50% more quality touch time each hour than a daycare that offers a 1 to 6 ratio (the ratio allowed by
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Looking for More in a Kennesaw Daycare – 5 Benefits at Foundations

Searching for daycare can be an overwhelming task, with over 100 options for daycare just in the Kennesaw/Marietta area alone. If you tour a few childcare centers, it might begin to feel like they all say the same things.  So, what can you do to find the right for your family?  How can you know if the daycare center is a good one? In order to be licensed as a daycare in Georgia, a daycare center must be licensed by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Bright from the Start, showing that they meet minimum standards for operation.   Families can even review the most recent state reports on each center on the BFTS website.  For families looking for high quality daycare (Kennesaw Marietta area), Foundations for the Future goes above and beyond.  Here are the Top 5 Ways Foundations is More Than Just a Kennesaw Daycare: Two National Accreditations: Foundations meets the most rigorous standards for care and education, achieving national accreditation from both NAEYC and Advanc-Ed.  With outside validators reviewing quality regularly, families have the assurance of
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Childcare Funding for Military Families

Foundations is proud to be one of the few approved military child care providers in the #Kennesaw #Marietta area! Many military families are eligible for financial subsidies that help pay their child care tuition at Foundations. We find that most military families do not even know about this great program, and it is an incredible benefit to the people that faithfully serve our country. The beginning of the school year is a great time for new families to start. We have very limited spaces in our #infant and young #toddler programs, and we are filling up fast in our early preschool and #preschool classes. Many active duty military families are eligible for up to $1500/month of assistance on their childcare tuition! Army Child Care Assistance Information (copied from http://www.usa.childcareaware.org/fee-assistancerespite/military-families/army/ on 6/22/17) “Army Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized Reserve and Active Duty personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available or a viable option for the service member and their family. The programs available through Child