Choosing to enroll your child in an early learning center is a step into a new and exciting journey! Each family has differing reasons for enrolling; for some, childcare plays an essential role in allowing all family members to work. Others may be driven by the desire to provide additional enrichment for their child. No matter the reason, and particularly during or following the COVID-19 pandemic, enrolling your child in daycare, preschool or a summer camp program may be paired with guilt or concern. These emotions you may be feeling are valid!
While you could be experiencing concern over your child’s enrollment, find comfort in knowing that this is a positive choice for your family. We know now more than ever that the world is constantly changing. Early learning centers such as U-GRO have been, and continue to be, tasked with creating a safe, COVID-Ready space for children to develop skills for navigating that world more independently. The right center will cultivate your child’s growth and development in all areas while also serving as a place of stability, enrichment, and joy!
Developmentally, children in childcare are receiving and giving interactions all day long. They are experiencing people, materials, and processes that are necessary for their growth. By choosing a childcare center, you’re giving them the opportunity to have these important interactions on a daily basis.
In the area of language, opportunities to communicate and learn how to express themselves abound in every part of a child’s day.
Physically, children have structures and programs to practice and gain large and fine motor skills.
Socially and emotionally, children are growing through interactions with a community of peers, learning how to treat one another and work in both large and small group settings.
For young children, routines and consistency are also incredibly important. Childcare provides a normal routine that can help children to stay focused and even curb challenging behavior.
As we all work together to navigate this “new normal,” know that your child’s early learning center can provide much-needed stability and support. Enrolling your child early in life enables them to fully harness important skills right from the start as they try new things and gain understanding in a safe, trusted environment. Your time away from your little one may initially be met with many emotions, but sharing in their joy of reaching milestones and hearing them share their daily experiences can help solidify your positive choice to enroll them.
U-GRO offers a unique, balanced, curriculum for your child, support for your family, and so much more; all while placing an emphasis on the health and safety of children, families and team members. We know you value your child’s educational experiences and development in all areas, which is why it’s our pleasure to provide a trusted environment where we can partner with you to help them grow.
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