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  • November Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our a... Read More

    November Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in  our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!

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  • October Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with childr... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with children, details about our winter camps, and how setting good boundaries with children is one of the healthiest things you can do!

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  • Magical Creativity

    In a recent episode of the podcast called On Being, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-seller Eat, Pray, Love, mentioned the loss of creativity in a child’s life. She says curiosity to be creative is one of the most important things to be fully human.“I think curiosity is our friend that teaches us how to become ourselves. And it’s a very gentle friend, and a very forgiving friend, and a very constant one.” Pas... Read More

    In a recent episode of the podcast called On Being, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-seller Eat, Pray, Love, mentioned the loss of creativity in a child’s life. She says curiosity to be creative is one of the most important things to be fully human.

    “I think curiosity is our friend that teaches us how to become ourselves. And it’s a very gentle friend, and a very forgiving friend, and a very constant one.” Passion, rather than curiosity, can drain us. We often think we want our children to be passionate, but this may not be so. Gilbert explains, “Passion is not so constant, not so gentle, not so forgiving, and sometimes not so available. And so when we live in a world that has come to fetishize passion above all, there’s a great deal of pressure around that.”

    Some parents don’t encourage creativity. They think this person or that person is a creative person, rather than their own child, but the truth is that all children are born creative. It’s just that they grow out of it. And this is sad. This shouldn’t be the case.

    “There’s no child,” she says, “that you put crayons and paper in front of who doesn’t get it, what you’re supposed to do. No four-year-old boy was ever sat in front of a pile of Legos and said, ‘I don’t know, I’m just—I’m not feeling it.’”

    We encourage creativity at Kids ‘R’ Kids. We want our children to sit in front of magical colors and create. We want them to be curious.

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  • September Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best p... Read More

    September Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on Check out our latest digital magazine for tips on learning mathematics, how to deal with whining, and parenting during transitions!

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  • August Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families ... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Inside this month’s issue you can explore information on a baby’s language development, how children build relationships, and how to properly, constructively help your child!

    August Digital Magazine 

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  • McKinney, TX Childcare: July Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool o... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on how to manage young children while shopping, how to differentiate effective and ineffective discipline methods for your child, and more!

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  • McKinney, TX Daycare: Keep Your Child's Mind Active Through the Summer

    It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the summer! While you may not want to remind your school age child of that reality, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how they are maintaining an active and engaged mind during the summer months. Studies have shown many kids losing up to two or three months of math and reading skills over the summer, due to a p... Read More

    It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the summer! While you may not want to remind your school age child of that reality, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how they are maintaining an active and engaged mind during the summer months. Studies have shown many kids losing up to two or three months of math and reading skills over the summer, due to a phenomenon known as “Summer Brain Drain.”

    When your child’s day lacks any type of engaging or interactive activities, it is easy to lose the knowledge acquired during the school year. It’s a good idea for parents to provide opportunities to grow and challenge their child’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. Without going overboard, you can make sure your children are exercising their brain over the summer and giving them a great start for the next school year.

    For young children, it’s important to allow them plenty of active playtimes during the summer. It may appear to be counter-intuitive to let your child engage in play that is not directly educational, but at early stages of learning, play is one of the best ways to reinforce concepts. Be sure your child is staying active when during playtime. TV watching in moderation is completely normal and acceptable, but take your child outside and encourage some free exploration and playtime away from electronics to activate the imagination!

    As your child gets older, it becomes more important to demonstrate the connection between school knowledge and everyday life. When a child sees how information is connected to what they experience, the information goes from just information to useful, relevant knowledge! At any stage of learning, be creative with your children allowing time for exploring new hobbies, going out for dessert or coffee, and talking about what they enjoy or don’t enjoy about school. The more you get to know your children, the more you’ll know how to engage them and fill some of their summer vacation with enjoyable and educational activities.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, we love being creative and trying innovative ways to engage the minds of our students. Our littlest learners in our infant care and our curious and active students in our preschool program are all encouraged to explore the world around them. Contact us today to schedule a free tour and see firsthand how we provide so much more than an average daycare or childcare facility.

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  • McKinney, TX Preschool: Inexpensive Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

    Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge! Luckily, there are so many easy and creative options to consider that your children can enjoy. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love providing opportunities for every child to safely enjoy the great outdoors as well as our engaging classroom environments and curriculum. We provide year-round activities from our excellent preschool, cr... Read More

    Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge! Luckily, there are so many easy and creative options to consider that your children can enjoy. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love providing opportunities for every child to safely enjoy the great outdoors as well as our engaging classroom environments and curriculum. We provide year-round activities from our excellent preschool, creative summer camp and more!

    Check out this article for fun ways to stay cool during the remainder of summer!

    Inexpensive Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

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  • McKinney, TX Childcare: June Edition Digital Magazine

    From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime... Read More

    From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.

    Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!

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  • McKinney, TX Childcare: Embracing the Whole Wide World

    The Earth Day celebrations have come and gone but the opportunities to teach your child about taking care of the planet are available year-round! Springtime is the ideal time to get your child excited and involved in reducing, reusing and recycling to help Mother Earth thrive. One of the easiest ways to get your preschooler or toddler excited about helping the Earth i... Read More

    The Earth Day celebrations have come and gone but the opportunities to teach your child about taking care of the planet are available year-round! Springtime is the ideal time to get your child excited and involved in reducing, reusing and recycling to help Mother Earth thrive. One of the easiest ways to get your preschooler or toddler excited about helping the Earth is by finding something they can help with. Even something as simple as watering plants around the house (maybe even have one plant designated just for them!). Planting a spring garden is another fun option for promoting an earth-friendly lifestyle. This article gives more fun ideas for involving preschoolers and kindergarteners in keeping your house “green”.

    Embracing the Whole Wide World

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  • McKinney, TX Daycare: Why Participate in Extracurricular Activities?

    Keeping your preschooler active throughout the summer helps them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” while allowing your child to have a lot of fun! As always, moderation is key when it comes to your child’s schedule. Having time to be a kid is very important but adding some structure and teamwork to your child’s life equips them with important social and emotional ski... Read More

    Keeping your preschooler active throughout the summer helps them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” while allowing your child to have a lot of fun! As always, moderation is key when it comes to your child’s schedule. Having time to be a kid is very important but adding some structure and teamwork to your child’s life equips them with important social and emotional skills. Try and choose an activity that you think your preschooler or kindergartener might enjoy and give a new activity at least 6 weeks before giving up – it often takes a few weeks for your child to adjust to a new routine.

    This article is a great resource in talking more about the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child.

    Why Do Extracurricular Activities?

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  • McKinney, TX Preschool: Keeping Your Kids Healthy this Spring

    Warmer temperatures and sunny days mean more time spent outside with your preschooler, toddler, or elementary-schooler!For some children, it can be more of a challenge to get them excited to get up and move. If you would like your child to adopt a healthy lifestyle filled with exercise, the best option is for you to model the healthy behavior for them! Children are ... Read More

    Warmer temperatures and sunny days mean more time spent outside with your preschooler, toddler, or elementary-schooler!

    For some children, it can be more of a challenge to get them excited to get up and move. If you would like your child to adopt a healthy lifestyle filled with exercise, the best option is for you to model the healthy behavior for them! Children are always looking to adults for cues on how to live, play, and relate to others. Check out this article for how you can keep your children active this spring and summer!

    Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Spring

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  • McKinney, TX Childcare: Learn More about our STEAM AHEAD Curriculum!

    Every day a child is learning more about the world around him. From sights to smells, tastes and sounds, all the way up to developing cognitive and critical thinking skills, children are making sense of their surroundings. It’s remarkable how much the first five years of your child’s life lays the foundation for his learning success.At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning... Read More

    Every day a child is learning more about the world around him. From sights to smells, tastes and sounds, all the way up to developing cognitive and critical thinking skills, children are making sense of their surroundings. It’s remarkable how much the first five years of your child’s life lays the foundation for his learning success.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, we take our role as the First Step to Higher Education™ very seriously! From our infants to our elementary-school-aged after-school kids, we provide the support and encouragement necessary to help each child thrive. In the past year, we have implemented the unique, exclusive STEAM AHEAD™ preschool curriculum. STEAM AHEAD was designed by several experts in early education to incorporate all of the STEM pillars of science, technology, engineering and math, while also enriching your child’s learning with exposure to the arts.

    We understand the need for a young child to be actively engaged in his learning experience. Our excellent preschool curriculum provides plenty of opportunities for your child to ask questions and develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Our highly-trained staff team implements this curriculum by introducing interactive learning stations and incorporating state-of-the-art SmartBoard® technology into your child’s classroom experience.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids of West McKinney, we believe every moment of your child’s day will be filled with love, learning, and a ton of FUN! Our facility comes equipped with an outdoor play area that gives children the chance to exercise and run around during the day. Our on-site kitchen provides your child with fresh and nutritional snacks and meals to make sure your child stays well-fed and happy all day long.Contact us today to schedule your free tour or just stop by! We would love to see you!

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  • May Edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine is Here!

    The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids L... Read More

    The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.

    This month’s edition includes helpful tips and tricks for successful parenting and child development. The issue features helpful articles on the value of problem solving skills, as well as the importance of giving each individual child space to grow and learn at his or her pace without comparison to other children. No doubt, you will be encouraged to love and care for your children in a way that stimulates their learning and development!

    In addition to helpful articles, you will find information about different school programs and activities your children can get involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2016 program!

    As you flip through this month’s edition of the digital magazine, remember to keep an eye out for the Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine every month! Each edition will highlight new areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood and early childhood education!

    So go ahead! Take a peek inside our magazine! And, feel free to share it with your friends! As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us today!

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  • Balancing Your Child's Use of Technology

    Raising children in such a technologically-charged culture comes with its perks and challenges. As a parent, how do you balance the amount of time and exposure your young child has to the internet and TV? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love giving our students the opportunity to learn with our SmartBoard technology but also balance their day with plenty of interactive activities... Read More

    Raising children in such a technologically-charged culture comes with its perks and challenges. As a parent, how do you balance the amount of time and exposure your young child has to the internet and TV? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love giving our students the opportunity to learn with our SmartBoard technology but also balance their day with plenty of interactive activities both indoors and outdoors to further enrich and deepen their knowledge and skill-sets.

    Check out this article for 3 practical ways you can Balance Your Child’s Use of Technology.

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  • How to Choose the Best Daycare or Preschool for Your Child

    Choosing the right childcare or preschool for your little one can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? Who do you talk to about the programs and facility? Where do you start? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we know just how important it is that families feel confident in their choice. One of the best ways to learn about a childcare or early learning center is by ... Read More

    Choosing the right childcare or preschool for your little one can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? Who do you talk to about the programs and facility? Where do you start? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we know just how important it is that families feel confident in their choice. One of the best ways to learn about a childcare or early learning center is by asking the families who already send their children to that location. Hearing from someone you love and trust about their experience will be extremely helpful for you when making the final decision.

    Check out this helpful article for more tips on choosing the best fit for your child!

    How to Choose the Best Daycare or Preschool for Your Child

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  • How to Integrate Learning into Your Child's Day

    So much happens in the first five years of your child’s life! The amount of learning and growth that your child’s body and brain processes Is staggering. From learning how to crawl, to speak, to read and write – the skills seem endless. As a parent, your role in helping your infant, toddler, or preschooler achieve these exciting developmental milestones is criti... Read More

    So much happens in the first five years of your child’s life! The amount of learning and growth that your child’s body and brain processes Is staggering. From learning how to crawl, to speak, to read and write – the skills seem endless. As a parent, your role in helping your infant, toddler, or preschooler achieve these exciting developmental milestones is critical.

    If you aren’t the teacher type – there is no need to fear! There are simple and natural ways you can encourage and enhance your child’s learning experience that don’t involve a million creative crafts you don’t have time for or creating your own curriculum!

    Check out this article of easy ways to help integrate learning into everyday parts of your child’s life!

    How to Integrate Learning Into Your Child’s Day

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  • Rainy Days are for Reading!

    There is nothing quite as exhilarating as the first days of spring. The fresh air, bright sunshine and wide-open spaces make the perfect stage for your child to have adventures of all kinds! Getting your child outside is one of the best ways to encourage your child’s imagination. The possibilities seem to be limitless! But what about the rainy days of spring when playing outdoors is either very limited or impossible? It may sound a little old-fashioned, but a great way to keep your child imagining and learning and growing during the rainy ... Read More

    There is nothing quite as exhilarating as the first days of spring. The fresh air, bright sunshine and wide-open spaces make the perfect stage for your child to have adventures of all kinds! Getting your child outside is one of the best ways to encourage your child’s imagination. The possibilities seem to be limitless! But what about the rainy days of spring when playing outdoors is either very limited or impossible? It may sound a little old-fashioned, but a great way to keep your child imagining and learning and growing during the rainy days is with a great book! While e-readers are a great and practical tool, we suggest using a book with pages that you can actually turn and interact with. If you have a toddler at home, choose his favorite board book to read. With older children, find an adventure-packed chapter book!

    If you aren’t sure which books would be a good option, we’ve got a great list of popular children’s books to choose from. One of the best ways to encourage your child to read is by choosing books that include characters or topics he has shown an interest in. Does he like stories with superheroes? Cars? Trains? Pirates? With enough research you will definitely be able to find a few books that would pique his interest.

    Instead of spending the rainy days in front of the TV or iPad, a good book is an excellent alternative for keeping your child engaged. You don’t have to stop at simply reading the book either, follow these three simple steps below to make the book come alive!

    • Read the book out loud – use silly voices to make it more interesting!
    • Act out the book (or chapter) and let your child choose who gets to be which character.
    • Ask your child questions about the plot or moral of the story to help her “get in the shoes” of the characters. “Why do you think they behaved that way?” “How do you think that made him/her feel?” etc.

    Helping your child become an early reader is one of the best ways to encourage a love for learning. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, our staff team is committed to helping each child flourish in the classroom. From our exclusive STEAM AHEAD curriculum to our state-of-the-art facility, your child receives the best care and education in the McKinney, TX area! Our passion to provide The First Step to Higher Education™ ensures an environment that encourages children to use critical thinking skills and creativity! Contact us today for more information about how our programs can fulfill your childcare and preschool needs! 

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  • Join us for an Unforgettable Summer Camp Experience!

    Spring is only a few weeks away and summer will closely follow! Do you have plans for the summer? Apart from some fun family vacation time, many working parents are searching for a safe place for their school-age children during the summer months. Even though school is out, that doesn’t mean your child has to suffer from “brain fog” due to inactivity and too much TV ... Read More

    Spring is only a few weeks away and summer will closely follow! Do you have plans for the summer? Apart from some fun family vacation time, many working parents are searching for a safe place for their school-age children during the summer months. Even though school is out, that doesn’t mean your child has to suffer from “brain fog” due to inactivity and too much TV time. Raising healthy kids means exercise needs to be a year-round part of your child’s life. Our epic Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Camp Olympic Adventure is just what your child needs to stay active and engaged!

    The 2016 Summer Olympics are kicking off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, August 5 – but your child won’t have to wait that long to enjoy Olympic festivities. Our 10-week summer camp will take campers for an around-the-globe experience before ending with an Olympic field day at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for some friendly competition with other Dallas/Fort Worth Kids ‘R’ Kids schools!

    Beginning in Athens, Greece – the birthplace of the Olympic Games, our summer campers will take a tour around the world – from Africa to Asia, Europe to the Americas. Each week will highlight the customs, culture, and cuisines of a designated nation. In addition to learning about interesting nations, your child will also participate in activities that will promote teamwork and confidence-boosting! Our school-age campers will also enjoy local field trips all across McKinney, TX!

    Parents don’t have to worry about what their child is eating because we provide fresh and nutritious meals each day for our campers. Our staff team is dedicated to making sure each child has an absolute BLAST at our Summer Camp and we would love for you to join in! Contact us today for more information about all of the unique features of Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney. We are so much more than a daycare or childcare facility! 

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  • Helping Your Child Have a Positive Regard for Learning

    From the moment a child is born, he is learning and discovering the world around him. Some skills come without any intentional education such as swallowing, breathing, and eating, while others must be taught. One of the surest ways to set your child up for a lifetime of learning is by enrolling your child in an elite preschool or learning academy. A childcare or preschool ... Read More

    From the moment a child is born, he is learning and discovering the world around him. Some skills come without any intentional education such as swallowing, breathing, and eating, while others must be taught. One of the surest ways to set your child up for a lifetime of learning is by enrolling your child in an elite preschool or learning academy. A childcare or preschool facility that offers a unique curriculum for your child is an integral tool for helping them cultivate a love of learning.

    Additionally, parents can engage their children throughout the day in such a way that encourages learning – through conversations, household chores, and other creative means. Check out this article for ideas on how you can help your child cultivate a lifelong love for learning!

    Helping Your Child Have a Positive Regard for Learning

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  • 4 Tips to Organized Grocery Shopping

    It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes tha... Read More

    It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes that were dug out from the bottom of the basket and eating who-knows-what from the back of your fridge!

    The good news? Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming endeavor if you have some simple steps in place that set you up for success. Check out this article about how you can streamline your grocery shopping process and spend more time doing things you enjoy – like eating family dinners together or curling up with a good book before bed.

    4 Tips to Organized Grocery Shopping

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  • Budgeting Tips For Special Occasions

    The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.The best way to celebrate freely without the str... Read More

    The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.

    The best way to celebrate freely without the stress of over-spending or being unable to meet expectations, is to plan ahead and create a spending budget for your special occasion.

    Take a look at these beneficial tips to help you budget for special occasions.

    Budgeting Tips For Special Occasions 

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  • Fun Ways to Teach Your Child About Money

    Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just o... Read More

    Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just one more skill that your child can benefit from when you’re intentional about sharing your spending and saving decisions with them. This article provides a helpful framework for how you can include your child in money decisions and teach them at an early age how to make good choices.

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  • Raising Active and Healthy Kids

    The holidays are behind us but our New Year’s resolutions are in front of us, ready to be achieved during the remainder of 2016. If one of your resolutions involved living a more active and healthy lifestyle, you’re in good company! Making choices to encourage your family to pursue healthier living means everyone wins. It may be difficult at first but it typically... Read More

    The holidays are behind us but our New Year’s resolutions are in front of us, ready to be achieved during the remainder of 2016. If one of your resolutions involved living a more active and healthy lifestyle, you’re in good company! Making choices to encourage your family to pursue healthier living means everyone wins. It may be difficult at first but it typically only takes 6 weeks for a discipline to become a habit – you can do it!

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney we offer a variety of Extra Curricular activities your child can enjoy both during the week and on the weekends to keep them active and moving all year-round! Our Health and Fitness program provides tools for kids of all ages to learn and enjoy how to be healthy. Throughout the curriculum, children will learn about healthy bodies, the food pyramid, family-style dining, and physical fitness. We also emphasize the importance of fair play, team cooperation, and physical well-being.

    In addition, we have a few parent-paid classes that your child can participate in during the workweek, including Stretch-n-Grow, Sports Adventures and more! We understand the challenge that many busy families face. So take a look at your schedule and only add new activities by replacing old ones to avoid overbooking your schedule. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is as much about getting proper rest and quality family time as it about being active! Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers also benefit from being a part of an active family. Taking walks together or going to the park regularly are all easy ways you can instill a love for being healthy during their most formative years.

    Our elite Learning Academy serving families in Frisco, Prosper, and McKinney, Texas has everything your child needs to thrive in our secure, state-of-the-art facility. Our unique curriculum and motivated staff team provide a fun and engaging learning environment for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Contact us today to see how we can best serve all of your childcare and early education needs!

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  • Making A Musical Difference

    Many studies of young children have shown a link between excellent academic performance and exposure to music. Children excel in the areas of reading and ... Read More

    Many studies of young children have shown a link between excellent academic performance and exposure to music. Children excel in the areas of reading and math when music is a natural part of their lives. Even as an infant, participating in and observing musical activities can positively influence your child. For many babies, singing is an effective way to bond with parents and also encourages verbal skills to develop.

    Toddlers and preschoolers naturally enjoy music since it gives them a way to play and learn. You may have a child at home who has a favorite song and always wants to sing it or listen to it. While this behavior may make you want to pull your hair out, take heart! This is actually a great indicator that your child is establishing important neural connections as she sings and learns music.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, our music program gives children the opportunity to play instruments, engage in singing exercises, as well as compose their very own musical masterpieces. We understand the unique advantage music gives children, especially at an early age. Our teachers are committed to seeing children thrive as they explore the world of music across various cultures, types, and instruments.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids of West McKinney has the right program to engage young minds and strengthen the cognitive and social skills of every child. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about all of our extracurricular programs that give each child a chance to grow and develop new skills. 

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  • How to Help Others During the Holidays

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around... Read More

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around you. It’s very likely a family near you is hurting this holiday season and could use a friendly, generous gesture. Whether it’s inviting your new neighbors over for dinner, or baking cookies for a nearby nursing home, include your child in the activities and make it a new family tradition to look forward to!

    This article provides more creative ideas for reaching out to those around you this holiday season:

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  • Teaching Gratitude to Your Children

    With Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to teach your children about the joys that can be found in sharing and giving. Most children are very eager to receive gifts but instructing them in the value of giving gifts can be tricky for a toddler’s or preschooler’s mind to understand.At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKin... Read More

    With Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to teach your children about the joys that can be found in sharing and giving. Most children are very eager to receive gifts but instructing them in the value of giving gifts can be tricky for a toddler’s or preschooler’s mind to understand.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney we are passionate about teaching children the importance of being kind and generous to those around us. Our exceptional staff team addresses more than just learning new knowledge – we teach and demonstrate respect and encouragement in every aspect of your child’s experience.

    Below are some ways you can begin to teach the value of generosity:

    Model – Children learn the most from watching adults interact with the world around them. If you are volunteering at a local non-profit or participating in a holiday charity such as an Angel Tree, talk with your children about your experience. When your child is old enough to volunteer alongside of you, make it into a fun date!

    Motivate – The idea of giving something away can be difficult to understand. Making baked goods provides an opportunity to make extra for those who are less fortunate while still leaving something for your child to enjoy. When generosity is included with a sweet treat, you may be amazed at how enthusiastic your child will be! Eventually the reward of sharing to be kind may trump their desire for a reward but you must take small steps with little ones.

    Memory-make – Children can also learn that giving does not always involve a financial contribution. Brainstorm with your child how they might give of their time and talents to bless someone else. Offer to wash your neighbor’s car, rake the leaves in the yard, or any other chore that would communicate care and promote a generous spirit.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, all of our students from infants to preschool and school age children learn and thrive in a nurturing and safe environment. We are committed to seeing each child succeed and giving opportunities to serve and love the community around them. Contact us today for more information! 

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  • Raising an Early Reader

    The first five years of a child’s life are the most formative and influential when it comes to learning new information and establishing a solid educational foundation that sets the child up for a lifetime of success. In fact, 90% of brain development occurs by the age of 5! Even in infancy, a child’s mind is processing and breaking down the new experiences around... Read More

    The first five years of a child’s life are the most formative and influential when it comes to learning new information and establishing a solid educational foundation that sets the child up for a lifetime of success. In fact, 90% of brain development occurs by the age of 5! Even in infancy, a child’s mind is processing and breaking down the new experiences around her.

    One of the most essential skills a child must learn is how to read. Literacy opens the door to a thousand more opportunities to discover and explore the world. Children benefit in so many ways from mastering the skill of reading and parents and teachers play a large role in helping them achieve reading success.

    So how can you encourage your little one (however little they may be!) to love to read? Below are some simple guidelines to help you navigate this important journey with your child!

    1. Read to your child – Starting as early as infancy, take some time out of your day to read a book to your child. The rhythms and inflections of your voice as you read will become familiar to your child and can even comfort and soothe. As your child gets older, consider tackling chapter books and reading a little bit of a story each night before bed. Many children love getting carried into a world of make-believe and it gives them something to look forward to about bedtime! Check out these 10 classic children books for a place to start.

    2. Place your child in literacy-rich environments – Studies have shown that children who spend time in places where a lot of different words are used will more quickly develop and expand their own vocabulary. As your child masters new words, reading will become increasingly more enjoyable with new books and stories.

    3. Enroll your child in an accredited Preschool program – Giving your child the exposure to professional and enthusiastic teachers at a young age allows them to learn new skills and flourish. When considering a preschool or childcare for your child ask about the curriculum, programs, and take a tour of the facility. The best schools will always have state-of-the-art facilities and a teaching staff who is motivated to serve and teach the students in their care.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney we are passionate about giving the best in care and education for all of our students, from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Contact us today for a tour of our state-of-the-art facility! 

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  • Ways To Celebrate Moving Up To Preschool

    One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so importa... Read More

    One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so important to celebrate your child’s growth!

    Check out this article for creative, simple ways to celebrate when your youngster begins the adventure of preschool!

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  • How to Overcome Shyness for Preschoolers

    The transition to preschool can be intimidating for both you and your child. Preparing for preschool is especially daunting for parents when also asking how to overcome shyness for a child. The good news is, most children adapt quite well to preschool, even if they are shy. There are several steps that you can take to prepare your shy child for a successful preschool experience.... Read More

    The transition to preschool can be intimidating for both you and your child. Preparing for preschool is especially daunting for parents when also asking how to overcome shyness for a child. The good news is, most children adapt quite well to preschool, even if they are shy. There are several steps that you can take to prepare your shy child for a successful preschool experience.

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    Join a Playgroup

    Before starting preschool, find a local playgroup to join. Exposing your child to new friends and experiences, while you are there to assist, will help her develop social skills in a safe, comfortable environment.

    Develop a Routine

    Talk to your child about preschool and allow her to share her fears. Walk through the daily schedule so that she knows what to expect and begin practicing your at-home routine a few weeks before preschool begins. Most preschools will allow you to bring your child in prior to the first day of school. Feeling familiar with the preschool environment will help your child adapt.

    Talk to your child’s teacher

    Before preschool begins, talk to your child’s teacher and discuss any concerns that you might have about her fitting in. Being shy is quite common among preschoolers and your child’s teacher can provide preparation tips and assist with the transition.

    Starting preschool can be both exciting and challenging. Preparing for the preschool classroom in advance will help your child thrive when the big day arrives.

    To help parents make the right decision in choosing the right early childhood education center download the Kids 'R' Kids Free Guide to Choosing the Best Preschool for your child.

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  • 10 Classic Children’s Books for Kids to Enjoy

    Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from ... Read More

    Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!

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  • How Much Is Too Much? Knowing When Your Child Is Too Involved

    Here is a question for the soccer moms and little league dads: Is there a point in which you feel your child is too involved with activities away from home?That question may be something you have not considered. You and your child may have enjoyed every minute of the swim practices, piano lessons, and soccer competitions. You may... Read More

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    Here is a question for the soccer moms and little league dads: Is there a point in which you feel your child is too involved with activities away from home?

    That question may be something you have not considered. You and your child may have enjoyed every minute of the swim practices, piano lessons, and soccer competitions. You may believe the activity is critical to your child's development. But, is there such a thing as “too much?” If so, how much is too much?

    Every family has their own culture and values that will certainly factor into how one should answer that question. It is important to remember that every family is unique. Consider what your family could accomplish if you were free during some of those scheduled activity times. Could you place a higher value on family gatherings, meals together, vacations, learning activities, or visiting relatives? It doesn’t matter if a child is in daycare, childcare, preschool, or beyond, it’s important to value all family time together and regulate activities that distract from family time, bonding, or the family relationship.

    Since every family is different, try to evaluate how signing up for a 12-week sports program will effect each family member. Here are some questions to consider when asking, “How much is too much?”

    • How do both parents feel about the activity? If one parent does not look forward to the practices, dropping off, picking up, and quick dinners for game days, consider what can be done to alleviate the pressure before signing up for the activity.
    • How does the child feel about the activity? Do you ever feel like your child is extremely excited at the thought of ballet, but doesn’t like putting in the hours it requires? Have you convinced yourself that your child will enjoy an activity even though he initially dislikes the idea? How a child feels can tell you a lot about whether you want to invest in the activity and pay the registration fee and other costs.
    • Will the activity hinder your childs learning experience in preschool? This can go either way. Some children are motivated to do better in school by their favorite hobbies and extra curricular activities. Others children find too many activities to be a distraction.
    • Do you ever feel like your childs extra curricular activities take away from what your family values most? If you’re disheartened because your dinner table rarely gets used, maybe it’s time to make a change.
    Asking, “How much is too much?”is an important question for every family to consider. We would love to meet you and offer a tour of our Learning Academy. Our parent’s are able to connect with our staff, and other parents with children participating in our Before and After School Program and Extra Curricular Programs. We are committed to supporting our parents to help create a balanced schedule and the best experience for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.Show Less
  • Raising a Strong - Willed Child

    When parents welcome a new beautiful baby into the world, their hearts are filled with dreams and expectations for that little bundle of joy. What may come as a surprise is that the child has plans of his own that may not align with what the parents had hoped for.Some children exhibit a personality that is identified as “strong-willed.” This means, the child wil... Read More

    When parents welcome a new beautiful baby into the world, their hearts are filled with dreams and expectations for that little bundle of joy. What may come as a surprise is that the child has plans of his own that may not align with what the parents had hoped for.

    Some children exhibit a personality that is identified as “strong-willed.” This means, the child will want to push limits, explore boundaries, and take charge of the environment. While this behavior can be very frustrating for the child’s parents, it’s important to remember that strong-willed children often become great leaders in their families and communities because of their desire for independence at an early age.

    If you have a strong-willed child at home, you understand the unique challenges that occur on a daily basis during ordinary tasks such as picking up toys, eating lunch etc. For a fiercely independent child these everyday rituals can take twice as long due to their resolve to do things their own way. Additionally, some parents have difficulty finding a babysitter for a child that exhibits these personality traits since managing the child can be overwhelming for someone unaccustomed to a strong-willed child’s behavior.

    Below are a few suggestions that will hopefully help you to enjoy your strong-willed child without sacrificing your family’s sanity in the process.

    1. Recognize and celebrate your child’s personality – As stated earlier, strong-willed children are often the leaders of tomorrow who need your intentional guidance, discipline, and instruction as they learn how to manage their intense feelings, thoughts, and emotions.

    2. Set boundaries and stick to them – Strong-willed children can often be very persuasive in convincing parents to bend the rules or expand boundaries that have been put in place. It’s important to stick to your boundaries and to discipline your children when they step outside of them. The only way a child will learn to respect rules and authority is when the rules are consistently enforced. Explain to your children why the rules exist so they can learn the value of following them.

    3. Give room for independence – When strong-willed children express a desire for independence during a task they are capable of doing, give them thae opportunity to do it themselves. Often when children say, “I can do it myself!” it’s more about their desire to flex their independence and not meant to be a direct attack or undermining of the parent’s authority. This takes a lot of patience as your toddler/preschooler will likely take considerably longer to accomplish the task than if you had done it for them. If you’re in a situation that is time-sensitive or you have an appointment, help your child for now but create an opportunity for your child to handle the task later.

    4. Step back and breathe – Raising a strong-willed child is a difficult task and it’s easy to become quickly angered or frustrated with your child. When you sense yourself about to lash out with angry words towards your child, try closing your eyes briefly and take a deep breath. This exercise won’t make your child any less strong-willed but it can considerably help you navigate your own frustration and avoid doing or saying something you may later regret. When raising children of all temperaments and personalities, the goal is to seek to encourage and affirm, rather than focus on the negative.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney in McKinney, TX we understand the different personalities found ininfants, toddlers, and preschool children. Our curriculum is designed with varying learning styles in mind and meets each child where they are in the developmental process. Contact us to schedule a free tour of our state-of-the-art facility and come see all the ways we are so much more than an average daycare or childcare! 

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  • Helping Your Child Appreciate Cultural Differences

    Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpfu... Read More

    Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpful article for ways that parents can help support their child’s appreciation for different cultures.

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  • 2015 Kids 'R' Kids Summer Olympics

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids we understand how important it is to teach the next generation about caring for others. That’s why we participate in a fun summer-long fundraiser that culminates at our annual Summer Olympics event! This past weekend we enjoyed some friendly competition with other Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies in the area and collectively raised $17,000 for Scottish ... Read More

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids we understand how important it is to teach the next generation about caring for others. That’s why we participate in a fun summer-long fundraiser that culminates at our annual Summer Olympics event! This past weekend we enjoyed some friendly competition with other Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies in the area and collectively raised $17,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital! We also got an incredible surprise on the day of our Olympic event from the CEO of Kids ‘R’ Kids! Read more about it all in this article:

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  • Your Infant’s Path to the First Steps

    Every childhood milestone is important from an infant’s first time rolling over to the first day of preschool, parents love to see their children learning and growing! During your child’s growth, it’s nice to know what to expect in terms of normal development. As you read this helpful article that details a few behaviors to look for as your infant races towards toddlerhood,... Read More

    Every childhood milestone is important from an infant’s first time rolling over to the first day of preschool, parents love to see their children learning and growing! During your child’s growth, it’s nice to know what to expect in terms of normal development. As you read this helpful article that details a few behaviors to look for as your infant races towards toddlerhood, keep in mind that every child is unique and your little one is no exception!

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  • Fun Summer Birthday Ideas

    Birthdays abound during the summer months! Despite the sizzling temperatures, there are a lot of fun ways to celebrate your child’s special day. Some parents love the thrill of party planning and keeping up with creative trends on Pinterest, while others look for a simpler alternative. The good news is, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to create a party where everyone... Read More

    Birthdays abound during the summer months! Despite the sizzling temperatures, there are a lot of fun ways to celebrate your child’s special day. Some parents love the thrill of party planning and keeping up with creative trends on Pinterest, while others look for a simpler alternative. The good news is, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to create a party where everyone is sure to have a great time!

    Check out these creative birthday party ideas for a budget-friendly and fun experience for your child’s special day:

    1. A Scavenger Hunt Party – Bring out the explorer in each child by setting up a bunch of fun treasures around your backyard or in a local park. Provide clues for each of the hidden items and set a time limit for how long the children have to find them. If you have a large number of children, break them into teams to search together!

    2. Dr. Seuss Party – “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!” There are so many fun characters created by Dr. Seuss, from The Cat in the Hat to the Lorax! Use brightly colored decorations and play some fun rhyming or silly story-telling games to entertain your guests. As a fun craft, have the children design and name their own Dr. Seuss character! You can even name all of the snacks something goofy and crazy in true Dr. Seuss fashion.

    3. Outdoor Movie Party – If you’re throwing a party for school age children, host an outdoor movie night for a memorable birthday bash! Order pizza for dinner, open the gifts and give the children a chance to play in the early evening and then close out the night with an outdoor movie! Many party stores rent out inflatable screens or portable screens you can project the movie onto. Don’t forget the popcorn!

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, we love celebrating our incredible students! From the youngest learners in our infant care program, to our inquisitive toddlers and energetic after-school program participants, we know how important it is to create an environment where children feel safe and valued. Contact us today for more information about our excellent curriculum and superior staff team. We would love to give you a free tour to experience first hand how we are so much more than an average childcare!

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  • Protecting Your Preschooler's Skin in the Summer Sun

    School’s out all across the nation, which means summer is IN! Summertime always brings with it a lot of fun activities, family vacations, and late nights staying up to chase fireflies! It also means staying safe in the summer heat becomes a primary concern for many parents of infants, toddlers, and ... Read More

    School’s out all across the nation, which means summer is IN! Summertime always brings with it a lot of fun activities, family vacations, and late nights staying up to chase fireflies! It also means staying safe in the summer heat becomes a primary concern for many parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Protecting your child from the sun’s UV rays is an important element of enjoying the outdoors during the hot summer months.

    Letting your child have fun outdoors during the summer is a great idea! There are many benefits to soaking in the sun’s rays such as absorbing vitamin D3 and getting great exercise. Many children have so much fun outdoors they don’t notice when their skin is feeling burned, which is why it’s important as a parent or caregiver, to pay attention to your child’s outdoor activities.

    Here are some helpful steps to enjoy your fun in the sun without any unwanted consequences!

    1.If you plan to be in the sun for a long period of time such as at a park or an outdoor birthday party, always wear light clothing to cover your skin as well as sunscreen.

    2.Be aware of the type of sunscreen you use. Many popular sunscreens contain chemicals that could potentially be harmful to your child’s skin. Look for non-mineral sunscreen that uses zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. These more natural sunscreens do not dissolve in sunlight, are not usually absorbed into the body and are overall more effective at blocking UV rays.

    3.Eat a diet high in anti-oxidants to protect your skin. Great snacks to bring along when spending time in the sun include: cranberries or blueberries, pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts. All of these snacks are rich in antioxidants.

    4.Keep track of how long your child’s skin has been exposed to the sun. Too much time in the sun may mean the sunscreen is no longer protecting the skin. Pay attention to any sign of skin problems and seek shade to better protect your child’s skin.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney always takes your child’s safety very seriously. We take extra precautions in all of our programs to ensure every infant, toddler, or preschooler is safe and nurtured. Our commitment to your child goes above and beyond an average daycare or childcare facility. One example of this is the rigorous training we require of our staff – each member is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. Teachers are also encouraged to further their education through CDA and CCP programs and are given opportunities to attend professional training conferences.Contact us today to find out how we can serve your family!

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  • Fun Ways to Enhance Your Preschooler's Math Skills

    Preschoolers are naturally inquisitive and are eager to learn about the world around them. Whether they’re at daycare, on a play date, spending some time at home or anywhere else, they’re always taking in their surroundings. Each day provides plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. As a parent or caregiver, it’s important to help young minds not only explore, but understand new... Read More

    Preschoolers are naturally inquisitive and are eager to learn about the world around them. Whether they’re at daycare, on a play date, spending some time at home or anywhere else, they’re always taking in their surroundings. Each day provides plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. As a parent or caregiver, it’s important to help young minds not only explore, but understand new knowledge. Math is just one example of a subject that can be learned through simple daily activities.

    Take a look at these creative ways to enhance your preschooler’s math skills:

    1.Organize Toys – Give your child the responsibility to organize toys in a particular manner. At first, do not give any specific instructions, just ask the child to organize. You may be surprised how your child groups things! After your child has grouped the toys, ask questions about how the toys were grouped. Then proceed to do variations of the task by asking the child to group the toys by size, color, shape etc. Your child can also count the toys in each container to remember how many toys are able to fit.

    2.Guessing weights - Ask your child to guess which toy is the heaviest. Then, show your child how to use a scale to weigh the toys and see if the guess was correct.

    3.Matching - Play a match game. Ask your children to choose 2 items in the house that weigh the same. Then place the items on the scale and see if the match is correct.

    4.Looking for patterns – Ask your child to walk around your home and look for matching patterns, lines or shapes. See who can find the most patterns.

    5.Do a puzzle together - Help your child organize the steps to complete the puzzle (place the end pieces together, place similar colors together, etc.).

    6.Counting money - Purposefully leave change in your purse or pocket. Make an offer to your child to keep the change if he or she can tell you the exact amount of money you have.

    7.Measuring food – Invite your child to help you prepare a dish. For example, tell your child, “Would you give me 3 strawberries, 1 egg, and 1 cup of milk, etc.”

    Any activity that involves numbers, shapes, patterns, or structures can help with math skills. Even simple tasks can be beneficial! At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, we are passionate about being The First Step to Higher Education™ for your infant, toddler, or preschool child. We understand that a child can learn anywhere -- outside on the playground, on a summer camp field trip, and of course, in our classrooms. Our engaging curriculums help meet each student where they are developmentally while building on previous knowledge. We love seeing our students learn and grow! Contact us today for more information, and to see firsthand how we are so much more than an average preschool or childcare.

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  • Perks of Summer Camp

    Spring is finally in the air! Warmer weather is upon us and before you know it, summer will have arrived. It may seem early to think about summer activities for your child but we suggest getting your calendar figured out as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary stress from last minute planning.Working parents face a dilemma with occupying their children during the s... Read More

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    Spring is finally in the air! Warmer weather is upon us and before you know it, summer will have arrived. It may seem early to think about summer activities for your child but we suggest getting your calendar figured out as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary stress from last minute planning.

    Working parents face a dilemma with occupying their children during the summer months. There are many types of summer camps to choose from. For younger children such as preschoolers, the most popular type of summer camp is one that operates on a day-camp schedule (an all day but not overnight environment). Older children often like to experience the type of summer camps where they travel to a campsite and are occupied with new friends and activities for several weeks of the summer months.

    Whatever your child’s needs may be, summer camp has proven to be a helpful activity in helping your child develop in social, developmental, and emotional areas. Many summer camps are also educational which is an added benefit!

    Consider these universal benefits of summer camp:

    1. New experiences/new friends – Participating in a summer camp opens your child up to adventures and people they haven’t encountered before. Even though a camp setting may seem intimidating for a shy child, it’s a safe place for them to develop socially and conquer fears!

    2. Confidence booster – Camp provides children with activities and stimulating environments to help encourage confidence and increase curiosity about the world around them. Through teamwork games and individual play, children are cheered on by camp staff/teachers to try something challenging and achieve new goals.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney we are excited to offer an engaging all-day summer camp, for Kindergarten through 12 years old. Contact us for more information!

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  • Our New Digital Magazine!

    We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new digital magazine! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine... Read More

    We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new digital magazine! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.

    This month’s edition includes a helpful article on how to understand and address your infant or toddler’s anxiety as well as making math a fun learning experience for preschoolers. Each edition will highlight areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood.

    In addition to helpful articles you will find information about different school programs and activities our children are getting involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2015 program!

    Take a peek inside our magazine and feel free to share it with friends. As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us, today!

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  • Finding a Solution to the Problem of Bullying

    We’d all like to think that our children are too sweet to be a bully and too popular to be the object of someone else’s bullying. The reality is, a lot of children face insecurity and fear when they enter new environments like a preschool and because they are learning to develop social cues and navigating new environments, bullying can happen at an early age.&nb... Read More

    We’d all like to think that our children are too sweet to be a bully and too popular to be the object of someone else’s bullying. The reality is, a lot of children face insecurity and fear when they enter new environments like a preschool and because they are learning to develop social cues and navigating new environments, bullying can happen at an early age.

     While it’s tempting for the teacher to always side with the victim and punish the bully, this creates more opportunity to continue the bully-victim syndrome. A technique called “liberation teaching” can be used to offset the continuance of bully vs. victim. Teachers implement this technique when they take time to address both the victim and the bully and use the instance as a learning opportunity for both parties. If a problem persists, parental involvement is required to help determine how to equip the bullying child with a more acceptable way of behaving.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we take our role as the First Step to Higher Education™ very seriously and are passionate about providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of our students. We implement the philosophy of “Hug First, Then Teach” in every level of learning and teach children the importance of respect, understanding, and healthy self-expression.

    Contact us today to learn more about our elite Learning Academy!

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  • Tips for dealing with your McKinney preschooler’s whining

    Feelings of frustration and anger are not uncommon among preschoolers and toddlers alike. When these feelings manifest themselves in your preschooler, it can often lead to moaning and whining. Managing a whining child is not easy, especially when it has been going on for an ... Read More

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    Feelings of frustration and anger are not uncommon among preschoolers and toddlers alike. When these feelings manifest themselves in your preschooler, it can often lead to moaning and whining. Managing a whining child is not easy, especially when it has been going on for an extended period of time. In this piece we will take a closer look at a few ways in which you can deal with your preschooler’s whining.

    Stop it early

    Do not ignore your child’s whining for hours on end. This will only serve to frustrate you, as well as your child. Sit down with your child and ask what it is wrong. Encourage the child to calm down and speak in a civil manner. Once you learn what the problem is, you can try work toward a solution. Give your child a hug once the issue is resolved. This can serve as a lesson to the child on how to resolve conflict in a calm manner.

    Never concede to whining

    Giving in to a child’s whining can set a very dangerous precedent. Whining represents a great way to allow a child to have his or her own way. Try to remain calm and rational while working with your child, in order to reach a resolution to the issue. If a resolution can not be found, and your child continues to whine, then consequences are in order. After instituting the consequences that you have decided upon as a family, try making another attempt at finding a solution. Show you mean business, but allow for some compassion.

    The childcare professionals at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, Texas, take great pride in providing an excellent level of preschool care and education. Contact us today for more information regarding our programs and facilities designed to keep your child stimulated.  

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  • McKinney Child Care: Two fun-filled craft activities for your child

    Today there are so many fun activities and games for infants and toddlers that it can often be quite difficult to find something that will entertain and teach and be something your child will love. Fortunately, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, Texas, provides you with ideas and inspiration about some fun activities that you and your child can enj... Read More

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    Today there are so many fun activities and games for infants and toddlers that it can often be quite difficult to find something that will entertain and teach and be something your child will love. Fortunately, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, Texas, provides you with ideas and inspiration about some fun activities that you and your child can enjoy around the house.

    Idea 1: Cut-out stories

    This is a unique idea. Prepare a diverse set of printed out images that your child can then color, or you can have your child tear out pictures from magazines. Encourage him or her to cut these images out to make unique cut-out-stories. These stories are better than reading books because each time the story is different and this allows your child to explore new concepts and ideas at a comfortable pace.

    Idea 2: Growing plant-pets

    This idea is also quite unique because it blends toys and pets into one. For this activity you will need grass seed, a stocking, some sawdust, and accessories that can be made to look like eyes, a nose, a mouth and legs. Once these are gathered, fill the stocking with a mixture of the sawdust and seeds, and tie up the open end. Then use the accessories to make a nose and mouth, etc. on the stocking. Add a bit of water to the stocking and in a few days, the seeds within the sawdust should start growing. This will become a living pet that your child can feed on a daily basis.

    We encourage you to come up with your own unique ideas. Just remember that any activity can be made fun with a little bit of motivation and imagination.

    If you are interested in our specialized child care services that extend beyond the classroom, then contact us here

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  • Healthy Parenting Starts with Healthy Parents

    From tantrums and timeouts to teenage rebellion, parenting is hard work. Many parents are crossing their fingers and hoping they won’t make a mess of raising their children. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be a guessing game!Child psychologists have been studying what constitutes a healthy parenting approach and many have singled out one essential ingredient: a healthy p... Read More

    From tantrums and timeouts to teenage rebellion, parenting is hard work. Many parents are crossing their fingers and hoping they won’t make a mess of raising their children. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be a guessing game!

    Child psychologists have been studying what constitutes a healthy parenting approach and many have singled out one essential ingredient: a healthy parent. One of the quickest and easiest ways for a child to learn good, healthy behavior is to model the behavior of their parents or caregivers. If you are taking care of yourself, your child will reap the benefits of a well rested, less stressed, and more available parent.

    Health includes more than just a physical condition; it also takes into consideration the mental and emotional state of a person. A study published by Child Development discovered the stress of a parent has the ability to imprint onto their child’s genes and have lasting effects.

    Parenting expert, Dr. Laura Markham suggests parents always take a little bit of time during their busy days and weeks to focus on their own well-being. She suggests, “Go to bed earlier so you’re better rested, eat healthfully to maintain your mood… and slow down your pace so you can enjoy life. “ The expectation to be a perfect parent and raise perfect children always leads to an environment that can be unforgiving, high-pressured and stressful. As you come to grips with your strengths and shortcomings as a parent, it’s important to maintain healthy adult relationships with people who care about you and can support you.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, we understand the importance of cultivating healthy parent-staff relationships as well as child-teacher relationships. We are dedicated to supporting your child in a nurturing environment that promotes learning and a ton of fun! Contact us today!

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  • 5 Qualities of an Excellent Childcare

    Many busy families depend on a daycare or extended preschool facility to look after their young child during the workday. This decision can be a difficult one as there are so many variables to consider and so many different locations claiming to offer the best care for your child. If you are searching for the best choice for your child, keep the following qualities in mind:... Read More

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    Many busy families depend on a daycare or extended preschool facility to look after their young child during the workday. This decision can be a difficult one as there are so many variables to consider and so many different locations claiming to offer the best care for your child. If you are searching for the best choice for your child, keep the following qualities in mind:

    1. Security Measures - When you visit a childcare facility, take note of how easily you can enter the building, if anyone is present to greet you, and how the staff treats all visitors. This gives you an overall idea of the normal security protocols that are exhibited on a daily basis.

    2. Atmosphere - Children thrive in environments that are clean, colorful, and spacious. You will want your child to be cared for in a room that is neatly organized with toys and books that will help them learn and socialize.

    3. Daily Nutrition - Ask to see a menu to see what your child will be served on a daily basis. At Kids ‘R’ Kids we have an on-site chef to ensure our meals our fresh and made with the best ingredients. Remember, nutritional eating habits learned at an early age will help create a foundation for healthy eating as they continue to grow.

    4. Staff Qualifications - Ask about the educational qualifications of the teachers. While teenage babysitters may be appropriate for watching one or two children in the comfort of your own home, it takes professional training, education, and maturity to lead and manage a room full of young children. A degree in early childhood education or a related-field is highly preferred. Having at least several years experience at a daycare or as a teacher is also important.

    5. Diverse and Rich Curriculum - Look for a preschool that offers accredited curriculum from trustworthy names in Early Education such as AdvancED, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and others. By learning through an accredited and proven curriculum, your child will likely develop advanced cognitive, intellectual and social skills.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, we are passionate about our commitment to excellence and your child’s safety is our primary concern. Our secure and state-of-the-art facility boasts password-protected entry, live online viewing capability for parents, a highly-qualified staff team, and a clean, welcoming atmosphere that inspires learning in children of all ages as they explore our exclusive curriculum.

    For more information about our programs, contact us today!

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  • The Benefits of Infant Childcare

    Placing your baby in a daycare environment provides them with several opportunities for growth and development. The stimulating, age-appropriate programs offered at a high-quality childcare center enable your child to develop social and emotional skills while sharpening their creative and cognitive abilities.The trained teachin... Read More

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    Placing your baby in a daycare environment provides them with several opportunities for growth and development. The stimulating, age-appropriate programs offered at a high-quality childcare center enable your child to develop social and emotional skills while sharpening their creative and cognitive abilities.

    The trained teaching teams at daycare centers are also highly-qualified to offer care for the students in their classrooms. At Kids ‘R’Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney, all of our staff members are certified in CPR, First-Aid and SIDS prevention. If you are anxious about placing your child in daycare, we encourage you to take a tour of the center and ask a lot of questions. Any childcare center that is operating a clean, secure, and educational facility will be glad to address your concerns.

    Another childcare option for your baby would be to hire an in-home provider or nanny. This option is often more expensive but may be a good fit for you if you feel more comfortable with your child being in a familiar environment. Something to consider with an individual provider however, is if they are somehow unavailable due to sickness or travel you will need to have some kind of backup plan for your child’s care. In a childcare center, with many teachers you can be assured that your child will always have someone who is trained and qualified to care for them.

    If you’re new to the area or find yourself needing childcare for the first time and are not sure what the best fit would be for your child, ask other moms! Anytime you are out at a park or in the grocery store and come in contact with other moms, feel free to ask them what they know about area childcare centers or in-home providers. Moms are usually very willing to share their experience and wisdom with other moms, whether they’ve had a good or bad relationship with their childcare providers! You can also ask your pediatrician or family doctor for recommendations on care.

    Finding care for your child can be a daunting decision but at the end of the day it is entirely up to you as the parent to make a choice that suits your needs the best. We would love for you to contact us and take a free tour of our state-of-the-art facility as you do your research. We are confident that our quality staff team, exclusive curriculum, and secure online viewing for parents in each classroom, are all factors that will contribute to your peace of mind as a parent!

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  • Five art projects to do during school holidays in McKinney, Texas

    When school closes for the summer holidays, your toddler or preschooler is going to need something to do to stay busy and channel their energy. School break is the perfect time to bond with your child over some kid-friendly and fun activities. Need some ideas? Here are five art projects to do during the school holidays:For ... Read More

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    When school closes for the summer holidays, your toddler or preschooler is going to need something to do to stay busy and channel their energy. School break is the perfect time to bond with your child over some kid-friendly and fun activities. Need some ideas? Here are five art projects to do during the school holidays:

    For toddlers:

    1. Get creative with homemade play-dough.  You can make your own scented play-dough for your toddler. Mix flour, water, vegetable oil, salt, cream of tartar and powdered drink mix for a beautiful, colorful and sweet-smelling dough.
    2. Create art with shredded paper.  Get some non-toxic glue, some big pieces of white paper and some piles of old giftwrap and magazines. Rip them up into little pieces (about one to two-inch square) and lay them out on a table. Your toddler can create their own artwork by gluing the colorful bits of paper on to a plain white piece of paper or a piece of cardboard.
    3. Make your own photo frame.  Cut a blank card into the perfect frame size for a photo and help your toddler color, paint and stick on all sorts of different bits and pieces to make their own photo frame. Once finished, display it proudly in your living room or office.

    For preschoolers:

    1. Make edible finger-paint.  Children love finger painting so how about a paint your child can actually eat? Just mix a few drops of food coloring with vanilla pudding and they are ready to paint!
    2. Make a bowl with clay.  Craft clay is a fun invention! Get some in different colors and help your preschooler make a decorative bowl or dish. Then simply put in the oven (follow the instructions on pack) and you have a little keepsake.

    When it is not possible to be with yourchild over the school break and you need a place for them to go where they can be nurtured and engaged with fun activities, bring them to Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy in McKinney, TX. We offer programs for children as young as infancy. We also have a nature themed summer camp program for ten weeks of fun. Contact us today to learn more about enrolling your child.

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  • McKinney child day care: Brain development and language acquisition

    Language development in your child is about more than just learning to speak. It is key to teaching multiple skills including reading, social behaviors, communication, problem solving, creativity, self expression and vocabulary. Supporting language development is important at home as well as in child care facilities. Here are some great tips: Continuousl... Read More

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    Language development in your child is about more than just learning to speak. It is key to teaching multiple skills including reading, social behaviors, communication, problem solving, creativity, self expression and vocabulary. Supporting language development is important at home as well as in child care facilities. Here are some great tips:

    • Continuously talk to your baby: Research has shown that consistent exposure to adult speech has a significantly positive impact on your child’s language development, boosting vocabulary and reading skills. It’s best to keep up a stream of one-sided chatter as you interact with your infant.
    • Engage with storybooks: Reading to your infant is a great way to encourage language development in a calm, relaxing setting. As your child gets older, encourage him or her to interact with the book by touching the pages, pointing to pictures, and asking about the story.
    • Learn infant sign language: Simple signs can be learned by your child from around seven months. You can make communication more effective by teaching your child the sign for “bottle” while saying the word out loud. When your child is able to say the word out loud, the signs can become a fun game for you to expand your child’s vocabulary even further.
    • Explore: Choosing a fun, safe environment for you and your child to explore gives him or her a great opportunity for practicing language skills. A visit to Towne Lake Recreational Area provides an opportunity for your child to point out trees, flowers, ducks, boats and more.

    If you are looking for a child care facility that prioritizes language and early brain development, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney is a great choice. We offer the exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum. This program is designed to provide optimal stimulation and support for early cognitive, language, social-emotional and physical growth. Through fun and age-appropriate activities, our highly qualified staff will work with your child to help achieve their full mental potential.

    For more information, please contact us today.

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  • Educational math apps for your McKinney preschooler

    Digital and mobile apps have become excellent aids when it comes to educating young preschool aged children. These apps typically take subjects that are seen as boring and mundane and turn them into interactive digital playgrounds. Let’s take a look at how educational math apps can assist your preschool child when it comes to learning difficult subjects:... Read More

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    Digital and mobile apps have become excellent aids when it comes to educating young preschool aged children. These apps typically take subjects that are seen as boring and mundane and turn them into interactive digital playgrounds. Let’s take a look at how educational math apps can assist your preschool child when it comes to learning difficult subjects:

    They make learning fun

    Math apps have the ability to make learning enjoyable. By utilizing fun, colorful and interactive math applications, your child can learn about new mathematical concepts while having fun. Because these apps are interactive, they generally give your child a lot more in terms of learning than something passive like a book or television.

    They are portable

    Because math apps are portable, you can take your tablet or smartphone with you on long road trips or family vacations. This way you can keep your child’s young mind busy and learning even when you need to concentrate on important things such as driving. This is also a great way to encourage learning while your child is away from school.

    They allow your child to familiarize himself with mobile technology

    Math apps allow your child to become familiar and comfortable with mobile technology. This has become increasingly important in a progressively digital world. The skills learned on the mobile device will support your child’s development and prepare him or her for advanced mathematics later in school.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, Texas we offer our AdvancED for preschool Accredited program and proprietary Fast Track Curriculum™ which is an exclusive curriculum to Kids ‘R’ Kids. Most child care and day care facilities do not offer developmental and foundational education experiences that have the latest in technology. Nor do they have such highly trained teachers as we have at Kids ‘R’ Kids of McKinney. For more information about our preschool, contact us.

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  • Infant child care: choose the best car seat for your child in McKinney

    Part of your child care routine is ensuring that your infant is safe while you are traveling in a vehicle. A car seat should be purchased early, as you will need it to bring your child home from the hospital. It is imperative for parents to know that if a car seat is not installed properly, your child co... Read More

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    Part of your child care routine is ensuring that your infant is safe while you are traveling in a vehicle. A car seat should be purchased early, as you will need it to bring your child home from the hospital. It is imperative for parents to know that if a car seat is not installed properly, your child could be in danger. Every car seat has different installation instructions so be sure to read them thoroughly. When purchasing any car seat, be sure it is compliant with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s regulations.

    Infant car seats should always be installed in your car’s back seat, facing to the rear. The latest guidelines for child care from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say to keep your child in a rear facing car seat until the age of two.

    Strict safety protocol

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney is a leading academy for infant child care so we understand child safety issues. We provide parents advice, such as about infant car seats above, and provide child care services for children of all ages.

    Our concern for safety applies to our bus drivers too, who are required to maintain a Commercial Drivers License and Certification in bus safety procedures through Kids ‘R’ Kids Corporate Headquarters. We also have specific procedures for daily drop-off and pick-up to ensure no child is left behind.

    Our concern for safety is also present inside the facility where gloves are used by our professional staff to prevent germs from spreading and all toys and classroom equipment are disinfected regularly. We utilize tempered, safety glass walls for our classrooms because these provide the best view and safety for ongoing child care.

    If you would like more information about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, contact us today.

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  • Need daycare options for the McKinney, Texas, summer break?

    The McKinney summer break is right around the corner. Have you made plans for your daycare age children yet? Rather than your children staying inside, feeling bored and complaining about having nothing to do, enroll them in summer cam... Read More

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    The McKinney summer break is right around the corner. Have you made plans for your daycare age children yet? Rather than your children staying inside, feeling bored and complaining about having nothing to do, enroll them in summer camp at our Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy. While many learning institutions close during school breaks and holidays, we stay open in order to provide flexible options for families with young children. Our summer camp program and Learning Academy accommodates children ages 6 weeks-12 years old.

    More about Camp Nature Kids

    Camp Nature Kids is our exciting ten-week odyssey in the classroom that transforms children into scientists, explorers and adventurers as they investigate the wonderful and wild world of nature beyond their back door. Children will utilize all five senses as they learn about dirt, mud, insects, plants and animals and they''ll also engage in essential bonding with their peers.

    At Kids 'R' Kids of McKinney, Texas we understand that as a parent there is nothing more important than the peace of mind that comes in knowing your children are in a safe, loving, educational and nurturing environment during the times when you're away from them. We are here to provide that peace of mind and give your children a chance to explore and learn while having fun!

    In addition to being open during the McKinney summer holiday, we are also open during other school holidays including winter, fall and spring breaks and teacher workdays in order to provide convenient and flexible options for all families. Whether you're the type of parent that likes to take their kids to community parks or wants them to learn more about culture and historic places, we feel certain that we offer activities everyone can enjoy!

    For more information about summer camp at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, Texas, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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