WITH YOUR CHILD IN EVERYDAY PLACES
Business Bureau accredited organization, City
Kids Daycare provides a safe, fun, and enriching
environment where kids can learn and play. Offering
a variety of activities for children to take part
in, City Kids Daycare caters to children of professional
parents in Columbus, Ohio.
parents want to make the most of the time they
have with their preschool-age children. However,
many may not know just what activities they can
do together. Fortunately, there are plenty of
things preschoolers find enjoyable.
good way to start is to spend time outdoors doing
unstructured activities. Have a back yard? Take
your child outside and rake the leaves. Let your
toddler roll on the ground, jump, and even kick
the leaves. Have a garden? Dig holes in it and
let your toddler marvel at the discoveries he
or she makes in the earth. After digging, plant
something together. Caring for these plants can
be your next project.
you don't have a backyard, consider taking a walk
in a park or a wooded area. Let your child decide
where he or she would like to go. Toddlers like
to make plenty of stops to collect rocks, smell
flowers, play with water, or to throw twigs around.
Almost all toddlers love getting dirty. Share
their interest when they are taken with something.
parks are inaccessible, consider creating chalk
art on your driveway together. Kids love making
a mess. It will be fun, and the first rain will
clear the slate for the next art session.
PROVIDES BOOKS TO AMERICA'S 14 MILLION CHILDREN
two locations (Downtown
and Hilliard) in Columbus,
Ohio, City Kids Daycare provides upscale childcare
facilities to serve the children of professional
parents. An organization committed to helping children
learn and play, City Kids Daycare supports Toys
for Tots which runs the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
for Tots Literacy Program has a mission
of empowering children from disadvantaged backgrounds
with books to help them learn to read, compete
academically, and end the cycle of poverty. The
National Center for Children in Poverty estimates
that over 16 million children in the United States
live below the poverty line. According to the
Handbook of Early Literacy Research, the ratio
of age-appropriate books per child in low-income
households is one in 300, and more than 33 percent
of all children in fourth grade can barely read.
Toys for Tots Literacy Program has delivered millions
of books to children from disadvantaged backgrounds
and the groups supporting them. The organization
in the form of money as well as new books. All
monetary donations go toward buying new books
OF MUSIC IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Kids Daycare provides a developmentally appropriate
curriculum that encourages children's natural curiosity.
City Kids Daycare is committed to incorporating
the arts as a key element of learning.
young children have the innate ability to make
and appreciate music. It is a natural part of
the human experience to sing a tune or re-create
a rhythm, and this is evident in the musical behaviors
of the very young. Studies show that young infants
can discriminate pitch, and that early music education
plays a key role in building from this natural
skill to develop a basic command of music.
childhood music education helps children learn
to hear and decode musical experiences. This complex
process, known as audiation, is essential to a
child's ability to sing or play in tune and to
move to a beat. It supports not only musical understanding
but also the proper development of vocal production,
which a child must explore during the preschool
years in order to have command over the voice
in elementary school and beyond.
the same time, music helps children develop physical
coordination as well as a sense of community.
Group music classes give children the opportunity
to interact in a meaningful way with others, while
also building the emotional intelligence that
comes from noticing a song's effect on self or
others. Children are able to notice that music
can make them calm, happy, excited, or even sad.
to and experiencing music also can help build
a child's intellectual capabilities. Experts recommend
exposing children to a broad range of genres,
though classical is particularly key in developing
the neural pathways that can support academic
success later in life. Perhaps the most important
end result, however, is a lifelong love of music
as its own joy.
COOPERATION IN THE CLASSROOM
City Kids Daycare, dedicated staff work to encourage
each child's growth, both individually and as
part of the community. City Kids Daycare classrooms
incorporate problem solving, cooperation, and
other social skills into their child-centered
curricula. The process of cooperation can challenge
a preschool-age child's developing social skills.
Children at this age are still learning to integrate
their sense of self with an innate desire to belong
to a group, and this dichotomy can create intense
feelings when children play together.
classroom is an ideal place for children to work
out their conflicting values of independence and
connection. Many preschool games involve a group
goal as well as individual tasks for each child
to perform, and this duality helps children to
understand the concept of individual contributions
to the whole. In one such game, the teacher asks
the children to make shapes on the floor with
their bodies. The teacher may ask them to lie
down, stand back to back, or hold hands, so that
each child's presence is necessary to form
the final whole. This may correlate with an
art activity in which each child draws part of
a mural or crafts a clay building that becomes
part of a whole neighborhood. These sorts of activities
encourage children to appreciate and respect the
contributions of others, while also valuing their
learning takes place alongside the development
of impulse control, listening, and respectful
communication, all of which are necessary
to create a cooperative atmosphere
SELF-ESTEEM IN YOUNG CHILDREN
Kids Daycare believes in the healthy and confident
growth of each child. By actively incorporating
social and emotional learning into a child's day,
City Kids Daycare helps each child to know and
value him- or herself.
preschool children, self-esteem means believing
in themselves as valuable, capable, and worthwhile
members of the community. Feeling accepted
by others, children grow to understand that
they each have something positive to contribute.
This mindset is essential to approaching the world
growth of self-esteem is a complex process, and
there is no single fail-safe key to making sure
that each child develops this quality. Educators
and psychologists do understand, however, that
self-esteem cannot grow unless a child knows that
his or her parents and teachers provide unconditional
love and acceptance. This does not mean that
adults can neglect to correct misbehavior; rather,
that such corrections should focus on the action
while asserting that the child him- or herself
is not under attack.
also comes from praise, as long as it is specific.
The ubiquitous "good job" is much less
effective than noting the particular effort that
a child took to string beads, work a puzzle, or
help a friend. Parents and teachers can incorporate
this praise into each step of a new skill-building
process, so that the child feels the accomplishment
not only of the skill itself, but of the persistence
involved in mastery.
DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES APPROVAL OF NEW
1989 City Kids Daycare has provided families in
downtown Columbus and Hilliard, Ohio, with preschool
and daycare services that focus on parental involvement
and accessibility, offering a number of extra-curricular
events designed to bring families together and
help them create new memories. Additionally, City
Kids Daycare supports numerous charities, including
Dystrophy Association (MDA).
recently came out in support of the drug nusinersen
(known by the brand name Spinraza),
which received approval by the US Food and Drug
Administration in January for the treatment of
numerous conditions, including spinal muscular
atrophy (SMA). Sold by Biogen and Ionis Pharmaceuticals,
Spinraza is currently available to health care
providers. The drug was specifically formulated
to address specific genetic markers that control
the production of the survival motor neuron (SMN)
has been shown to increase the body's ability
to produce SMN. MDA played a pivotal role in the
development of the drug, investing approximately
$750,000 into early stage research of the drug's
potential benefits. To date, MDA has spent more
than $45 million to fund the fight against SMA.
JUDE RESEARCHER FINDS COLON CANCER FIGHTING PROTEIN
more than 25 years, City Kids Daycare has served
families in Columbus, Ohio, and nearby suburb
Hilliard, Ohio. In addition to providing valuable
services to children, City Kids Daycare supports
the efforts of St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Jude Children's Research Hospital researchers
have recently uncovered a protein understood to
have a significant impact in preventing cancer
development in colon cells. The study, which was
recently published in the scientific journal Nature,
was conducted by Dr. Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti,
who serves in the hospital's Department of Immunology.
When the protein, NLRC3, was removed, researchers
found that the development of colon cancer increased,
proving the theory that NLRC3 plays a crucial
role in suppressing tumor growth. While prior
studies showed some correlation between colon
tumors and the prevalence of NLRC3, this is the
first study to show a direct relationship between
researchers found molecular components that help
NLRC3 fight tumor growth, which could allow scientists
to develop new drugs that restore the protein's
cancer-fighting capabilities. Dr. Kanneganti commented
that there is likely more to be discovered about
the role NLRC3 plays in the body and its ability
to fight disease, and more research should be
IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM
City Kids Daycare in Columbus, Ohio, children
participate in age-appropriate activities that
help them learn about the world around them. City
Kids Daycare promotes diversity and mutual respect
as a key component of its educational program.
The preschool classroom is an ideal setting for
exposing children to cultures and perspectives
different from their own, while also helping each
child to see himself or herself represented in
the broader community. This requires childcare
centers to provide play materials and books that
incorporate elements from as many world cultures
as possible, but it cannot end there.
children learn from direct experience, which they
then mentally categorize to develop a concept
of the world. A child's current worldview is based
on what they have lived up until the current moment,
and their concrete thinking means that this worldview
often translates to sweeping generalization. A
child who has never seen a female doctor, for
example, may believe that only men enter the medical
profession. Early childhood centers can help to
expand these simplified worldviews by showing
children different options and by confidently
asserting that those differences are acceptable.
A child who sees a female doctor for the first
time may need reassurance that this situation
is possible, just as an African American boy may
need evidence that others who look like him can
go on to become lawyers, accountants, or academics.
this process, however, the young child must
be able to see himself or herself in this broadening
world. A classroom that includes Asian children
should also feature books about Asian children
and dramatic play materials that reflect the reality
of an Asian home. Educators who take this proactive
approach help each child to understand that his
or her world matters, as do the worlds of others.
PRESCHOOLERS ABOUT NUTRITION
City Kids Daycare in Ohio, children learn to care
for themselves and others. City Kids Daycare incorporates
health and wellness into its daily program so
that children understand nutrition and other ways
of caring for the body. Early childhood presents
a unique opportunity for adults to teach children
the importance of healthy eating. This can begin
with simple and concrete nutritional guidelines,
such as the importance of eating foods with different
colors and the need to drink plenty of water.
Children internalize this information best
when adults present it as a game or a fun activity.
By presenting a song about delicious fruits or
a game that asks children to identify vegetables,
a parent or teacher can build positive connections
and promote retention.
can further reinforce these concepts by providing
pretend food in dramatic play sets and by reading
books about nutrition with the children. Parents
and teachers can also build healthy eating habits
by keeping nutritious snacks on hand. That way,
eating healthy becomes the norm rather than an
ideal. Experiential learning projects like juice-making
can also make healthy eating come alive for the
preschool child, who learns best through concrete
is important for adults to reinforce nutrition
learning by eating with children and talking about
the food available. This presents opportunities
for adults to build curiosity about new foods,
while modeling enthusiasm for healthy food. Meanwhile,
children learn conversation skills and table etiquette
that make mealtime not only healthful, but also
enjoyable as a social activity.