Fostering connections with peers and individuals beyond the family circle forms a crucial foundation for various aspects of a child's ongoing growth and development. Introducing children to social interactions from an early age plays a pivotal role in bolstering their self-esteem and overcoming shyness.
School-aged children and teens spend 80% of their awake time outside of school, and 1 in 5 young people in the U.S. are alone after school. High-quality after-school activities help young people grow in a good way and give them a safe place to explore their potential.
You may have heard of the term "early childhood milestones" and wondered what they are and why they matter. We’ll explore some of those milestones and explain how experts measure them, and what role they play in your child's development and preschool readiness.
The transition from home care to a preschool is difficult for most young kids. There are many reasons why it is difficult to prepare young children for transitioning to childcare and preschool. However, this does not mean that it is impossible or undesirable to do so.
For both children and adults, life is a learning and development process. Young people may find the world to be frightening. For children to mature into well-adjusted, prosperous people, we must assist them in learning how to handle the many problems they may encounter.
Aside from giving kids a safe place to stay, before- and after-school care programs give kids a place to learn and improve their social skills. Children's early years are a crucial time for them to learn how to get along with others. Children with good social skills can get along with others, speak well, and make friends. These skills also help kids find peaceful ways to solve problems and work with others.
Providing a safe, positive, and engaging environment is not only good for a child's well-being but also needed for their development. Creating this kind of environment in an after school program allows children to explore their interests, express themselves, and build enduring relationships with supportive peers and caring adults.
Social and emotional learning is an important part of a child's growth. It involves being aware of and controlling your feelings, respecting others, setting and reaching goals, making and keeping good relationships, and making good choices. Building good social skills is important for children to become successful adults. While schools do help children develop social skills, there is not a lot of free time where they can just be kids.
It's important to remember that kids play differently based on their age and personality. It turns out that kids benefit a lot from play, whether it's on their own, with an adult, or with other kids. Studies show that playing helps kids learn to think, move, and get along with others. It can also help them deal with how they feel.
From establishing a strong foundation for lifelong learning and fostering social skills, to promoting independence and preparing for future personal and professional success, preschool plays a vital role in a child's development. By providing a nurturing and stimulating environment, preschool sets the stage for a bright and successful future for your child.
You want to make sure that your child is in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment; one with trained and caring staff to support them. While each working parents’ situation might be unique, there are some core factors that working families must consider when choosing the right preschool.
Starting preschool is a significant milestone in a child's life, marking their first steps into the world of learning and development. However, this transition has fears and concerns that can make it challenging for both the child and the parents.
It is a crucial stage in a child's life that can have lasting effects on their further development, as well as their future success. But it all depends on choosing the right preschool program for your family and your child.
MCCA has been recognized by the Maryland State Legislature for its commitment to Montgomery County issued a quality programs and special needs child care Proclamation in 2016 to MCCA for its commitment to Montgomery County child care for more than 50 years. MCCA was also selected as a 2018 nonprofit finalist for a MOXIE Award for boldness and innovation
MCCA is the oldest nonprofit licensed child care provider in Montgomery County and started its work in 1968 as a Community Action Project of the War on Poverty. Recognizing the need for quality child care programs in their neighborhoods, a group of local activists formed an association to establish centers in Montgomery County that would serve a diverse population and establish high standards for child care. Now, more than 50 years later, MCCA’s dedicated and expertly trained staff continue their tradition of providing high quality child care and play-based education for children.
Families with school aged children who can afford their child care expenses during the school year often struggle to afford the all-day programs they need when school is out for the summer. The Richard Krampf Summer Adventures Scholarship Fund was established to help provide children a safe and stimulating place to spend their weeks when school is out. Please contact an MCCA Director for details on how to apply.