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October is Spook-tacular!

Autumn weather is here and Halloween is quickly approaching! We have some spook-tacular things planned! But first I want to thank our Goddard Family for all their help and support! Our fundraisers were a huge success! We could not have done it with out you!

To get us in the Halloween spirit, we are hosting a Halloween Howl at our school on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 PM! Come out and join us! There will be light refreshments, fun games, pumpkin decorating and festive music!

Friday, October 30th we will be celebrating Halloween at our school! We will start off our day with a Halloween Magic Show in the morning! All Goddard families are invited to the Halloween Parade at 3:45 PM! The children will be parading in their costumes promptly at 3:45, so get here early! After the parade there will still be enough time to Trick-or-Treat with your family! Go out and have fun!

While Trick-or-Treating, remember these safety tips!

1. Remember to walk.

2. Take a flashlight so see where you are going.

3. Walk on the sidewalk.

4. Make sure your costume does not drag.

5. If you wear a mask, be sure you can see out of it.

6. Trick or Treat at the homes of people you know.

7. Go with an adult.

8. Have someone check your candy before eating it.

9. Wear something reflective or take a glow stick so people can see you in the dark.

10. Have fun! Boo!

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

It`s late and we are sleepy,
The air is cold and still.
Our jack-o-lantern grins at us
Upon the window sill.
We`re stuffed with cake and candy
And we`ve had a lot of fun,
But now it`s time to go to bed
And dream of all we`ve done.
We`ll dream of ghosts and goblins
And of witches that we`ve seen,
And we`ll dream of trick-or-treating
On this happy Halloween.

-Author Unknown, www.familyfun.ie

 

Written by: Kara Scott

Autumn is Here!

Happy Fall! Today is the official first day of Autumn! This has us thinking of all the fun cool weather activities ahead of us!

Which brings me to a couple of reminders:

-Please check your child’s extra clothes for school and make sure to add some pants and long sleeved shirts as well as t-shirts and shorts.

-Also, if it’s going to be chilly, please make sure your child has a jacket or sweatshirt to wear for outside play. We go out every morning and every afternoon.

 

Fundraising Time! We are currently doing two fundraisers for our school!

First is the Yankee Candle Fundraiser!  All the information was put in the parent mailboxes in the hallway.  There are two ways to shop this one! You can either shop from the catalog and use the order form or shop online! There are some online exclusive items you can buy as well!  Just visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter the Group Number (from the information in your fundraiser packet) in the “Start Shopping” box.  Then shop away!  This fundraiser started on September 14th and orders are due to the office by September 30th.  Delivery will take 2-4 weeks.  If you are paying with a check, please make the checks payable to Goddard Parent Organization.

Second is the Scholastic Book Fair! The Book Fair is at our school now and will be here until Friday the 25th.  Come on in and shop for some new books! This time we received many new titles, lots of board books for the younger children, some really funny Halloween themed books, and yummy cookbooks as well! Each classroom made a Wish List for their room.  You can shop from their wish lists and donate a book to your child’s class.  The Wish Lists are located at the front of the school next to Case 1.  You can purchase items using cash, checks made out to Goddard, or credit card!

Thank you so much for all of your support! It is greatly appreciated!

 

In Autumn
by Winifred C. Marshall

They’re coming down in showers,
The leaves all gold and red;
They’re covering the little flowers,
And tucking them in bed
They’ve spread a fairy carpet
All up and down the street;
And when we skip along to school,
they rustle ‘neath our feet

 

Written by Kara Scott

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school! We are so excited for all the fun things we have planned this year!

Here is what’s happening this month!

Our monthly theme is All About Me! This month we are learning about “All About Me, Manners, Family, Pets, and Sports I Like to Play!”

-On Tuesday the 1st we had Back to School Sundaes! What a great way to start the new year!

-The 4th we will be having a School Supply Scavenger Hunt! We also have Gym class this Friday!

-Monday the 7th our school is closed to celebrate Labor Day! Enjoy the day with family and friends!

-On the 8th, Miss Heather comes for Music Class!

-Wednesday the 9th is Wear Orange Day! Show your school spirit by wearing the color of the month!

-The 10th is Family Picture Show and Tell! Bring in those photos for your child to share with their friends and teachers!

-Grandparent’s Day Celebrations are being held on Friday the 11th! At 10AM all Grandparent’s are invited to spend some time in the classroom!

-We are doing a Yankee Candle Fundraiser this year! This will start on Monday the 14th and run until Wednesday the 30th when all orders are due! Thanks for your ongoing support of our school!

-Pajama Day is Tuesday the 15th!

-On the 17th, we are going to have a school-wide Tug-of-War! Bring your biggest muscles that day!

-We have Gym Class with Mr Lil Sports and Stretch & Grow Friday the 18th!

-Our biannual Scholastic Book Fair Begins on Monday the 21st! The Book Fair will be at our school until Friday the 25th!

-Tuesday the 22nd we have Music Class with Miss Heather!

-The 23rd is the First Day of Autumn! Get ready for sweatshirts and everything pumpkin!

-Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Gear Day is Thursday the 24th!

-Don’t forget every Monday is Chicken Finger Day and every Thursday is Pizza Day!

And all of this is just in September! Whew! We are going to have so much fun!

 

Welcome

September is here

And so is fall.

So welcome children

Welcome all.

I hope vacation

Was real fun.

And that you’re glad

School has begun

Author Unknown

 

Written by Kara Scott

Travel Tips!

It’s August and that means that the summer is almost over.  Everyone is trying to get that last minute vacation! One last hurrah! So here are a few tips for traveling with your children!

1. Be prepared and book things ahead of time if possible.

2. Bring plenty of activities for a flight or long car ride.

3. Wipes! Lots of wipes! They are great for the quick clean-ups!

4. Find some fun new learning Apps for their devices.

5. Apps are great, but don’t forget about the books too!

6. Make sure to pack plenty of patience and your sense of humor!

 

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Written by: Kara Scott

Healthy Thoughts

Happy Summer! This week was the start of our Summer Camp. We are so excited for all activities and visitors that are planned!

One of our favorite visitors to the younger rooms through-out the year is Coach Amy with Stretch -n- Grow! She really gets the children moving and grooving! At the end of her class, she gives the teachers a hand out to share with the parents about what their child did in her class that day along with some helpful tips or recipes.  I would like to share the information from one of those hand outs with you today.

Healthy Thoughts…

1. Parents control the supply lines.  You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them.  Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won’t go hungry. They’ll eat what’s available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn’t all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don’t feel deprived.

2. From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether to eat at all.  Kids need to have some say in the matter. Schedule regular meal and snack times. From the selection you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like a little too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve.

3. Quit the “clean-plate club.” Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn’t help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat.

4. Start them young.  Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety.  Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies.  You may need to serve a new food on several different occasions for a child to accept it.  Don’t force a child to eat, but offer a few bites.  With older kids, ask them to try one bite.

5. Rewrite the kids’ menu. Who says kids only want to eat hot dogs, pizza, burgers and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, let your kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness to experiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you ordered or ordering an appetizer for them to try.

6. Drink calories count. Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when it’s 100%, but kids don’t need much of it – 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers.

7. Put sweets in their place. Occasional sweets are fine, but don’t turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner.  When dessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods.

8. Food is not love. Find better ways to say “I love you.” When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they may start using food to cope with stress or other emotions.  Offer hugs, praise, and attention istead of food treats.

9. Kids do as you do. Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible.  Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don’t skip meals.

Thank you to Coach Amy from Stretch -n- Grow for letting me share this information!

Enjoy the summer! We hope it’s happy and healthy!

 

Food Fight

Dinner began, silent and calm,
Delicious food, thanks to our mom.
Suddenly we noticed, something fly,
It wasn’t a plane, it was a pie.

A sight to see, crème pie in the face,
Chaos erupted, it was a race.
Salads, chicken, and lots of rice,
Hilarious food fight, with plenty of spice.

Grandpa received food in his ear,
Didn’t matter, he still couldn’t hear.
Mom had pies, under the table,
Dad surrendered, went to watch cable.

Laughter filled, the dining room,
They would need more, than just a broom.
It was much more, than a really bad mess.
A fun way to relieve, some of that stress.

by AnitaPoems.com

 

Written by Kara Scott

Do You Have a Picky Eater?

Do you have a picky eater?  As parents and teachers, we all know that children can be particular with what they do and don’t eat.  Eating (or not eating) is the one thing they have control of.  Many families struggle to come up with new ideas for meals that are fun and nutritious.  Here are some tried and true meal ideas we have come up with over the years!

-Chicken nuggets

-Home made Macaroni and Cheese

-Home made Pizza (whole wheat crust, naan bread, english muffin, etc.) 

-Pasta 

-Whole wheat wraps sliced to look like sushi

-Breakfast foods for lunch or dinner

-Waffle sandwiches (cream cheese, chocolate hazelnut spread, fruit spreads, or any nut butters)

-Grilled cheese

-Quesadillas (fill with all sorts of healthy veggies and proteins) 

-Sandwiches (lunch meats, cheese, fruit spreads, nut butters, ham/turkey/veggie burger) 

-Use cookie cutter shapes to cut sandwiches to make finger sandwiches

-Lunch meat and cheese rolled up then sliced like sushi

-Cheese and crackers

-Yogurt and applesauce with a straw through the lid

-Sweet potato fries and tots

-Baked potato

-Fish (try it, they might surprise you and like it) 

-Fruits and veggies (get them in anywhere you can) 

 

Please take notice of the most chokable foodsaccording to www.familyeducation.com!

-Hot dogs

-Carrots

-Apples

-Grapes

-Nuts

-Peanut butter

-Marshmallows

-Gum and hard candy

-Popcorn

 

PANCAKE?

Who wants a pancake,
Sweet and piping hot?
Good little Grace looks up and says,
“I’ll take the one on top.”
Who else wants a pancake,
Fresh off the griddle?
Terrible Theresa smiles and says,
“I’ll take the one in the middle.”

by Shel Silverstein

 

Written by: Kara Scott

Beach Safety Tips!

Memorial Day is already this weekend! With that in mind, here are some beach safety tips!

 

Top Ten Tips For Improving Family Beach Safety And Enjoyment

One of the favorite vacations for families is going to the beach.  When you are enjoying the sun, ocean and sand, just remember these few tips to keep your family safe!

  1. Wind, Waves, Currents: All parents should understand that wind generates waves.  The stronger the wind, the stronger the waves.  When the “surf’s up” it is often too dangerous for the average swimmer, particularly small children.
  2. Never Swim Alone: Whenever venturing into the water, make every attempt to swim with another proficient swimmer.  Swimming alone in the ocean can often be unsafe.
  3. No Diving or Head-First Entries– The sand under the water is not soft and forgiving.  Two-thirds of all catastrophic neck injuries (apx. 800 annually) occur in open-water areas, not swimming pools.  Feet-first is the only safe way for you and your kids to enter the water.
  4. Lost Children: The number one problem at beaches is lost children.  Go to the beach with a plan.  Your children should know where you entered, where you place the blanket and a meeting spot in case of separation.
  5. Close, Active Supervision: You must watch your child (ren) 100% of the time.  You have to be active, aggressive, and attentive at all times.  Remember it only takes seconds to drown.
  6. Learn How To Swim/ Wear A Life Jacket: If you don’t know how to swim, then waist-deep water can be dangerously deep.  Wear a properly sized and fitted United States Coast Guard Approved life jacket.
  7. Rip Currents: Rip currents account for more than 80% of near-drownings in our oceans.  Ask about rip currents at your beach.  If you get caught in one don’t panic, breathe deep and swim parallel to shore.
  8. Take Frequent Breaks– Fatigue, sunburn, hypothermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can all become problems.  For your health and safety, take frequent breaks from the sun and water with your family and take your children to the restroom.
  9. Look But Don’t Touch– Many birds, turtles and marine life forms often wash up on beaches.  Do not get too close and above all, do not touch the organism.  Your child (ren)  may hurt the creature or it may hurt them!
  10.  Follow You Flags, Check The Conditions Of The Beach– Learn the flag system at your beach and remember, “When in doubt, don’t go out!”  Red– Dangerous conditions, Yellow-Caution: Moderately Dangerous Conditions, and Green– Mild Ocean Conditions.

Source by:  Tom Griffiths

 

“A Day at the Beach”

A day at the beach
What could be
More fun
Than playing in
The sand
The surf
The sun

Building castles
And rivers
And splashing
In the waves
There’s no better
Way to spend
Hot summer days

Author: Sharon Froese

 

Written by: Kara Scott

 

May Days!

Can you believe it’s already May? Everything is starting to turn green and flowers are blooming! Spring is officially here!

 

We have a busy month ahead of us! This month our theme is “Shops All Around” and we are learning all about the different shops around our towns!  We will also be talking about money and other places where we can spend it!

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo at the school on Tuesday! The children enjoyed some festive treats and had a blast doing festive activities like hitting a pinata and dancing to “The Mexican Hat Dance!”

Yesterday was Pajama Day at our school!  We came to school in our favorite PJ’s to show our school spirit!

This Sunday the 10th is Mother’s Day! Don’t forget!  On Monday all the Moms are invited to enjoy a muffin at drop-off!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! We have some fun things planned to show our teachers how much they are appreciated!

On Tuesday the 19th, wear purple to show your school spirit!

We are going to enjoy some yummy ice cream sundaes with the children on Wednesday the 20th!

Our school is closed on Monday the 25th to celebrate Memorial Day! Enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Friday the 29th we are going to have a Goddard School Picnic!  Pack a lunch for your child to enjoy on a blanket outside with their friends! Rainy weather won’t stop us! We can lay out our blankets in the hallway!

 

 

Spring

by Kaitlyn Guenther

So many flowers are blooming.

Petite little squirrels come out to play.

Really big bears awake from their slumbers.

Imaginative children enjoy a walk with their friends.

No tree is left standing without any leaves.  So

Go ahead, jump for joy because spring is here.

 

Written by: Kara Scott

 

 

Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrated Earth day! At 10 AM we shut off all the lights in the school and worked on some Earth day activities!  Each class decorated a letter to spell out “EARTH” with various art materials!  We also worked on Earth friendly projects with pieces of nature, recyclables, blue and green markers, crayons, and paper! We had so much fun doing our Earth friendly centers in the dark using flashlights!  Some of the children’s hard work will be hung in the hallway! Don forget to check it out!

In honor of Earth Day, here are some ways you can help the environment:

1. Turn off the lights when leaving a room.

2. Turn off the TV if you aren’t watching anything.

3. Unplug any appliances that aren’t being used.  They use energy even if they are turned off!

4. Recycle!  Paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum,  and some metals can all be recycled!

5. Throw trash and recyclables in the respective containers.  No littering!

6. Plant a tree!

7. Wash your clothes in cold or warm water.

8. Use both sides of paper.

9. Fill a reusable bottle for drinking water instead of bottled water.

10. Pay bills online instead of paper bills!

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.

— Thomas Fuller

Written by: Kara Scott

Showers of Fun!

April showers bring May flowers! It may be rainy this month, but at least it isn’t snow! We are all getting back into our routines after our Spring Break! We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with their families and friends!

 

This month we are Ready for Spring! The children will be learning about Weather, Rainbows, Kites, Gardening, Flowers, Bugs and Earth Day!  Some fun things are coming up this month!

Bring a Joke to School on Tuesday the 14th.  We can’t wait to hear what jokes come in!

On Wednesday the 15th our classrooms will have Mystery Readers! Please let the office know if you would like to come in a read a book!

The Book Fair comes to school on Monday the 20th! We love the Book Fair! So many good books to earn for our school!

We are hosting a Mommy & Me Night on Tuesday the 21st! Come to the school after hours to listen to a story and browse the book fair in your pajamas!

Earth Day is Wednesday the 22nd!  We have some fun recycling activities planned!

Thurday the 23rd is Take Your Child To Work Day!

On Tuesday the 28th we are going to buddy-up the older kids with younger kids to get creative with art!

Wear the colors of the rainbow on the 29th to show your school spirit!

 

April Showers
April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers,
We’d have quite a colourful day! There’d be bluebells and cockleshells,
Tulips red and green,
Daffodils and Chinese squill,
The brightest you’ve ever seen. You’d see tiger lilies and water lilies,
Carnations pink and blue,
Forget-me-not and small sundrop
Glistening with the dew. We’d have fireweed and milkweed
And many more different flowers.
Mexican star and shooting star,
Falling in the showers. And if all the showers turned to flowers
On that rainy April day,
Would all the flowers turn to showers
In the sunny month of May?

by Karen Chappell

 

Written by Kara Scott

In The News: Raffles at the Children's Expo

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Staci Sklar
owner
Goddard School-Chalfont
215-997-2750  
chalfontpa@goddardschools.com

Raffles at the Children’s Expo

proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital of  Philadelphia

Chalfont, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 9/16/2011 —

Children’s Expo

September 18th 11am-1pm

Goddard School-Chalfont
 
102 Stewart Lane
(off School House Road)
Bring a Friend
Proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Link to my website

Raffles to include:

Color Me Mine Gift Card*Manhattan Bagel Gift CardPSC Birthday Party*Mary Kay Gift Basket
*Wellness Works 2 hour Message*ACtion Karafte Birthday Party*Mr B’s Coffee Basket*Discovery Toys Family Fun Basket*Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Tickets*Love.That.Cupcake.Party*Play N Trade Game Basket*$50 of Scholastic Books*Arbonne Gift Basket*Thirty One tote*PSC Swim Lessons*Bucks MOnt Indoor Sports Center Birthday Party*Delaware Valley Dance 1 month Free*Back in Time Guitar Lesson*Goddrad School -Chalfont 1 child free for 1 month
 
Fire Trucks, Food, Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Balloon Art, DJ, Moon Bounce

Lots and Lots of Fun! 

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

 

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In The News: The Goddard School Located in Chalfont is Hosting a Children’s Expo!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Staci Sklar
The Goddard School® located in Chalfont
215-997-2750
chalfontpa@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School Located in Chalfont is Hosting a Children’s Expo!
Local preschool offers event for community

Chalfont, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 9/8/2011 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years old, located at 102 Stewart Lane is hosting a Children’s Expo and Open House on 9/18/2011 from 11am to 1pm.

Families and children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event which increases awareness of the various services and products offered in the community for young children. Join our Goddard School teachers at the following activities; Arts & Crafts, Fire Trucks, Balloon Art, Face Painting, Obstacle Courses, Moon Bounce, and lots of Raffle items! Proceeds from the day will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Families will also receive Free Registration and 50% off the first month’s tuition if they enroll that day.

On-site owner, Staci Sklar, along with Directors, Jo Anne and Melissa, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7am-6pm, the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Staci, Jo Anne or  Melissa directly to arrange a personal appointment at 215-997-2750.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

 

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2011

 

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     August 2011

Parenting with Pruett: Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Eminent pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton and child psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan suggest no screen time until after family time, playing with friends, and homework–and then no more than thirty minutes per day for children five and under, and no more than two hours per day for six- to nine-year-olds.1 I recommend far less.

Children need to be protected. But that’s just the beginning. The more screen time young children “enjoy,” the less interested they are in reading and in creative and imaginary play, the very bedrock of school readiness. Equally worrisome is the undermining effect screen time has on physical activity as a whole and exercise in particular. This is all the more alarming in the face of America’s childhood obesity epidemic.

We Like to Move It!

What counts as exercise for youngsters? Anything that involves moving!

Children exercise all the time without even knowing it. Running, jumping, dancing, touching their toes, crawling, playing sports or outdoor games; all of these are forms of exercise. Exercise can also be a great way for families to spend quality time together. Research has shown that families who regularly eat dinner together are happier and their children have more self-confidence; this also applies to families who participate in activities together. Going hiking or playing games like hopscotch, four square or Simon Says together is a good way to exercise. In fact, Goddard Schools across the country are gearing up to participate in a record-breaking game of Simon Says on September 23, 2011.

Keeping children’s muscles and bones healthy is especially important because they are growing. A healthy combination of diet and exercise in childhood generally leads to adults with healthier lifestyles. Parents should ensure that their children are eating well-balanced diets rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and lean protein. Children who eat well, play sports and are physically active develop higher self-esteem and do better in school.

Make “MyPlate” Yours

Did you know that the food pyramid is now a circle? It’s true! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned the pyramid into a plate. The USDA’s MyPlate was designed to help Americans eat healthier by making better food choices. It illustrates the five foods groups–Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein and Dairy–in a familiar way by using a standard mealtime place setting.

Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for tips and recipes that will help guide you and your family to a healthier lifestyle!

1Brazelton, T.B. and Greenspan, S.I. (2000). The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish. Cambridge, MA: Perseus, 49.

News Items

Whale Watcher
8/3/2011
10am
Elephant Room

Ice Cream Man
8/9/2011
10:30
School Parking Lot

Lil Sports/Stretch & Grow
8/11/2011
9:30
all Classrooms

Juggling Show
8/15/2011
10:30
Zebra Room

End of Year Bash
8/31/2011
4pm-6:30pm
Playground

Contact Us

102 Stewart Lane
Chalfont, Pa 18914
www.goddardschool.com
215-997-2750
email: chalfontpa@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: 'Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2011

 

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     July 2011

Parenting with Pruett: Talk With Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Hopefully you have been talking with your child since the moment she was born. Chat with her about what you and she are doing. She’ll become part of the conversation sooner if you express to her what you love about being a parent.

Establishing a School Day Routine

Although it may feel like summer has only just begun, soon enough you’ll be sending your little one back to school. During the lazy, hazy days of summer, routines may have become a bit lax. Below are some helpful tips to establish a daily school day routine.

  • Set a school-night bedtime. The entire family will probably need to start waking up earlier than usual once school begins, so set an earlier time for you and your child to hit the sack each night. This will ensure you all get the proper amount of rest needed to tackle the busy morning routine and be bright and alert for the school/work day.
  • Prepare the night before. Pack lunches, backpacks and choose clothes for the next day the night before. Check notes from the school/teacher to make sure your child has everything they need for school the next day. Find a location near the door to set shoes, backpacks and other school necessities so everything is ready to go when you leave the house in the morning.
  • Create your own “Have a great day!” signal. Involve your child in developing a special way for the two of you to say good-bye to each other when you drop them off at school in the morning. It could be a funny handshake, secret phrase or even just a wink and smile. Only the two of you will know you really mean, “Have a great day! I love you.”
  • Allow unwind time. Set aside some time to allow your child to unwind at the end of the day. Children need this, especially during the first few weeks of getting into the back-to-school routine. The change in schedule can be overwhelming, so having some time to relax or play quietly when they get home from school can be beneficial.
  • Recap the day together. Whether around the dinner table or during one-on-one time with your little one each evening, ask them about their day and share yours with them. You’ll both benefit from the special time together to listen and share.

    A Day at the “Beach”

    When it’s just too hot (or rainy) to go outdoors, consider creating your own indoor oasis for a day filled with summer fun!

    Start by creating a space in your living room or play room that can be used as the “beach.” Have your child wear their best beach outfit, complete with flip flops and sunglasses, and lay beach towels on the floor. If you have beach balls or other beach-related decorations, bring them out to add to the fun.

    During their day at the “beach,” encourage your child to use their imagination to pretend they’re swimming, surfing in the waves, or the lifeguard watching over all the swimmers. Read your child’s favorite beach-related books together, eat lunch picnic-style on your beach towels, play a game of beach ball catch and even take a nap on the “beach.”

News Items

Singing Cowboy
7/22/2011
10am
Camp Room

Face Painting
7/26/2011
10am
Camp and Mini Camp

Whale Watcher
8/3/2011
9:30am-11am
Elephant Room

Juggling Show
7/15/2011
10am
Camp Room

End of Year Bash
8/31/2010
4pm-6:30pm
Playground

Contact Us

102 Stewart Lane
Chalfont, Pa 18914
www.goddardschool.com
215-997-2750
email: chalfontpa@goddardschool.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2011

 

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     June 2011

Look Who’s Talking

Dads are talking to The Goddard School in a comprehensive study conducted over the last few months by BluePrint Research Group.

And what are dads telling us?

Over 1,000 fathers from across the United States were surveyed, and the findings revealed the areas in which fathers are most focused regarding their children’s welfare-notably regardless of income bracket, race or ethnicity. The research found the fathers ‘Top Five’ motivators were:

1. Providing basic needs (food, clothing, shelter)
2. Providing and maintaining a safe home environment
3. Giving financial support
4. Ensuring children have a good education
5. Teaching children to respect their mothers

In addition to fathers providing good home lives and emotional support to their children, researchers also found that providing a good education for their child ranks most important for fathers in terms of being a role model, with three out of four fathers visiting a preschool before enrolling their child.

Dr. Kyle Pruett, who is an advisor to The Goddard School as well as an expert in the field of fathers and internationally known child psychiatrist and author, provided guidance in the formation of the study – one of the largest of its kind. According to Pruett, “There’s an abundance of research on mother/child relationships available, but there is only a fraction highlighting the father/child relationship and fathers’ roles in the home. We felt it was imperative, given the changes in the family in recent generations to look into the importance of fathers in the lives of our nation’s children.”

We wish all our families a very Happy Father’s Day

Playing it Cool

When the summer sun blazes bright, children often spend more time outdoors–running, jumping, climbing, biking and being active. It is important to remember that physical activity in excessive heat can cause a variety of health issues including sunburn, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Below are a few tips that can help prevent your child from experiencing any of these heat-related illnesses. (Please note: If you feel that your child is experiencing symptoms of a heat-related illness, dial 911 and seek medical attention immediately.)

 

  1. If you are aware that the day is going to be excessively hot, try to limit outdoor play time to the morning and evening hours (before 10 am and after 4 pm).
  2. Sunglasses and hats with brims help protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Always apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or above that protects against UVA and UVB rays before your child heads outdoors. Apply liberally and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  3. Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing should be worn in a single layer to help absorb and facilitate sweat evaporation. If your child should sweat through their clothing, have them change into a dry outfit before continuing their activity.
  4. Fluids, fluids, fluids! Children should be well hydrated before they go out to play and have access to drinking water while participating in outdoor activities.
  5. During prolonged outdoor activity, like a sports game or practice, children should be given frequent breaks (in 20-minute increments) to recover (in the shade) and rehydrate.

Taste the Chill

Homemade frozen treats are a great way to beat the heat this summer. Here are a few simple treats you and your child can make together to cool down on the hottest of summer days.

 

  • Frozen Fruit Pops: Use frozen berries and/or fresh fruit and experiment with different combinations. Blend your fruit of choice in a blender with a bit of all-natural fruit juice and pour into ice cube trays. After the cubes have set up for a few minutes, insert Popsicle sticks into each one and freeze completely. When ready, pop them out one by one and enjoy!
  • “Ice Cream” Sandwiches: Spread a bit of sugar free Cool Whip®: on a graham cracker and top with another graham cracker. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. When completely frozen, unwrap and savor your tasty “ice cream” sandwich creation!
  • Frozen Bananas: Peel a banana and cut it into two pieces. Insert a Popsicle stick in the flat end of each piece of banana. Use a butter knife or spatula to cover the banana with your choice of peanut, soy or sunflower butter; honey or chocolate syrup and roll in granola, whole grain cereal or chopped nuts. Place the bananas on a tray covered with parchment paper and freeze. Children will “go bananas” for this fun frozen treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Items

Magic Show
6/23/2011
10am
Zebra Room

Petting Zoo
6/27/2011
10am
Playground

Contact Us

102 Stewart Lane
Chalfont, PA 18914
www.goddardschool.com
215-997-2750      
email: chalfontpa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2011

 

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     May 2011

Parenting with Pruett: Playing With Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

The best way to know what your child thinks about his world before he can tell you directly in words is through playing with him. It is right there, in their play sequences and manipulations that we see and hear what they understand and think about the world we share. Remember, however, that this is his play, not yours. You are a partner and a facilitator, occasionally a “go-fer,” but you are not playwright, producer or director.

Keeping in Touch: Family Newsletters

Nowadays it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with family and friends. Email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and such allow us to keep our loved ones (and the world) apprised of our every action. But in the age of 140-character limits, sometimes it’s difficult to get the whole story across.

Most commonly used at holiday time, family newsletters are a great way to keep family and friends both near and far up to date on all of your family’s happenings throughout the year as well. Set aside some time every few months (or every month, if possible) to jot down the latest news, with details-trips, activities, milestones, birthdays, promotions, etc. You can send a mass email or post it to your blog, but consider sending “snail mail” versions on decorative paper (preferably decorated by the children) to very special family members like grandma and grandpa. It’ll be a nice surprise in their mailbox and they’ll anxiously await each new newsletter!

If you’d like to take your newsletter to the next level, take a family vote on a name for your newsletter like the “Griffin Gazette” or the “Thompson Times.” Add sections for jokes and riddles, upcoming events and a family photo or two. Working together as a family to compile your newsletter is a great way to foster collaboration and communication while having fun!

Goodies for Daddy!

This Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19th), why not surprise dad with his own special snack mix? With help from an adult, little ones can mix up their own special creation for dad using a combination of the snack items below (and anything else you think dad might like). Then, decorate a disposable food container with markers, paint and craft supplies to store dad’s special treat!

  • Nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc.)
  • Raisins
  • M&M’s®
  • Cheerios®
  • Chex® cereal
  • Small pretzels
  • Teddy Grahams®
  • Goldfish® crackers

When complete, consider writing a little ingredients list for dad to attach to the package, such as: “Ingredients: peanuts (because I’m your peanut), raisins (because you’re so good at raisin’ me), Teddy Grahams (for a big bear hug) and M&M’s (because you’re so sweet).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Items

Kids Safe IDs
May 25th
10am
Zebra Classroom

Bug Scavenger Hunt
May 27th
10am-11:30am
Elephant & Cheetah Room

Flower Planting
June 7th
9:30-11:30am
Goddard Lobby

Donuts with Dad
June 20th
7am-9am
Crocodile Room

Contact Us

102 Stewart Lane
Chalfont, PA 18914
www.goddardschool.com
215-997-2750
email: chalfontpa@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

 

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Chalfont participated in Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser

 

 

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The Goddard School® located in Chalfont 
215-997-2750
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The Goddard School® located in Chalfont participated in Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

Chalfont, PA (Grassroots Newswire) May 19, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont donated time at Costco for Children’s Miracle Network on 5/14/2011 from 10am to 2pm.

The Goddard School located in Chalfont opened in July 2003 and is owned and operated by Staci Sklar.  The school accommodates 104, ages six weeks to 6 years of age. 

The Goddard School supplied a child friendly fun activity to help support this amazing cause!

“We were all delighted to help raise funds for this very important charity while providing fun activities for the children ,” says Sklar.  “The teachers and children had a blast using teir creativity!”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7am to 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Staci Sklar directly to arrange a personal appointment at 215-997-2750 .

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

 

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Helping Hands

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Chalfont participates in Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser Chalfont, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 5/10/2011 — The Goddard School located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfon

 

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Contact:
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The Goddard School® located in Chalfont 
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The Goddard School® located in Chalfont participates in Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

Chalfont, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 5/11/2011 — The Goddard School located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont will participate in Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser on 5/14/2011 from 10am to 2pm.

The Goddard School located in Chalfont opened in July 2003 and is owned and operated by Staci Sklar.  The school accommodates 104, ages six weeks to 6 years or age. 

The faculty of the Goddard School will have an activity booth at the Costco in Montgomeryville to help benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

“We are all delighted to provide an activity that will help raise funds for such an important charity ,” says Staci Sklar.  “We are hoping the children will have a blast engaging in the fun activities!”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7am to 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Staci Sklar directly to arrange a personal appointment at 215-997-2750.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

 

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Chalfont Participated in Earth Day

 

 

 

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The Goddard School® located in Chalfont 
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The Goddard School® located in Chalfont Participated in Earth Day

Chalfont, Pa (Grassroots Newswire) 4/21/2011 — The Goddard School located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont was the host to Earh Day on 4/21/2011 from 10am to 12pm.

The Goddard School located in Chalfont opened in July 2003 and is owned and operated by Staci Sklar.  The school accommodates 104, ages six weeks to 6 years of age. 

The children had a blast celebrating Earth Day which is 4/22/2011. They decorated banners that symbolize the importance of taking care of our Earth. The children also created edible Earths with a variety of yummy materials. They concluded the celebration by turning the lights off and conserving power for 1 hour!

“We were all delighted to share with the children that even little hands can make a difference in protecting the environment ,” says Staci SKlar.  “The teachers and children were anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7am to 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Melisa Fox directly to arrange a personal appointment at 215-997-2750.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

 

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Goddard Children Celebrate Earth Day

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2011

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     April 2011

Parenting with Pruett: Positive Reinforcement, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

One way to encourage children to behave in a positive, pro-social manner is to use positive reinforcements. A positive reinforcement is something the child enjoys that you use to show your pride and support after he accomplishes the desired behavior. You do not hold the token out as the reason to behave positively in the first place. Our favorite “reinforcer” of desirable behavior and extinguisher of undesirable behavior is the surprise bonus. This is the unpromised, unexpected goody. The child feels great getting it and sees it as generous, as opposed to the earned reward, for which he is just doing what’s expected at the close of the contract. With the promised earned reward, he winds up feeling that it is just accounting, not the unanticipated affirmation of his essential worthiness for being or doing something you – and he – value a lot.

Whistle While You Work

Chores are a valuable life activity for everyone. They help fulfill our basic need to feel needed and contribute to our household. Helping others, and doing a good job at it, helps boost children’s self-esteem, while making them feel more confident, competent and valuable. However, getting children to put down the toys, turn off the television and get off the couch to help clean, declutter and spruce up the house isn’t an easy chore in itself! Here are some great ways to motivate children of any age to consistently get their chores done, while minimizing the moaning and groaning.

  • Keep a list of chores for every member of the family-even mom and dad. This helps children see that no one in the house is exempt from doing their fair share of the housework. If they see in black and white what mom and dad do each day, their chores may seem like less of a hassle.
  • Don’t expect perfection. When introducing a new chore, show your child how it is done first and then let them do it their way. It may not be exactly how you’d like it to be done, but at least they’re making an effort. Don’t step in and take over or redo the chore after they have finished. Next time, offer some tips on how to do it better. They’ll learn eventually and be encouraged to keep up with it.
  • Time it! If a chore is assigned, give a time frame for completing it. If not, your child may realize they can put it off until you or someone else takes care of it. When a chore is completed properly and on time, offer appreciation and praise for your child’s diligent follow through.

Pocket Full of Kisses

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here’s a craft that little ones can do (with an adult’s assistance and supervision, of course) to thank mom for all that she does.

What you need:

  • Two white paper plates
  • Crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn, ribbon or a long shoelace
  • Safety scissors
  • Bag of Hershey’s KISSES®
  • Peel-and-stick magnets (optional)
  1. Cut one paper plate in half and leave the other one whole.
  2. Use the hole punch to punch holes, about one inch apart, along the straight edge of the cut plate.
  3. Put the plates together so that the outside edges match up (this will form the pocket). While they are together, continue to punch holes, about one inch apart, around the edges of both plates.
  4. Use the yarn, ribbon or long shoelace to sew the two plates together. (You won’t actually sew the straight edge of the cut plate to the full plate, but you can lace the yarn through these holes for decoration and added support.)
  5. Tie the ends of the yarn, ribbon or shoelace together when sewing is complete.
  6. Make a hole at the top and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through for hanging on the wall or attach a few peel-and-stick magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.
  7. Decorate with crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint.
  8. When complete, fill the pocket with Hershey’s KISSES® and present to mom on her special day! Once the KISSES® are gone, mom can continue to use the pocket for recipes, coupons or more candy.

Contact Us

102 Stewart Lane
Chalfont. PA 18914
www.goddardschool.com
215-997-2750
email: chalfontpa@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News:  What Your Child Learns Through Play

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Contact: 
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The Goddard School® located in Chalfont
215-997-2750
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What Your Child Learns Through Play

By Staci Sklar

There are a myriad of developmental skills that children learn through play. From their infant to Pre-Kindergarten stages, children are experiencing and learning new things each and every day. With play consuming most of their time, there are different things children learn during every stage of their growth.

Infant to Six Months: Everything is a baby’s first. For example, the first time a baby opens his eyes in his bassinet, he discovers something new — an animal on his mobile. The next morning, there it is again. Will it be there tomorrow? Yes, and then baby learns to trust that when he opens his eyes he will always see the mobile’s giraffe looking back at him. Babies will engage in play first by responding to sounds, then by following objects and people with their eyes. Your baby will demonstrate his memory by repeating an action that made you laugh yesterday. Once infants can hold a rattle a whole new world opens up — you will watch them turn it over, bang it, shake it and even taste it. Rolling over also widens a baby’s world from what is placed before him to 360 degrees of eye-catching curiosity. The new world is fun.

Six Months to One Year: Baby is now his own driving force to play. He no longer needs an adult or older sibling to spark his interest. Rolling over and sitting up has created choices and as he discovers how to move from lying to sitting, he is covering ground and taking aim at his own source of interest. Place toys within and outside of your baby’s reach to encourage self-discovery and motion. Your child is brilliant and will look at a familiar object when called by name. Babies not only want to turn objects around, they want to talk to them and use them the way you tell them to use them. See my hands! You say “clap” with a smile on your face and baby wants to clap and smile, too.

First Steps (12 to 18 months): No longer a baby, a First Stepper “steps” into everything. A First Step child will play with water, smell a flower (which is not as easy as you think) and recognize animals like the ones from the mobile. He will join in the conversation with simple words and phrases and respond to “bye, bye,” with an unsolicited wave. One-year-olds love to demonstrate their knowledge — they will point to anything you name and find body parts, like their ears, when they cannot even see them. They have learned to trust their own experiences with their ears. Your one-year-old will play with you and imitate your actions. Watch your child reflect your love a baby doll with “hugs and kisses” and help you the way you have guided him.

Toddler (18-30 months): A toddler’s world is all about ME – “”Me do it”! This demonstration of independence is an exercise in trusting the child’s own limits. A toddler will speak on a play phone and answer questions such as “Why?” and “Where?” Playing is on his terms – when and how. Toddlers love new experiences, too. They have graduated from ’turning it over and tasting it’ to doing it right. A toddler will put a puzzle together, hold crayons in his hand, hum and sing as he plays, and join activities without prompting. Give your toddler plenty of opportunities to join in imaginary play – pour from one cup to another and manipulate play dough.

Get Set (30 to 36 months): Just like the name states, get set for more play. The Get Set child is truly developing an identity. He knows his own name – first and last – and can tell you where his friends are playing. Get Setters know ’they can do it’ and want to be like adults. They will share and wait turns, communicate in short sentences and demonstrate their personal understanding of the world around them in their play. Get Set children will soak up any information you share with them. They can understand words like “under” and “over” and the description of how a plant grows. Art is no longer about exploring the material itself, but rather what they can do with the material. They will even paint with the opposite side of the paint brush just to see what it will create. Get set for your child to amaze you with his knowledge of good hygiene and specific book choices. A Get Set child can also multi-task now; try singing and doing the motions to the song or have a conversation while he paints.

Preschool (36 months +): This is the age of expectations. The preschool child’s play looks like going to work. As he mingles among the Interest Centers he is also playing out a role. Preschoolers have a large vocabulary and understand the intonations of language. As they act out a role, they will try on different emotions and see how they fit into their own personality. Preschoolers have begun to connect the spoken word to written language and can orally retell a favorite story. They are interested in cause and effect and can identify their colors, shapes, sizes and weights; and they want to explore what happens when they change them. A preschool child may remain in a particular Interest Center for long periods of time until he has exhausted his curiosity. Don’t forget to stand back because the preschool child also needs his space to move. Watch as he develops rhythm and tempo as both an individual or group learner. Either way, preschoolers are movers and shakers.

Pre-Kindergarten (48 months +): Complexity is the nature of the Pre-K classroom. Pre-Kindergarteners are complex social beings wanting to play with specific friends and still identifying when they want to do it alone. They can recognize how objects and people are the same and different simultaneously, and they can appreciate those attributes. Playing is beginning to turn into concepts. For instance, all of the exploration at the water table develops into an understanding of water – floating, sinking, absorbing, dissolving, etc. Pre-K children use their four years of play experience to develop an identifiable knowledge – they can match by relationships and verbalize invisible concepts, such as time and calendars. They no longer need to see or hold the toy to play; they can recall previous experiences and use the knowledge. While listening to music they can name the instrument, move to the beat and sing along. In Pre-K, phonemic awareness and the written word are magical – writing words is play.

About The Goddard School®
The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years of age, is located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont. On-site owner, Staci SKlar, along with her education director, Melissa Bowser and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play.

To learn more about The Goddard School located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont, families are encouraged to please contact Staci Sklar at 215-997-2750 for more information.

About Goddard Systems, Inc www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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Chalfont
August

We were on TV

Check out our website and see the children and teachers in the news!

Cool Themes this Month

We will start the month off Flying to Outer Space! The theme for the 2nd week is Foods from Around the World! Treats from Philadelphia, Italy, China, Ireland and Mexico will be enjoyed by all! Safari Adventures and Egyptian Time Travel will complete this exciting month!

End of Summer Bash

We will celebrate the close of another great summer and the beginning of a new school year with our End of Summer Bash!
Join our families and meet our teachers at this awesome event. ALL are welcome!
Enroll at the End of Summer Bash and receive 50% off the first month!

Stars on the Move
8/7/
10am-12pm
Classroom
Action Karate
8/12
10am-12pm
Classroom
Face Painting
8/18
9:30am-1pm
Classroom
Egyptian Dancing
8/26
9:30-11:30
Classroom
End of Year Summer Bash
9/2
4pm-6pm
Playground

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Chalfont
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In The News: True Toys and Their Positive Effects on Children

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True Toys and Their Positive Effects on Children

By Staci Sklar

True toys have no bells or whistles, they do not do anything and you do not turn them on. Most toys today have taken the fun out of imaginative play. Manipulating toys and giving them life develops reasoning and problem-solving skills as well as creates a base of simple knowledge of how things work.

Infants
Rattles — Fine motor development toy of the century. Grasping, repetitive motion that creates a desired outcome, music, hand-eye coordination and focusing visually on a moving object are all part of infant learning. Have rattles handy in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and sounds.

One-Year-Olds
Blocks, blocks and more blocks — Spatial relationships, size and shape discrimination leads to early math skills, fine motor control as well as cause and effect. This true toy is fun at any age! A child may spend hours building and knocking down blocks while developing science skills including balance, gravity and concepts of weight.

Two-Year-Olds
Paint and play-dough — It is messy and that is why they like it so much. This tactile experience will open the doors of creativity and thinking. Let them mix the colors, use different tools and add to the experience by playing some music in the background. Finger paint, paintbrushes and textured paint can be mixed with a variety of painting surfaces for further explanation.

Three-Year-Olds
A ball — Look at everything you can do with a ball — kick it, catch it, sit on it, bounce it, dribble it, play alone or with someone. A ball develops gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and encourages healthy practices. A child needs to learn to handle a ball before they can handle a pencil.

Four- to Five-Year-Olds
Dramatic Play — Dramatic play is more than dress-up. It is a shovel, a whisk, a pad of paper. It is a pile of dirt, an old tire and a cardboard box. The sky is the limit — if your children have seen it, they want to explore it. Cut the cord off an old landline telephone and let them look inside as the telephone repair man. True toys for a four year old are simply real life items. These toys will allow children to try on new personalities and play out roles.

About The Goddard School®
The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6, is located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont. On-site owner, Staci Sklar, along with Her education director, Jo Anne Hartman and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play.

To learn more about The Goddard School located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont, families are encouraged to please contact Staci Sklar at 215-997-2750 for more information.

About Goddard Systems, Inc www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Chalfont
July 2009

Happy 6th Birthday


We will be celebrating our 6th Birthday this coming Monday. The festivities will include Cupcakes, Noise makers and lots of Balloons!

Better Philly at The Goddard School-Chalfont


The TV crew from Better Philly on WPHL TV was at our school interviewing the faculty a children! See us on Friday 7/17 @8:15am on WPHL17! 

Special Offer in July


Tour and enroll in July and recieve our Birthday Special of $100 off first 3 months!

Petting Zoo
Tuesday 7/7
10am
Playground
Mad Scientist
Monday 7/13
10am
Classrooms
Juggling Show
Friday 7/24
10am
Classrooms
Dinosaur Visit
Monday 7/27
10am
Playground
 



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In The News: Goddard School in Chalfont Supports Troops

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Goddard School in Chalfont Supports Troops

Chalfont, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 7/2/2009 –The children at the Goddard School in Chalfont support Our Troops this July! The children had a blast creating cards and posters that will be mailed to Marines in Afghanistan. Parents and faculty also donated lots of treats and magazines that will be sent as well!


About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://www.goddardschool.com/


Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


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In The News: Traveling with Your Children

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Traveling with Your Children


By Staci Sklar


Traveling with the family is fun, but it’s important to be prepared. Here are some tips and advice for parents to consider before they travel with their young ones.


Infant to One Year
· Plan for an active stretch. A rest stop break or a playground — let them walk or toddle for twenty or so minutes before climbing back in the car.
· Fun: music, mobiles, bubbles and books.
· Pre-measure formula into bottles and carry a room temperature bottle of water to mix on the go.
· Be prepared for a mess — snacks, diapers, spit-up, etc. — small trash bag, wipes, hand sanitizer (for the adults), spare water, tissues, bib and a blanket.
· Even if you are traveling by plane, a car seat can double as a feeding chair or nap location. Call ahead for a crib to be added to your hotel room.
· Be prepared and do not overload yourself. If time allows, buy what you can when you get to your destination.


First Steps (12 to 18 months)
· Many of the Infant travel tips apply here.
· Use “links†to keep toys within your child’s reach.
· Even in the cool weather, crack a window for fresh air. Stale air may make your little one grumpy. Remove heavy jackets and shoes for comfort.
· Fun: Music, books, stuffed animal, play mirror and foam shapes that will “stick” to the car seat. In an airplane — purchase headphones for music and rest it on your child’s shoulders instead of over their ears.
· Have some active playtime just before leaving and plan for frequent stops. In an airplane, let children walk down the aisle periodically at their own pace.
· Airports can be a bustling place. This may be the one time you check your luggage at the curb. This way you can focus on your little one’s needs without the hassle of luggage in tow.


Toddler and Get Set (18 to 36 months)
· Many of the First Steps travel tips apply here.
· Play window games — count the silos, trucks or red lights.
· Attach a mirror to the front passenger visor so you can see and interact with your toddler without having to spin around.
· Buckle up a toy bin right next to the children so they can help themselves — books, links, stuffed animals and puppets.
· Have your child help you pack a picnic lunch or snack and then serve it to everyone.
· A blanket can make a quick play space in any lobby, airport, etc.


Preschool to Pre-K (36 months+)
· “I Spy” a blue car, a white truck and other objects you can see while moving.
· Laptop desk for drawing with paper and crayons.
· Car-Ride Checklist — make a picture itinerary of landmarks you will see along the way.
· Ask your child to keep score — gas prices, mileage or count out toll money.
· Play ’I’m thinking of an animal.” Provide age-appropriate hints to help your child guess a particular animal.
· If you’re using a hotel babysitter: 1. Check the sitter’s credentials, including criminal and/or child abuse clearances. 2. Check the room and the equipment in the room. 3. Carry your phone and check your phone service when you arrive at your destination.



About The Goddard School®
The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6, is located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont. On-site owner, Staci Sklar, along with Her education director, Jo Anne Hartman and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play.



To learn more about The Goddard School located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont, families are encouraged to please contact Staci Sklar at 215-997-2750 for more information.


About Goddard Systems, Inc www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


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In The News: Outdoor Activities & Park Play with Your Children

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Outdoor Activities & Park Play with Your Children

By Staci Sklar


A day at the park may seem like ’just another day,’ but learning and bonding experiences flourish at the park!


Pack for Safety
Drinking water, sunscreen, hat, water to wash as well as wipes for hands, sneakers or other closed-toed shoes, a change of clothes or a towel for the seat, small first aid kit for those little scrapes and a small trash bag to keep the earth litter-free are all important.


Expect to Get Dirty
Going outside is about the freedom to explore and the only way to explore is to touch it, and yes, it is dirty – it’s outside! Dirty does not mean ’germy’. Roll in the grass, stomp in the mud, touch the frog and splash in the puddles.


Infant to Six Months



  • Pack for safety: A blanket to crawl on and a sturdy pair of pants for crawling on rough surfaces. Be prepared to change diapers on the go.
  • Be prepared to climb and crawl yourself. This is the best way for you to ensure your child’s safety. Watch for items going into your child’s mouth.
  • Hydration: the outside air and activity increases the amount of fluids you both need to consume. And while you’re packing the water, pack a snack.
  • Point, name and describe: As your child explores, point out the details; name objects and talk about your experience.

First Steps (12 to 18 months)



  • Pack for safety: Bring a blanket and a sturdy pair of pants for crawling on rough surfaces. This is not the place for skirts or dresses.
  • Plan for breaks and pack snacks, water and a few books.
  • Dig and touch: Collect items to further explore when you get home.
  • Walk the trail with your little one on a riding toy. Don’t forget the helmet.
  • Park Play Etiquette: If your little one finds a playmate, ask the other parent if both of you may join in the play. Your child will learn to ask for your approval before playing with strangers and the parent of the other child will appreciate this overture.

Toddler and Get Set (18 to 36 months)



  • Plot the potty path!
  • Bring balls to throw and kick or bean bags and a bucket.
  • Move beyond the park and walk a trail or explore a nursery. Go to the stream, lake or pond and skip rocks. Turn the rocks over to find creepy, crawly things.
  • No breaks required – but pause for a moment to re-hydrate.
  • Look through binoculars – even two toilet paper tubes offer a new view of the world.
  • Tent it! A pop up tent is an instant playhouse.
  • Take an umbrella and put on your galoshes – take a walk in the light rain.

Preschool to Pre-K (36 months +)



  • Lie down and look up: Children like to see the world from a different perspective.
  • Picnic: Let your child be a part of packing the necessities and preparing the sandwiches.
  • Play “I Spy†or “I Hear.â€
  • Read or draw under the trees.
  • Bring a magnifying cup for bugs and objects to view. Research your bugs and objects when you return home to learn more about each.

Go outside all year long – visit http://www.scdconline.org/PDF_files/weatherwatch.pdf to know what is considered safe outdoor weather for children.


About The Goddard School®
The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, is located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont. On-site owner, Staci Sklar, along with Her education director, Jo Anne Hartman and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play.


To learn more about The Goddard School located at 102 Stewart Lane in Chalfont, families are encouraged to please contact Staci Sklar at 215-997-2750 for more information.


About Goddard Systems, Inc www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


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In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Chalfont Participated in Earth HourMore than 40,000 Children ’Stepped Up’ for the Environment

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The Goddard School® Located in Chalfont Participated in Earth Hour
More than 40,000 Children ’Stepped Up’ for the Environment

Chalfont, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 3/27/2009 — On Friday, March 27th, more than 104 children from the Goddard School located in Chalfont turned off the lights and stepped up for the environment. As part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2009, students participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 40,000 Goddard children across the country joined the initiative.


Throughout the week, children and teachers participated in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives. The children started the hour designing their edible Earth. Classes then participated in creating a banner and lightswitch to represent the conservation of energy. The rest of Earth Hour was spent reading stories and singing songs about our wonderful planet!


“We think this was a great way for children to learn, in a hands-on manner, the importance of saving energy and the environment,” said Staci Sklar, owner of The Goddard School located in Chalfont. “Our students were able to involve both their families and the community to create awareness about this important global call to action.”


To learn more about The Goddard School located in Chalfont and its commitment to the environment, parents are encouraged to call Staci Sklar directly to arrange a personal appointment at 215-997-2750 or visit www.goddardschool.com.


About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://www.goddardschool.com/


Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


About World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour
Earth Hour (www.EarthHourUs.org) is a global initiative of WWF in which millions of people around the world will cast a vote in favor of action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour on March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time.  By voting with their light switches, Earth Hour participants will send a powerful, visual message to their leaders demanding immediate action on climate change.  WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century.  With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, stop the degradation of the environment and combat climate changes. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.



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The Goddard School® Located in Chalfont Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off “Stepping Up for the Environment”

Chalfont, PA (Grassroots Newswire) March 24, 2009– The Goddard School located in Chalfont is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s 2009 Earth Hour. A global call to action on climate change, during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m., hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a vote for action on the climate crisis.


The Goddard School located in Chalfont will join Goddard Schools nationwide to help spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. The Goddard School located in Chalfont will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 23rd leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 27th at 10 a.m., a day before the global event.


“This is an exciting opportunity for our teachers and children to get creative in ’stepping up’ awareness about saving energy and the environment,” says Staci Robyn Sklar, owner of The Goddard School located in Chalfont. “Joining Earth Hour enables our students to learn an important lesson and get the message out to their families and in their communities.” 


Throughout the week, children and teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet, and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives. To help provide content to schools and children, World Wildlife Fund has created a Web site, www.EarthHourKids.org, which features lesson-plans, games and songs for children that parents can download. There is also a section which features letter templates for parents to email their state and federal representatives.


In preparation for Earth Hour, The Goddard School located in Chalfont has planned a number of engaging learning activities including art projects, science lessons and even special snacks! Classes will nominate an official “Lightening Bug,” who will be responsible for always turning off the classroom lights when the children exit the room. Students will also create invitations asking parents and neighboring buildings to join them in Earth Hour.


On March 27th, The Goddard School located in Chalfont will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. The school will create a large banner and students will decorate it with handprints and footprints, leaving their own little “carbon footprint.” At 10 a.m., the school will turn off decorative lighting for one hour to symbolize the importance of saving energy.


Each teacher will have a variety of activites to help teach the conservation of energy to children at the appropriate level. ALl the students will have the opportunity to design and make their own edible Earth for snack! .


To learn more about The Goddard School located in Chalfont and its commitment to the environment, parents are encouraged to call Staci Robyn Sklar directly to arrange a personal appointment at 215-997-2750 or visit www.goddardschool.com.
 


About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com


Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.




About World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour
Earth Hour (www.EarthHourUs.org) is a global initiative of WWF in which millions of people around the world will cast a vote in favor of action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour on March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time.  By voting with their light switches, Earth Hour participants will send a powerful, visual message to their leaders demanding immediate action on climate change.  WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century.  With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, stop the degradation of the environment and combat climate changes. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.