Balancing Tradition with Innovation Since 1934

Children, during their most impressionable years, learn the values and behaviors needed for success in school and in life. Children are not born knowing these things. They leave Women’s League knowing them. By building close partnerships with families, every child at Women’s League achieves.

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Dynamically balancing tradition with innovation, at Women’s League Child Development Center learning and love come together. We believe that every child deserves the best care and education. We believe that socioeconomic cannot be allowed to present a barrier to opportunity. We believe that families and community have the right and responsibility to be engaged in our program and that, together, we can provide the enhancing experiences that prepare children for success in school and in life. We believe children love to learn and learn to love, when given the chance.

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10 Tips for Raising a Compassionate Infant-Toddler

  Recent research shows that infants and toddlers are far more empathetic than we once thought.  While they have short fuses, and don’t cope well with sharing, they are capable of being compassionate.  With this in mind, here are ten tips I use in the classroom to help infants and toddlers become pro-social that families can also try at home. 1.  Be respectful, patient, and loving to your infants and toddlers and everyone else. Infants imitate what they see.  Model saying “please” and “thank you”, touching gently, using your words, using a calm voice, cleaning up your messes, helping others, and sharing your things: “Thank you for the Cheerio, would you like some of my raisins?” 2.  Media is powerful!  Read books about feelings with positive social interactions and discuss them.  If your child watches television, watch too, and talk about the situations and emotions that happen in the shows, especially if the actions are antisocial. “Caillou said that Philip could not use his ball – how did that make Philip feel?  Do you think taking turns might make Philip feel better?”  3.  When things are upsetting your toddler, you can engage your inner child.  Doll or puppet play can help your child explore feelings and perspectives.   Puppet, “I don’t want to take a bath!”  You to puppet, “You sound mad – you don’t like baths!  I wonder what things could make bath-time fun?” 4.  When people are upset, model compassion – talk about the problem and offer help. “That boy fell off the climber, let’s go see if he’s ok!  His daddy picked him up and the... read more

Everyday Early Math

During the early years when children begin to learn language and social skills, they’re also learning math through playtime and everyday interactions with their parents and caregivers. Simple, everyday activities like counting toes during bath time or stacking blocks can help children develop early math skills which can have a big impact on school readiness. To help support early math skills for young learners, Too Small to Fail partnered with ZERO TO THREE on a series of videos highlighting the foundation of early math skills in the first five years of life, and fun activities parents and caregivers can use to support this learning as part of a regular daily routine. Our latest videos focus on patterns, measurement, addition and subtraction, and are available in both Spanish and English! Here are a few fun and easy ways to help turn everyday moments into opportunities to support children’s early math skills: Everyday Fun with Patterns Creating patterns is the ability to put objects, colors, sounds or actions in a repeated order. It is as easy as lining up leaves and rocks at the park. Learning to notice, create and continue patterns can help children understand more advanced math concepts later on. Activity: You and your child can make patterns together by putting objects in order by size or quantity, or stacking different colored blocks. For example, you might say, “Red block, blue block, red block, blue block. What comes next?” For more tips on patterns, watch this video http://toosmall.org/video/lets-talk-about-math-everyday-fun-with-patterns or download our handout. Everyday Fun with Measurement As early as 12 months old, babies can begin to understand comparison and measurement concepts,... read more

Want to stimulate your baby’s brain?

Want to stimulate your baby’s brain? Turn off the TV. The programming is adorable. The packaging conjures up famous thinkers and composers. All of this baby media is part of a multimillion dollar business (a good thing to think about when tempted to buy or use media at this age). After all, you are your baby’s best teacher. So when it comes to trying new ways to help your child think, you may want to start by putting that baby program on pause. Some facts The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for kids under 2. 43% of children under the age of 2 watch TV every day and nearly one in five watch videos or DVDs every day (Kaiser, 2003). In 2009 the Walt Disney Company began offering refunds for Baby Einstein products, based on evidence that the products were not educational. Studies show that television exposure at ages 1 through 3 is associated with attention problems at age 7 (Christakis, 2004). Other studies show that some educational programming for kids over 2 — like family favorite Sesame Street — can help get kids ready for school (Society for Research in Child Development, 2001). What is baby media? From Baby Einstein to Brainy Baby, all kinds of DVDs and computer games are out there for our youngest kids. Since Baby Einstein launched in 1997, baby media has become big business. Sales of videos for infants and toddlers reached $100 million back in 2004. There’s even a television channel — Baby First TV — aimed at this youngest of audiences. Why it matters For starters, the American Academy... read more

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Terry Schmitt

Interim Executive Director, Women's League Child Development Center

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