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Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Pools are cool and skates are still great, but so is summer reading!   Now is the time to really get your children interested in sitting in the shade on a towel, chair or blanket and letting them dive into a basket of books!

Babies and toddlers love to hold, touch and look at books as well as listen to wonderful stories.  Preschoolers can be pretty independent and specific about their book choices; good!  The more choices you provide the more they learn to find their likes and interests.  School agers should put down their hand-held devices, get away from the computer and hold a book in one hand and a smoothie in the other.

Here is a summer reading list for young children:

  • Where the Wild Things Are (and other titles) by Maurice Sendak
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (and other titles) by Eric Carle
  • When I Grow Up by Caleb Burroughs
  • I Love You as Much… by Laura Krause
  • Busy Lizzie by Holly Berry
  • Fairies; A Celebration of the Seasons by Beverly Masson
  • Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes (series)by Eric Litwin
  • Copy Me, Copy Cub by Richard Edwards
  • Get Ready, Baby by Margaret Miller
  • Corduroy (series) by Don Freeman
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • Green Eggs & Ham (and other titles) by Dr. Seuss
  • David Goes to School by David Shannon
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Down by the Cool of the Pond by Tony Mitton
  • Peter’s Chair(and other titles) by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Llama, Llama Red Pajama (series) by Anna Dewdney     

Great reading resources are libraries, schools, bookstores and other parents!  Try www.earlylearningcommunity.org for a free support of recommended titles and reading games.

There is no question that reading is critical to growth and development.  It is essential for success in school and life.  Read recommended titles but don’t be a reading “snob.”  If your children are interested – so are you; there are lots of superhero & princess books that draw little hands and minds to them!  Read in front of your children, for your children and with your children. Start reading with your children as infants and invite grown children into your book club!  They will do what you do.

“Read us a story, Peter Pan!” Wendy and John Darling

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Our 20th Anniversary here at EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers is well underway with student, parent and staff celebrations. The administrators, teachers and support staff of all 11 EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers are continuing to commemorate their two decades of providing high quality childcare in Western New York and positive growth to 11 locations.

We are so proud to have been involved in the care and education of thousands of local children over the years. With 20 years in the early childcare business, we continue to dedicate ourselves to providing a home away from home for those kids in our care, and to making EduKids a fun, safe learning environment.

We started celebrating our successful history this past Spring ‘09, when students and staff took part in creative team competitions to put together the Top 20 Fun Facts about EduKids, and produced a timeline and map of the company’s history in Western New York. In July, students and their families enjoyed a picnic and game day; in August, they participated in anniversary parades in each of the communities that EduKids serves.

Upcoming events designed to reinforce EduKids‘ links to WNY’s families and neighborhoods include Guest Reader Day, where former EduKids families will read to current students; Community Appreciation Day, where the children will make edible treats to deliver to community partners as a thank you for their support; and a 20th Anniversary Tree Decorating Contest in December.

EduKids began as a single early childhood center, with only three students, in Orchard Park, NY, when I was unable to find an educationally focused childcare program for my son. I was disappointed in the limited programs available to families in this area, so I dedicated myself to opening an outstanding facility with an experienced and loving staff; a place where children would feel safe and loved while their developmental and educational needs were being addressed. Two decades later, my original vision and mission remain at the heart and soul of every EduKids Center.

Today, I’m proud to say that EduKids’ 11 centers are spread throughout Western New York in Amherst, Lancaster, Cheektowaga, North Buffalo, Orchard Park, Williamsville, Buffalo, West Seneca, Hamburg, and our newest center in Elma. All of our centers provide extended hours for busy families, nutritional meals, and focus on learning, literacy and creative play.

EduKids’ Education Director, Kate Dust and I have consistently strived to achieve nationally recognized educational excellence for the Centers, and in honor of the anniversary, recently received a commendation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Seven of the 11 centers are NAEYC accredited and our EduKids team is currently in the process of receiving accreditation for the remaining centers.

“Establishing and maintaining the high quality and standards represented by NAEYC Accreditation is something of which to be proud,” said Dr. Mark R. Ginsberg, Executive Director of the NAEYC. “[EduKids’] reputation for excellence is well known and respected” in the early childhood field.

– Nancy Ware, founder and owner of EduKids


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