"Though we incorporate technology into our curriculum, we want to help children and families recognize the importance of unplugging and are happy to participate in Screen-Free Week," said Christina Fecio, director of education and training.
Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) April 21, 2014
Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers, a leader in high-quality child care, is reinforcing their educational philosophy by participating in Screen-Free Week held May 5th – May 11th and invite families to join them in reducing the use of entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices.
During this week in celebration of Screen-Free Week, children and families are encouraged to discover fun, screen-free activities. Teachers will take time to discuss with students the importance of time with friends and family.
As technology advances and younger generations become more tech-savvy, Doodle Bugs! recognizes the need for devices in certain classrooms; thus, their partnership with ABCMouse.com, which uses ad and commercial-free programing as a teaching tool. However, the core of their curriculum and program is a full day of hands-on learning, including experiences in art, music and dramatic play.
“Doodle Bugs! respects the AAP guidelines for no screen time for children under two and considers technology a teaching tool; thus tablets are used with a purpose to supplement—not replace—traditional classroom materials,” said Christina Fecio, director of education and training for Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers. “Though we incorporate technology into our curriculum, we want to help children and families recognize the importance of unplugging and are happy to participate in Screen-Free Week.”
According to Fecio, there are many small changes busy families can make at home to limit screen time, including:
- Don’t use it as background noise, especially at meal times.
- Pack a “go bag” for restaurants and car trips with books, toys, drawing materials, card games, etc. instead of resorting to screens.
- When you do allow screen time, encourage active vs. passive (Wii bowling or Just Dance vs. Angry Birds).
- Research family-friendly activities, such as events, craft days, etc. for the weekends or evenings to avoid temptation to turn to a screen.
For more great tips and suggestions on going screen free at home, visit nfree.org/screen-free-activities/.
Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers provides education-based care for children ages six weeks to 12 years, including Preschool/Pre-K and Summer Camp programs. The BRAVO! Curriculum®, which is professionally designed and exclusive to Doodle Bugs!, combines theme-related, developmentally appropriate classroom experiences, all-inclusive enrichment activities and a series of center events. Enrichment activities include Tae Kwon Do and Doodle Dance & Fitness.
Doodle Bugs! utilizes unique safety features, including the new SafePass™ system, which is a biometric access system allowing only authorized family members to enter the center by scanning their thumbprint. The center is also equipped with Finger-Safe® door guards, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and real-time, password-protected online viewing for families, via WatchMeGrow.com.
For more information, please call 866.668.5111 or visit http://www.doodlebugs.com.
About Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers
Since 1992, Doodle Bugs! has been building a community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers while being recognized as the leading child care and early education program in the Buffalo and Rochester communities. Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers is locally owned and operated, with six centers in Buffalo, five in Rochester and one in Pittsburgh. Anthony Insinna and his sisters, Clarine Insinna and Anna Insinna Zavatti, established the company in 1992 in East Amherst. Doodle Bugs! provides high-quality child care and preschool programs that are second to none and exceed families’ expectations for nurturing child care, early learning, safety, and convenience. For more information, visit http://www.doodlebugs.com.