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Enroll at Just Children for Fall ProgramsJust Children Child Care Centers will be shifting gears pretty soon from summer fun to back to school!  While it may not seem too different for the children who spend their summers with us here at Just Children, the focus shifts back from fun in the sun to learning fun!  Kids get older, and some move up classrooms to the next age level.  They will make some new friends, meet new teachers, and develop both mentally and emotionally.  Socialization is very important for our young ones, and it better prepares them for first grade and beyond.

We love to hear at the end of a year how much the students have grown and come out of their “shells” as they turn into young students.  Some children enter Just Children clinging onto their parent’s leg, and end up crying when it’s time to go home!  They look forward to going to school everyday where their friends are.

Pretty soon the new school year will be upon us, and we never get tired of seeing the new and returning faces each and every day.  They grow up so quickly, and it’s never more evident than when they return each year or enter their new classrooms.  Child care is so much more than watching children while their parents are at work.  Just Children Child Care Centers are preparing our students for their future, while having a bunch of fun at the same time!  Contact a Just Children Child Care Center near you today, and we’d be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and as always, visit any time with no appointment necessary.  If you are new to our center, please download our enrollment form. We hope to see you soon, and can’t wait for “back to school”!

Why Some School Districts Don’t Offer Kindergarten in Bucks County

kindergarten bucks countyDid you know that in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, public school districts are still not legally mandated to offer kindergarten classes?

In fact, according to the New America Education Policy Program, there are only five other states aside from Pennsylvania—Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, New Jersey and New York—without laws of any sort that require districts to provide kindergarten.

Nevertheless, because of the changes to the public education system that have come about as a result of Pennsylvania’s Common Core-based academic standards, not only do nearly 400 of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts offer kindergarten—they offer full-day kindergarten only. That’s because school districts are finding it difficult to cram all the Common Core requirements into the more traditional half-day.

Of course, that still leaves roughly 100 Pennsylvania districts with either half-day kindergarten or no kindergarten at all. If you and your spouse both work full-time—or if you’re a single parent who works full-time—that can make life with kindergarten-aged kids incredibly challenging.

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