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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #208

September 23, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to recognize Tara Rivas from our Cheektowaga location.Tara

Tara alway comes to work with a positive attitude and smile on her face, and is willing to held a helping hand to her co-workers and understands the value of teamwork.

A standout moment of Tara for the Cheektowaga Director Meghan Haley, was when she came to their End of Summer Carnival just to be the popcorn vendor – while she was on vacation! Tara did this on her own accord and was not asked, but wanted to help out her faculty members and ensure their event was fun for all their families!

So thank you, Tara, for your dedication hardworking values and commitment to the team effort. Our community is a better place because you CARE!


#DBFirstDay Winner Revealed!

September 22, 2014

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Congratulations to Roger Haskins and his daughter Ellah for being randomly selected as our #DBFirstDay contest winner! Ellah has received a $2,000 Doodle Bugs! tuition scholarship. The contest asked families in the Buffalo, Rochester, Pittsburgh and Lake Worth area to show us pictures of their first day at Doodle Bugs!, or first day of school, or their everyday morning routine as we celebrated the start of the back-to-school season.

Ellah, 8, started third grade this year but has been going to Doodle Bugs! since before she entered kindergarten. She loves Doodleville and the big, red slide. Roger loves the “full service of Doodle Bugs!, from the transportation and field trips to warm lunches and webcams.”

Ellah even has a bit of “doodle” at home! Below is a picture of her and her family with her golden-doodle dog, Coby. She loves to ride horses, go swimming and watch football!


Thank you, Roger and Ellah, for being a part of the doodle family and showing us those “first day” moments!

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #207

September 16, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday we would like to recognize Nicole McGee, lead toddler teacher at our Clarence location!photo

Nicole is an extremely hard-working teacher who gives 100% in her position. She is caring and nurturing towards the children in her classroom and is always there to comfort and support them.

Nicole takes pride in her classroom and the curriculum that she implements all day. She is always going above and beyond by creating fun dramatic play areas and providing the children with a variety of hands on activities daily. Nicole has such a positive attitude and really shines when communicating with parents. Everyone feels at home in her classroom!

So thank you, Nicole, for being an exceptional member of the Clarence team and for exemplifying all of the things that make up the Doodle Differences. Our community is a better place because you CARE!


Still Struggling with Back-to-School Routines? It’s Not Too Late to Make It Easier.

September 12, 2014

For many families, there’s a long list of to-dos for the fall and back-to-school season; from adjusting bed times to mastering the art of lunch packing, new routines are created and introduced. Despite good intentions, families can still struggle with these new transitions weeks after the start of school.

According to Christina Fecio, director of education and training at Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers, it’s not too late to help make the new routines and schedules easier for young children.

“Transitions to back to school or into new routines can be stressful and takes time to adjust even after they go into effect. It’s perfectly normal for adjustment to take weeks. The best advice for families is to try these tips and stay patient and positive,” Fecio said.

  • Toddlers + : Reading books about going to school and saying goodbye to parents, such as Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand or David Shannon’s David Goes to School can help children understand these actions and identify with them in a positive way.  If your child seems anxious or nervous about school, don’t read these books at bedtime. Read after dinner or at an earlier time of day, when you have time to talk through any questions or insecurities.transistions
  • Toddlers +: Comfort items, such as blankets, loveys, stuffed animals are all developmentally appropriate and help children feel secure and develop confidence. There is no need to force young children to give these items up, even after weeks of a new routine. Their need for the comfort items often remain all year long. When a child is ready to put them aside, they will. Taking them away can often cause trauma and disruption.
  • Preschool/PreK: Be realistic with bed time. Continue to adjust bedtime slightly, with some “quiet time” (stories and snuggles, ideally not screens because they can be stimulating) in advance of lights out. It might take a few weeks to move back to your preferred school schedule, but it will get there eventually.
  • All Ages: Bring a family photo to school.  Infant and toddler caregivers will display them at baby’s eyelevel or use them to create a book, while preschool and pre-K teachers will also use them to create matching games and add a familiar element to literacy centers.
  • All Ages: Say goodbye, ideally with a smile on your face. As tempting as it might be to sneak out of the classroom while your child is distracted, you’re teaching invaluable lessons about reliability, trust, and routines when you say, “I’m leaving now and will see you after work.” Your child learns that you’re true to your word and that you always come back.
  • All Ages: Be gentle with yourself. If cereal and fruit for dinner means a calmer, less frazzled parent and a more relaxed evening routine, go with it!


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #205

September 9, 2014

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Infant Teacher, Webster Center

Ever since Becca joined the Webster center in February, the smile on her face has been a permanent fixture and she exudes happiness. In May, she transferred to the infant classroom and has continued to bring joy and laughter to the room. The babies and parents are obviously very comfortable with being near her, and she has already built lasting relationships with many of them, which truly showcases her dedication to the Doodle Bugs! mission of building a community of happy children, happy parents, happy teachers.

In addition, she takes the Doodle Bugs! standards very seriously and exemplifies the 10-foot rule. It is these actions and her knowledge in the classroom that make Doodle Bugs! a special place.

Becca is a genuinely positive person that takes time to spread that warmth throughout the center. We are so thankful to have a wonderful teacher like Becca on our doodle team and a part of the Webster Doodle Bugs! family. Thank you, Becca, for embracing every doodle day as an opportunity to “take a moment to make a moment.”


Calming the Back-to-School Jitters

September 4, 2014

Introducing our guest blogger: WatchMeGrow. Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers partner with WatchMeGrow to offer high-quality streaming video at all of our centers. Parents of children at Doodle Bugs! can securely log in to see important moments during their child’s day at child care. Parents feel connected and see first hand the extraordinary level of care and education Doodle Bugs! provides.

It’s the back-to-school season and for many parents it’s also their child’s first day, or week, at Doodle Bugs! – either after a long summer break or the first time ever. These beginning days can be filled with anxiety; parents’ hearts pounding as they put on an “I’m so excited” smile. Despite being completely confident in the choice to enroll with Doodle Bugs!, leaving your “baby” is scary. That’s why Doodle Bugs! offers WatchMeGrow streaming video at every center.WMG

WatchMeGrow asked parents who use their streaming video service how best to use the feature to feel connected and avoid getting hooked into a PinWMGterest-style web marathon that leaves work to the wayside.

Schedule times to check in: Setting a specific time to log in and check in on your little one gives you a bright spot of connecting with your child during the work day. You can set the times based on your child’s schedule. If you know there is outdoor play before lunch, check in at that time to watch her laughing and going down the slide.

Keep communicating: Streaming video shouldn’t be the only way you connect with your center. It’s hard to know how your child is progressing or interacting with the classroom through the webcam alone, so don’t replace talks with the center director or teacher with webcam viewing. If you have questions or need an update on your child’s progress, schedule some time to have a conversation. Teachers who have first-hand interactions with your child are your best resource.

Everything is fine…really. Children are resilient and are typically more independent than parents believe. She may have been crying and clinging to your leg when you left her this morning, but most children overcome those emotions minutes after you leave. Teachers are skilled at helping children resolve their anxiety and help them move on to being an active participant in the classroom.

According to WatchMeGrow, seven minutes is the average time parents are logged in throughout the day. That means most parents are logging in a few times a day for just a couple minutes; enough time to bring a smile to their faces. Know that you are not alone this fall season.

To sign up for WatchMeGrow streaming video at your Doodle Bugs! center, go to


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #204

August 19, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday we would like to recognize the School Age team at our West Amherst location; Caitlin Barber, Kaitlyn Schena and Kelly Tweedie!4

photoOver the summer, these three ladies have been dubbed the “Ultimate Doodle Bugs! SA Dream Team!” Center Director Colleen Nolan states that “Caitlin, Kaitlyn and Kelly have made this summer an outstanding experience for everyone. They are not afraid to get messy, dress up as a Team S’More, institute a “selfie picture war” and promote community initiatives through our bake sale and car wash. There is so much laughter and tons of smiles each day coming from these ladies.”

So we would like to thank you, Caitlin, Kaitlyn and Kelly, for your enthusiasm, dedication, and going above and beyond in your profession. Our doodle community is a better place because you all CARE!



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