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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!


Instagram Your Own “Doodle Bugs” and Win A Tuition Scholarship!

August 18, 2014

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From infants to kindergarteners, the back-to-school season has a special place in our hearts. Share photos of your child’s first day at Doodle Bugs!, or first day of school, or their everyday morning routine at #DBfirstday with @DoodleBugsUSA and be entered to win a $2,000 Doodle Bugs! Tuition Scholarship.

For those not on Instagram, photos can be emailed to We will regram our favorites and Instagram some of the photos emailed to us.

Please Instagram or email your photos by September 12th to be entered to win; the winner will be chosen randomly and announced the last week of September. The tuition scholarship is applicable to all our centers in Buffalo, Lake Worth, Pittsburgh and the following centers in Rochester: Henrietta, Penfield, Victor and Webster. The scholarship promotion is open to all currently enrolled and non-enrolled families.

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #203

August 12, 2014

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Stephanie Fuqua, West Amherst

Stephanie joined the Doodle Bugs! West Amherst center in 2009 as a lead infant teacher. Since then, she has shown tremendous versatility, spending the last two years in the preschool classrooms and now assumed the role as lead teacher in the pre-k classroom. She is an extremely dedicated teacher with a loving, gentle attitude and has touched the lives of many children and their families.

Stephanie has a passion for science and often incorporates experiments in her classroom activities. Her classroom bursts with excitement. Her passion for learning is often shared with her peers. Stephanie recently presented “FLIP IT!” – a training on Behavior Management to fellow team members. She is also a Team Mentor – working closely with new teachers to acclimate them on the Doodle Bugs! mission and values.

Her commitment to the Doodle Bugs! program and its success is extraordinary. Stephanie adheres to our C.A.R.E. values daily and is a valuable member of the West Amherst team. Thank you, Stephanie, for all your hard work.


Let Doodle Bugs! Help with Dinner Tonight!

August 11, 2014

At Doodle Bugs!, we know that healthy children are happy children. That’s why nutrition, fitness, and other healthy habits are integral parts of the Doodle Bugs! program. It starts with the high-quality, nutritious meals served at breakfast and lunch, which are filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, and deliciousness.

Because eating well is a key to good health, it’s important to introduce children to healthy options and choices at an early age. Not only are these concepts discussed during daily mealtimes at our center, it’s reinforced in a fun way during our summer camp program during the theme week: Taste of Doodleville. During this week, campers get to participate in harvesting vegetables from the center garden and using them to prepare basic recipes. Gardening, taste tests, and other nutrition-related activities continue throughout the school year, too.Photo22_215

With hectic schedules and busy lives, we want to provide resources that assist parents in extending those healthy habits at home. We have created Doodle Bugs! recipe cards to offer new food creations into your household and outline ways your children can help prepare them.

Each family is provided with four recipe cards that offer dinner, dessert, or side options with authentic recipes from our friends at Fruit Fresh Up and Gourmet Meals To Go. You can also download them here!

Cucumber Salad

Lemony Broccoli Pasta & Chicken

Yellow & Green Pasta

Blueberry Muffins

We look forward to your feedback and please feel free to send us pictures of your family creating these recipes at home. Keep visiting the Doodle Bugs! blog or website for more tips, insights, recipes, and encouragement for developing and maintaining healthy habits.

10 Signs of a Great Preschool

August 1, 2014

It’s hard to believe the summer will soon be wrapping up and we’ll be welcoming in a new season. With fall comes the excitement of back-to-school, new routines and schedules, and more! Many families are exploring new early education programs with the intention of enrolling their child in the best environment possible. TT(1)If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 and attends a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests you look for these 10 signs to make sure your child is in a good classroom.

  1. Children spend most of their playing and working with materials or other children. They do not wander aimlessly, and they are not expected to sit quietly for long periods of time.
  2. Children have access to various activities throughout the day. Look for assorted building blocks and other construction materials, props for pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as matching games, pegboards, and puzzles. Children should not all be doing the same thing at the same time.
  3. Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. They do not spend all their time with the whole group.
  4. The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by children to teachers.
  5. Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. The natural world of plants and animals and meaningful activities like cooking, taking attendance, or serving snack provide the basis for learning activities.
  6. Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least one hour) to play and explore. Worksheets are used little if at all.
  7. Children have an opportunity to play outside every day. Outdoor play is never sacrificed for more instructional time.
  8. Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups throughout the day, not just at group story time.
  9. Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Teachers recognize that children’s different background and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way.
  10. Children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel secure about sending their child to the program. Children are happy to attend; they do not cry regularly or complain of feeling sick.

© NAEYC, Early Years are Learning Years; reprinted with permission.


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #202

July 29, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to recognize Karin O’Leary, Teacher Assistant in Classroom 1 from our Penfield location!


We received this wonderful note from a parent at her location:

“I just wanted to send a quick note to tell you how much I adore Ms. Karen in Classroom 1. My son is so happy to see her and truly enjoys his time at Doodle Bugs! when she is there. I check in often t throughout the day on Watch-Me-Grow, and if Ms. Karin is not feeding, rocking or changing diapers she is on the floor interacting with and engaging the children.

I love that she enthusiastically shares when my son enjoys doing each day – it’s never just “he had a good day today.” I shall never forget begin told that he “smiled so big today, you could see the smile in his eyes!”

From day one, Ms. Karin has made our transition to child care that much easier as enrolling my son was not an easy decision. However, without even being aware of it, Ms. Karin eases my worries and reassures me each day that I’ve made the right decision, simply by caring for and about my son.

Karin is a wonderful addition not only to the Doodle Bugs! family, but to our family as well.”

So thank you Karin, for your dedication, passion, and genuine love for what you do everyday. Our doodle community is a better place because you truly CARE!


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #202

July 22, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to recognize Rachael Johnson and Marissa Echevarria from our Webster location!photo 14

Both ladies started working at Doodle Bugs! this summer and have already created lasting impressions and relationships with their fellow faculty, children and families.

Center director Liz Vandetii says, “Even though they have only just started this summer, they have been to every one of our events and parades with enthusiasm, encouragement, smiles and an infectious, positive attitude!” On top of representing Team Webster at their local events, Rachel and Marissa are both willing and helpful within the center, stepping in wherever needed.

So thank you, Rachael and Marissa, for your dedication, positivity, and excitement towards your job. Our doodle community is a better place because you truly CARE!


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