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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #193

April 8, 2014

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Henrietta, Teacher Assistant

Rachel is an exceptional team member who goes above and beyond her duties here at Doodle Bugs!, no matter what the situation. Always reliable and flexible, she adapts quickly and easily to change.

Henrietta Director Assistant, Cara Bintz, says that “every teacher begs to have Miss Rachel in their classroom when they have a half day, because they know the transition will be seamless. She is so warm and loving to all children of all ages!”

So thank you, Rachel, for being such a valued member of our team and for your genuine passion and commitment. The doodle community is a better place because you CARE!


Help Teach Children to Minimize the Germ Farm

April 7, 2014

handwashing picIt can sometimes be a challenge for a young child to stop playing long enough to use the bathroom, let alone getting them to hold off on playing even longer to wash their hands. Though, the idea of good hygiene and germs can be comprehended by even toddlers.

Our Doodle Bugs! faculty not only follows licensing regulations on handwashing, but also teaches children that good handwashing equals good health. Teachers help teach children daily to wash their hands when entering a classroom, after using the bathroom, before eating, and whenever soiled (think wiping your nose or covering a sneeze/cough).

Setting the same expectations and example at home helps reinforce the handwashing routine and makes it a lifelong habit. It’s the first step in helping young children learn. Here are some other family tips for building healthy habits at home:

Make it Easy. While the child-sized sinks you’ll find in our classrooms aren’t necessarily a reality at home, you can still make it easy byhaving a stool available, a towel close by, and soap with an easy-to-operate pump.

Make it Fun. Keep a toy, like a rubber duckie, at the sink so they have a “friend” to wash too. Let them pick out their own soap; one with a fun smell or favorite character on the bottle. Make up a silly song to sing only when washing hands (make sure it lasts at least 20 seconds; the proper handwashing time).

Use Outside Resources. Parents aren’t perfect and sometimes need help or reinforcements. Softsoap has created several fun videos to not only educate children on proper handwashing, but also makes it entertaining and fun. One video is geared for the slightly younger age group, while the other adds a bit of rock and roll to the message.

Talk About It. Explain that washing hands helps keep them from getting sick or not feeling well. Remind them how it’s okay to have fun and get dirty, but afterwards you must always wash your hands. Remember, you don’t want them to be scared by germs or dirt but aware of good health habits.

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #192

April 1, 2014

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Maura Sheehan, Lancaster Center

Maura has been a part of the doodle community since September 2013. As an educator or more than 20 years, Maura is extremely passionate when it comes to early childhood education.

You can often times find Maura dancing around her room in silly costumes, going through tunnels with her students and venturing down the slide in our gym. She embodies Doodle Bugs! mission and vision, which is evident in her classroom each and every day.

Her genuine smile, bubbly personality and overall caring character is contagious at the Lancaster center; you can’t help but smile whenever you are around her. She is a team player and the first to ask “what can I do to help?” We are so thankful to have a wonderful teacher like Maura on our doodle team and a part of the Lancaster Doodle Bugs! family.

Thank you, Maura, for embracing every doodle day as an opportunity to “take a moment to make a moment.”


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #191

March 25, 2014

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Teacher Assistant, Classroom 6

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to highlight Orchard Park faculty member Lauren Audette!

Lauren is an exceptional toddler teacher, who has a special connection with each and every one of her children, and is completely tuned in to their individual needs both educationally and emotionally.

Her room is always bright, open and inviting and truly sets a great example of what a learning environment should look like inside a toddler classroom.

Center director Sara Utech states that “she is so focused on what is really important – the children. I am SO lucky to have her!”

So thank you, Lauren, for paying extra attention to the children in your care, knowing their habits, and for being a part of our team. The doodle community is a better place because you CARE!



Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #190

March 11, 2014

For this Team Tuesday, we would like to recognize Ms. Joanne from our Pittsburgh location! DSCN0039

We received this wonderful note from a parent in her classroom:

“I wanted to send a quick email to say how much my husband and I (and Logan!) appreciate Ms. Joanne. She is absolutely wonderful with Logan and is always open to any type of schedule or request we may have for him She is so friendly and Logan just adores her.

Even though I have been back to work for almost five months now, she has made the transition so much easier knowing we are leaving Logan in great hands everyday.”

So thank you, Joanne, for being such a valued member of our team and for your genuine passion and commitment. The doodle community is a better place because you CARE!


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #189

March 4, 2014

March 2014 Employee of the MonthEOTM_James

James Grudzien, Company Painter

The well-maintained walls, trim and exterior siding of all Doodle Bugs! centers is the work of our talented Doodle Bugs! painter, James. He has been an employee with Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers for two years and is extremely dedicated to ensuring the centers look their best and meet the doodle standards. James has an in-depth knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of appropriate paints for a child care center.

Beyond his expertise and superior paint skills, James is very reliable, a hard worker and has the best interest of Doodle Bugs! at heart. He consistently looks for ways to be cost-effective without sacrificing high quality. His work ethic, positive personality and commitment to the brand is what makes him so deserving of this recognition. Thank you, James, the doodle community is a better place because you CARE!


Top Five Books for Spring from B is for Books

February 27, 2014

With National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday upon us, we can’t help but take notice of all the wonders books hold. They take us to far away places, introduce us to new lessons, show us all walks of life and help our imaginations grow. As early childhood education providers, Doodle Bugs! is a huge proponent of literacy and building a love of reading. Therefore, we asked our friends at Orchard Park bookstore, B is for Books, what the top five early childhood books are for the spring. Check out their picks:

Infant:  Who? by Leo Lionni.  WHO by Leo Lionni

Toddler:  How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolen. HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY IM MAD by Jane Yolen

Preschool:  The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt

Pre K:  Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean PETE THE CAT BIG EASTER ADVENTURE by James Dean

School Age:  Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty IGGY PECK ARCHITECT by Andrea Beaty

B is for Books is located at 6562 E. Quaker Street in Orchard Park, NY. They offer a great selection of books for children of all ages, toys, arts & crafts, and educational games. The shop features a kid’s play area, birthday parties, book character visits, free storytimes, and much more! To learn more, visit


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