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!
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:
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 www.bisforbooks.com.
We received this wonderful note from a parent in her classroom:
“Miss Kelsey has worked very hard with (my daughter) Lauren on her eating and she is doing very well. Lauren has learned so much in her short time here. Miss Kelsey always listens to our needs and Lauren’s! Lauren at times wants to stay at school and talk with her friends – it’s so touching it makes me want to cry, because she is socializing!
I am so thrilled with the program. All of the teachers in Classroom 3 have made this transition easier than I thought. My husband and I can not say enough about Doodle Bugs!”
So thank you, Kelsey, for being such a valued member of our team and for your genuine commitment and passion. The doodle community is a better place because you CARE!
Easier said than done, right? For working parents, mealtimes during the week can often be a time of high stress; between preparing the meal, ensuring your child eats—without it taking all night, and promoting good manners. However, just as adults use meals to socialize with friends, parents should try to look at mealtime as more than just a time for food.
According to Christina Fecio, director of education and training, meals are a great time to ask open-ended questions or to just be silly. This is a great way to introduce children to real world social interactions—manners, trying new foods—as well as the joy of just being together.
Fecio offers a few tips for parents in navigating the mealtime pleasantries:
Breathe. Yes, that’s it. Take a step back from forcing her to eat and realize it’s your time together after all day apart. Don’t think about what’s next, bath time, the laundry you have to do, etc.
Ask questions. What did you do today at school? What was the book about that you read during circle time? What do you want to do this weekend? Show her that you should have conversations over dinner.
Find out what’s appropriate. Have a conversation with his teacher ask what manners they are working on at school. Or bring it up during parent-teacher conferences. Knowing what’s age appropriate will allow you to have realistic expectations on manners and encourage him.
Make it a joint effort. Have him help make dinner or set the table or clean up if there’s a spill. This allows him to be more invested in mealtime, gain independence and fosters a positive atmosphere.
Of course, it’s completely normal to be worried about nutrition and how much—or what—your child is eating. Fecio recommends this book by Ellyn Satter, a family mealtime guru: How to Get Your Kid to Eat, But Not Too Much.
For more information on the Doodle Bugs! programs or our nutritious menu, please visit www.doodlebugs.com.
Michael Phillips, Teacher Assistant – Greece Location
Michael Phillips is an integral part of the Greece center’s staff. Over the last six months, Michael has gone out of his way to get to know all the students in the building and makes an effort to address every child he sees by name.
On countless occasions, he’s taken the initiative to keep the center running smoothly and was also the first Greece employee to don the Mr. Doodle Bug costume. He is a leader, consistently ensures the children are safe at all times and is always willing and accepting of any tasks given to him. The Greece team is extremely proud of his recognition as Employee of the Month. He is a key to the new center’s growing success, and he exudes our C.A.R.E principles in every way.
Thank you, Michael, for all of your hard work!
Vickie joined the Henrietta team as a part time faculty member this past summer and has since then been an incredible addition to their infant rooms! Vickie has been assisting in Classroom 2 for the last few months and has become extremely loved by both children, teachers and parents alike.
In fact, there have been many requests by parents to have Vickie fill in when they know their regular teacher will be out. The Henrietta center (and the rest of us at Doodle Bugs!) are very grateful every day for people like Miss Vickie!
So thank you, Vickie, for your dedication to our program, passion for children and helpful attitude. The doodle community is truly a better place because you CARE!
Telling parents about our doodle differences was easy, but we really wanted to know if they resonated with parents. Do our differences make a difference? Check out our new parent testimonials to hear first hand what matters to parents when choosing child care and their experiences once they enrolled.