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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 249

February 2, 2016

It’s time for another Team Tuesday! Is it just me, or is this year racing by already?

This week, we’re recognizing our February Employee of the Month, Emily Stone! Miss Emily is a Lead Preschool Teacher at our Victor, NY location where she’s been since the center opened in 2012. She is loved by her students and co-workers alike.


Miss Emily’s enthusiasm, professionalism and leadership are displayed daily.  She is dedicated to her preschool children and consistently delivers a fun and exciting curriculum.  Her room is always engaging and displays how much the children learn each day!

Anytime something needs to be done, Emily is quick to organize and complete the task.  She takes her responsibilities seriously and, as the preschool team lead, she mentors new preschool teachers.  She loves sharing her ideas and experiences with co-workers and is an integral member of the Victor team.  Thank you Emily for showing you CARE each and every day!

February is Dental Health Month!

February 1, 2016

The month of February is recognized nationwide as Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM)!

To celebrate, Doodle Bugs! has invited a dentist office to each of our centers to help children learn more about habits for healthy teeth. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life.


Below you’ll find a schedule of dentist visits by center. Keep an eye on our social media outlets for photos throughout the month.

Happy brushing!

February 1
West Amherst Center
10am, University Pediatric Dentistry

February 9 & 10
Henrietta Center
2/9 – 10:30am, Pittsford Pediatrics
2/10 – 10:30am, Dr. Aslani from the Breit Dentist Office

February 11
Lancaster Center
9:30am, Winning Smiles

February 15
Cheektowaga Center
10am (preschool) 10:30am (pre-k)

February 16
Orchard Park

February 17
East Amherst Center

February 18
McCandless Center

February 19
Victor Center
Jennifer Caroselli, DDS

February 25
Lake Worth

Greece Center
9am, Get It Straight

February 29
Webster Center

March 1
Clarence Center


#FlashbackFriday: A Doodle Duo

January 29, 2016

Once upon a time, Lisa and Emily (now teachers at our Cheektowaga center) spent their weekdays together, much like they do today.

Lisa and Emily with text

In 1996, Emily began attending an infant program at a local child care facility where Lisa worked. A couple years later, Doodle Bugs! purchased the location and Lisa and Emily were part of the Doodle Bugs! family!

I can still remember that group of children. They were an excellent group. I remember Emily’s smile as if it were yesterday! -Lisa

In 2001, Emily completed Pre-K and graduated from Doodle Bugs!. As she grew, she remained close with three of her doodle classmates. Today, those girls are still three of her best friends– a true testament to the importance of the friendships and social skills learned at Doodle Bugs!


Fast forward to 2016. Lisa remains a beloved infant teacher at our Cheektowaga location and now Emily is her co-worker! In fact, today Lisa and fellow infant teacher, Karen, are celebrating their 18th anniversary with Doodle Bugs! Eighteenth!! Virtual high-five to Miss Lisa and Miss Karen! Wow!

Lisa Karen and Emily

Lisa and Emily now

We know we hit the Doodle Lottery with these ladies and couldn’t be happier to have them as part of our family. This story has us smiling from ear to ear and we couldn’t keep it to ourselves. Happy #FlashbackFriday!



7 Super Cool Valentines

January 28, 2016

Have you thought about your kids’ valentines yet? If the answer is no, well, we get it. Thankfully, in this pin-obsessed world wide web we live in, craft bloggers have our backs. We scoured the web and came up with 7 great, non-candy options and we think there’s something for everyone!


For your inquisitive preschooler who easily distracted by what they see out the window:

bird feeder


For your Jackson Pollock-inspired toddler who isn’t afraid to get her hands (a little) dirty: 

noodle necklace


For your 3-year old whose sense of humor already rivals your own:

dino valentine



For your child’s teacher who’s trying her best to survive the winter months:




For your School-Ager who insists he needs to carry his lightsaber on the bus:



For your “wild” Pre-K’er who does a mean (albeit loud) lion impression:

wild animals



For Gramps and Grammie who are convinced that cookies right before bed are a good idea:

long distance hug



Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 248

January 26, 2016

In today’s edition of Team Tuesday, we’re taking a moment to recognize an extraordinary teaching team in one of the infant rooms at our Victor, NY location.

victor infant teachers

Miss Tammy and Miss Karyn treat each child as their own.  They are full of endless love and snuggles for the infants in their care and have done an excellent job of creating a warm, welcoming, comfortable and engaging environment for every child.

They have done a wonderful job earning the trust of parents. In fact, parents often seek their advice.  Recently, we received a note thanking Miss Tammy and Miss Karyn for their expertise.

“My husband and I comment daily on how lucky we are to have them as [our daughter’s] teachers. They truly care about and care for each child as if he/she were their own”.


Their kindness goes beyond their classroom as they are always willing to help coworkers and provide support where ever it is needed.  They are dedicated professionals who show they CARE each and every day.  Their efforts help to create an environment of happy children, happy parents and happy children.  Thank you Tammy and Karyn, we all are lucky to have you!

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 247

January 19, 2016

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we’re pleased to feature several team members from various Doodle Bugs! centers. The teachers highlighted today have been recognized by their peers over the past week for their efforts to perform as one team—a key element in “living the Doodle Bugs! way”


At Doodle Bugs!, we strive to perform as one team by proactively offering to help others, speaking positively, communicating in an open, honest, and respectful manner and listening attentively to the ideas and opinions of others. Here are a few examples from the past week:


At our East Amherst, NY center, Phu Nguyen was recognized by Nicole James
Amazing teacher assistant! Mr. Phu is our wonderful teacher assistant for our school age kiddos! All the kiddos love Mr. Phu’s fun personality. Mr. Phu is always ready to greet the kiddos at the door, and ask them how their day went at school. Mr. Phu also helps out tremendously at the end of the day, when we are trying to send teachers home for the night. He will go into any classroom he is asked to and get right in playing with the kiddos. Mr. Phu I thank you for everything you do at night, and making sure these kiddos are having fun until their parents pick them up!!

From the West Amherst, NY center, Bethany Hubbard was recognized by Sara Zacher
Communication is key! I just want to give a huge shout out to Bethany. She makes the transition from the classroom to the front desk as seamless as possible and always communicates things that are happening around the center to me before she leaves. Sometimes the transition is tricky but with the open communication and her notes in the communication log, I have no problem figuring out what is needed for the night. I can feel confident when I am coming up to the desk all will be in order. Thank you Bethany for making this transition as easy as possible!

From the Lancaster, NY center, Rachel Rohauer was recognized by Caroline Berrios
A Positive Can Do attitude! Rachel is a skilled opener but when both managers were unexpectedly out of the center, Rachel stepped up and ran the center flawlessly in their absence. She encountered challenges but overcame each one demonstrating her skill and positive “can do” attitude. Kudos to Rachel and the faculty at Lancaster for demonstrating tremendous teamwork last Monday!

From our Lake Worth, Florida location, Natalia Mayorga was recognized by Jessika Buzzelli
Thanks For Being You!I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to work alongside Natalia everyday. She is such a joy to be around, always finding the positive in every situation and never without a smile! The children definitely pick up on her positive energy and clearly feel very comfortable and safe around her. Thank you, Natalia, for always being such an encouragement to our little friends and to those of us who are lucky enough to work with you.

Thank you to Phu, Bethany, Rachel and Natalia  for these examples of the many ways that our faculty members work as one team. We also extend our appreciation to Nicole, Sara, Caroline and Jessika for taking the time to spot and celebrate these examples of team members demonstrating “the Doodle Bugs! way” — together, we’re building an amazing community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers!

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 246

January 12, 2016

In this week’s edition of Team Tuesday, we’re highlighting our tremendous Director Assistants! These ladies continuously make a conscious effort to strengthen the work culture and ensure a consistently great experience for the children and families we serve. They work tirelessly to always exemplify the Doodle Bugs! Way in everything they do.


Back in October we introduced our #BestDayEver campaign, an initiative to show appreciation for our tremendous faculty.

“As part of our continued efforts to build a community of happy children, happy parents, and happy teachers, we have really focused our efforts on improving the experience that our employees have with us. The Best Day Ever campaign is just one example, but I am so happy with its results” said Anthony Insinna, President and CEO for Doodle Bugs!

Last week, the campaign continued as we surprised our Director Assistants with an afternoon of pampering! They were treated to a luncheon, pedicures and manicures at the spa, refreshments and fancy desserts.




Thank you, Director Assistants, your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. Doodle Bugs! is better because you CARE!


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