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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 275

October 18, 2016

Did you hear? Yesterday was National Boss’s Day!


National Boss’s Day began in 1958 when a woman named Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company, registered “National Boss’s Day” with the United States Chamber of Commerce.  She chose October 16 because it was her father’s birthday and at the time, he was also her employer! Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed Boss’s day. Then, in 1979, Hallmark introduced Boss’s Day cards to their inventory. Each year Boss’s Day is recognized on October 16 (unless it falls on a weekend, like this year).





Now that we’ve given you a little Boss’s Day history lesson, let’s get down to business. For this week’s Team Tuesday we’re taking a moment to gush about our amazing Directors and Directors’ Assistants at each of our locations! These women have a huge responsibility and do an outstanding job cultivating a community of Happy Children, Happy Parents and Happy Teachers.

Throughout the day yesterday, we enjoyed hearing about the little treats our “bosses” received from their team. It is obvious that they have garnered the utmost respect from the teachers in their center. Hats off to you, Directors and Directors Assistants! Happy (belated) Boss’s Day– you all are awesome!





Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 274

October 11, 2016

At Doodle Bugs!, we are always excited to congratulate a fellow team member who climbs the Doodle Career Ladder.We feel fortunate that, at Doodle Bugs!, we are able to provide our employees with so many opportunities to grow within our company.

This fall, we are thrilled to announce a number of deserving team members who have recently climbed the #DoodleCareerLadder and celebrated a promotion.




Josh Haak – Teacher Assistant to Lead School Age

Lake Worth, FL
Ethel Aguilar – Teacher Assistant to Lead Teacher

McCandless, PA
Anna Steinmiller – Teacher Assistant to Older Toddler Lead Teacher
Jessica Sullivan – Teacher Assistant to Preschool Lead Teacher
Abby Doran – Teacher Assistant to Young Toddler Lead Teacher
Hannah Bevington – Teacher Assistant to Preschool Lead Teacher
Carly Lenkiewicz – Teacher Assistant to Infant Lead Teacher
Kelsey Brenner – Teacher Assistant to Lead Teacher

Orchard Park
Ashley Howard – UPK Lead Teacher to Program Coordinator
Kelsey Howell – Teacher Assistant to School Age Lead Teacher

Jess Greene – School Age Lead Teacher (Henrietta) to Director Assistant (Penfield)

Jessica Harris – Teacher Assistant to Lead Teacher

West Amherst
Brittany Bartlett – Teacher Assistant to Lead Teacher
Briana O’Neill – Lead PreK Teacher (East Amherst) to Directors Assistant (West Amherst)

Join me in giving a giant round of applause for all the team members above– we are so happy they’re a part of our team!

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 273

October 4, 2016

The centers are buzzing with Fall Open House excitement–we hope you’ll be joining us tomorrow night! Speaking of excitement, we are pretty stoked to tell you about October’s Employee of the Month– Arlene McMaster!


Currently, Arlene is the Director at our Orchard Park center–she is a perfect example of climbing the Doodle Career Ladder! Arlene began her tenure at Doodle Bugs! as a Lead Teacher at the Orchard Park center in 2009. She was promoted to Director Assistant at the Henrietta center in 2012 and soon after to Director. Arlene has since transferred back to the Orchard Park location where, as Director, she has cultivated a wonderful center!


Amanda Hammer (left) and Arlene McMaster (right) – Halloween 2015

Arlene consistently shares knowledge and expertise with team member and is an excellent role model. She recently trained several new managers, all while successfully managing the day-to-day operations of the Orchard Park center. We appreciate that Arlene continues to expand her knowledge by actively participating in learning and development opportunities offered by Doodle Bugs! We are all so fortunate to benefit from her proactive, hands-on, reliable and supportive qualities!

Let’s all give Arlene a virtual high-five!

October Newsletter!

October 3, 2016

Fall is here and we can feel it in the air (well, maybe not quite yet for you, Lake Worth!).





October is an exciting time in our centers. This week we are opening our doors for a fun Open House and everyone is invited! It’s a chance for current and prospective families to learn more about our programs, meet and greet with teachers and take part in lots of fall activities. If you’re looking for details, you can check it all out here.

Our October Newsletter is now available in print at our centers and digitally.There’s lots of useful info on what to expect in the month ahead. We’ll also be sharing Doodle details right here on our blog throughout the month.

Happy October!




An Update on Our Newest Center – Mars, PA!

September 29, 2016

We’re dropping in with an update on our newest location– Mars, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh!



The new center, located at 230 Scharberry Lane (just off Route 228), will accommodate 164 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The facility is 10,799 square feet and will feature a 20,000 square foot playground!

Currently, construction is focused on the exterior of the building. Inside, the walls are up and the heating and cooling systems are almost complete. Next week, permanent power will go into the building and construction of the playground will begin.  The parking lot will be paved in October.





Our Mars location will include all of the Doodle Differences families have boasted about. WatchMeGrow video surveillance system allows enrolled families to securely view their child’s classroom online from any device; Tadpoles, an electronic messaging program, allows us to provide all the details about your child’s day (plus photos and videos!) through email or an app on your phone.  Additionally, a healthy menu filled with fresh fruit and meals prepared onsite in our professional-grade kitchen will be available to all.

“Our mission has remained the same since our inception nearly 25 years ago — to build a community of happy children, happy parents and happy teachers,” said Anthony Insinna, CEO of Doodle Bugs!. “We are delighted to be growing our doodle community in Pennsylvania and look forward to bringing the doodle difference to more families.”

The project is on schedule for completion in March 2017. We are looking forward to getting into the building to furnish and make sure it’s ready for a whole new group of Doodle Families!



Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 272

September 27, 2016

We are so excited to introduce to you our new management team at our Lake Worth, Florida location!


Please join us in welcoming Center Director, Crystal Elliott (left) and Director Assistant, Melissa Montalbano (right). The dynamic duo began their training program earlier this month with members of our Administrative Team in Buffalo, NY. Training has involved a trip up to Buffalo as well as several members from our team in Western New York traveling down to Florida to conduct a series of coaching sessions, ensuring that these new leaders begin with a great Doodle Bugs! foundation.




Crystal earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child & Family Development from Stephen F. Austin State University. For the last six years, she owned and directed her own child care center in Texas before recently relocating to Florida.



Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She comes to Doodle Bugs! with eight years of experience from Waters Edge Elementary School. Additionally, Melissa’s experience includes coordinating and implementing hands on, age appropriate curriculum at the Mailman Segal Institute where she was the lead pre-k teacher.


We are thrilled to have Crystal and Melissa at the helm in Lake Worth and are excited for the future in Florida.

Interested in getting to know more about these women? You’re invited to join us on Wednesday, October 5 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm for a fun, family-friendly Open House. The Lake Worth event will feature a scavenger hunt that encourages children and their families to explore our center and get to know the new management team–plus, you can collect prizes along the way!

Open House is happening at all 13 of our locations. At each center, teachers will welcome families into their beautiful classrooms for a meet and greet. Classrooms will have lots of fall-themed activities for all ages. Plus, stay for dinner and visit with other Doodle Families–we’ll be serving pizza, fruit and refreshments!


Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue 271

September 20, 2016

For team Tuesday this week, we’d like to invite you all to spend an evening with our fantastic teachers at our annual Fall Open House happening Wednesday, October 5 from 5:30 – 7pm at all Doodle Bugs! locations.





Open House is a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our wonderful teachers! During the event, all of our Lead Teachers will welcome families into their classroom for a meet and greet. It’s also a great time for families to stop in to learn a little more about our innovative and exclusive Bravo! by Doodle Bugs! Curriculum and what to expect in the school year to come.

Open House is a free, family-fun event. Each classroom (with the exception of Infant Rooms) will feature a different fall-themed craft or activity. We will also be serving pizza and fruit for dinner.

We can’t wait to see you! Check out the event on Facebook and let us know you’re coming.