Mama, Dada – The Importance of Talking to Your Child

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by ctpadmin

How do we help our children develop?  One of the most important ways we can help children grow to be literate adults is to speak to them from the time they are born. Much discussion is being brought to the forefront on early language acquisition and the way it affects many parts of the child’s […]


More Than Please and Thank You

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by ctpadmin

How Do We Foster Manners in Children? Have you ever been a situation when a child doesn’t exhibit manners that should be a simple matter? I find that I always seem to have that “teacher hat” on and want to fix manners.  My reason is to try to make a better world where kids are […]


Great Relationships Begin With Great Communication

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by ctpadmin

Great relationships begin with great communication.  How can we best foster these skills in children so they will grow into effective communicators as adults? Beginning with very young infants, we try to connect by urging them to look at us and to respond with a smile.  Do you remember the first time you got a […]


Put Down Your Device and Raise Up Your Child

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by ctpadmin

Have you been guilty of spending time on your device rather than interacting with someone in person?  I have. Usually I have a good reason.  When I am with my husband – we have a question and I try to find the answer on the Internet.  Sometimes when we are in the car I use […]


Developing Strong Brains in Young Children

Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by ctpadmin

Recently, during my reading, I stumbled upon a report from Harvard (http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/multimedia/interactive_features/five-numbers/) which got me to thinking about why John and I are involved in Early Childhood Education and what we can bring to these children in our care. Who are children’s educators? Parents TV Siblings Internet Friends Childcare providers Extended family Grandparents Recordings What […]


PSA donates a playscape to Honduran Children’s Home

Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by ctpadmin

Preschool of the Arts teams with Westford Congregational Church and Family Academy of Music Fifteen people participated in a mission trip to El Progreso, Honduras this past month to install a playscape donated by Preschool of the Arts, Inc. in Tolland and Ellington.  The playscape was installed at the Hope Children’s Home (Esperanza de Honduras) […]


Five Things That will Help Grow Your Child Into Responsible Adulthood

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by ctpadmin

As I contemplate what goals I have for my grandkids and students, I try to imagine them as they become teenagers, college students or young adults.  My desires include the following: Make responsible decisions about little things in life as well as the big things Exercise self-control Have an intrinsic sense of self-worth Be a […]


Three Ways a Parent Can Effectively Enrich a Young Child’s World?

Posted on: September 11th, 2013 by ctpadmin

To enrich is “to make fuller or more meaningful, more beautiful and endow with fine or desirable qualities.” (thefreedictionary.com)  You want this for your child, don’t you? As an early childhood education provider, I believe it is important to think about the things that we provide, not just the number of activities, but the quality […]


Finding the Best Early Childhood Experience

Posted on: August 20th, 2013 by ctpadmin

When searching for a preschool and/or childcare experience for you child, it is important to keep several things in mind.  What are your goals for your child?  Why is one place better than another? Is your child safe? How can you be sure your child is learning? About 40 years ago when my kids were […]


How Does Music Enrich My Child’s Life and Education?

Posted on: August 15th, 2013 by ctpadmin

  Better, the question should be – How does music enrich our lives?  First, consider what life would be like without music?  Weddings and funerals would be drab.  Parades would be boring. Dances wouldn’t exist. There’d be no radios at the beach; people wouldn’t have music to which they could exercise; there’d be no nostalgic […]