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Why is an After School Enrichment Program Important?


There may be several reasons why you’re considering an after-school enrichment program for your child. Dual working parents might need to find a fun, safe, and productive program to keep children engaged in the afternoon. Perhaps your children have expressed an interest in a new activity or craft, want to play in an organized sport, […]

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What To Do When Your Child Screams “I Hate You!”


Even if you’ve heard it before, even if you know that it’s coming, there’s no way to brace yourself for the emotional wallop of hearing your angry child scream “I hate you!” Those painful words are an arrow straight to the heart. They stir up feelings of confusion, devastation, frustration, and emotional hurt. They’re an […]

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Tantrums Don’t Stop At Two: Managing An Older Child’s Outbursts


Though it’s comforting to believe that your child will outgrow those “terrible two” tantrums by their third birthday, the truth is more complicated. Even if you’ve worked hard to help your child identify and understand their emotions, communicate better, and you strive to avoid trigger situations, an occasional tantrum is likely to erupt even through […]

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Potty Training Tips And Tricks


Toddlers are pure, unfettered fun. They laugh with their whole bodies. They run even when they barely can, and they don’t care a whit about how silly they can be. They climb stairs, furniture, and jungle gyms without fear. From the moment they wake up in the morning, all they want to do is eat, […]

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The Importance of Naptime At Home and in the Classroom


Harried parents often have two equal and competing wishes: That their child would either nap more so they could get stuff done, or not nap at all, so that they can run errands all the day through. But napping is much more than just a blessed pause in a busy day. For infants, toddlers, and […]

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What Age Should Your Child Learn Shapes and Colors?


Shapes and colors are an important part of early childhood education. When your child strives to identify and separate blue blocks from yellow ones, she’s learning more than curves, corners, and colors. She’s making new sense of the world and developing the ability to communicate it to you. So at what age should your child […]

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What Programs Do We Offer for Babies and Toddlers?


At the Austin Children’s Academy, our primary mission is to nurture and guide your children through developmental milestones in a safe, loving, and stimulating environment. To this end, we offer classrooms dedicated to particular age groups, full of toys targeted to the appropriate developmental stage, lovingly supervised by teachers alert to your child’s individual needs. […]

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The Importance of Early Education for Infants


Most parents remember the first year of their babies’ lives as a wondrous (albeit exhausting) cycle of feeding, burping, diaper changes, and too-short naps. Yet while you were taking care of your children’s most basic physical needs, their brains were developing in leaps and bounds, soaking in and retaining impressions and experiences at a breathtaking […]

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Why Choose Austin Children’s Academy Instead of Daycare for Your Toddler?


Daycare and childcare centers are in abundance in the Austin area. When looking for the best fit for your toddler, we hope you’ll consider the variety of benefits Austin Children’s Academy can offer compared to traditional daycare facilites. Montessori vs. Daycare Traditional daycare centers are typically activity driven. A schedule is set by the adults, […]

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How the Classroom Helps Teach Social Skills


Each year, classrooms bring together a group of similarly aged students into one room. The diversity in these classroom communities poses an opportunity for engagement in social interactions that are ideal for learning. As more schools recognize the importance of social skills in relation to academic learning, the teaching of social skills has become an […]

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