July 2019
This Month's Hot Topic 
Back-to-School Routines
It is that time of year again: back-to-school preparation, excitement and first day jitters! The busy-ness of summer is soon to be replaced by the busy-ness of school. Preparing children for back to school includes helping our children prepare both mentally and physically for the school year ahead. Here are some strategies to help ensure a successful transition back to school.  

Parenting Supports 
Learn Through Play Daily Activities: July
Help children learn through play by using one of the following age-specific monthly calendars that feature daily activities. Download the July 2019 calendar:
How do you choose quality child care?
All licensed child care programs are expected to adhere to a set of health and safety standards. However, quality standards vary from program to program and state to state. This means it is up to parents to ensure the child care program they select is high quality. You can find resources on how to choose quality child care on our website.

Family Resources 
There's still plenty of time this summer to get kids outside, learning and having fun. Check out these activities in your area.
Great Parks of Hamilton County
Get moving, explore and make a splash in the great outdoors! Attend the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo on July 12 at Winton Woods. Discover more than 30 exhibitors and interactive activities at this free event that will encourage your child's interest in the natural world and recreational activities.

Five Rivers MetroParks
Explore the Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. this summer! Play in the Children's Discovery Garden. Each week there will be a new game or activity to get kids outside and moving, followed by free time to explore the other ways to have fun in the garden!

Devou Park
Check out NaturePlay@BCM! This play space in Devou Park, located just outside Behringer-Crawford Museum, provides a dynamic landscape where kids can enjoy a range of fun activities like exploring a flatboat, navigating a rocky cave, imagining life in a log cabin and discovering fossils. It's open seven days a week, from dawn until dusk, and is free to use!

Helping your child learn everyday!
Discover free online resources 
There are many online resources available to help you enhance your child's learning experiences. For example, 4C's website features Learning Every Day activities like the one below, and United Way features Born Learning tools on its website. Both can help you learn more about developmental milestones and so much more!

What if every child in our community had access to the very best care and education----right from the beginning? 4C for Children is leading the way toward that future for our community. For more than 45 years, the nonprofit agency has been giving the youngest kids a strong start in life----by supporting everyone who cares for them. For parents and caregivers----whether working or stay-at-home----4C helps navigate child care options and parenting supports. 4C believes that when a child gets a solid foundation in those crucial early years, they'll be successful throughout their life. Find quality child care, child development resources and more at 4cforchildren.org/parents.
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