childcare

Is My Child Getting Enough Sleep?

by École Maison

Sleep.  It’s something every living thing needs to do.  It’s a basic, biological function that we need to survive.  It’s so ingrained in our being that we’ve dedicated whole rooms in our homes to it and whole industries have grown up around the need. Yet, as busy adults, we sometimes take sleep for granted and don’t always get the amount we need.  As .. Read More

Staff Highlight: Naureen Sharif

by École Maison

Naureen Sharif describes herself as “a southern lass from Texas,” but her life’s journey has made her much more than that. She was born in Saudi Arabia to parents of Indian descent.  At the age of five, her family moved to England where they stayed until Naureen finished school.  That’s when the family came to the United States. They settled in Texas where .. Read More

École Maison Security Features

by École Maison

We hear a lot about unexpected and unwarranted violence in the news today.  It’s unfortunate but random violence at schools, malls and businesses has taught us to secure our facilities and be mindful of those that do not. A childcare center has added concern since we deal with children. Whether threats come from unforeseen acts, natural disasters or troubled domestic situations, it is .. Read More

Staff Highlight: Heather Lyons

by École Maison

“I wanted to make a difference, to empower students in their learning.”  That’s the reason Heather Lyons gives when asked why she chose to work with children as a career. Heather is a former high school Spanish teacher of eight years.  She joined École Maison in October 2013.  You might think that it would be a big change to move from teaching teenagers .. Read More

15 Questions You Should Ask When Touring a Childcare Center

by École Maison

Finding the right childcare center can be a daunting task.  While they attempt to accomplish similar things, it’s important to remember that not all childcare centers are alike. Different centers have varying curricula, staff requirements and styles of management.  It’s up to you to determine if the childcare centers on your list fit your expectations and the needs of your child. To help .. Read More

Staff Highlight: Matt Berning

by École Maison

Working with children is in Matt Berning’s blood.  “My mom was a teacher and I caught the teaching bug from her.” Matt joined the École Maison team in September 2013.  He is the lead teacher in the Preschool II classroom.  He comments that, “The most rewarding part of my job is watching the kids learn and grow.” The 38-year-old has solid experience working .. Read More

Choosing the Right Daycare or Preschool

by École Maison

Choosing a daycare or preschool can be a challenge for working parents.  Finding the right staff and center to care for and teach your child can be a very personal and daunting decision.  With so many choices, how do you work through the confusion to find the right solution for you and your child? One way to move forward is to develop a .. Read More