After months of social distancing and quarantine time at home, it’s understandable that, with summer now upon us, you’d like to get out of the house in some capacity, whether that’s a trip to the park for a picnic or a few days at a state park.  However, the coronavirus COVID-19 is not gone, and it’s up to you to figure out what activities you’re comfortable with, as well as how to keep your family as safe as possible when leaving the house for long periods of time. In this blog

ABC’s & 123’s Learning Centers has always made the safety and wellbeing of our children our top priority.   As we navigate through this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic together, we want to assure you that we are working harder than ever to provide a safe environment for your family. Enhanced Disinfectant Procedures Our strict cleaning and disinfecting procedures have always adhered to CDC guidelines, however, with the onset of this outbreak, we have taken further steps in our hand washing and disinfecting procedures.  All staff members wear face masks.  Teachers conduct a deep

Recently, diversity has become something of a buzzword; it’s used so frequently though that it has lost a lot of meaning. Some groups use diversity in shallow ways, as if it’s only somewhat important, when the truth is diversity, at its fullest, is incredibly meaningful, leading to better connection, growth, and lives for everyone.  One of the best ways to make sure your child understands the importance of genuinely practiced diversity is by encouraging them to make friends with children different than them. In this month’s post, we’ll explain the biggest

It’s difficult for a child – especially a toddler – to understand what gratitude is, and why they should feel it in the first place. With a lack of perspective as to just how massive the world is, along with just how much their parents give them, it’s up to those same parents to teach them to be grateful, and starting at a young age goes a long way.  Today on our blog, with Thanksgiving coming up, we’ll dive into why teaching your toddler to show appreciation and return kindness at

For most iGen kids, screen time is the coin of the realm— and don’t their parents know it! Screen time is used to incentivize (“If you use the potty, you can watch a cartoon!”) as well as to punish (“Keep up that behavior and you’ll lose screen time for a week!”). And while most parents have used it to gain a few minutes of peace at one time or another to complete a task or regroup after a long day at work, they know that they should put limits on

Winter is finally here and the kids still have just as much energy as you would expect. Thankfully, Indianapolis offers plenty of fun activities fit for kids of all interests during the cold winter months. There’s more than enough fun to be had, especially when you know where to go! We list seven spots to keep in mind, but that doesn’t mean you should stop expanding your options as you explore. That said, here are a few ideas to help you get started:     Rhythm! Discovery Center   110 W. Washington Street, Suite A.,

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you listen to podcasts. In fact, a whopping 48 million Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis. But you might think that enjoying a podcast is an activity for grownups only. While that might have been the case in the early days of podcasting, now there are tons of options for family-friendly listening. No matter your child’s age, attention span, or interests, you’re sure to find something that will engage them— and you! Here are 10 podcasts you and your child will

As children go back to school this fall, maybe you’re starting to think about getting your little one ready for Kindergarten next year! Now is a good time to start thinking about it and preparing your child for his or her first year of school. Kindergarten is a major turning point for kids. A smooth transition will help your child deal with transitions, develop positive self-esteem, learn independence, and tackle obstacles.  You can do so much to help your child succeed in these moments. At ABC’s and 123’s Learning Centers, our mission

While your baby might never tire of peekaboo or rolling a ball on the floor, you might begin to wonder if there’s something else you could do that would not only entertain your baby, but also help her learn. Good news! There are a variety of toys and games available that can develop your baby’s brain and give you more options when it’s time for play. #1: Make Music Even very young babies are entranced by sound. What better way to engage your baby than with an age-appropriate set of musical

You’ve probably seen videos on social media of angelic-looking children covered in chocolate ardently denying that they had ANYTHING to do with the missing cupcakes. (Or perhaps you’ve witnessed this in action at your own home!) These sweet-faced kids look up at their accuser, eyes wide, and insist that they are innocent, even when the evidence is all over them. Even very young children are capable of telling untruths. But why do they do it? Read on to learn more about why children lie and what you can do to