Dear Daycare Parent book coverWelcome to Dear Daycare Parent!

“An indispensable manual for parents venturing into the unknown territory of day care.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This is an invaluable blueprint for navigating the land of drop-offs, snack time, and early childhood socialization.”
Foreword Reviews

“Leaving one’s child in the care of another can be nerve-wracking, but the authors’ upbeat, long-term perspective will assist parents in valuing their providers and doing best by their offspring. For all libraries.”
Library Journal (starred review)

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News Release: Dear Daycare Parent Garners Best of 2016 Distinction

Newington, CT. —Dear Daycare Parent: The Must-have Guide to Daycare for Working Parents has been “Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016”. This recent announcement culminates a year in which the book received critical acclaim and achieved recognition from industry-leading publications.

On June 13, 2016 Kirkus Reviews bestowed a starred review to Dear Daycare Parent, and stated, “An indispensable manual for parents venturing into the unknown territory of day care.”

In their May 15, 2016 edition, Library Journal stated, “This visually pleasing title for day-care parents does not disappoint.” Library Journal recommended the book for all libraries.

Jo-Ann Parylak and Jackie Rioux, co-authors of Dear Daycare Parent, set about creating a practical resource for new parents. The book details all aspects of a typical daycare or preschool day and arms parents with the information they need to make the experience the best it can be for themselves and their child.

Parylak and Rioux are appreciative of the recognition their book has received. Co-author Jo-Ann Parylak stated, “Our whole purpose is to bring awareness to parents. The awards and recognition are very nice; they validate what we are trying to do.”

Dear Daycare Parent contains over 101 tips, each with a key point, a detailed description of why it is important, and is augmented with a real-life example. Illustrations throughout, along with an occasional story of how a situation was handled, complement the text and drive home the value of the information being shared.

 

Dear Daycare Parent is available at libraries, leading book retailers, and online from Amazon.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, or direct from the publisher at www.DearDaycareParent.com.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

I always feel the need to acknowledge Dr. Seuss’ birthday because his books made such an impression on me as a child! As a result, I have always enjoyed sharing his stories with the preschoolers I have worked with over the years. Many people don’t realize that his first book, And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected by 27 publishers.  Imagine that! It just goes to show that you should never give up on a dream!

I would like to end this with one of several of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss:

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Take a Picture, it WILL Last Longer

We often get some great ideas from parents and when we do, we love to share!

Well, you all know that bringing an oversized toy to daycare is not really the best idea but some children just find it so hard to part with a particular toy for the day because they are attached. One Mom came up with the perfect solution! Take a picture of your child with the object and let him bring the picture to school! There was a little guy in my room one day who just clung on to his picture with the biggest smile and asked if he could show his friends and talk about it at circle time. It turned out it was a shot of him sitting on a huge stuffed shark that he had received as a gift. It was too cute as the thing was bigger than he was! :>) Bravo Mom!  You came up with a great solution! The stuffed animal didn’t cause chaos at school and you made your child very happy.

A Merry and Happy To All!!

Jo Ann and I always believed in having fun and celebrating the holidays with the children. We would ask each family what they celebrated and we would also do so at school. Walking into our classroom you would see footprint Rudolphs next to popsicle stick Stars of David, Xmas tunes would be playing and a Dreidel game would be going on. You get the picture! Let’s enjoy and learn from one another through celebration. It truly is what brings people together. We have such fond and wonderful memories of these special times that we shared with so many. Thank you!

This year has been an especially wonderful time for me and Jo with the publication of our book and all the nice people we have met and spoken with through TV, radio, newspaper, and magazine interviews. We would like to thank all of you that have made this journey with us and to the people who have bought our book. We look forward to an even more exciting new year!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  HAPPY HANUKKAH!

Peace and happiness to you all!!!!

Jackie and Jo-Jo

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