Summer Childcare Programs Provide Needed Interaction

Monday, April 12th, 2021

After months spent learning virtually at home away from friends and classmates, children are ready to get back to socializing and developing a more structured routine. Building Blocks Learning Center has flexible summer childcare programs to help reconnect children and meet the needs of families this summer. This includes part-time or full-time care, before or after summer school care, and a kindergarten readiness program. Building Blocks’ structured summer childcare programs are designed to provide children with creative experiences, enlightening interaction, and education.

Structured summer programs for children

Structured summer childcare programs can be beneficial for a child of any age. It can help them develop all vital social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Most importantly, it will provide the interaction with other children that your child may have been missing this past year. No matter what your goals for your child this summer, we have a tailored program to fit those needs.

Benefits of summer childcare programs

  • Helps with the development of social skills. Children will get a chance to connect, communicate, and interact with their peers and engage with teachers. Structured summer childcare programs can help children to learn to work together. They will play, share, cooperate, resolve conflicts, and share ideas. This experience is vital to developing the social skills needed in school and life in general.
  • Encourages a sense of community. All children want to belong, and enrolling your child in a summer program can help them feel part of a larger community. It will also teach teamwork, leadership skills, and greater respect for the differences of others. This sense of community is essential after the months of remoteness that may have come as a result of the pandemic.
  • Promotes independence & builds self-esteem. Any time away from parents will help a child gain independence and a sense of their own identity. They will learn to make decisions, become more self-sufficient, and be encouraged to explore new things. They will also have an opportunity to achieve goals. This will enable them to develop self-confidence in their abilities.
  • Helps in developing a passion for learning.  Children’s summer programs nurture curiosity and can help provide children with a greater enthusiasm for school and learning.  Through creative learning experiences and exploring new ideas, they will develop an appreciation for education and acquiring new skills.
  • Teaches determination. An essential skill for children to learn is to overcome challenges and not give up. Structured summer childcare programs can help a child develop a greater belief in their abilities and provide them with the self-confidence they need to overcome obstacles.
  • Introduces new activities. Structured daycare and summer childcare programs can expose children to new interests. This might include music, art, games of skill, or sports. A new activity or hobby learned in a summer program might become a passion for life.
  • Promotes growth. Children will have the freedom to play and learn in a safe and nurturing environment. They will learn important life lessons that will help them build confidence and make lasting friendships.
  • Encourages physical activity. Active play is a big benefit for overall health and well-being. Enrolling your child in a summer program or summer daycare will encourage them to stay active and involved, rather than staying inside connected to devices or video games.

Enrolling your child in a summer program

Children never forget the meaningful friendships, positive interactions, and experiences that come with a summer childcare program. this includes exciting weekly activities, creatively themed events, sports, clubs, and more. Your child will remain engaged and connected to peers in a consistent and safe environment all summer long. At Building Blocks Learning Center, we provide an ideal atmosphere for children to grow and thrive. Our summer childcare programs, daycare, before and after summer school care, and pre-kindergarten readiness programs are conveniently located in Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Mountain Top. We can tailor a program to fit our individual childcare needs.

Enroll your child or learn more about Building Blocks Summer Programs by calling 570-793-1725 or by submitting an information request online at

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Holiday Events to Share with Your Family

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. Or so they say. The holidays can be stressful, with hustle and bustle of shopping and so much more. We encourage you to slow down and take time to enjoy all of the sights and sounds of the season with your family. There are many events happening in and around the Wilkes-Barre area that are sure to help you get into the spirit of the season. Many are free of charge or moderately priced. All look to be loads of fun.

A sampling of Wilkes-Barre holiday events you won’t want to miss

Friday, November 30 from 1 PM & 7:30PM

Follow the yellow brick road to The FM Kirby Center on Public Square to see the classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” Click the link for ticket information.

 Friday, November 30 & Saturday, December 1 from 11 AM to 7 PM

Old Fashioned Holiday Market on Public Square  This promises to be a fun time for the entire family featuring food, entertainment, arts & crafts and more. There will even be Horse Drawn Victorian Carriage Rides for only $5. Click the link above for times and other details.

Saturday, December 1 from 9 AM to 12 PM

Home Depot in Wilkes-Barre  is hosting a hands-on workshop for children to build a model sleigh and reindeer. All children must be accompanied by a parent It’s a fun way to let your children explore their creative side. Click above for details.

Saturday, December 1 at 10 AM

Head on over to the R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 for special holiday showing of “Polar Express.”  Your children are sure to love this timeless holiday classic about a magical train ride to the North Pole. Best of all, tickets are only $1. Click to learn more.

Thursday, December 6 at 6 PM

Share the beauty of the Luzerne County Courthouse with your children while attending the annual Courthouse Christmas Tree lighting.  It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the spirit of the season.

Friday, December 7 at 7 PM

Did your family really enjoy the Polar Express? If so, Barnes & Noble at The Arena Hub in Wilkes-Barre is hosting a Pajama Story time for Children featuring “The Polar Express.” It includes free hot chocolate and a cookie! See details on the link above.

Saturday, December 15 at 2 PM

It’s free movie time! Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn will be sponsoring a free holiday showing of the popular animated children’s film. “Hotel Transylvania 3” at the FM Kirby Center. Doors open at noon and seating is on a first come first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Have time for a drive? You can always hop in the car and head to the Nay Aug Park holiday light display in Scranton. It will be open from 5 PM to 9 PM through December 31st. At Building Blocks Learning Center, we know the holidays are a special time to enjoy with your entire family. It is our pleasure to be part of that family by providing the childcare programs to help children develop the skills they need to grow emotionally, socially and intellectually. Click to learn more about our daycare and childcare programs and learning programs for children. We hope these special events give you a jump-start to a great holiday season!

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