Entries by Jamie Morrissey

10 Reasons Why Kindergarten Helpers Succeed in Life

Can a young child’s social interactions predict future success in life?  Experts say, “Yes.”

In a 2015 study, researchers found that prosocial behaviors such as cooperation and empathy are “significantly and uniquely predictive” of a child’s likelihood to graduate from high school and college, and to maintain stable employment thereafter. 

These findings offer compelling evidence that “non-cognitive” skills are a necessary part of a child’s upbringing.  However, the question remains…

Why would social behavior be prognostic of academic success, more so than reading, math or any other childhood ability?

Welcome Oak Haven Kid’s Club Families!

As you may have heard, Oak Haven Kids Club will become Kid Spa Austin at Pecan Park on Monday, July 1st! 

For those of you not familiar with Kid Spa, we have been in Austin for the past decade and have two other locations (Circle C and Avery Ranch) and we specialize in providing “Childcare that fits YOUR schedule.”  Our centers focus on providing a safe and secure environment for children in our care, while also providing intentional learning experiences to children of all ages.  We have a wide array of programs to fit any schedule, including Drop-In Childcare, Custom Schedules, Preschool Programs and Full-Time Care.

Introducing Kid Spa at Pecan Park!

Kid Spa Austin first opened it’s doors in Circle C Ranch in 2009. As we approach our 10th anniversary, we are excited to announce that we are expanding our network of drop-in childcare centers to include a third Austin location.  The new center is located in Northwest Austin and will begin operation on July 1st, 2019. 

The Ultimate Parent’s Guide to Teaching Personal Safety at Home

Preschoolers are active, curious and trusting – that’s what makes them so wonderful!  Those same characteristics, however, can inadvertently put a child in harm’s way. 

At Kid Spa Austin, we begin teaching toddlers and preschoolers how to make safe and healthy choices.  But, of course, we know that classroom instruction isn’t enough.  Children need clear and consistent messaging from their parents, family and community members as well. 

The good news is that safety lessons don’t have to be taught in a formal setting.  In fact, everyday life is the best place for children to practice making safe choices! 

Ready to learn how?  Well then, let’s begin…