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The 2018-19 Childcare and School Guide is Here!

The 2018-19 Childcare and School Guide is Here!

One of the most important decisions parents have to make concerns the care and education of their children. The Austin Kid’s Directory helps parents find out what is available in the Austin metro area by publishing and distributing the annual Childcare & School Guide. The latest edition is now being distributed!

This guide is organized by area making it easy to find childcares, preschools and schools in your neighborhood or close to work. You will also find information about enrichment activities, after school care, drop in child care, tutoring and more.

Take a look at the new 2018-19 online edition of the Childcare and School Guide by visiting our website!

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Lemonade Day is Coming to Austin

Lemonade Day is Coming to Austin

The West Austin Chamber of Commerce has announced the upcoming date of Lemonade Day Austin, taking place Saturday, May 5th. Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches kids how to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day has spread to over 67 cities in 23 states and three countries. Lemonade Day Austin’s goal is to register 1,000 youth who in turn will start new businesses all across Austin - on a single day.

“The West Austin Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring together a community of support to make this year’s Austin Lemonade Day a meaningful experience for everyone involved,” said Morgan Briscoe, president of the West Austin Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve worked hard to be able to welcome children, parents and organizations across Austin to register for this free, educational and fun event. We look forward to working with all of our partner organizations to help our young entrepreneurial Austinites prepare for lemonade stand success on May 5 and beyond as our future business leaders.”

Each child that registers receives access to an online interactive program, Lemonopolis, that teaches them the valuable lessons of Lemonade Day - including how to set a goal, make a plan, work the plan and launch their first business. Once a participant earns enough to cover the cost of expenses, just like in real life, they keep their profits. The average profit per Lemonade Day stand in 2017 was $224 with many earning more. Lemonade Day encourages kids to spend some, save some and share some of their earnings—teaching additional lessons in money management and social responsibility.

Anyone and everyone can be involved in Lemonade Day. Young entrepreneurs with lemonade stands need mentors, investors, business partners, great locations, and customers. Sponsors and volunteers are also needed to make Lemonade Day a success. Austin Lemonade Day’s 2018 City Champion is Cole Alredge, vice president of AV Capital. The event is sponsored by HEB Grocery and a group of generous local Austin area families and individuals with additional support from Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and a select group of graduate students at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

To find out more information or to register for Lemonade Day Austin visit: https://lemonadeday.org/austin and follow Lemonade Day Austin on social media at https://www.facebook.com/lemonadeday or @LemonadeDayATX.

The West Austin Chamber of Commerce represents West Austin business while supporting its local communities and leaders of tomorrow. For more information about upcoming events and membership visit www.westaustinchamber.org or call (512) 551-0390.

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The Importance of Collaboration

The Importance of Collaboration

Collaboration is an important skill. Nearly every job, creative or otherwise, requires you to work with others. Filmmaking is no different. In fact, collaboration is the key to effective filmmaking. Making a film requires many specific skills and trying to do all of them yourself can take away from the quality of the final product.

A Hollywood film production may have dozens, if not hundreds of people on its crew. On a indie film shoot with a smaller crew, every professional relationship is magnified tenfold. This is also true for young filmmakers who do not have all the resources a big studio does. Instead of a team of crew members they may only have a couple friends’ help at their disposal.

At Summer Film Camp, we want campers to make the best films possible. That’s why we teach them how to work together. We do this by explaining the different roles in a production and showing them how they can work collaboratively to heighten the quality of the final product. Each group is typically broken down into the following roles:

Writer: The writer is the one who takes all the ideas the group has come up with for their story and writes them down as a screenplay.
Director: The director controls a film’s artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision.
Camera Operator: The camera operator is tasked with ensuring that the camera gets each shot just as he/she and the director have decided.
Sound Recordist: The sound recordist is the member of the crew responsible for recording all sound on set during production.
Editor: The editor is responsible for selecting and combining shots into sequences and ultimately creating a finished film.

If you want your young ones to learn how to work well with others and make a better film in the process, there is no better place to send them than Summer Film Camp. For more information and to register, please visit our website here.

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3rd Annual Austin Kid’s Directory Fair

3rd Annual Austin Kid’s Directory Fair

Austin Kid's Directory is hosting our 3rd Annual Spring Fair on March 17th from 10am-2pm. Come meet local businesses including: Mad Science, TLC Pediatric Dentistry, Rock Chiropractic, Austin's Capital Grannies, Wanna Play Playcare, Apple Blossom Center for Discovery, Harmony Public Schools, Skyhawks, SuperTots Sports Academy, Camp Einstein, Code Ninjas, Creative Brick Builders, Sonrisas Dental Center, Education First Exchange Student Program, Usborne Books and more who will be offering information about summer camps, birthday parties, schools, childcare, family activities, medical services and all things kid!

Bonzo Crunch, Baby Signs by Tina C., and Gymboree Play & Music, Art Beat Dance Center and Tiaras & Tea Parties will also be there to entertain the kids!

Admission and parking are FREE and there will be great prizes like a Catch Air - Anderson Mill Birthday Party Package for 8, tickets to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels and Playland Skate Center passes along with giveaways, freebies, hands-on activities, entertainers and more! Attendees can register to win by visiting all booths and turning in a completed entry form.

Great news! Our event is being held in conjunction with the huge Fairytale Threads Children's Consignment Event where you can shop for kids clothing, toys, books, baby equipment and more!

Hope to see you there!!

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Safe for Your Child with Special Needs

5 Ways to Make Your Home Safe for Your Child with Special Needs

Until you’ve had a child with special needs, you may not think about the potential hazards that could exist inside your home. The good news? With a few modifications, you can help ensure your child stays safe. Below, we highlight five ways to make your house suitable for a child with special needs.

1. Avoid hanging heavy objects on walls. If your child is prone to overexcitement, you may want to rethink what pictures or decorations you hang on your wall. Flailing arms and feet might knock items off the wall if it’s not screwed in, resulting in an injury to your child or someone else.

2. Bolt large items of furniture to the wall. For parents with children who like to climb, a dangerous situation awaits if large furniture like bookshelves and armoires aren’t bolted into the wall.

3. Move chairs away from railings. Stools or chairs situated near staircases could be a recipe for disaster. While it’s impossible to remove chairs from your home, you can place them away from dangerous heights.

4. Install locks on medicine cabinets. This could easily be a rule of thumb for any parents. Curious children may open a cabinet where medicine is stored and identify the pills or tablets as candy. Avoid the situation completely by making it impossible for children to do their own cabinet exploring.

5. Put dangerous items away immediately. Knives, blenders, cheese graters—anything that could cause potential harm to your child if they got their hands on it should be put back in its place as soon as you’re done using it. Since side conversations or telephone calls serve as constant distractions, it’s important to remove these items from your child’s reach before you forget to do so.

As any parent knows, keeping your children out of harm’s way is a nonstop responsibility. With these tips, however, we hope your job just got a little easier.

Beth Rubio is the Chief Clinical Officer for Atlanta-based Aveanna Healthcare, the largest pediatric home health care company in the country. Operating in 23 states, Aveanna is the parent company of Epic Health Services, which has three locations in Austin.

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