10 Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in an Extended Care Program

May 6, 2022
Image of an extended care teacher helping two students with homework on HotSpots' website

Extended care programs are programs offered for children whose parents work and are not able to be home before or after regular school hours, or for children who want to learn and play with other kids in a school club-like environment. Typically, these programs are equipped with games, arts and crafts, homework supplies, and other…

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Curriculum Focused Before and After Care at HotSpots!

February 25, 2022

Differentiating ourselves from other before and after care providers is essential to our 44 programs as we near the end of one school year and focus on improvements for the next. HotSpots Extended Care Program uses a variety of practices and methods to ensure the children in our program are continually learning and growing outside…

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HotSpots’ Unwavering Commitment to Keeping Kids Active during Winter Months!

January 12, 2022

  Let’s Move! Play 60! Even before the pandemic, encouraging kids to get active was, and still remains, a steadfast initiative in society and the educational fields. The virtual learning experience in the past couple years hindered the ability for children to practice and develop healthy habits through physical fitness. At HotSpots Extended Care Program,…

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The Need for Before and After Care in a Post Pandemic World

June 24, 2021

  The need for children to engage with others in physical play, creative collaboration, and social experiences has continued to grow since the start of the pandemic. HotSpots is here to provide high quality before and after care in order to bridge the gap caused by time out of the classroom. Our team offers safe…

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DIY Painted Rock Tic Tac Toe Fun

June 3, 2020

Make this DIY Painted Rock Tic Tac Toe Game for outdoor fun this summer!  Here is a project where kids can get creative and paint their own Tic Tac Toe set! Tic Tac Toe is a great strategy and sportsmanship game that is fun for all ages!   Supplies Needed: 10 Smooth rocks (about the size…

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Celebrate Memorial Day with A Yummy Breakfast!

May 20, 2020

Memorial Day America Flag Toast Recipe This is an easy and fun activity that the whole family can enjoy making and eating! Ingredients: Bread Cream Cheese Blueberries Strawberries Directions: Clean and slice strawberries into thin segments. Toast bread and spread an even layer of cream cheese across the top with a knife. Make a stripe…

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STEM vs. STEAM: Why the “A” is Critical

January 9, 2018

Many schools throughout the nation have begun to adopt STEAM programs in lieu of STEM, adding the arts to the former science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Although this adoption of STEAM has begun in earnest, some are still skeptical as to why the arts should be included. Here, the educational professionals at Hot Spots…

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A Little Holiday Cheer from the HSECP Students at Joppatowne Elementary

January 5, 2018

Hot Spot’s students at Joppatowne Elementary wrote holiday letters to Precinct 8’s first responders working on Christmas Day. Learn more about this heartwarming project, in the words of HSECP’s Joppatowne Program Director, Laura Sorrells, below. This holiday season, our Hot Spots Extended Care Program (HSECP) Joppatowne students were writing holiday cards for friends and family,…

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The Influence of Art on Children’s Social and Emotional Development

January 2, 2018

After analyzing nearly 20 peer-reviewed studies on the benefits of art on children’s social and emotional development, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) drafted a report detailing the importance of art in children’s lives. Here, the child development and educational specialists at Hot Spots Extended Care Program detail the findings of the report, and…

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Non-Traditional Teaching Strategies that Motivate Students

January 2, 2018

Traditional learning methods are not effective for all individuals, and as such, educators must find new ways to engage their students. Here, the education and enrichment professionals at Hot Spots Extended Care Program describe several non-traditional teaching strategies that motivate young students. Inquiry-Based Learning Inquiry-based learning focuses on the curiosities and interests of students, rather…

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