Headquartered in Traverse City, MI, Silikids, Inc. the first mom-founded brand focused on creating products that are safe, modern and made entirely out of SILICONE, launched a month-long Kickstarter campaign today for their new Straw Tops. Silikids teamed up with top animation character designers Bill Schwab from “Frozen” and Jim Feeley from “American Dad” (Schwab and Feeley also just happen to be the co-founders husbands!) to create unique glass sets and cool art as rewards for the Kickstarter campaign. The glasses and art are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign and will not be available again after November 20th, the date the Kickstarter campaign will end.
The collectible items are the perfect holiday gift and as a bonus all orders include a 3 pack of the NEW Siliskin Straw Tops.
The ingenious Silikids Straw Top is a silicone top that covers the top of any glass making it spill proof and converting it into a straw top.
“Our silicone tableware accessories like our straw tops are designed to make the basics like glass, easier and safer to use. A main focus of ours is to bridge the gap between innovative, high end design and affordability. ” said Stacey Feeley, co-founder Silikids. “This Kickstarter campaign allows us to celebrate great art and the simplicity of glass making it cool, functional and fun, while passing it on to generations to come.”
The campaign has a $7,500 fundraising goal that will go towards the production of the glassware sets, Siliskin® Straw Tops, high quality giclee prints, shipping and processing fees.
All Kickstarter backers of the Silikids Straw Top campaign will receive a 3-pack of Silikids Straw Tops and glass designs and there are a host of awards levels that include glass sets, limited edition prints (including high quality Giclee prints and signed limited edition artist prints too) from Schwab and Feeley. One top level backer will even get to have a power lunch with Schwab, Feeley and the Silikids team in LA to share notes, doodles and ideas.
The Kickstarter campaign for the Silikids Straw Top runs until November 20, 2014. To learn more about Silikids and the Straw Top visit the Kickstarter page here:
The New York Times, October 16, 2014. Science: It has been nearly 20 years since a landmark education study found that by age 3, children from low-income families have heard 30 million fewer words than more affluent children, putting them at an educational disadvantage before they even began school. The findings led to increased calls for publicly funded prekindergarten programs and dozens of campaigns urging parents to get chatty with their children.
Now, a growing body of research is challenging the notion that merely exposing poor children to more language is enough to overcome the deficits they face. The quality of the communication between children and their parents and caregivers, the researchers say, is of much greater importance than the number of words a child hears. Read More….
On Monday, October 20th, our online application platform is going to change the way you think about the online application and interview process with our new Interview Hub Platform.
When it comes to conducting productive interviews, it is no secret that unprepared interviewers, uninformed conversations, and unstructured time add up to mistakes and decision delays that hinders our ability to identify top performers.
That is why Resumator, our online application platform, has reimagined interviews so interviewers have one-click access to all of the information they need to conveniently participate in the Cambridge Nanny Group selection and recruitment hiring process – whether you are working for our corporate office or seeking a client position.
As they have done in the past, the International Nanny Association (INA) is conducting a study in order to gain data and statistics for the nanny industry. This is open to all nannies, and you do not have to be a member of the INA to participate. They will make the results available not only to members, but also to the public, to help increase understanding and awareness of the nanny industry.
Your voice counts! The questionnaire will be emailed to you and should take just 10-15 minutes. We will be sending multiple reminders. If you have not received the survey please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If interested, you will be able to receive a summary of the results by requesting so at the end of the questionnaire. The test was developed and is administered by an independent firm, Survey Design & Analysis (SDA), to design and administer the data collection.
The INA Board of Directors is busily planning their 30th Annual Conference – their first conference to be held outside the United States!
Educational workshops and specialty training
Peer networking from around the globe
Recharge your personal and professional batteries
Beautiful Cancun, located on the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula, has miles of pristine beaches with crystal clear water, a vibrant night life, and easy access to world cultural heritage sites such as Chichen Itza.In addition to a wonderful destination, nannies, newborn care specialists, nanny agency operators, educators and other industry partner/services gather annually to meet their counterparts from around the globe, increase their professional knowledge and expertise in workshops and specialty training, and demonstrate their commitment to being best-in-class in their chosen field.
What makes a nanny want to work for certain employers and reject or resign from others? Two words: effective leadership. In our work with thousands of nannies and families, and our research, we discovered the same characteristics of leadership were identified repeatedly, whether by respondents in our survey’s, participants in focus groups, or one-on-one interviews.
Here is our list of ten (10) characteristics that nannies have identified with being a nanny “employer of choice”.
They’re doers: These parents take charge and are proactive. They don’t wait for things to happen. A nanny is energized by their enthusiasm evident by their own commitment and dedication to their children. They never ask their nanny to do anything they would never do themselves and stand side-by-side with their nanny working toward a common goal.
They’re confident: They exhibit calm effortless control. These parents will make mistakes and miss the mark – but they don’t fall to pieces and fold into anxiety or ineffective or destructive communication patterns with their nanny.
They lead, they don’t push: These parents don’t force anyone to follow them; they make others want to follow them. They don’t abuse their authority for ego gratification, they don’t bark orders, flaunt their superiority and they certainly don’t talk down to their employees.
They care: These parent make their nanny feel important and cared for. They are sensitive to their needs and desires. While they do expect their nanny to respond to their families needs, they are also in tune and sensitive to the needs of the nanny.
They empower: These nanny employers bring out the best in their nanny with consistent support and encouragement. They encourage her success – and provide the incentive to strive for it.
They show appreciation: They give praise and credit freely. They are not stingy with accolades, and do not steal her thunder.
They trust: They know when and whom to trust; and what to do with that trust. They understand that it is human nature to like those who like us, trust those who trust us, and respect those who respect us.
They show true personal character: True leadership is not acquired by authority, but by influence. Such influence is obtained by trust in the fundamental character of the parents.
They are honest: They are ethical and believe that honesty, effort, and reliability form the foundation of success. They embody these values so clearly that no employee doubts their integrity for a minute. They share information openly and honestly – particularly when it effects the children or nanny.
They communicate: Someone who communicates clearly, concisely, and often, and by doing so motivates their nanny to give their best all the time. They challenge their employee by setting high but attainable standards and expectations, and then giving them the support, tools, training, and latitude to pursue those goals and become the best employees they can possibly be
“Well, actually just one, but O Magazine’s ever-resourceful columnist Lisa Kogan is exhausted and smart enough to know that sometimes it takes a Kosovar village and an extended Colombian family to raise a 21st century woman” Lisa Kogan beautifully shares her parenthood journey reaching the decision that it’s okay to get help raising your children. It’s so well written and insightful we hope you’ll read this article. Originally appeared in the January 2007 Issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and just as relevant today. Read the entire article: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/The-Nanny-Dilemma-Lisa-Kogans-Daughter-Has-Three-Mommies
$250 Grand Prize for Participating in a Focus Group on Nanny Employment!
Cambridge Nanny Group believes in comprehensive behavioral and data driven recruiting methodologies. The first step to getting that data – you! We value your opinion to help us better serve our clients. We also value your time, which is why every participant will recieve a complimentary catered lunch and be entered to win our Grand Prize valued at $250.00
The topic of this research is employment in the Chicago Metro Area. We want to talk with job seekers, employers, employed nannies and retired nannies to gain knowledge of the issue from every side.
Remember, in a focus group your opinion is always the right answer.
So if you’re interested in enjoying a complimentary lunch just for showing up, and a chance to win a $250 Grand Prize, then follow the link below to take our pre-screen survey.Then we’ll let you know if you qualify.
Space is limited, if you think you qualify, sign up now!
National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) defines professionals in the field of early childhood education include individuals who provide direct services to young children (from birth through age 8) and their families, as well as those who administer the programs in which these individuals work and those who provide professional development for these individuals.
Early childhood professionals who provide direct service to children and families include:
Teachers, teacher assitants and caregivers in:
Campus children’s centers in two- and four-year higher education institutions
Child care programs
Head Start and Early Head Start programs
Kindergarten and primary grade programs (1st-3rd grade)
Part-day preschool or nursery schools
Prekindergarten programs in schools and community-based agencies
Family child care providers
Early intervention specialists and others who provide education and care for children with disabilities and their families
Home visitors in Head Start, Early Head Start, and other programs
Child life specialists (in hospitals and other therapeutic settings)
Nannies who provide care for young children in the children’s homes
Early childhood professionals who administer programs include:
Program directors, education managers, curriculum specialists, and others who manage programs or have oversight responsibilities for classrooms in the programs noted above
Principals in public, charter, and private schools that serve children from birth through third grade and their families
Public and private agencies that administer family child care networks
Professional development providers for these individuals include:
Faculty in two- and four-year and graduate programs in institutions of higher education
Adult educators/trainers in public and private organizations
Child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agency staff
Head Start/Early Head Start training and technical assistance providers
Program administrators who provide training and technical assistance to their staff