Many childcare centers frequently invite parents and grandparents into the classrooms as volunteers. Grandparents are invited to read to children, help with art activities, and other activities during which they can interact with the children. Some centers like for grandparents to volunteer in an infant room to rock the babies or help feed at lunch time. Both young children and volunteers from the grandparent generation benefit from interaction with fun activities.
The Evelyn Sadlier Jones Childcare and Learning Center at the Pines of Sarasota Retirement Center in Sarasota regularly invites the residents of the retirement home to participate in activities during which they interact with the young children who are enrolled in the childcare center. Older residents may participate in storytelliing with the children. Arts and crafts activties are provided with which the young children and grandparents may create together. The center also brings entertainment for both children and older residents from the wealth of volunteers in Sarasota who provide entertainment.
Interaction with diverse generations helps with the development of social skills in young children. Some children may not have the opportunity to interact with grandparents because their own grandparents may live far away. The older residents of the retirement home may experience the same difficulty in seeing their grandchildren because they live in other states. The opportunity to interact with both generations serve both the young children and the older residents.
The Evelyn Sadlier Jones Childcare and Learning Center recently received its 4-star quality rating from the Sarasota Look for the Stars childcare rating organization. The center is located at 1501 N. Orange Avenue in Sarasota. Parents who wish to obtain more information about enrollment may call 941-552-1861. This center will be of special interest to parents who would like their young children to benefit from interaction with the older generation.