Get a FREE Car Pass to the Magic of Lights Holiday Drive-Thru Show

Magic of Lights Giveaway
Check out Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center this Holiday season

It’s time for a holiday giveaway! The amazing Magic of Lights Drive-Through Holiday Light Experience show is back at PNC Bank Arts Center starting on November 22 and goes thru January 4.

And all of us here at Greatstart would like to wish you an awesome start to the festive season by giving you a chance to win a free car pass. You can also get early bird pricing on tickets by using the code MRSCLAUS at checkout for $3 off tickets online.

Magic of Lights Giveaway

Enter to Win a Car Pass
It’s FREE to enter our holiday giveaway. Just do the following (you must subscribe to the newsletter to win):

  1. Subscribe to our Newsletter. Check the right side of this article or on any articles on our blog. You’ll see a “Subscribe to Newsletter” section. Fill that one out and click Subscribe. That’s it! (Already a subscriber? Nothing else to do here!)
  2. Complete this form so we have the right contact info to use if you win. (We won’t share this info)

Deadline to enter is November 30th. We will announce the winners on December 2. Greatstart will contact the winners via email and confirm they can pickup the car pass at either our South Plainfield or Franklin Park facilities.

How to talk to your preschooler about September 11

On September 11, 2001, we were all forever changed. And even though it’s been 18 years since that faithful day where America’s true spirit was tested, we will always remember.

As parents of preschoolers, it should be up to us when and how our children should learn about September 11. Especially in this age of social media where our kids are exposed to all sorts of information. No matter how much we try to protect them, they will learn about it. Here are some suggestions on how to handle it when it comes up.

Whether it’s 9/11 or any tragic event, make sure you find a way to talk to them in such a way that it won’t freak them out. According to Dr. Lori Walsh, a NY-based clinical psychologist, find out first what they know as that becomes a great starting point for conversation.

Make sure to correct any misperceptions. Preschoolers tend to over simplify and make up crazy stories. Explain it to them in a simple way, leaving out details about the horrors of that day. They don’t need to know that bad people wanted to attack America and kill civilians. Just say that two airlines crashed into these really tall buildings in New York on September 11.

No matter what you say and how you say it, make sure you end it with them feeling they are safe. That they don’t need to worry. “You want them to feel that their little world is still secure,” says Walsh. Tell them that mommy and daddy loves them and that they will always be there to protect them.



8 Amazing Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week is officially May 6-10. But at most of our Greatstart facilities, we have at least a 3-week long celebration because one week is never enough to show how much thankful we are for the wonderful teachers and staff that educate and care for our little ones.

Teacher Appreciation Week almost here. It’s the most exciting time of the year for us because we get to celebrate all the wonderful and amazing things our super teachers do everyday.

We’ve compiled these awesome gift ideas that we hope will inspire you to give them all the pampering they deserve for molding the lives of our children.

Candy Bar Gift Tags

Teacher Bookmark – Free Printables

Toe-Tally Awesome Nail Polish Free Printables

Hands Down Best Teacher – Free Tags

Personalized Calculator

Sharpie Gift Idea

Key To My Success Keychain Gift Idea

Teacher Straw Cup DIY Gift Idea

Of course you can also give them gift cards from their favorite shops, or you can stop by your school and buy them breakfast, lunch, or send in some snacks.

Whether you buy or make them something, the important thing is to show how much you appreciate them.

We love our teachers!