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Jackie and Jo-Ann Interviewed on the Army Wife Network Podcast

Jackie Rioux and Jo-Ann Parylak, authors of Dear Daycare Parent: The Must-Have Guide to Daycare, join the Army Wife Network (AWN) Core Team to discuss tips for working parents with children in daycare.

Army Wife Talk Radio is the leading internet talk radio show for Army wives, by Army wives. AWTR is hosted by the Army Wife Network Core Team – AWTR guests bring exciting, relevant topics and resources to the attention of our military families.

Listen to the podcast. (Jackie and Jo-Ann’s interview starts at the 25:00 minute mark.)


News Release: Dear Daycare Parent Garners Best of 2016 Distinction

Newington, CT. —Dear Daycare Parent: The Must-have Guide to Daycare for Working Parents has been “Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016”. This recent announcement culminates a year in which the book received critical acclaim and achieved recognition from industry-leading publications.

On June 13, 2016 Kirkus Reviews bestowed a starred review to Dear Daycare Parent, and stated, “An indispensable manual for parents venturing into the unknown territory of day care.”

In their May 15, 2016 edition, Library Journal stated, “This visually pleasing title for day-care parents does not disappoint.” Library Journal recommended the book for all libraries.

Jo-Ann Parylak and Jackie Rioux, co-authors of Dear Daycare Parent, set about creating a practical resource for new parents. The book details all aspects of a typical daycare or preschool day and arms parents with the information they need to make the experience the best it can be for themselves and their child.

Parylak and Rioux are appreciative of the recognition their book has received. Co-author Jo-Ann Parylak stated, “Our whole purpose is to bring awareness to parents. The awards and recognition are very nice; they validate what we are trying to do.”

Dear Daycare Parent contains over 101 tips, each with a key point, a detailed description of why it is important, and is augmented with a real-life example. Illustrations throughout, along with an occasional story of how a situation was handled, complement the text and drive home the value of the information being shared.


Dear Daycare Parent is available at libraries, leading book retailers, and online from,,, or direct from the publisher at

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

I always feel the need to acknowledge Dr. Seuss’ birthday because his books made such an impression on me as a child! As a result, I have always enjoyed sharing his stories with the preschoolers I have worked with over the years. Many people don’t realize that his first book, And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected by 27 publishers.  Imagine that! It just goes to show that you should never give up on a dream!

I would like to end this with one of several of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss:

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Take a Picture, it WILL Last Longer

We often get some great ideas from parents and when we do, we love to share!

Well, you all know that bringing an oversized toy to daycare is not really the best idea but some children just find it so hard to part with a particular toy for the day because they are attached. One Mom came up with the perfect solution! Take a picture of your child with the object and let him bring the picture to school! There was a little guy in my room one day who just clung on to his picture with the biggest smile and asked if he could show his friends and talk about it at circle time. It turned out it was a shot of him sitting on a huge stuffed shark that he had received as a gift. It was too cute as the thing was bigger than he was! :>) Bravo Mom!  You came up with a great solution! The stuffed animal didn’t cause chaos at school and you made your child very happy.

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