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Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 by recently got together for a staff baby shower. Everyone was asked to share their favorite children’s books to help start a library for the mom-to-be. We’re a group of perpetual kids at heart, so getting together this basket of children’s classics was a total blast. And since we just can’t get enough of these fantastic books, we also decided to share our picks with the community!

With child development gurus and expert moms among us, many opted to pick out a sensory baby book, filled with colors, textures, and shapes. Some top picks include:

If I were a giraffe (Aneta’s pick), Colors and Shapes (Jyothee), Colors (Daniel), Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfisterand (Candace), Peek-a-Who? By Nina Laden (Danielle), and That’s Not My Dinosaur (Amanda).

Richard Scarry’s word books (Denise and Lorri) were popular picks for verbal development, with images and words to match. Another favorite was First 100 Words (Seema).

Not surprisingly, many picked out timeless children’s books that many grew up reading and adored. These popular picks included:

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Alex)

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (Kristi)

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Ron)

Are you My Mother? By P.D. Eastman (Vicki)

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (Julie)

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Carol)

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Jenny)

The Hungry Little Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Yale, Beebe and Ariana)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Patrick)

The Little Prince by Antoine De Sant-Exupery (Seann)

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (Carlee)

Many of us grew up reading the imaginative poems of Shel Silverstein, so our staff pick was A light in the Attic (Jody), which is filled with his classic poems and drawings.

Some parents in the group highly recommend the Caldecott Honor Mo Williams’ Pigeon books, including Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (Kat) and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Todd), guaranteeing lots of giggles!

There were a handful of newer books that are sure to be classics in their own time, including the Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth (Bob), Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer (Jackie), and Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld (Graham). Also a great way to read the classic fairytales and stories is to buy a new collection such as The Family Storybook Treasury (Jeremy).

Dr. Seuss holds a special place in many of our hearts. Our favorites were Green Eggs and Ham (Miguel) and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Brandon).

Finally, a few of us picked out holiday classics, because the baby will arrive just in time for Christmas! The favorites included The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (Johanna) and The Berenstein Bears Trim the Tree (Lauren).

Did we miss any of your favorites not on the list? Please share your favorite children’s book!

What’s your school’s Walk Score?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 by

We’re excited to announce that the Walk Score for all schools in the country is now included in our SchoolFinder resource.  A Walk Score allows parents to learn how walkable their school and surrounding neighborhood is, making walkability now part of the school decision process.

Walk Score aims to promote walkable neighborhoods to combat climate change, improve health, and strengthen communities.  As the latest Walk Score blog explains, fewer and fewer children are walking to school and the child obesity epidemic continues to rise.  Promoting the option to walk or ride a bike to school is one way to increase exercise for school-aged children. is also excited to announce that Walk Score is the latest SchoolFinder Local Schools web service partner. Here’s a sample of how school information is included in Walk Score:

This weekend- Free Access to Local Caregivers, Babysitters, and Tutors

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 by

This weekend you can use’s services completely free of charge!  The Free Weekend promotion will run Friday, March, 19th thru Sunday, March 21st.

The Free Weekend begins at midnight (PDT) on the morning of Friday, March 19th and extends through Sunday, March 21. During these 3 days, will waive its regular subscription fee and allow all care-seeking families full access to hundreds of thousands of high-quality babysitters, nannies, and other caregivers for free.  Every visitor to during the Free Weekend will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of paid, premium membership for FREE: post jobs, review mom-reviewed profiles of caregivers in their area, contact care providers to schedule interviews, check references and run a free background check.

To get started with your search for local childcare providers and tutors, search for your school.  From your school’s profile on, you’ll be able to browse through local providers from our partner,  Also, feel free to go to directly to learn more about this great promotion!

Roost’s New Facebook App, Social Real Estate

Thursday, March 4th, 2010 by

We’re excited to spread the word about Roost‘s new Facebook application, Social Real Estate.

The application creates a “Real Estate” tab on Facebook profiles that displays city-specific housing, education info using SchoolFinder’s local school data web service, and walkability data.  It’s perfect for real estate agents and brokers to promote engagement and show off their expertise with their many Facebook connections.

Learn more about this hot new app!

New in SchoolFinder: Find Local Child Care & Tutors

Monday, October 5th, 2009 by

SchoolFinder users can now find local resources from our partner,, while learning more about their child’s school. is the leading online provider of trusted child caregivers and tutors.  The site makes the usually intimidating process of finding child care easy for parents by including extensive information on both babysitters and nannies, such as experience, availability, reviews from other parents, and personal introductions.  Also,’s extensive tutor profiles include tutor’s education, experience, and subject specialties.  Parents can browse all of the options in their area and find the best match for their family as a member.

Many parents come to SchoolFinder to learn about their child’s school or schools in their neighborhood or city. We hope that by providing local babysitters, nannies, tutors, and special needs providers within SchoolFinder will provide a valuable resource to our users.  We are thrilled to recommend the high quality of members to our community!

Get started today by finding your local school.

New and Improved Local Schools Widget

Monday, August 3rd, 2009 by

The Local Schools widget has become a popular free tool for real estate sites and blogs to showcase local school information. We’ve received positive feedback on how easy the widget is to customize and install. The recent enhancements were made in order to further meet our user’s needs around free school data.

So what’s new and improved on the widget?

Now, you can showcase schools near an exact address. Simply input the street address and city or zip and the closest schools to the address will be shown in the widget, both in the map and list view. Now real estate sites can implement the widget to showcase nearby schools for specific properties.

Another great new feature is the ability to browse the widget map past the default location. For example, if a widget is created for the zip code 94603, the user can browse past the schools that lie within the zip code to see schools in surrounding zip codes or cities.

Lastly, our widget has an updated look and feel- we’ve updated the look but kept all of the customization options available, such as color choice, size options, and custom title so it can be visually integrated onto other sites.

Don’t worry, we’ve kept our other key features, such as the ability to create a widget for a zip, city, entire county, or a specific school district. That way you can create a widget for the exact area you serve.

Our local school data tools are free and popular with sites and blogs in a variety of industries, including real estate, local media, and school districts.  We hope to continue to see the popularity of the widget grow and are really excited to showcase the new and improved widget at the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco this week! Feel free to contact us with any questions on widget use at

Back to School Gear now at

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 by is excited to announce a new partnership with, a leading provider of custom school and team apparel.  School apparel and gear is now easy to find, customize, and afford.  SchoolFinder school profiles include individual school gear stores, where you can customize your school’s t-shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys, or any other spirit gear.  Put your name on the item, include your school mascot, and make it your own! I can’t wait to get a new Stevenson Patriots sweatshirt from my old high school… or get my niece excited about her new school with some school gear of her own.

Head back to school with spirit! Just in time for back to school savings, find your school and get your gear today!

Green Schools

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 by

Learn all about green schools- find ways to help your school go green and browse LEED certified schools in your state.

Green Schools

Students, parents and teachers are working together to promote green schools.  Recycling programs, bus transportation, and water efficiency are just a few of the many ways schools save energy and reduce waste.  Also, environmental education programs raise students’ awareness on how they can impact their environment. Learn about five easy ways to green your school

Although many schools promote green programs and activities, some schools are actually ceritified as green schools.  This means they have been certified by the U.S. Green Builing Council as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.  Find LEED certified green schools near you.  The LEED for Schools Rating System is specific to the design and construction of K-12 schools and buildings, addressing such things as energy efficiency, water conservation and mold prevention.  

Green School Review Prize

How green is your school?  Find your school with our SchoolFinder tool and tell others about your green school!  Writing a ”green” review gives you a chance to win a beautiful hard cover copy of Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the WorldLearn more.

Fun and Educational Adventure Action Games

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 by

Does your child love playing games online? Are you concerned that the games don’t have educational value or aren’t kid-friendly?  With children spending more and more time online, parents often wonder what games are best suited for their child.

JumpStart World is the perfect way to allow your child to immerse themselves in a highly creative and fun learning environment.  JumpStart World is the leader in adventure action games based on virtual and interactive 3D worlds developed specifically for your three to ten year old child.

With JumpStart World, academic fundamentals are incorporated into a vibrant world where kids can control their learning environment. These adventure action games are tailored to your child’s personal skill level and learning style. Your child’s preferences and abilities customize the 3D challenge-based games, allowing your child to both succeed and learn new skills.

With lovable characters and a curriculum based on national and state standards, JumpStart World’s adventure action games stimulate creativity, build confidence, and reward achievements.  See how JumpStart World works and get started today!

Reading Software for Early Readers

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 by

Teaching a child to read can be daunting for many parents. Early readers need to practice a variety of skills and continue to review and challenge themselves in order to grow into fluent readers.  Although reading with your child is invaluable, many parents are looking for supplemental help for their early readers. recommends Headsprout’s premier reading software program to grow your young reader.

Headsprout reading software guides young readers through a series of Web-based, animated lessons. Learning to read is a fun adventure with Headsprout’s cast of animated characters that helps capture kids’ imaginations. At the core of this reading software program are the proven skills all children must master while learning to read.

Headsprout reading software is developmentally appropriate, organized into 80 Web-based interactive episodes, each between 15 and 30 minutes long.

The earliest episodes begin with the fundamentals, but the lessons gradually increase in difficulty, building upon the skills developed in previous sessions.  The reading software program includes detailed progress reports and a variety of printed books to practice independent reading off-line as well.

Check out these sample lessons and get started today!