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College Nannies & Tutors Grand Opening Celebration!

College Nannies and Tutors is hosting a Grand Opening on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, to celebrate their recently opened new location at 14874 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223.  Festivities at this free event will include a DJ, door prizes from area vendors, cotton candy, crafts and face painting for the kids,  tours of the new Learning Center, and more!

Winners of the College Nannies and Tutors Art Contest will also be announced at this event.

Entries are still being accepted for this contest, which is open to all students from preschool through grade 12.  There are 4 prize categories, and winners receive a $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate as well as a $100 donation to their school’s art program and recognition at their school.  Winners’ art will be displayed in College Nannies and Tutors’ Learning Center and online.  Contestants’ entries are being accepted through April 12.  More information and an entry form can be found at www.collegenannies.com/overlandpark.

As a part of the grand opening, there will also be a free ACT practice test offered at the facility on Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Pre-registration is required – email overlandparkks@collegetutors.com or call (913) 754-3633 to register today!

Come join the excitement at this celebration! It will be a fun time for all.

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Amy Branton

General Manager

College Nannies & Tutors – Overland Park

Tele 913.754.3633

Mobile 913.526.6081

If You’re Considering a Summer Nanny or Manny, You Need to Start Your Search Now

Summer is highly anticipated by parents and children alike, but many working parents also have concerns … how to keep their children actively engaged and safe during the months of summer fun.  A summer nanny can be the answer to this dilemma, but many parents are unsure of how to find quality care.

Parents need to start the planning process NOW to ensure they have top-quality childcare choices available. First, we recommend that families openly discuss their needs.  Depending upon the ages of your children, it’s a good idea to involve them in this discussion while making it clear that it is ultimately a parental decision.  We’ve found the following tips helpful in selecting the right childcare partner for your family.


College Nannies & Tutors Offers TOP 10 Tips for Finding the

Right Childcare Professional for Your Family


1)      Allow ample time to conduct a search.  It takes about 6-8 weeks to complete a quality nanny or manny search.  Individuals with the best credentials will be offered positions first, so don’t miss out on all that great talent by procrastinating!

2)      Think about your specific needs, including hours of coverage and responsibilities.  Do you have a male or female preference?  Also consider special requirements such as whether your nanny needs to drive or have any medical skills or water/pool training.

3)      After clarifying needs and preferences, prepare a detailed job description.  Then consider your budget, including pay, taxes and insurance.

4)      Determine if you will conduct your search or hire an expert/agency to assist.  Carefully consider if you have the time to search yourself as it can take anywhere from 40-120 hours to find a qualified nanny who also fits with your family.  Also, is it important or more convenient for you to have an agency cover payment, insurance, background checks and other administrative details?

5)      Advertise the position in your area including all on-line resources.  College campus programs, local newspapers and on-line postings are a great place to start.

6)      Pre-screen candidates based on position requirements, and conduct interviews using a list of pre-set, legally approved questions related to availability, pay requirements, past work experience, education and overall qualifications.  All candidates should be asked the same questions, giving you equal comparison data.

7)      Consider job “fit” along with qualifications.  Think about what type of personality will fit best with your family’s philosophy.  Review your family values, discipline and parenting style and ask questions to determine how the candidates will perform in those areas.

8)      Once you’ve selected a candidate, conduct reference and background checks to minimize risk.  This should include state and county criminal checks, national sexual offender and national criminal record searches along with a SSN trace.  Many companies offer these checks, but beware of running an Internet search as they are very basic and can miss important information.  Avoid the temptation to skip this step even if you know the person.

9)      Extend an offer to the final candidate that outlines salary, benefits, taxes, vacation, absences, mileage and other reimbursements.  Once you have mutually agreed on the terms, we recommend that you have a written letter that is signed by you and your new nanny.

10)   Be sure to start-off on the right foot, and the best way to accomplish this is to COMMUNICATE.  Provide guidelines and assistance with planning the daily activities.  Give the relationship time to develop, but have tools in place to promote communication between the family and nanny early and often.  This could be as simple as keeping a notebook of special notes and activities for the day.  Meet regularly with your nanny during the summer to review performance and to ensure all expectations are clear and being met by both sides.

If the process seems a bit overwhelming and time consuming, consider hiring a professional agency to assist and guide you.  College Nannies & Tutors offers many options to allow children to have a carefree yet enriching summer.   Fun, sun-filled days at the pool, an outing to the zoo, or a relaxing day hanging out with friends will help your children to have a great summer.  Knowing that a qualified, responsible role model is caring for them when you are not there will help make your summer more relaxed as well – at least when it comes to your children!

College Nannies & Tutors – Kansas City is located in Overland Park, Kansas and provides full-time, part-time, short-term, summer, after school, and/or occasional use nanny and manny (male nannies) services for families throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Families choose to work with College Nannies & Tutors because of its unique child developmental approach and its ability to provide strong and suitable role models for children.  For more information, please contact College Nannies and Tutors at 913-754-3633 or visit our website at www.collegenannies.com.

By Amy Branton

General Manager

College Nannies & Tutors – Overland Park

Tele 913.754.3633

Mobile 913.526.6081

Keeping Down the Cost of Growing Up!

As moms, we all like our kids to be well-dressed and looking cute.  We love it when they ask us to buy them a new toy and it becomes a favorite, occupying them for days.  We want to create bedrooms that will be special places they can escape to.

However, we also know that they’ll outgrow that perfect polka-dot dress they wore for their third birthday. They’ll grow bored with the space-themed Legos and era-dressed dolls we spent so long collecting.  And the teddy bear lamps and light switch covers that we adored when they were babies suddenly seem all wrong when they begin grade school.

Finding the time and money to keep up with the changes of growing-up can be time consuming and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here We Grow Again Kids Consignment is keeping down the cost of growing up, and saving families’ time, by offering great deals on thousands of outgrown kids’ items in one location. Merchandise comes from hundreds of local consignors, parents just like you, who understand the value of caring for and reselling outgrown kids items.  Items include: clothing, shoes, toys, books, furniture, baby equipment, nursery items and décor, electronics, sports equipment, and more.  You shop for items in a clean and organized environment.  We do the work of inspecting items for tears, stains and damage, so you pay a fraction of retail for quality merchandise.

Admission to our event is always free and we feature discounts days where you can save 25% or 50% off most items.  Save even more when you register to become a consignor and earn money on your outgrown kids’ items.  Ready to keep down the cost of growing up? Find out more at www.herewegrowagain.com. We have several upcoming spring sales in the Kansas City area:

March 23-26 – Eastern Jackson County
Sports City
425 NE Mock Avenue
Blue Springs, MO 64014

March 29 – April 2 – Olathe
Former Dillons Grocery Store
588 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS 66062

April 7 – 10 – Shawnee
Merriam Village

I-35 & Johnson Drive
6030 Eby Avenue
Merriam, KS 66202

April 16-19 – Grandview
Crystal Ballroom at Rodeway Inn
71 Hwy and 155th Street

Thrifty Travel Tips!

The Cheap Diva's Guide to Frugas and Fabulous Living!

When traveling it’s easy to get so focused on the big  expenses like plane tickets and hotels that you overlook the small expenses, that is until the credit card bill comes.

One vacation my travel companions and I agreed that when we reserved a rental car we would pay extra for a car with a GPS system.  This additional cost was about $10.00 a day, but we thought the GPS system would ease the stress of driving in a strange city by preventing us from getting lost.  None of us use a GPS system in our own cars, but the device is designed to simplify getting around right?  How hard could it be?  A lot harder than we anticipated.  We tried to locate our destination using our hotel address as a starting point.  The GPS system insisted on having just the name of the street first.  When I typed in King Street it brought up several local King Streets preceded by north, south east or west as in East King Street or West King Street.  The problem was that our hotel was simply on King Street.  Not north, south, east or west King Street, just King Street.  After trying other features on the GPS system that might generate some sort of useful directions we gave up and reverted back to the printed map we had.  We eventually figured out where we were going and vowed to never pay for a GPS system again.

Food is a big expense while traveling.  If a free breakfast is included with your hotel stay and it consists of  something more appetizing than a stale donut and bitter coffee, then by all means take advantage of it.  For lunch and dinner you will probably have your choice of everything from sandwich shops to nicer restaurants.  Frequent the nicer restaurants during lunchtime when their menu will be cheaper and save the bargain sandwich shops for dinner meals.

Some tourist friendly travel destinations provide local buses, trolleys or even boats for getting around.  One way or another transportation is probably going to cost you money.  To save cash on transportation, cluster your activities around the same areas.  If you are interested in one attraction across town look into other attractions and restaurants in the same general area so you can hit them all at once and not have to pay for multiple rides going in opposite directions.

All that sightseeing can work up an appetite, but anything that comes out of a hotel vending machine can be ridiculously overpriced.  Ask the hotel desk clerk for the location of the nearest drug store or supermarket and stock up on your soda pop and snacks there.  If you want to be a truly thrifty traveler, bring your own energy snack bars such as Luna Bars and carry an empty water bottle with you that you can fill up whenever you come across a drinking fountain.

The desire to see new places, new faces and having experiences you simply can’t get at home is so strong it’s easy to get swept up in the adventure of travel and lose sight of the real cost involved,  but by planning ahead you can reduce the financial stress of traveling and focus on having fun!

Bio: Stephanie Ann is the author of The Cheap Diva’s Guide to Frugal and Fabulous Living: How to Shop Smart, Look Your Best, Decorate with Style and Have Fun for Less Money! and writer for thecheapdiva.com blog where she shares give budget friendly advice on fashion, beauty, home decor, entertaining and money saving strategies.

FREE ACT Practice Test for College Bound 11th Graders!

Help us spread the word, moms!  College Nannies & Tutors of Overland Park invites college-bound 11th graders to take a practice ACT test to gauge their current achievement level and readiness for college entrance exams.

Most colleges require every candidate to provide, along with an extensive application, results either on the ACT or SAT test.  The ACT is designed to provide college admissions officers with two things: an evaluation of readiness for academic success in college, and a common yardstick to use in comparing students from a wide range of educational backgrounds.

“Putting time into preparation for the ACT is valuable because it builds confidence, reduces test anxiety, and reveals the student’s strengths and areas of improvement from each practice test to the next,” says Heather Abello, Franchise Support Specialist with College Nannies & Tutors Development.  “College admissions tests should be taken seriously by students because they can bolster a college application.  In some cases, schools will offer scholarships for scores that are in the top five to ten percentile.”

The Free Practice ACT will be given November 20, 2010 and January 29, 2011 at the College Tutor’s Overland Park Learning Center, beginning at 8:45am.  The tests will start at 9am; the ACT will conclude at 12:15pm.  The College Tutors Overland Park Learning Center mimics the setting and timing of the actual ACT test.  Students will grade their own test immediately upon completion and will leave with their results.  Suggestions for study plans will also be provided to students interested in increasing their scores.  Parents are required to attend a 15-minute informational session, while their student grades their test, at 12:30pm.

“The value of knowing your benchmark score on an ACT– without having to take it under real testing conditions – is that it is a more accurate predictor of a student’s capability on this test than the PLAN,” says Heather.  The PLAN is a preliminary ACT given in the fall of 10th grade.

To register, please contact College Nannies & Tutors at the Overland Park Learning Center at (913)754-3633, or send an email to overlandparkks@collegetutors.com.  Registration closes by 3pm the Friday before each test.

Danger in a Spray Bottle


As a parent, we all know that we are encouraged to store toxic household cleaner in locked cabinets, out of the sight and out reach of children. This is of course good advice and while this advice may have helped considerably, with injury from cleaning products in children declining 46 percent since 1990, a new study by The Center for Injury Research and Policy published by the American Academy of Pediatrics demonstrates that children under age 6 are still at high risk of poisoning and other injuries from cleaning products in the home. Spray bottles are the most common source of injury, especially those containing bleach-based products.  Despite our best efforts to keep these and other products locked away, US poison control centers still receive hundreds of thousands of calls each year because of unintentional poisonings from cleaning products. Each call is more than just a number; it can be a very scary moment in the life of a family.  Nearly 12,000 children

were sick enough to be treated in US hospital emergency departments in 2006 alone.

Is the old childproofing strategy out of date?   The answer to this question is yes. We haven’t seen much improvement in overall injury rates since 1996, and injuries from cleaners in spray bottles have actually increased.   With more effective non-toxic cleaning products now available that also get the job done, when it comes to childproofing, expectant mothers and parents of young children should also replace their toxic household cleaning products with non-toxic ones.  This not only reduces the risk of immediate injury and the exposure of ongoing toxins for children in the home but also for mothers who are using these toxic products.

Who is at risk?

The Center for Injury Research and Policy reviewed 17 years of emergency room data for children under age 6 to analyze the injuries from household cleaners:

· More than 80 percent of poisonings occur while at home

· Children age 1 to 3 account for 72 percent of injuries

· Boys (59 percent) are more likely affected than girls (41 percent)

· One-year-olds account for 46 percent of injuries

How are they injured?

· Poisoning is the most common (68 percent), followed by

chemical burns (16 percent), and other injuries to the skin or eyes

(10 percent)

· Spray bottles are the most common source (40 percent), followed

by regular containers (30 percent), kitchenware (14 percent), and

recently cleaned items (8 percent)

· Bleach is the most common product ingredient (37 percent),

followed by acids/alkalis, detergents, and


What’s the Solution?

An easy one: Effective, non-toxic cleaners are available for every common household cleaning job so it just makes sense to replace your toxic cleaners with those that are non-toxic.  Something to think about: You make sure your child is buckled up in the safest car seat on the market right?  So why not make the same choice to have a safer, toxin-free home.

We shop from a company that manufactures all household/personal care products that are safe and healthy.  I’d be happy to share the information with you.

Submitted by Gina Neef,

Preschool Indoor Playground Tomorrow – Thur Nov 4th!

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
Organization: Merriam Park & Recreation
Event Name: Preschool Indoor Playground
Location: Irene B. French Community Center
Event Price: $2.50 per child/per day
Details: Toddlers can ride, slide and climb on our indoor per-school playground every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:30am-11:30am. Inflatable bouncers, Little Tykes riding toys and MORE will entertain your little ball of energy. Parents must supervise their own children during this special play group.
Contact: Dave Smothers
Phone: 913-322-5550
Email: daves@merriam.org

Do You Have a Young Athlete in the Family?

Give them the leg up on the competition with the proper fuel.

Young athletes need a balance of key nutrients:

Carbohydrates are main energy source for muscles.  About 50 – 60% of the athlete’s calories should come from this group.  Complex carbs provide a longer lasting type of energy (rice, potatoes, bread, pasta).  Simple carbs are digested and absorbed quickly and are sources immediate fuel (fruit, juice, cookies, candy).  However, the energy in simple carbs doesn’t last long and many do not provide much nutritional value.

Protein is essential for maintaining and building muscle mass.  About 15 – 20% of the athlete’s calories should come from protein.  Protein is mainly found in meats, poultry, dairy products, beans and nuts.

Fat is needed for certain vitamins and provides long lasting fuel.  Fat should be 20 – 30% of the calories.  Contrary to what many may think, fat is not the dietary evil.  Athletes who eat a very low fat diet often do not get enough calories to support growth and they always feel hungry.  Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the best choices.  Avoid fatty meats butter, creamy sauces, fried foods, whole milk, etc.

Water is needed to prevent dehydration.  On average, drink 16 oz of water before an event.  Drink 5 – 10 oz every 15 – 20 minutes during exercise.  If you exercise for more than an hour, use a sports beverage.

Calories needed for each child is based on the sport.  For example, a distance runner will require more calories than a volleyball player.  It is imperative that the child receive enough calories to sustain growth.

If you want to know more, read the book Fuel for Young Athletes by Ann Litt, M.S., R.D.

Written by Tiffany Glenn, M.S., R.D., L.D.

Registered Dietitian


Tiffany lives in Lorena, TX with her husband Tim, son age 15 and daughters’ ages 9 and 13.

Good health is important from the inside, out.  Learn more about how Tiffany nourishes her body from the outside by checking out her website at http://tglenn.myrandf.biz

Everything You Need for Drop In Hourly Child Care!

KidsPark: A Unique Hourly Childcare Center

We’re there when you need us.


KidsPark, a unique hourly childcare center, offers childcare without a reservation days, evenings and weekends. KidsPark has been a family favorite for over 20 years and has been in Olathe for over 7 years.  Elizabeth Sileo, an Overland Park resident and mother of two, recognized the need for a safe, convenient, fun alternative childcare option that provides childcare when parents need it.  “I know firsthand what it’s like to need good childcare when neighborhood babysitters or family members are not available,” says Sileo. “It may be a doctor’s appointment, a call from a sick relative, the need to pick up an older child at school, or just a few hours to run errands or enjoy a dinner and a movie.

Licensed by the State of Kansas, KidsPark is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Parents can drop their kids off without a reservation.  KidsPark staff and teachers meet or exceed Kansas licensing requirements. Teachers lead kids in hourly group games, activities and art projects. “Kids have a choice of a vast array of age appropriate activities, even an indoor climbing structure,” says Sileo.

KidsPark also offers a traditional preschool school readiness program with a modern approach.  In addition to Spanish, Gymboree and Computer Explorers classes, it incorporates The Arts (music, art and drama) and a daily Let’s Move Fitness session.  Throughout the year, parents are invited to attend performances and shows.  Parents create a schedule of mornings, afternoons or full day sessions that meet their family’s schedule and budget.

KidsPark extends the Arts beyond their walls by adding a little sparkle to the classroom. The KidsPark Sparkler Program awards micro- grants for art, music, dance, and culinary art events to non-profit licensed preschools through public grade 3 classrooms. Programs need to be within 15 miles of a KidsPark center.

About KidsPark

KidsPark is a licensed hourly childcare center staffed by professional caregivers for preschool and school age children, ages 30 months – 12 years.  KidsPark offers a unique solution in a safe and fun space that is available without making a reservation.  Parents can drop their children by days, evenings or weekends (open till midnight Friday and Saturday nights).  KidsPark also offers backup care when school is closed.

KidsPark rates start at $7.75 an hour. No monthly fees or reservations are required – families just register once. For more information, please visit:


The Latest & Greatest Scoop on Prenatal Imaging!

Ten fingers and ten toes – that’s the first thing every parent checks on their newborn. The birth of your baby is immense, but it is also a relief to count those fingers and toes earlier, before the birth. At Prenatal Imaging Center, you can.

Jeanette Burlbaw, owner and sonographer of Prenatal Imaging, provides more than just a regular 2D sonogram. She is able to show expectant parents a clear and robust image of the unborn child using 3d/4d imaging. Most people need a little help determining body parts in the typical sonogram (2d), but the 3d/4d technology give a much clearer image that shows facial expressions and movements of the baby in the womb.

Burlbaw has over 30 years experience as a sonographer and her cheerful demeanor is as much of an asset as her years of experience. For the last eight years, she has specialize in working with the GE Voluson 730 Expert to produce clear images. With proper fluid and movement from the baby, she can produce accurate 3d images with depth and 4d images with movement. With appointments last 60 to 90minutes she takes her time with each patient, providing a relaxed environment for their first glimpse of their soon-to-be-born child.

What seems routine to Jeanette is a miracle to any parent. “It’s sonography, just like always. I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. What has changed is that now we can produce a picture that is easy for the patient to see and understand. No I don’t have to explain, ‘Here’s where the eyes are..'” she laughs.

While many people think of 3d4d technology as a way to see their baby more clearly, Jeanette stresses its important as a diagnostic tool. “You can use this technology from the point that a heartbeat can be detected, but eh most effective time to do so is after 26 weeks.” Burlbaw has performed sonography on babies as far along as 41 weeks, often using it as a diagnostic tool to detect possible problems in delivery or physical complications.

“All you need for 3d/4d sonography is a moving baby with fluid around it. That’s all there is to it!” Burlbaw said. “Everyone thinks there’s something magical about it, but there really isn’t.”

Since 3d/4d sonography differs so little from traditional 2d sonography, Burlbaw says there is no more risk than the 2d we have to measure the baby, despite the warning there may be complications in the future. Burlbaw feels the warning places undue fear in potential patients and, in her opinion, it is unfounded. She believes the important part is to make sure you sonogram is performed by an educated credential sonographer. Burlbaw stresses the importance of using an ethical medical professional whose goal is to inform you of the health of your baby, not just a pretty picture by someone taught to simply make pictures.

While 3d/4d imaging is not covered by insurance, Burlbaw has set her services at competitive price points. She offers different exams, all of which include images on DVD and CD, with prints of the images. 2d imaging is also available.

Burlbaw says an increasing number of couples are not interested in knowing the sex of their baby. “Of the couples that do want to know, they often keep the name of the baby a secret, Even if they know the sex, they want that ‘aha!’ moment when it’s born.”

It’s reassuring. All sonography should be reassuring.” Burlbaw says. She also thinks it’s particularly helpful for men, who may still be bewildered by the entire birth process. “My favorites are grandfathers. It was about the 1980s when men were allowed into the delivery room. A lot f them don’t know they move that much in the womb. One of my favorite grandfathers kept saying, ‘Oh my Gawd!” Burlbaw laughs.

In addition to her services at Prenatal Imaging, she donates her time to the Alexander House, a perinatal hospice service here in Kansas City. While many doctors may not have the time to devote to expectant parents in this situation, Burlbaw gives them all the time she can, allowing them to see their baby before its introduction into this harsh world.

The miracle of life is truly heightened when you can get a sneak preview, and that’s exactly what Jeanette is doing – and doing it well.

Submitted by Jeanette Burlbaw, owner PICS