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How To Save On Childcare During Tax Season

Who qualifies as a person who needs care? In order to be eligible, the person who needs the care can fall into one of four categories:

1. Your spouse who lived with you for at least half the year and is not physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

2.  A dependent of yours, other than a child, who lived with you for at least half the year and is physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

3. Someone who is unable to care for themselves and lived with you for more than half the year and otherwise would qualify as your dependent. For example, they do not have too much income or someone else’s dependent has filed as married filing jointly.

4. In general, you can claim a tax credit as an expense paid for someone who is your child 12 years or under or otherwise a dependent at 13 years or older and not able to care for themselves.

You must also subtract any amount of money that has been given to you by your employer as a benefit for this total expense. You are permitted to claim up to $3,000 in expenses if you have one person who qualifies for childcare services and up to $6,000 if you have two or more. However, these do not have to be split up evenly. For example, if you have one infant and one eight year old and both went to Akeba Academy and received childcare services, the infant’s care may cost more than half of the $6,000. You can still claim all of those expenses toward your credit.

Who can claim this credit?

You may claim this credit if you needed Akeba Academy to provide your childcare services because you are working or even looking for a job. If you file as single head of household or qualifying widower, you must have some type of earned income such as wages, salaries, tips, or self-employment income.Have you been a full-time student or unable to care for yourself? You can still claim this credit.

How big of a tax credit can you get?

You can receive up to 35% of your expenses and the expenses. The expenses you can get that 35% on are capped at $3,000 for one qualifying person and $6,000 for two or more. The percentage goes down as the earned income goes up. You cannot claim expenses that exceed either you or your spouse’s earned income for the year.

Be sure to choose Akeba Academy as your childcare so that you know at the end of the year you are eligible for this tax credit. All you need to do is complete form 2441 and also a 1040 or a 1040A. You cannot use a 1040EZ to take this credit. Once you’ve been enrolled with our organization, you can receive your tax documents every year no later than January 5. We look forward to serving you in your childcare needs.

Healthy Snacks For Toddlers

Despite what your mother used to tell you when you were a kid, snacks don’t have to spoil your appetite. In fact, when it comes to toddlers, healthy snacks should be a staple of their diet. It’s practically impossible for toddlers, with their tiny tummies, to eat as much as they need at mealtimes. And even if it were possible, you’d be hard-pressed to get a toddler to sit long enough at the table tohealthy snack blog eat a large meal So nourishing snacks are needed to fill in the nutritional gaps — and to keep those little tummies filled up. And if that’s not reason enough to keep the healthy snacks coming, consider this bonus: Snacks at regular intervals mean fewer hunger-fueled meltdowns.



Grains dry cereal, whole grain crackers, mini rice cakes, sliced bread, mini bagels, graham crackers, whole wheat tortillas
Vegetables veggie “matchsticks” (thin sticks) made from fresh carrots* or zucchini,* bell pepper rings, cherry tomatoes*, steamed broccoli, green beans, sugar peas, avocadoes
Fruits apple slices*, tangerine sections, strawberry halves, bananas, pineapple, kiwi, peach, mango, nectarine, melon, grapes*, berries, dried apricots*
Dairy low-fat cheese slices or string cheese, mini yogurt cups, fat-free or low-fat milk, low-fat cottage cheese
Protein Foods egg slices or wedges, peanut butter*, bean dip, hummus, slices of lean turkey* or chicken*, shelled pumpkin seeds

Here at Akeba Academy we serve snack daily to the kids and we always make sure it healthy. They usually have a fruit or some days whole grain sun chips.

How to Handle a Clingy Child

Sometimes separation anxiety is triggered by a stressful change in your toddler’s life (such as a new sibling, home, or child-care arrangement). Or it can occur when your toddler (whether by design or by accident) has rarely been outside your care and isn’t used to being around other adults. Hence, the freak-out when it’s time to introduce a sitter into the mix. Sometimes, however, it seems like nothing but elaborate theatrics – the tearful meltdowns every morning at day-care clingy childdrop-off, which (your child’s teacher assures you) are over as soon as the door closes behind you.

Regardless of what’s causing your child’s clinginess, your best bet is to approach her with empathy – and a willingness to brush a few (or a lot) of tears off your shoulder on your way out. Don’t belittle, bribe, or beg; her feelings are valid, even if they are frustrating. When you’re leaving her at child care (or at home with a sitter), help her get busy with an activity she enjoys. Then make your departure short and sweet: A hug and a kiss, a few reassuring words, and a cheerful wave. (It’s never a good idea to sneak off when your toddler is looking the other way. This can backfire fast, since she may quickly conclude that it’s wisest never to let you out of her sight.) Once you’re gone, stay gone – looking back or giving in to her cries will only prolong the agony for both of you. Reassure yourself by checking in with the caregiver later. You’ll most likely learn that the drama of departure has long since dissipated, replaced by utter happiness.

If given the chance to branch out and be a little bit more independent can also help with clinginess. Enroll your child at Akeba Academy, your child will be able to branch out and interact with others and have so much fun that the next time you have to somewhere to go your child wouldn’t mind leaving your side. Give us a call (912) 289-2725