In 2002, the Journal of the American Medical Association, performed a study concluding that exposing children to pets during their first year of life might in fact help prevent the development of allergies down the road. The journal, Pediatrics,reported researchers have found that babies who grow up in homes with a pet, vs children who live in a pet-free home, are less likely to get sick. These results support the notion that overly sanitizing an infant's environment is not good for their health. At Shining Stars we want healthy and happy kids, so we expose the children to a variety of animals. Shining Stars believes it is important for children to be surrounded with animals because wildlife can teach children responsibility and compassion. To a child, the world is only what surrounds them. It is hard for them to grasp the concept that there the world is made up of much larger pieces . Wildlife offers a child the insight into the world as a larger picture.
Bunnies! Guinea Pigs!
We have rabbits and guinea pigs at each center. They are very friendly with the children. They love the cuddles and time outside of their cage. Sometimes we even bring them outside with the children. The children help take care of them by helping feed the treats, filling up their water containers, or just playing with them.