Teddy Bear Express, or TBE for short, originated as an idea on the Provider's Playground email list in early August of 2004. Teddy bears are sent around the United States and Canada amongst family child care homes, preschools, daycare centers, homeschooling families and elementary schools to visit the children as a fun geography lesson.
** NOTE ** Teddy Bear Express is NOT open to the general public at this time. If you wish to participate, please join us in the private FaceBook daycare group "Provider's Playground."
TBE takes place just once a year, in September. Applications are taken in July and August for entry into this program. Enroute, the bears will spend 10 days at each facility, bringing with them a photo album, journal, souvenirs, and an optional gift for the next daycare/school on his/her route.
"BEAR KEEPERS" provide the bears and get them ready for their journeys. "HOSTS" agree to have a bear come and visit their facility. Both Bear Keepers and Hosts adhere to strict guidelines to ensure a successful journey for their bear.
A $10 NONREFUNDABLE PayPal Deposit is required and expected at the time of Applying. This deposit is 'charged' to help offset website expenses, my time devoted to this project, and mostly to ensure that the participants in the program will follow through with the rules and that our bears will return home safely. The PayPal ID to submit your Deposit to is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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