At Growing Futures, we understand the value and importance of nurturing social and emotional development of pre-kindergartners. We know that children’s emotional well-being during their early years, has a powerful impact on their social relationships throughout the rest of their lives. Children who are in preschool (ages 3-5) are learning to talk about their feelings, and the feelings of others. But social and emotional development...Read More
Growing Futures celebrated Head Start Awareness Month with a Guest Reader Event on Tuesday, October 13.
On October 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October to be Head Start Awareness Month. More than thirty years later, his words still ring true. “Perhaps the most significant factor in the success of Head Start has been the involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community. Their commitment and the services provided by dedicated Head Start staff have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides...Read More
The brand of play dough that we have come to love, known as Play-Doh®, was originally manufactured as wallpaper cleaner in the 1930’s and in the 1950’s was re-worked and marketed to be the modeling compound that it is known for today. Not only is working with play dough fun, but children are able to develop their social, emotional, physical, communication, and cognitive skills at the same time. Play dough is a powerful activity and...Read More
In just a few short weeks summer will come to an end and we will begin a new school year. Adjusting to preschool can be tough for any child (and parent), so here are some tips to help make this new transition go smoothly. Remember, try not to make too big of a deal out of this new milestone, or your child may end up being more worried than excited. Help your child get ample sleep. If your child has had a relaxed bedtime schedule start...Read More