Posts by TTravis

Importance of Social Emotional Development for Preschoolers

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 involves more than just expressing ones feelings and emotions.

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Growing Futures celebrated Head Start Awareness Month with a Guest Reader Event on Tuesday, October 13.

Reading out loud to children is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. It helps to build word-sound awareness, stimulates language and cognitive skills, builds motivation, curiosity and memory. Unfortunately, the ground breaking study by KU researchers Betty Hard and Todd Risley on language development documented that children from low-income families hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers before the age of 4.

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Head Start Awareness Month

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 young children with a head start in life.” – Ronald Reagan

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September 16 is National Play Doh® Day!

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.

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New School Year to begin August 19, 2015

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.

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