Terrie’s Blog

A Step Closer to Kindergarten

It’s hard to believe that it’s already May. On May 18th we’ll be saying “goodbye” to some of the preschoolers enrolled in our Part Day/Part Year program option as they take a summer break before heading to kindergarten in the fall. I’m so proud that we were given the opportunity to be a part of these children’s lives. I’m  proud to know that they are headed to kindergarten with the tools they need to be socially and academically successful. I’m proud to have worked with dedicated parents serving on Policy Council this year, and I’m proud to know that so many families have been empowered to be successful this year. I’m proud of our many staff members – Teachers, Family Support Advocates, Family Educators, and the Administrative teams – who all bring tireless passion to our work. I’m proud of our greater community that came together in many ways to support Growing Futures and children and families this year. So while the school year draws to a close, I will not be sad to see so many of the sweet, smiling faces that I’ve grown accustomed to seeing head out the door. I will think instead of how much they’ve grown in their time here, and how proud I am that we’ve made a positive difference in their lives. -Terrie...

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End Child Abuse

Abuse knows no geographic or socioeconomic boundaries. It can happen to anyone. However, children who live in families challenged by poverty are at greater risk of experiencing abuse and neglect, development and learning delays, future incarceration, and poorer physical and mental health outcomes.

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Early Literacy

The basis for learning comes from having strong literacy skills. This is why it is important to work on developing literacy and learning skills at an early age.

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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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High Costs Make Child Care Unaffordable for Many Low-income Families.

Finding affordable, high-quality, child care is both a necessity and a barrier to employment for most families. It’s even more out of reach when you are a family living at 100% of the federal poverty level – which for a family of three is a meager $20,160 a year.

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Celebrating the Season

Yearly there is a magical transformation that happens during the holiday season; beautiful lights, decorated trees, songs of joy and cheer. The holiday phenomenon is entrenched in America’s psyches, yet for many the possibility of a happy holiday season is challenging.

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