Terrie’s Blog

A Step Closer to Kindergarten

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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.

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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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Healthy children are ready to learn.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on Healthy children are ready to learn.

Food insecurity is a problem that many of our families may face this year. Here at Growing Futures, we know that children who are hungry, are not prepared to learn. That is why daily meal service is a vital part of our program.

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

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Terrie's Blog | Comments Off on 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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