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Mentoring

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Five Ways to Nurture Compassion in Kids

From Mind/Shift: “Do more than have conversations about being compassionate with your child, look for ways to act compassionately at home and in your community.”

Pre-K

Thursday, January 3, 2019

How to Get Preschoolers to Share

From The New York Times Magazine: “To foster empathic behavior like sharing, helping and comforting others in a child, guide them into the inner world of feelings — their own and those of others.”

Mentoring

Monday, December 31, 2018

Foster grandparents volunteer and share their love at schools

From CBS News: “Wearing blue aprons and serving up hugs are six foster grandmothers working alongside the school’s teachers to help students succeed.”

Parenthood

Monday, November 26, 2018

Parents learn, babies talk: How coaching moms and dads improves infants' language skills

From Science Daily: “A new study shows that parents who learn how and why to speak ‘parentese’ can have a direct impact on their children’s vocabulary.”

Mentoring

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Home visiting helps children and parents — more families could use it

From The Hill: “Home visiting typically serves families with children under age 6 not yet in kindergarten — from single parents juggling new responsibilities to teen parents completing high school. It can be an especially important lifeline for military families.”

Mentoring

Monday, October 29, 2018

‘A big balloon of joy’: D.C. grandparents give students mentors and themselves a purpose

From The Washington Post: “The Foster Grandparent Program aims to give seniors across the country a purpose in retirement by providing some of the neediest children with mentors and giving teachers help in the classroom.”

Child

Thursday, October 18, 2018

David Lawrence Jr.: A Champion of Children and Our Community

From The Miami Herald: “He is a humble man who through gaining knowledge, taking action and persistence is a community champion and a warrior for children’s rights.”

Mentoring

Monday, July 23, 2018

Support Helping Children? Step Up and Volunteer Now

From The Tallahassee Democrat: “Do you love to read? Join the Reading Pals program and give that one-on-one attention that is so important for children struggling to read. ”

Parenthood

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Joy of Grandparenting

From The New York Times: “Those heroic grandparents actually raising their grandchildren. More than a million children live in their grandparents’ households without parents present, says the advocacy group Generations United. Grandparents who are distant, geographically or otherwise, probably also have different experiences.”

Pre-K

Monday, May 7, 2018

Home visits in early childhood provide benefits for students and schools

From Education Dive: “Home visits for families with young children in Florida’s largest county have dramatically reduced abuse and neglect, increased immunization rates to near 100%, reduced unwanted pregnancies and have cut sudden infant death syndrome cases in half.”

Mentoring

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria: Reading programs are really about supporting strong parent-child bonds

From The Capital Times: “I don’t object to programs that bring high-quality books into a child’s home, but that emphasis is often misplaced; the book itself does little if handed to a child without any other interaction. A child learns the magic and power of reading only when a loving, nurturing, responsive caregiver (usually a parent, but could be anyone) reads aloud with them. A book that sits on the shelf is useless — it only does its magic when open in the hands of a parent and child reading together.”