Parents, child care providers, and well-meaning friends and relatives are all making the same fatal mistakes by putting or leaving infants and toddlers in car seats, swings, strollers and bouncers thinking that the children are safe in this equipment without being supervised; this is a dangerous assumption. Leaving a child in anything other than a crib with a firm sleeping surface and without bedding or toys, is a perilous decision.
Encouraging very intentional and purposeful exchanges between a teacher and a child, which creates a powerful interaction and helps a child become a more engaged and effective learner.
Do you know how many Pete the Cat books you can get for $25? Not nearly enough! Kids need to have a variety of books available to them… but how do we, as parents, provide enough books when it’s sometimes hard to stretch paychecks to cover expenses? Here are five low-cost/no-cost resources that are easy to access and designed specifically to encourage early readers as well as a lifetime love of reading.
Scientific studies have well documented the effect of a lower income environment on children’s cognitive abilities; the effects of a stressful life related to hunger, decreased access to health care, and the feeling of being different from their peers can delay, interrupt and sometimes prevent the healthy development of a child’s brain.
A guest post from YWCA Board Chair Dawna Menke
As we reach out to the community and ask for membership support, members of the YWCA Board of Directors have been sharing our own stories of why we are members. When I ask myself the same question, I consider my part of the breadth and reach of the YWCA: I know that I am a part of a legacy of service, regional, national, and global impact – and overall, a mission that empowers all women.
Dramatic play is a fancy way of referring to pretend or imaginative play. You can establish and lead dramatic play easily with a few simple elements that will expand with a child’s endless imagination.
We believe in the power of the YWCA to improve our community, facilitate meaningful conversations, and drive collaboration, which is why we are proud to share to two major announcements with you.
How do you read a book with no pictures to your kids? Here are a few ways to explore wordless books to expand creativity, interest, and reading comprehension skills.
In the first months of life, a child’s brain development depends on human interactions through relationships with the people around them. Playing, reading, exposing your child to music, and communicating with direct eye contact with your child will determine the extent of their future abilities.
Meet Christina Crain of CC Rainz, a Wine, Women & Purses favorite since 2012 and one of the merchants you’ll find at Wine, Women & Purses, October 1.