News & Events
Come join other moms and their babies, 0-6 months old!
Having a baby is a wonderful experience. It can also be an adjustment and often poses several challenges to a new mom. Join our group to connect with other new moms in your community and share your happy and challenging moments. A facilitator will be available to assist with questions related to a variety of different topics including; development, feeding, play and sleep patterns.
April 26 – June 14
11:00am – 12:30pm
14 E Casino Road
Everett, WA 98208
Contact: Erica Collings
Join us, and host Dennis Bounds, to hear inspiring stories, give back and make an impact.
Help us celebrate our Making the Difference award recipients and explore Resiliency and the Brain with Sheri L. Hill, PhD, CCC-SLP.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Noon – 1:15pm
Xfinity Arena Ballroom
In conjunction with NW Play & Learn Week, ChildStrive is happy to welcome community members to come see the power of our Play & Learn Group in action!
Play & Learn groups provide opportunities for young children and the adults who care for them to engage in co-learning that supports healthy development, school-readiness, and strengthens families & communities.
Our regularly scheduled Play & Learn Group on April 25, 2017, 10:00am – 11:30am will host the community. Families, this means that a few extra adults will be in the classroom and hallway during the playgroup, so please consider if this is something you’re comfortable with.
Everett Memorial Stadium
3802 Broadway, Everett, 98201
Game starts at 7:05 PM, Gates open at 6pm
Join ChildStrive families at the Everett AquaSox Frogstock event sponsored by K&H Print Solutions! ChildStrive families will receive free tickets to the game as well as wristbands for game booths and concession gift certificates! RSVP by Wednesday, July 27th, to Marketing@ChildStrive.org with the number of tickets needed for your family. First 150 guests at the South gate receive a free T-shirt! If you are able, please bring a food donation to support our local food banks!
For more information about AquaSox baseball or Everett Memorial Stadium go to: www.AquaSox.com
Most of us think literacy begins in the classroom. But the skills that support literacy begin taking shape the moment we’re born. Below is a collection of strategies for laying a foundation for literacy in your child’s first three years of life.
- Be responsive. Respond when your child attempts to communicate with you. Whether your child is communicating through body language, eye contact, or verbalized sound, learn your child’s cues and be expressive in return. Make your face and voice the most interesting things in the room. Your child will need to learn to read you long before he or she learns to read a book.
- Repetition is good. Children learn through repetition. Make reading and singing to your child a daily routine. Play familiar games and use familiar language. Your child is a container, and each time he or she hears a word it is like a drop of water. After enough repetition, the container will be full, and water will start sloshing out as your child’s first words.
- Model and Motivate. Let your child see you reading and writing. Keep print in your home at your child’s eye-level. Allow them to explore it. Encourage them to participate, even if they’re just babbling or scribbling on paper. Remember, you are building a foundation.
- Read to your child. It’s never too early to start. Reading is a great way to expose your child to the sounds of your language and to begin the long process of associating sounds with meaning.
- Oral language. Talk and talk and talk to your child. This is the most important thing we as parents can do. Celebrate your child’s early sounds and first words. Encourage their attempts at communication. Get on the floor and play together. Sing the songs your parents sang to you. Make language fun and interactive.
Literacy takes time. Establishing good habits early can help support the development of your child’s language. In time, this foundation will support the growth of literacy. Be patient. Above all, try to have fun with the process!
Thank you for allowing ChildStrive to partner with you in this journey of parenthood! We hope this newsletter provides great information to help you plan interesting activities over the summer and learn more about ChildStrive. Our goal is to help connect families to other resources available online and in the community! http://tinyurl.com/zdkkdb4
When parents get the support they need to create a warm, stable, nurturing environment at home, their children’s stress levels often go down, while their emotional stability and psychological resilience improves.
“Positive influences in children’s early lives can have a profound effect on the development of what are sometimes called non-cognitive skills. In our current education debates, these skills are often talked about in morally freighted terms: as expressions of deep-rooted character, of grit and fortitude. But in practice, non-cognitive capacities are simply a set of emotional and psychological habits and mind-sets that enable children to negotiate life effectively inside and outside of school: the ability to understand and follow directions; to focus on a single activity for an extended period; to interact calmly with other students; to cope with disappointment and persevere through frustration. These capacities may be harder to measure on tests of kindergarten readiness than skills like number and letter recognition, but they are inordinately valuable in school, beginning on the first day of kindergarten. Unlike reading and math skills, though, they aren’t primarily developed through deliberate practice and explicit training. Instead, researchers have found, they are mostly shaped by children’s daily experience of their environment. And they have their roots in the first few years of life. When children spend their early years in communities and homes where life is unstable and chaotic — which is true of a disproportionate number of children growing up in poverty — the intense and chronic stress they often experience as a result can seriously disrupt, on a neurobiological level, their development of these important capacities.” Excerpt from a NY Times article. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/zrvvdvc
Our earliest experiences in childhood affect who we become, our ability to form relationships, and impact our health in ways that researchers are just beginning to understand. Parents, if you have unresolved childhood experiences you are also impacting your children’s lives!