The research is clear – what happens in the first five years of life dramatically impacts what happens in the rest of a child’s life. Both longitudinal studies and brain research substantiate that strong foundations in the earliest years set the stage for children to be successful in school and later in life. However, approximately 18,000 children in Douglas and Sarpy counties under the age of five live in families of low income. Research suggests these children are at risk of starting school significantly behind their peers who come from families with more resources. Recognizing both the research and the need, Early Childhood Services (ECS) serves as a comprehensive, integrated system of early care and education that provides children from families of low income the opportunities to establish a strong foundation for learning.
Education for single moms
Single mothers often face some of the greatest challenges in raising their children. especially teenage mothers, especially when they dropped out of a high school. We support teen moms and help them get a high school equivalency diploma through online prep courses. Therefore we team up with the Single Moms Club organized MyCareerTools to help single mom graduating with a degree and become self-supporting after a while. The moms we guide will use the website’s online GED Classes and MyCareerTools will pay for the GED testing fee as well. This is really a generous offer.
Are you thinking this is a real no-brainer? When your child is old enough to attend school, you simply enroll him. Professional educators are better equipped to teach and make educational decisions for all children, including those with disabilities. Wrong! Would you allow a teacher or school administrator to decide what your child is capable or incapable of learning? Based upon their personal opinion of your child’s abilities, would you then let these folks decide what your child will and will not be taught or who their school friends will be? Would you also allow them to choose whether your child will go on to college, or a technical school or even receive a regular high school diploma?
Of course not! Suppose school administrators were to tell you, “It is our opinion that reading and writing might be too difficult for your child to master. We’re going to focus instead on teaching those skills that will enable your child to eventually work at a job we feel is more appropriate, like for instance, janitorial work or slinging hash in some fast food place.” You would be justifiably outraged. That scenario may be overly simplified, yet many parents of children with disabilities often encounter similar situations when they enter the mysterious realm of Special Education.
For me, family is everything. I live, and would die, for my family. Included in this are some incredibly close friends who have become de facto family members. But everyone’s version of family is different. My parents (and D’s parents) will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversaries this year. This dynamic and the fact that my parents are still married definitely impacts our relationship.
I see nothing wrong or weird that my immediate family (parents, spouse, two siblings) know exactly how much each other makes (our siblings … not our parent’s income!). It’s totally normal to me that my parents know how much educational debt I have. And I think it’s a sign of a strong family to speak every day. I took a personality quiz and it indicated it’s a part of my character so I understand not everyone is the same.
But some people would not agree. I have a friend that finds it so strange that we all know everyone’s financial information. Acquaintances who don’t think it’s “appropriate” to ask a daughter how much she spent on her house.
Not only do I plan to tell my parents how much I pay for my house, if possible I want them to help me pick out a good house!
I appreciate and value my parent’s opinions. I want to learn from their mistakes. Continue Reading
As a child I had several hated household responsibilities. Scooping up the dog shit in the backyard and making my bed (which I still hate doing) topped the list, and cleaning out the bird cage? Hated it. But right up there with all of those loathsome chores was waking my mom up from an afternoon nap, something I never looked forward to.
My mom just didn’t take a nap, quote unquote. She fell into a mini-coma. Waking her up was not unlike rousing a bear out of hibernation – she got a tad bit vicious when I’d try. I used to poke her in the stomach a few times and then bolt, and she’d sit on the edge of her bed, smoke a cigarette and stare into space for a while before ambling downstairs to smoke and stare some more.
Julia takes after my mom in this particular area and one afternoon last week she woke up crabby and grumpy, like a little bear. It took several minutes for her eyes to open and focus and once they did she immediately started to sob and toss herself about her bed listlessly before I could dress her up. I pried her out of bed and got her downstairs to the couch where she sat with her Dora blanket and cried through Blue’s Clues. My mom would have been so proud. Continue Reading
I was beyond thrilled when my older daughter got into the charter school of our choice. This particular school has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, PBS, and countless articles as a pillar of what the best of charter schools can offer.
In my last post “What, Exactly, Is a Charter School?“, I stated that charter schools are an extremely complex and controversial topic, then went on to explain why they are complex. In this post, we will explore why they are controversial, and how to decide if a charter school is right for your child.
Before we get into the controversy, here is a summary of what we have discussed so far:
* Charter schools are independent from a school district and are run like a private business.
* Charter schools all have special curriculum and/or teaching techniques that differentiate them from a regular public school. Every charter school is unique.
* Charter school formats are experimental, so some schools provide excellent education, and some do not.
* Charter schools are not necessarily local to you, and your child may have to commute.
* Charter schools choose students based on a lottery, not admission criteria, so some children will have an easier time getting into a charter than a magnet (or vice versa).
There are four aspects of charters that garner controversy. The first is that charter schools are allowed to be for profit. The second is that the people who found charter schools are not required to have to have an educational background. The third is that charter school teachers are rarely part of a union. And, last but not least, in some states charter school teachers do not have to be credentialed. Continue Reading
Organic baby clothes refer to the kinds of vestments that are mainly worn by babies. These garments are biodegradable and are very much friendly to the environment. Parents more often than never like purchasing these attires for their babies or infants because they cost less expensively, hence affordable.
There are several types of attires for babies. They range from the top to the bottom. This means that there are those which are worn on the head and include caps. Others are worn on the other body parts and include tops, vests, pairs of trousers, pants and nappies, pairs of shorts and also socks. There are also some additional accessories.
The sizes of the attires range from small up to big. This often depends on size of the baby. The small ones are usually more suitable for the small infants while the larger ones for the big babies. Besides, there are also some that are oversize. These are mainly used by the obese babies.
There occur different materials which are usually used to process and make these attires for children. They include nylon, cotton, polyester and silk among others. However, among all these, it is only those baby clothes that are made of 100% cotton and are biodegradable, thus making them to be more widely used. They are also dyed with the dyes which are very eco-friendly and of low impact.