Positive Role Models Are Linked to Success in School

There are many resources that can help to support families with young children. Some resources, such as health insurance, sufficient nutrition, and books and toys, can support healthy early childhood development directly. Other resources, such as a safe home, help to support a family's well-being, and reduce a child’s exposure to chaos and toxic stress. There is also a third category of resources that are not tied to a family's income.

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Summer Reading List

Your child’s first years are a crucial time for social and emotional development. Children are not born with the ability to recognize their emotions, control their behavior, or understand the social world around them. These fundamental social and emotional skills — like most others — must be learned through experience.

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This research brief is a follow up to work done two years ago that focused on how children’s early experiences with reading were associated with school readiness at kindergarten entry. At that time, families of approximately 400 incoming kindergarten students were surveyed regarding their early family reading habits, including whether they participated in the Shelby County Books from Birth (BfB) early literacy program.

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What Skills Can the Fair Teach Your Kids?

When a child first walks into a classroom, it isn’t immediately apparent which of the letters he knows, or whether he can write his name. What is obvious though, is whether he can keep his hands to himself or communicate his feelings.

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