We asked our staff to submit their best summer photos to us. Here they are and they are FANTASTIC!
Monday, June 30, 2014
Those two words that parents and caregivers hate to hear from kids.
Most kids count down the last few weeks, days and even hours of school for that awesomeness of summer break. But just a few days in, it starts.
How about sharing this new meaning of the word "BORED" with your child?
And, if you need camp or program ideas for the kids while they are out-of-school this summer, simply text GETCONNECTED to 96714. Enter your zip code and your child's age and options will be sent to you! A lot of these activities, camps and programs are low cost or free!
And lastly, from our friends at the Kentucky Governor's Office of Early Childhood, here are some easy ways to engage your children this summer, including alphabet hopscotch, an obstacle course and online resources.
Kids can lose up to two months' worth of math and reading skills in the summer, so let's keep them learning while school is out!
How do you help your child avoid summer boredom?
Monday, June 16, 2014
|By Breck Thomas-Ross|
Monday, June 2, 2014
|By Janet L. Boyd|
Here’s another thing Stella Rose is an expert at – math! During a recent overnight visit with me, she spent the last few minutes before falling asleep figuring the 12 times table in her head. She can add a column of figures faster than I can. She excels at division in first grade. All on her own, she figured out that the sum of the first two digits of her dad’s phone number equals digits three and four, and the sum of digits five and six equals digit seven.
But, sadly, by the time Stella Rose goes to middle school, she may stop believing in herself as an expert in math.
Monday, May 19, 2014
|By Karen Napier|
At the closing session all 1,500 of the participants received a special message from Wes Moore, a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. And now author of his first book The Other Wes Moore.
Monday, May 5, 2014
|By Katy Miller|
In our house, we believe that learning is not confined to a certain time of day or setting. It’s not about passing any kind of test or measuring our child against other children. It’s about being committed to forming a productive and happy adult who will serve the world in a positive, thoughtful and memorable way.
Monday, April 21, 2014
|By TJ Delahanty|
Schools are aware that they cannot lay a strong foundation for academic achievement alone. Parents in our community who work know what a key role affordable, safe and supportive alternatives for school-age children play. And community leaders appreciate that many children need much more than just a safe place to “get them off the streets.”
But how exactly do OST programs instill skills in our youth?
Monday, April 7, 2014
|By Kimberly Broecker|
After all, a child who is hungry won't be able to concentrate in class. A child who lacks a coat isn't able to play on the playground during cold months and unable to learn needed social skills gained from playing with other kids. Any parent or grandparent who is overwhelmed won't be able to provide the stability that is needed for a child to learn. And a single working mother can't always afford to take precious time off from work to see to the physical needs of her child.
Monday, March 17, 2014
|By Melody Murphy|
That’s been the mantra of my kids’ teachers since my oldest (who is now a junior at Ballard High School) was in kindergarten. I never really thought much of it because I began reading to my children when they were babies, so doing this was not a huge deal. Although, I admit, I sometimes felt that a teacher REQUIRING this on top of nightly homework was a bit much to ask.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|By Janet Masterson|
At the time, I considered myself to be somewhat of an early childhood expert, but the thought of participating in politics sent chills up my spine. Nevertheless, I do not scare easily, so I said, "challenge accepted."
Monday, February 24, 2014
|By John Nevitt|
For many hard working families, $300 can be the difference between being in crisis and managing a minor emergency. All of us have been there at some point or another; the furnace goes on the fritz, the car needs new brakes, your son falls off his skateboard and requires stitches. Life happens!
For families living from paycheck to paycheck, having a cushion that's as small as $300 can make a big difference. That’s why for the last few years, Metro United Way has partnered with organizations across the state to enact a state Earned Income Credit (EIC). In short, the Kentucky EIC is a tax credit modeled after a similar federal credit that would help low-to-moderate income families make ends meet.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
|By Jan Sherrell|
That’s why I’m excited that Metro United Way is participating with FamilyWize, a program that offers free prescription drug discount cards, in a partnership approved by United Way Worldwide.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
|By Glen Powell|
2-1-1 connects people with resources to help them face life challenges, often for the first time, to the appropriate service provider. This easy to remember phone number saves time and frustration by eliminating the need to navigate a maze of agencies and help-lines.
You may know that one call to 2-1-1 connects people with the help they need, when they need it. But here are 11 things that you may NOT know about 2-1-1:
Friday, February 7, 2014
|By Joe Tolan|
Friday, January 31, 2014
oral health disease a “silent epidemic”?
Monday, January 13, 2014
|By Mary Grissom|
As Director of Engagement at Metro United Way, I have the privilege of asking others to give, advocate, and volunteer to make long lasting change in our community. And on occasion, I fall short of fulfilling my own commitments. But in this fresh New Year, I am starting off right.
Friday, December 13, 2013
|By Joe Tolan|
Recently the New York Times published a powerful story - “ Oklahoma! Where the Kids Learn Early” - that clearly demonstrates the results we can achieve in early education when we help ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to learn.