Author Archive: Jessica Stinson

Celebrating Holidays in Early Childhood Programs

Holiday celebrations can be wonderful opportunities for children to learn about traditions and values that are cherished parts of people’s lives. But many early childhood professionals wonder what holidays to celebrate in their program or classroom and how to respect the cultures represented by all children. Many parents too, wonder why programs celebrate specific holidays […]

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School Readiness: A Conceptual Framework

“School readiness encompasses children, schools and families as they acquire the competencies required for a smooth transition and interaction with the other dimensions of the paradigm. The paradigm of school readiness is made up of three dimensions – a child’s readiness for school, a school’s readiness for children, and the family’s readiness for school. Of the three dimensions, children’s readiness […]

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50 Years of Opportunity

  For 50 years Head Start has been the premier model for providing the whole child an opportunity for success in school and in life. Since the summer of 1965, more than 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start’s comprehensive services – they have used those opportunities and become business women and men, professors, […]

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Today a Reader…

Reading may be a solitary activity, but it’s a social pursuit. One of our most treasured callings is to share a love of reading and instill a quest for knowledge with a child. It’s their curiosity and hunger to know more that will drive the next generation and shape our nation’s future. Today in the United States, […]

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Just Playing

As we start out 2015, let’s take time to remember a fundamental truth of child development. As this classic poem reminds us, play is the work of childhood.   Just Playing When I am building in the block room, Please don’t say I’m “Just Playing.” For, you see, I’m learning as I play, About balance […]

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‘Tis Better to Give

The holiday season brings out a giving spirit in our fellow man. For the past three years, the staff at Talascend’s Mobile office have come together to help families and children at Christmas. The pictures featured below show Matthew (age 2) and his guardian Nedra receiving gifts, clothes, and necessities that every parent of a toddler needs […]

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Breaking Records with PNC

GRECS was honored to be part of a record-breaking event with PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great Initiative! On October 30, 2014, more than 4,000 children in 37 cities across 15 states and the District of Columbia gathered  to participate in a simultaneous vocabulary lesson. Vocabulary development is a priority as PNC Grow Up Great celebrates 10 years of […]

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