May 2018

  • May is Military Appreciation Month. If you are a caregiver for infants or toddlers with parents in the military, visit the Zero to Three website for helpful resources.
  • Many educators are struggling with the ability to effectively communicate with students and parents in classrooms where more than five languages are spoken. To read more, click here.
  • Discover five tips for teaching children a new language from Elena Spathis on the Edutopia website.
  • New research shows that infant’s brains not only respond to touch, but recognize touch when they see it happening to others. This allows infants to distinguish similarities between themselves and others. Eventually these experiences help develop an infant’s empathy. Click here to read more.
  • School bus driver Tracy Dean takes the time to know the students on her bus. When they arrive at the school, she brushes a little girl’s hair. This small act of kindness has had a big impact on the girl’s life. Read more here.
  • Dr. Lucy Vezzuto is head of the Orange County Department of Education’s Resilient Mindful Learner Project. Learn about how she is using mindfulness training to improve the mental health of teachers and students here.
  • Leah Shafer of Harvard Graduate School of education writes about new research on how teens respond to using social media. Click here to read more.
  • New research shows that being curious may contribute to school success for children of all economic levels. Read about the research, and learn tips for developing curiosity on the Healthline website.
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn about mental health and discover resources for taking care of yourself by reading our blog.
  • May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. Read about speech and hearing milestones for children as you discover tips for helping your child develop communication skills. To read more click here.
  • 2 Links May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Learn about asthma on the KidsHealth website and read our blog on Beating Seasonal Allergies.
  • Justin Minkel teaches first and second grade in Arkansas. In the article The Problem with Hurrying Childhood Learning, he discusses the value of focusing on how children improve instead of their test scores. Click here to read more.
  • California is the first state to begin making digital maps of schools in order to help first responders locate people in an emergency. To read more, visit the EdSource website.
  • Leah Campbell writes about why early intervention is important for supporting the mental health of young children in her article for Healthline.
  • In preparation for the June 9th primary election, John Fensterwald answers ten questions about what the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s job responsibilities are. Click here to read more.
  • Brad Munsen shares ten tips for using an allowance to teach children about getting, saving, sharing, and spending money. To read more, click here.
  • Linda Swarlis discusses why spatial skills are important and shares tips for practicing these skills with children in her article for the School Library Journal.
  • Before students can work successfully on group learning projects, they need to develop the thinking skills to prioritize items, ask questions, and divide up tasks. Katrina Schwartz shares how some teachers in New York are preparing students in her article for KQED Mind/Shift.

April 2018

  • Mary Ellen Flannery of NEA Today writes about how many educators are using Design Thinking strategies to help connect students to the world. Read more here.
  • One hundred of the top colleges across the nation are taking steps to enroll more low-income students. Listen to the interview or read more on the NPR website.
  • April is Financial Capability Month. Two high school students share how they learned financial literacy and shared that knowledge with others, in this blog by Home Room.
  • Deborah Farmer Kris, of KQED Mind/Shift, writes about the importance of letting girls develop their friendships, take risks, and make mistakes. To read more, click here.
  • David Washburn, of EdSource, has put together a guide for young people with facts about voting. Click here to read more.
  • Discover learning activities and read about the benefits of gardening with children in this article by Robin Paskoff Horton.
  • Try these fun, easy, and inexpensive ideas for developing your child’s creativity from Great Schools.
  • Read about why the Charter Schools Association has selected kindergarten teacher Kaelin Swaney to be the recipient of their 2018 Hart Vision Teacher of the Year award in the this article by EdSource.
  • April is Autism Awareness Month. Celebrate by learning about what autism is and encouraging your family to treat everyone with respect and acceptance. For ideas on how to celebrate click here.
  • Emily F. Popek of the New York Times shares advice about how parents can raise resilient children in her article To Raise Resilient Kids, Be a Resilient Parent.
  • Participate in Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) by celebrating a music style that is part of American history. Click here to learn more.
  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. You can help prevent child abuse by offering guidance to family and friends when they need help finding financial resources or emotional support.
  • Youki Terada of Edutopia wrote an article titled What’s The Right Amount of Homework? In this research-based article she discusses how the right amount of homework can benefit learning.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) created the Week of the Young Child to celebrate children, families, and early childhood educators from April 16th to the 20th. To learn more, click here.
  • Child Trends offers information about how music can help children improve their grammar in this bilingual video.
  • April is the perfect time to introduce your child to poetry because it is National Poetry Month. Read poetry books together and create your own poems.

View all past news >>

125th Anniversary

In 2016, CHS celebrated 125 years of building brighter tomorrows for children and families. Founded in 1891 as an adoption agency, CHS has continued to adapt to the changing needs of the community. Today, CHS is a thriving agency that strives to reach out to children and families at risk to provide a wide array of services to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

Sign up for CHS updates
Areas of Interest