April 2018

  • 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.

March 2018

  • Dr. Laura Markham shares ten ideas for how parents can strengthen their relationships with their children. To read more, click here.
  • Child Trends has created a short video on how parents can teach their children to work through problems and persevere. Click here to watch the video in English or Spanish.
  • Autism Speaks has created a Challenging Behaviors Toolkit to be a resource for families who have a loved one with autism. Click here to read more.
  • Learn about how photography projects can help elementary students practice mindfulness and gratitude by visiting the Center for Healthy Minds website.
  • Jackie Mader of the Hechinger Report shares eight ways adults can support young children in learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To learn more, click here.
  • Girls, today, still struggle with old stereotypes of how to behave. Learn how to teach girls to navigate conflicts, stand up for themselves, and develop their self-esteem by visiting the KQED Mind/Shift website.
  • Christine Elgersma of Common Sense Media writes about how parents can inspire their children to be life-long learners. Click here to read more.
  • Parents who notice their child is struggling with their mental health can help provide him with the support he needs in order to cope. Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post shares how.
  • March is National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has created a toolkit to promote healthy eating for family and community outreach.
  • Help your child grow and learn by signing up for Orange County’s “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program. Click here to learn more.
  • Lillian Mongeau of the Hechinger Report writes about how more states are beginning to recognize that being physically fit improves children’s learning. To read more, click here.
  • San Diego’s public health leaders warn that whooping cough, or Pertussis, may be a major concern for infants this year. To read more, visit the San Diego Union-Tribune website.
  • Katy Bowman writes about the many ways nature can help children develop the muscles and dexterity in their hands. Click here to read more.
  • March is Women’s History Month. Read these books that celebrate the contributions women have made to history with your child.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all teenagers be screened for depression. Visit the KQED Mind/Shift website to learn more.
  • Maureen Pao of NPR interviews Dolly Parton about how her non-profit, The Imagination Library, met its’ goal of distributing one hundred million books to children. Listen to the interview here.

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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.

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