August 2018

  • New research shows that hot weather can actually slow down the mental processes of people at school or work, which lowers productivity. To read more, visit the KQED Mind/Shift website.
  • The California School Dashboard helps parents and community members understand the strengths and weaknesses of California schools. To watch a video about the Dashboard, or read more about it, click here.
  • Alexis Arnold writes about how teachers can choose the best apps to use in the classroom. Visit the NPR website to learn more.
  • Los Angeles County has opened a new internet portal to assist the homeless. Once the online form in the portal has been completed, it will be sent to one of the homeless outreach workers in that area who can begin the assistance process. To learn more, click here.
  • Children often spend more time using screens for entertainment during the summer. Anya Kamenetz of NPR presents three screen time rules for families in this video.
  • Learn about how your preschool child’s brain is developing in this article by Hank Pellissier on the Great Schools website.
  • Summer is the perfect time to enjoy watermelon. Take a look at these fun activities and recipes you can try with your child from the Watermelon Board.
  • Great Schools has developed a list of supplies children who are in third, fourth, and fifth grade will need before they start school. Visit their website to view the list.

July 2018

  • Anya Kamenetz of NPR offers suggestions for quality apps children can use when they are traveling in a car, bus, or airplane. Click here to read more.
  • Child Trends has released a video about how parents can support their infants’ social development simply by making eye contact with them. Click here to watch the video in English or Spanish.
  • July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month. You can celebrate by teaching your family how to be polite during family meals with these tips from the Family Dinner Project.
  • It can be a challenge to be a parent of stepchildren. Rachael Pace shares tips and ideas for positive parenting in a blended family.
  • Summer is the perfect time for children to enjoy unstructured play. Katie Hurley offers tips for encouraging play in her article on the PBS Parents website.
  • David Washburn reports that according to a national survey, one in three parents are worried about their child’s safety at school. Read more about the survey and its implications on the EdSource website.
  • The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has published the Early Childhood Workforce Index for 2018. Learn about the need for child care and how educators are paid in your state by clicking here.
  • Lori Desautels shares six ideas for how parents can play games with their children that stimulate thinking and learning. To read more, visit the Edutopia website.
  • Wordless books, also called picture books, allow parents and children to have conversations about what they see on the pages and create their own stories. To learn more, click here.
  • Has your child asked to use Roblox? It is an online tool for playing and creating games. Learn everything you need to know about Roblox, and whether or not it is safe, on the Common Sense Media website.
  • Discover ideas for encouraging your child to eat different foods in this article by Maria Godoy of NPR.
  • Are you looking for children’s books about relationships with grandparents? Try one of these recommendations by New York Times writer John Lithgow.
  • Current studies involving brain scans show that excessive use of video games can alter a child’s brain in the same way as drugs or alcohol. To read more, click here.
  • Mr. Rogers used his television show to help children everywhere feel loved and accepted. Discover why his message of love and kindness is beneficial to your health in this article by Richard Gunderman.

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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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