May 2019

  • May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Take care of your mental health by getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. Click here to find mental health resources you can share.
  • May is National Foster Care Month. This year’s theme is “Foster Care as a Support to Families, not a Substitute for Parents.” To learn more about foster care, click here.
  • May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. Learn to recognize developmental milestones and support the speech and hearing of children with these tip sheets from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • The Orange County Department of Education has developed a program called Mindful Moving which they will begin using in their schools next year. To learn more about the program, click here.
  • Help your child learn to play sports safely by watching these videos from Safe Kids Worldwide.
  • Sarah S. Davis shares fifteen of the best podcasts for children’s books. The list includes podcasts for children, adults, and writers. Book lovers of all ages can enjoy her recommendations.
  • Do you have a concern about your child’s language development? These resources for children ages 6 months to 6 years old can help.
  • Carol Lloyd shares ideas for making your child’s lunch both fun and healthy. Click here to read more.

April 2019

  • April is National Poetry Month. Click here to find resources for sharing poetry with children.
  • Experts offer parents advice for developing their child’s reading skills in this article by Marlene Sokol.
  • In his article for the Washington Post, James Patterson shares strategies for helping children study and learn.
  • Child Trends reports that school-based mindfulness programs are helping children learn to manage stress.
  • Educators can find new resources for supporting technology integration and bilingual learners on the Education Development Center website.
  • Children can learn about literacy by using these screen-free or low technology coding activities from the International Literacy Association.
  • Cheryl Maguire shares tips for parenting teenagers in her article for the New York Times.
  • KQED Mind/Shift writes about how important it is for adults to trust, listen to, and learn from young children. To read more, click here.
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Click here to discover resources for supporting families in your community and preventing abuse.
  • April is World Autism Month. You can learn more about autism and how you can promote awareness and acceptance of autism by visiting the Autism Speaks website.
  • Week of the Young Child is celebrated from April 8th to the 12th. Click here for ideas of fun activities you can do with young children to promote learning.
  • Educators can help children build their resilience by learning how to view negative experiences with optimism. Learn more by visiting the Edutopia website.
  • Learn how to store medicine safely out of children’s reach with this video from Safe Kids Worldwide.
  • In their article for KQED Mind/Shift, Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner discuss how toys often portray gender stereotypes and they offer advice for parents on how they can counteract those concepts.
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  • Youki Terada writes about how drawing pictures can improve a student’s ability to remember information. Learn tips for how to incorporate drawing activities in your curriculum on the Edutopia website.

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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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