May 2017

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Take a moment to learn more about the importance of mental health and explore resources you can share with family and friends who may be struggling with mental health issues. Click here to visit the Each Mind Matters website.
  • Stress can cause us to feel depressed, anxious, distracted, and even physically ill. Click here to learn about six simple techniques you can use to reduce stress.
  • Are you planning to go to college? This student loan calculator from the New York Times can help you understand the financial responsibilities involved with going to a college or university.
  • May is National Foster Care Month. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or working with foster children, you can find resources on the Children’s Bureau Express website.
  • The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) has posted a video of high school students participating in a construction competition. Watch as they design blueprints and work together as a team.
  • May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. The ability to hear and speak can affect how a child learns, and also how he feels about himself. Click here to learn about the symptoms that indicate help is needed.
  • Amanda Morin of Understood offers advice about what parents can do for their child with special needs when their Individual Education Plan (IEP) does not seem to be helping. Click here to read more.
  • Read about Timothy Walker, who is an elementary school teacher, and how his experience as a teacher in Finland made him realize that children need frequent breaks in order to learn. To read more visit the KQED Mind/Shift website.

April 2017

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that over 13 million children live in homes with insufficient food. Studies show that children who grow up with insufficient food in their early years do not perform well in school when they enter kindergarten. To read more visit the NPR website.
  • Do you want to know how well the students at your child’s school perform on tests? Visit the California School Dashboard website where you can search by school, city, district, or county.
  • The National Education Association (NEA) offers teachers tips for helping students cope with stress during standardized tests. To read more, click here.
  • Do you want to have more fun conversations with your family during dinner? The Family Dinner Project shares tips for creative conversations during family meals on their website.
  • Child Trends reveals five reasons why arts programs, in particular music programs, benefit student learning. To read more, click here.
  • KQED Mind/Shift shares the benefits of students explaining their mathematical thinking. Instead of focusing on right or wrong answers, teachers are asking children to share their observations in order to arrive at a conclusion. Click here to read this article and watch two demonstration videos.
  • Kaya Thomas, a college student at Dartmouth College, has created an app called We Read Too in order to help children and parents find books that feature diverse characters and experiences. To read more click here.
  • Common Sense Media has developed a series of video tutorials on how teachers and students can work to protect their privacy when working online. To view the tutorials, click here.
  • April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Jazz music was born in America and is part of our history. Learn more about JAM and how you can celebrate jazz with children by visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of American History website.
  • April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate the beauty and creativity of poetry with children at home and in school. Visit the Reading Rockets website to learn more about poetry, watch videos of interviews with poets, and discover fun activities.
  • An eleven year old boy named Sidney Keys III wanted to discuss the wonderful books he was reading with others, so he started a book club for boys. To read more about how he started his book club, Books N Bros’, click here.
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Click here to view or print resources that can be shared with others.
  • Becky Harlan, of KQED Mind/Shift, writes about how students in Washington D.C. created a global cookbook that shares both recipes and memories. To read more about this project click here.
  • How much do you know about learning? Anya Kamenetz of NPR invites you to take a short quiz and discover the myths and realities of learning. Click here to read more. 
  • April is National Garden Month. Take children to visit horticultural centers or garden parks in your area, or start your own garden at home. Children develop science, math, and language skills from watching gardens grow. To learn more click here.
  • April 24th to the 28th is Week of the Young Child. The National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC) developed this week to celebrate children and how they learn. Visit the NAEYC website for ideas of how to celebrate each day of the week.

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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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