September 2017

  • September is National Preparedness Month. The theme for 2017 is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” To learn more and access resources click here.
  • Stephanie Laird shares how she used books to build connections between her elementary school and children’s homes. As a result of her outreach, student achievement and parent involvement increased. Click here to read more.
  • Learn about how teachers at Aim High teach social and emotional skills during after school and summer programs with circle conversations.
  • A teacher in the state of Florida includes etiquette as part of her teaching curriculum. Her goal is for students to learn how to feel comfortable in unfamiliar social settings. To listen to the story, click here.
  • High school students can learn job skills related to the careers they are interested in through summer internship programs. Watch a video of a student from Orange County, California and hear about his learning experience.
  • The Child Welfare Information Gateway has released a video that reveals how three different programs are successfully engaging with parents to support the well-being of families. To watch the video, click here.
  • The number of nature preschools is increasing across the United States. PBS Newshour went to visit one and see how children are learning. You can visit their website to watch the video.
  • A new report from the No Kid Hungry campaign reveals that thirteen million children in the United States do not have access to regular meals. To learn more about the report and read about possible solutions to the food scarcity problem, click here.
  • Katrina Schwartz of KQED Mind/Shift writes about why psychologist Adam Grant believes parents can teach children resilience by asking for their advice. To read more and watch a short video by Adam Grant, click here.
  • Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post reports on the results of the most recent nationwide poll of parents by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Parents were asked to list the health concerns they are most concerned about for their children. Bullying, cyber-bullying, internet safety, racial inequities, and school violence were among the top results. Click here to read more.

August 2017

  • Are you a teacher looking for Back to School Night resources? Try these tips from the Reading Rockets website.
  • Take a look at these tips for packing superfoods (fruits and veggies) into your child’s lunch from Kaiser Permanente.
  • Children who are challenged by attention and learning disorders often need help learning to use lockers at school. Visit the Understood website to view videos and tips for helping your child adapt.
  • Alan November is a former teacher who has become an author and lecturer. In this article by KQED Mind/Shift, he shares four ideas you should teach children at the beginning of the school year in order to create an atmosphere of learning.
  • Enjoying conversations with children when they are young will improve their chances of kindergarten success. Devin Walsh discusses why it is important, and offers tips for improving language through conversation on The Hechinger Report website.
  • April Salazar shares her journey as a mother, and how she has worked to teach her child family traditions in a ten minute podcast called “If You Give a Toddler a Tortilla.”
  • Scientists are working to understand why there are reports of a higher infant mortality rate among certain races and ethnicities. To read more, click here.
  • Carly Okyle, of the School Library Journal, reports on using sign language with infants and toddlers who are not talking yet. Click here to learn more.
  • Are you worried that your child is struggling with reading and writing? Take a look at the video “Empowering Parents” and view resources for how you can help your child by clicking here.
  • Annie Murphy Paul of KQED Mind/Shift, reports on the book Learn Better by Ulrich Boser. He believes that if you can learn how to learn, you can learn anything. To read more, click here.
  • The Placentia-Yorba Linda School District in California has developed a summer camp program to help bilingual students learn and practice English. They are using science and art to inspire their students. Click here to read more.
  • There are many skills we can teach preschool children in order to prepare them for future careers in a society that is relying more and more on technology. To read more, visit the New York Times website.
  • Are you a teacher planning for the first day of school? Visit the National Education Association website for ideas on how to get to know your students.
  • Christine Elgersma of Common Sense Media discusses what every parent should know about online predators. To read more, click here.
  • Claudia Wallis reports on “Why Mistakes Matter in Creating a Path for Learning” in school. To read more, visit the KQED Mind/Shift website.
  • Audiobooks can help children who struggle with reading learn to love stories. To learn where you can find free audiobooks and digital text to speech books, visit the Understood website.
  • author Jane Meredith Adams has created a guide that explains the importance of social-emotional learning. To view the guide, click here.
  • This summer a project called “Let’s Play Everywhere” was launched in Los Angeles, California. The goal is to create safe places where low-income children can play. Read more about how laundromats, bus stops, and vacant lots are being turned into play spaces by clicking here.
  • Maurice J. Elias, of Edutopia, shares how teachers of students in fifth grade and higher can help children identify and develop their values. Click here to read more.
  • Zero to Three offers resources to parents of infants and toddlers who are serving in the military. Click here to read more about the projects and resources they offer.

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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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