February 2017

Children’s Home Society of California’s (CHS) is pleased to announce our 2016 Annual Report – Reflections of 125 Years and Beyond. This annual report celebrates CHS’s 125 years of serving the diverse needs of California’s most vulnerable children and families. Our 125th anniversary was not only a time to look back on the past, but a time to reflect on the future and our journey as an agency. CHS has accomplished many things in the past 125 years, but we also look to future with vision and determination to continue to grow in order to provide the highest quality services to children and families in need. Please click here to download the report and learn more about all CHS does to help children and families succeed.

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. To promote better oral health, American Dental Association (ADA) is sharing important tips with parents to help children maintain a bright and healthy smile. To see the full image, click here.

  • February is American Heart Month in the United States. For information and resources about heart health, take a look at our blog on Maintaining a Healthy Heart.
  • The Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) has released a new set of guidelines for recess. The hope is that these guidelines will help schools develop recess programs. To read more visit the NPR website.
  • Leah Shaffer, of KQED Mind/Shift, writes about how schools can take small steps to create and develop outdoor learning programs. To read more, click here.
  • Research was conducted to study why women are underrepresented in careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They have discovered that girls begin to view men as smarter between five and seven years old. To read more of this story by Katherine Hobson, visit the NPR website.

The County of Orange announced the launch of a mobile application (app) today called"myOCgov," a free interactive tool that makes information about County services easily accessible to community members on their mobile devices.Click here to read the press release.

January 2017

  • Teachers can help students who struggle with anxiety. Karen Nelson, of We Are Teachers, shares tips for teachers in her article “Seven Ways to Help Students Who Struggle with Anxiety.” Click here to read the full story.
  • Rebecca Plevin of NPR news interviews two doctors about how to stay healthy during the cold and flu season. Click here to listen to the interview or read the transcript.
  • Some students are reluctant to participate and learn. Katrina Schwartz of KQED Mind/Shift shares “Twenty Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners” that teachers can use in the classroom. Click here to read the story.
  • It is important for children to develop a healthy attitude about their own body, and to appreciate that everyone is unique. Sierra Filucci of Common Sense Media writes about “Five Ways Parents of Preschoolers Can Raise a Body-Positive Kid.” To read more click here.
  • Alison Hawkes of Bay Nature magazine writes about how nature has a positive effect on physical and mental well-being. She discusses the research supporting the benefits of nature and discusses various projects for promoting nature activities for families. Click here to read more.
  • January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. To learn more about how women can reduce the risk of birth defects, or to access free resources that you can share click here.
  • When teachers help children develop empathy, it can create a kinder and more tolerant atmosphere for everyone at school. Lauren Ayer, M.Ed., shares her “Quick Guide to Teaching Children Empathy” on the TeachThought website.
  • Recent studies have shown that many cities have “Book Deserts” in lower-income areas. The term “Book Deserts” is used to describe the lack of books and printed materials that are available in a specific area. The Los Angeles Times reports that there is a new initiative to bring books to these areas. Click here to read more.
  • People often think of things they want to accomplish at the beginning of a new year. Patricia Corrigan, of NextAvenue, writes about the importance of self-care in her article “Seven New Year’s Resolutions for Your Mental Health.” Click here to read more.
  • Tammy Nyden lives in Iowa and is the mother of a child who suffers from mental illness. When her son became aggressive in school, she worked to get him the help he needed. Her struggle inspired her to help other children with mental illnesses. Read more about her story in The Washington Post.
  • New research from the journal Infancy suggests that a baby’s language skills can benefit from conversations where adults pretend they understand what the baby is saying. Click here to read the full story by Cari Romm of The Atlantic.
  • There is a growing need for foreign language classes in schools, but there is also a shortage of teachers. Mary Ellen Flannery, of NEA Today, reports on the emerging trends and needs for schools offering foreign language classes. Click here to read more.
  • The number of homeless families in California has increased. Rina Palta and Priska Neely, of KPCC, report on the reasons for the increase and offer suggestions of what can be done to help. Read or listen to the story by clicking here.
  • Bullying affects the mental and physical well-being of children. Dr. Deborah Temkin, program area director for Education at Child Trends, shares her research and recommendations on the future of bullying prevention. Click here to listen to the podcast.
  • PBS NewsHour reports on how schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, are using the arts to increase the academic success of students. To watch a video of the report click 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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