November 2018

  • In a recent study of 7,800 children between the ages of five and eighteen, doctors found that 50% of the children were not getting enough physical activity to be healthy. Learn more by clicking here.
  • The way a classroom is decorated can affect how students learn. A cluttered environment can affect students’ memory, attention, and self-regulation. Read these classroom design tips from Edutopia to learn more.
  • A high school student named Savannah Eason shares her story about how the pressure to succeed in school was hurting her mental health. Read about how Savannah and her family learned to change their expectations and put her mental health first on the KQED Mind/Shift website.
  • Laura Bean, a middle school teacher, shares how she uses creative writing activities to build a classroom community and help students develop confidence and resiliency. To read more, click here.
  • Kathryn Lee of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence offers parents and guardians advice for handling homework stress in this video.
  • International research shows that children who do not spend time playing outside are more likely to develop myopia, or near-sightedness. Scientists recommend that children spend more time playing outdoors in order to prevent myopia epidemics. Click here to read more.
  • The Orange County Department of Education has announced the release of a new report that investigates how the future labor force may be affected by automation. To read the announcement and access the report, click here.
  • Danielle Brooker writes about how we can learn about wellness by observing toddlers. To read the five lessons we can learn from toddlers, click here.
  • November is National Diabetes Month. Click here to find information and resources about diabetes.
  • More jobs are demanding that employees have good digital literacy skills. This means that employees are expected to create digital information, translate it, and use it in their work. To read more, click here.
  • Children who are teenagers can experience separation anxiety the same way that toddlers can. Learn why and read some tips for supporting teens with anxiety on the Washington Post website.
  • Be prepared for your next parent-teacher conference with these tips from the Child Development Institute.
  • If your child tells you that she hates homework, here are five ideas for how you can respond from
  • Kristan Gross writes about the importance of having a child’s vision checked before entering kindergarten. Visit the EdSource website to read more.
  • Learn how social media can be used to bully your child and discover advice for how to handle those situations on this article by Christine Elgersma of Common Sense Media.
  • Some digital learning games have been created to be accessible to children with special needs. Learn about several digital math games and how they can support your child’s learning in this article by Steve Noble, posted by PBS Parents.

October 2018

  • October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Click here to learn about the oral health of children and locate a dentist or clinic.
  • October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Learn about the steps you can take to provide a safe sleep environment for your baby by clicking here.
  • Deborah Farmer Kris of KQED Mind/Shift writes about how parents can guide their children in managing their sleep, homework, and screen time on their own. Click here to read more.
  • Learn about the steps you can take to prevent the flu in your home or child care business by visiting the website.
  • You can prepare to vote this November by learning about how government officials voted on the laws that affect children and families. Visit the Common Sense Media website to view their free Vote for Kids 2018 California Legislative Scorecard.
  • It can be a challenge to organize family responsibilities. Mari-Jane Williams shares tips for getting organized on the Washington Post website.
  • Cory Turner writes about the new My Student Aid App which can be used to research colleges and complete financial aid forms.
  • Learn about loose parts and how children can learn about other cultures, the environment, and themselves by playing with them on the Our Children website.
  • Francine Toder of Next Avenue® writes about new technology and apps that have been designed to improve the daily life of older adults. Click here to learn about the specific apps and technology that can help the older adults in your family.
  • Discover five free and easy ways to boost the brain development of your infant or toddler in this article by Elissa Nadworny of NPR.
  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn more about bullying and how you can help prevent it by clicking here.
  • October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is a learning disorder that makes it difficult for children to learn how to read. To learn more, click here.
  • Include these four brain foods in your child’s meals to support healthy cognitive development.
  • Dr. Jamie Howard writes about how parents can help their child develop healthy friendships. To read more, visit the PBS Parents website.
  • Elementary school students in New Jersey decided they wanted to protect a turtle, and they ended up learning about how their government works. Click here to read more.
  • Many children are victims of identity theft. Visit the U.S. News and World Report website to learn how you can protect your child’s identity.
  • Smart phone operating systems have improved parental controls to help keep your child safe and set screen-time limits. Learn about the parental controls for Apple’s iOS 12  and Android’s Digital Wellbeing App (for tracking personal cell phone use) and the Family Link App (for monitoring children’s cell phone use) on the Common Sense Media website.
  • Pediatricians are urging parents to stop using baby walkers because an average of 9,000 babies a year are being injured in them. To read more, 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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