March 2017

  • The number of teenagers experiencing depression has increased over the last ten years. Deborah Farmer Kris of KQED Mind/Shift writes about how teenagers can learn to manage emotions and build their resilience. To read more, click here.
  • Devin Browne of KPCC interviewed Andrew Meltzoff, co-director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. He has researched stereotypes to determine what age girls are when they start believing they can’t do math. To read the interview, click here.
  • Scholastic surveyed parents and children across the United States to discover what their attitudes and behaviors are about reading books for fun. To see the results of the survey visit the website here.
  • Mary Ellen Flannery of NEA Today writes about how teachers can help elementary students learn about climate change and how to care for the planet. Click here to read more.
  • In the article “Ten Ways to Help Kids with Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students” Jeffrey Mitchell, head of the Currey Ingram Academy, shares ideas for creating an inclusive program. Click here to read more.
  • To learn about what school vouchers are, and how they may affect your child, visit the Understood website.
  • The NPR radio show All Things Considered featured a story about how the Psychology Lab at Indiana State University is using improvisational theater, or improv, to help children with autism show and read emotions. To listen to the session, or read more click here.
  • Julie Fraga of KQED Mind/Shift reports on the use of therapy dogs to support literacy and social skills for elementary students. The therapy dogs visit children at schools or libraries and lay next to them while the student reads out loud. To read the story, which includes video, click here.
  • Jenn Savedge of the Mother Nature Network published an article about how family outings are more meaningful to children than receiving a new toy. Click here to read more.
  • March is National Craft Month. Plan a craft day with your child and work on one of these spring crafts from the PBS website.
  • Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner of KQED Mind/Shift report on research conducted by Peter Bergman and Eric W. Chan of Teachers College, Columbia University. The study was about text messages and whether or not texting parents about their child’s performance at school would make a difference in the child’s academic success. The research shows it does have a positive impact. Click here to read more.
  • In honor of March being Women’s History Month, Ayah Mouhktar of Common Sense Media shares the stories of “Nine Women of Color Who Made History.” To read more click here.

February 2017

  • Many dedicated teachers work tirelessly to make a positive impact on their students’ lives. Understood for learning & attention issues surveyed experts in the field and identified 11 people who are making a difference for children with learning and attention issues. To learn more about these special individuals, click here.
  • Leah Shaffer of KQED Mind/Shift explores how nature experiences during the school year can help children thrive. To read the full story click here.
  • Devin Browne of KPCC interviewed Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Director of the Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory in Philadelphia about the release of a new study. Researchers studied how the development of children’s language is affected by the interruption of cell phones. To read more, or listen to the interview, click here.
  • California schools in Oakland, San Jose, Ravenswood City and Redwood City are benefitting from the non-profit program Book Trust, which is helping to distribute books to students that they can keep and read at home. Visit the EdSource website read more.
  • The Indiana Gazette has published an article by Erin Zammett Ruddy called “Genius Ways to Help Your Child Love Reading.” She offers easy tips for parents who want to encourage reading at home. Click here to read more.
  • 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.

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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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