July 2017

  • Anya Kamenetz of KQED Mind/Shift writes about how to choose the best apps for your child to use this summer. Click here to read more.
  • Anna Switzer was a principal, but now she works as a school consultant. She is helping teachers develop social studies curriculum that bring other cultures and times alive for students. To read about her work, visit the New York Times website.
  • Learn more about dual language learning programs by following Merari through her day at school. This comic strip by La Johnson shows how the dual language program at Merari’s school works, why dual language learning is important, and how it can affect families.
  • The term “executive function” refers to a group of cognitive skills that help us focus on tasks, prioritize, remember instructions, and control ourselves. KQED Mind/Shift reports on why executive function is crucial to children’s learning. To read the full story, click here.
  • The Los Angeles School District in California has set a goal that all children who begin kindergarten this fall will be bilingual by the time they graduate from high school. Click here to read more.
  • There is a program called “The Moth” which helps teenagers learn to be storytellers and share their own story. This program has been helping educators develop curriculum and broadcasting stories for twenty years. To learn more, click here.
  • High school students who are starting college this fall can prepare by reading this summer. NPR has compiled a book list of required reading from different universities.

June 2017

  • Compassion is the desire to help someone who is struggling or hurting. Danny Wagner, of Common Sense Education, shares four digital tools for helping children develop compassion and learn about social change. Visit the KQED Mind/Shift website to read more.
  • Summer heat usually leads to cooking outdoors on grills, or going on a picnic. Read these seven tips for making sure the food you enjoy outside is safe.
  • Zero to Three has created a monthly calendar of play activities for infants and toddlers. Click here to discover activities you can try today!
  • City busses in Albuquerque, New Mexico have a successful literacy program called Read to Me. Once a week bus drivers stock their busses with donated children’s books. Children can read a book on the bus or take one home with them. Transportation agencies in other states have contacted them to discover how to start their own programs. To read more, click here.
  • Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut have found a way for children with autism to take sensory breaks that help improve their focus and learning. Watch a video of how a sensory room is used on the Edutopia website.
  • Make sure your child doesn’t spend the summer sitting in front of a screen. Set rules for using screen time that everyone in the family has to follow. Click here to read tips from Common Sense Media.
  • There are some computer games that teachers and parents can use to start conversations about empathy with their children. To read more, click here.
  • Claudio Sanchez and Elissa Nadworny of NPR report on the quality and funding of state funded preschools. Click here to read more.
  • Parents can help their children develop a sense of purpose. Linda Flanagan of KQED Mind/Shift shares these tips for parents.
  • Stephanie Hayes, of The Atlantic, reports on how children learn from podcasts and why there is a need to develop more podcasts for children. To read more, click here.
  • Teachers can help students learn study strategies that will help them perform better on tests and remember information longer. To learn about how you can help your students, click here.
  • The United through Reading program allows deployed service members to reach out to their families at home. They can record a video of themselves reading a book to their children, and then send the recording and book back home. Click here to learn more.
  • Robert Siegel and Andrea Hsu, of KQED Mind/Shift, report on Reyna Gordon and her research on how music and rhythm can help young children learn language and grammar. To read more, click here.
  • Sabia Prescott writes about how early STEM experiences for children can develop equity in our future workforce. To read more, visit the New America website.

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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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