January 2018

  • Youki Terada of Edutopia reports on twelve studies from 2017 that every educator should know about. Click here to read the article.
  • Richard Louv writes about the value of taking a break from technology for a few days. Read about the benefits on the Children and Nature Network website.
  • Male educators serve as important role models for boys. In this article, Josh Brown talks about his experiences as a teacher, and he offers suggestions for encouraging more young men to become educators.
  • It is best to get your flu shot before flu season, but even getting it as late as January can help. Click here to read more about the benefits of the flu vaccine.
  • The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is in the process of changing the requirements for special education teachers in order to improve the quality of instruction children receive. To read more on these changes, click here.
  • Connecting children with nature inspires them to be curious and improves their learning. Ruth Wilson shares her ideas for nature learning in this article.
  • John Fensterwald has gathered a summary of education laws and issues that could be changed this year. To read his summary and predictions, visit the EdSource website.
  • On Monday, January 15th, people will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and his contribution to the civil rights movement. Children will also be learning about him at school. If your child wants to learn more, you can visit your local library and choose a book from this book list.

December 2017

  • Laura Markham, Ph.D., writes about how important it is for parents to make connections with children every day because daily connections build strong relationships. Read her tips for ways to make daily connections by clicking here.
  • In The Washington Post, Karen MacPherson writes about how books with women as the main character can help girls feel more empowered. Click here to read her suggestions for books that can help girls build a stronger sense of self.
  • Child Trends has posted an interview with Kristen L. Bub, Ed.D., from the University of Illinois. She discusses the importance of routines in preparing young children for school. To watch the video in English or Spanish, click here.
  • Lee Romney and Daniel J. Willis report on why 1 in every 10 California students is chronically absent, and how it affects their success in school. To read more, visit the EdSource website.
  • National Education Association (NEA) author Cindy Long talked with Deborah L. Feldman about the stories she and her colleagues collected from students who dropped out of school. Read about the reasons why students dropped out here.
  • On the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s website, Usable Knowledge, you can find a collection of recent articles and research about how educators and parents can support teenagers who are experiencing anxiety. Click here to read more.
  • Read about how Shawna Begay and Charmaine Jackson, two Native American women, have designed a new character for Sesame Street. The new puppet, Nanabah, is a Native American who speaks the Navajo language, Diné. Read more about how they plan to preserve their native language with Nanabah here.
  • Visit the EdSource website to read about how pro sports teams are helping to promote science and math learning at local schools.
  • Brad Wilcox and Timothy G. Morrison write about the importance of reading aloud. Children learn motivation, vocabulary, language and print concepts, and develop their attention span when an adult reads out loud to them. To read more, click here.
  • Children who are developing into adolescents often struggle with low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Click here to read how the group Mental Health First Aid is training teachers on how to support the mental health of their students.
  • U.S. News reports on how the way technology is being used at home by children is the new digital divide. To read more, click here.
  • Holly Korbey of Edutopia writes about how a Colorado school is taking steps to build relationships with children. These relationships encourage better behavior and help children feel more connected to the school. To read about their program, and watch a video, click here.
  • Deciding when your child can have a smart phone is a difficult decision. On NPR’s program All Things Considered, two parents share how they made their decision. To read or listen to the episode, click here.
  • Many public school teachers are using flexible seating in their classroom. Katrina Schwartz of KQED Mind/Shift shares this advice from teachers.
  • Daniel T. Willingham of the New York Times writes about reading comprehension and how it is affected by the knowledge of facts. To read more, click here.
  • Vicki Davis shares her “9 Key P’s” of teaching digital citizenship to students on the Edutopia website. Click here to read more.

November 2017

  • Join Storycorps for the Great Thanksgiving Listen. Download their free app and interview older members of your family during Thanksgiving. To learn more, visit their website.
  • Mikhail Zinshteyn of EdSource reports on a new study by Georgetown University about the current job market. According to their research, there are many jobs that offer a good salary for people who do not have a bachelor’s degree. Click here to read more.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a free app to help parents keep track of their child’s growth and development. To learn more, click here.
  • Tim Walker of NEA Today interviewed Dr. Patricia Alexander about her recent study of why students choose digital books. They discuss the benefits and disadvantages of using digital books. Read the interview here.
  • Professor Ellen Bialystok of York University in Toronto, Canada, writes about how bilingual children have a better ability to concentrate. Not only that, the health benefits of being bilingual can last a lifetime. Click here to read more.
  • Help children learn to manage stress with meditation. Common Sense Media and Understood have created a list of seven meditation apps for kids. To view the list, click here.
  • Tori Wardrip is an art teacher at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Billings, Montana. She started a support group for students struggling with mental health issues. Through therapy that incorporates art, she seems to be helping students understand their mental health. To read more, click here.
  • Children in Colorado are learning how to make healthy food choices through a hands-on farming curriculum. Click here to see a news report by PBS on how they are incorporating farming into education.
  • Edsource reports on how a school in Oakland, California, hosted a festival to share with children and their families how math can be fun. To read more, click here.
  • November is National Adoption Month. There are many children in the United States who are waiting to be adopted. If you are interested in learning more about adopting a child or teenager, click here.
  • Isabel Dobrin of NPR writes about what parents can do to protect their child from identity theft. Click here to read more.
  • Claudia Wallis of The Hechinger Report shares research about how using gestures in lessons helps children learn. To learn more about the research and view a video of learning math with gestures, click here.
  • Common Sense Media has developed new guidelines to help parents establish healthy media habits for their children. Visit their website to see the full guidelines to learn more.
  • Felix Finkbeiner was only nine years old when he decided to do something about climate change. Now he has a group dedicated to planting one million trees in every country. Click here to read more.
  • Lisa Smith is the mother of seven children. Two of her children have special needs. Autism Speaks asked her to write about what motivates her to be a great caregiver. Read her story here.

Oakland 100th Anniversary

of serving the diverse needs
of the children and families of Oakland.

Oakland FRC Timeline Handout

CHS opened the CHS Northern Office and Receiving Home in 1917. Over the past 100 years,
CHS Oakland has adapted its programs to best serve the families of Oakland. While programs have
changed, CHS’s commitment to Oakland families has remained strong. In 2014, CHS Oakland moved
to the Eastmont Town Center and opened the Oakland Family Resource Center, a one-stop stop
for families looking for support.

October 2017

  • New research from Common Sense Media shows that 98% of homes now have a smartphone or tablet. This means that children who are eight years old and younger are spending
    more time with screens. To read more, click here.
  • Dr. Perri Klass writes about the different aspects of literacy and how reading to children can prepare them for both school and life. To read more, visit The New York Times website.
  • Build a classroom community by developing relationships. Read tips for creating relationships by Rebecca Alber on the Edutopia website.
  • Educators and parents can create an environment that inspires children’s creativity. Mitchel Resnik shares these ten tips to get you started.
  • Anya Kamenetz of NPR reports on how the Sesame Street Muppets are helping children cope with trauma and stress. To read more and watch a video, click here.
  • Are you thinking of purchasing an iPhone for your child or teenager? Common Sense Media offers step by step directions for setting up your child’s phone so that you can control the content of what they see and how they use the phone.
  • Nick Gattuso is a computer science teacher at Point Pleasant Borough High School in New Jersey. He and his students developed software to help the students with special needs at their school. Read more about his work here.
  • Michelle Rupiper writes about how children’s thinking skills are improved when they learn through nature. Click here to read more.
  • Read about why it is important to get a good night’s sleep, and how to sleep better, in this KQED Mind/Shift article by Terry Gross.
  • Governor Brown has signed over 100 bills that are related to education in California. Read summaries of them on the EdSource website.
  • October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Click here for resources about bullying and how you can help prevent it.
  • Help your students learn how to have meaningful and productive conversations by teaching them these Eight Tips for Speaking and Listening from Edutopia.
  • An article in Scientific American discusses research that shows how valuable pretend play is in child development.
  • Deborah Farmer Kris of KQED Mind/Shift writes about why attending a preschool program is important to a child’s development. Click here to read more.
  • Parents can have productive conversations with their child’s teacher when they use these Eight Sentence Starters to Use When Talking to Teachers by Geri Coleman Tucker of Understood.
  • Read about how Blanca Rubio, a California legislator, is trying to prevent the expulsion of preschoolers from state-funded programs by clicking here.
  • Discover how children learn about popularity, why it is so important to teenagers, and how it affects adults by reading the KQED Mind/Shift article.
  • Many of the new social media apps teenagers are using encourage unsafe behavior. Visit the Common Sense Media website to learn about which apps your child should avoid.
  • Drama involves anticipation, predicting, and resolution. It gives children the opportunity to explore early STEM skills through literacy. Click here to read more.

September 2017

  • Child Trends shares resources for supporting children after a hurricane on their blog.
  • Lydia Denworth of Psychology Today writes about a new study regarding how children develop reasoning skills. Click here to read more.
  • Claudia Wallis explores research regarding the difference in learning from digital books versus printed books. Visit the KQED Mind/Shift website to read more.
  • Read about the Eleven Habits of an Effective Teacher on the Edutopia website.
  • Matt Krupnik of the Hechinger Report writes about how the United States needs more tradespeople like shopkeepers, craftsmen, mechanics, electricians, or plumbers. Read more about the career possibilities for young people who choose not to attend college by clicking here.
  • Tania Lombrozo shares four guiding principles to help parents and educators determine what is best taught to children at a young age. Click here to read her article, What Should We Be Teaching Young Children?
  • You can use these Six Tips to teach your child how to save and manage money wisely.
  • Does your child seem anxious about going back to school? Elissa Nadworny of KQED Mind/Shift shares ideas for calming your child’s fears. Click here to read more.
  • Richard Louv writes about the value of inspiring curiosity through nature play in his article, There Might Be Something Down There!
  • Betty Ray of Edutopia reports on the best podcasts for educators in 2017. Click here to read summaries of each podcast.
  • 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.

July 2017

  • Linda Flanagan of KQED Mind/Shift reports on how making kindness a priority can benefit students. To read more, click here.
  • Children learn spatial reasoning from working with maps. Learn about books and activities you can use with children to improve their mapping skills by visiting the PBS website.
  • Art experiences provide children the opportunity to express themselves emotionally, and improve their language, literacy, and math skills. What happens when schools do not offer children art experiences? Visit the Atlantic website to find out.
  • Can you tell the difference between real news and fake news? Visit the NPR website to test your knowledge.
  • The Internet offers children all kinds of information. Common Sense Media reports on the information you do not want your child to learn. To read more, click here.
  • Looking for books your child can read this summer? Visit the Reading Rockets website for booklists organized by age.
  • The article “Virtual Reality May Reveal New Clues about Autism Social Difficulties” was released by Scientific American. Click here to learn more.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics explains how to have a family meeting. Find their tips here.
  • Lulu Garcia-Navarro of KQED Mind/Shift interviews Jack Gilbert, a researcher at the University of Chicago, about how children can benefit from exposure to germs. To read more, click here.
  • Associated Press medical writer Lindsey Tanner reports on the mental and biological effects of toxic stress in children. More information is available here.
  • 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.

May 2017

  • It can be frustrating and embarrassing when your child has a tantrum in public. Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist, shares tips for what you can do on the PBS website.
  • Children can cope with trauma and difficult situations when they are resilient. Shanta R. Dube, an associate professor at Georgetown State University, writes about the research and benefits of resilience. Click here to read more.
  • Julia Paskin, of KPCC, reports on how the movie “Dream Big” is inspiring young women to become engineers. Click here to read more and watch videos.
  • Claudio Sanchez, of KQED Mind/Shift, reports on the newest research regarding the benefits of preschool programs. To read the full story, click here.
  • PBS Newshour reports that new research indicates that infants who spend a lot of time watching screens may show a delay in speech development. To read more, visit the PBS website.
  • KQED Mind/Shift reporter Leah Shaffer writes about how some schools have worked to unite children with their communities through the books they are assigned to read. Click here to read more.
  • Jennifer Wharton of the School Library Journal recommends books that will keep teenagers entertained this summer. To discover more about the books she recommends, click here.
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Take a moment to learn more about the importance of mental health and explore resources you can share with family and friends who may be struggling with mental health issues. Click here to visit the Each Mind Matters website.
  • Stress can cause us to feel depressed, anxious, distracted, and even physically ill. Click here to learn about six simple techniques you can use to reduce stress.
  • Are you planning to go to college? This student loan calculator from the New York Times can help you understand the financial responsibilities involved with going to a college or university.
  • May is National Foster Care Month. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or working with foster children, you can find resources on the Children’s Bureau Express website.
  • The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) has posted a video of high school students participating in a construction competition. Watch as they design blueprints and work together as a team.
  • May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. The ability to hear and speak can affect how a child learns, and also how he feels about himself. Click here to learn about the symptoms that indicate help is needed.
  • Amanda Morin of Understood offers advice about what parents can do for their child with special needs when their Individual Education Plan (IEP) does not seem to be helping. Click here to read more.
  • Read about Timothy Walker, who is an elementary school teacher, and how his experience as a teacher in Finland made him realize that children need frequent breaks in order to learn. To read more visit the KQED Mind/Shift website.

April 2017

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that over 13 million children live in homes with insufficient food. Studies show that children who grow up with insufficient food in their early years do not perform well in school when they enter kindergarten. To read more visit the NPR website.
  • Do you want to know how well the students at your child’s school perform on tests? Visit the California School Dashboard website where you can search by school, city, district, or county.
  • The National Education Association (NEA) offers teachers tips for helping students cope with stress during standardized tests. To read more, click here.
  • Do you want to have more fun conversations with your family during dinner? The Family Dinner Project shares tips for creative conversations during family meals on their website.
  • Child Trends reveals five reasons why arts programs, in particular music programs, benefit student learning. To read more, click here.
  • KQED Mind/Shift shares the benefits of students explaining their mathematical thinking. Instead of focusing on right or wrong answers, teachers are asking children to share their observations in order to arrive at a conclusion. Click here to read this article and watch two demonstration videos.
  • Kaya Thomas, a college student at Dartmouth College, has created an app called We Read Too in order to help children and parents find books that feature diverse characters and experiences. To read more click here.
  • Common Sense Media has developed a series of video tutorials on how teachers and students can work to protect their privacy when working online. To view the tutorials, click here.
  • April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Jazz music was born in America and is part of our history. Learn more about JAM and how you can celebrate jazz with children by visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of American History website.
  • April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate the beauty and creativity of poetry with children at home and in school. Visit the Reading Rockets website to learn more about poetry, watch videos of interviews with poets, and discover fun activities.
  • An eleven year old boy named Sidney Keys III wanted to discuss the wonderful books he was reading with others, so he started a book club for boys. To read more about how he started his book club, Books N Bros’, click here.
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Click here to view or print resources that can be shared with others.
  • Becky Harlan, of KQED Mind/Shift, writes about how students in Washington D.C. created a global cookbook that shares both recipes and memories. To read more about this project click here.
  • How much do you know about learning? Anya Kamenetz of NPR invites you to take a short quiz and discover the myths and realities of learning. Click here to read more. 
  • April is National Garden Month. Take children to visit horticultural centers or garden parks in your area, or start your own garden at home. Children develop science, math, and language skills from watching gardens grow. To learn more click here.
  • April 24th to the 28th is Week of the Young Child. The National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC) developed this week to celebrate children and how they learn. Visit the NAEYC website for ideas of how to celebrate each day of the week.

March 2017

  • Light it up blue to show your support for greater understanding and acceptance of autism. April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and the month of April is World Autism Month. Show your support for autism awareness by wearing blue, stringing up blue lights on your home, or turning your social media profile pictures blue. To learn about autism, click here.

  • 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.

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.

December 2016

  • Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the United States, but many people do not understand it. Gabrielle Emanuel describes her personal experience with Dyslexia and what she has learned from others on the National Public Radio (NPR) program, All Things Considered. To listen to the interview, or read it, click here
  • Educators often encounter students who have been through a traumatic experience. The National Education Association (NEA) reports that one in four students will witness or experience a traumatic event before the age of four. This can include parents being taken to jail, living homeless, or seeing a family member hurt. To read about how some schools are trying to support these students, and download a free copy of the NEA guide Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma, click here.
  • Creating “Makerspaces” began several years ago as a method that gives children the opportunity to explore math, science, engineering, and their own creativity. Makerspaces can be found at schools, libraries, museums, and other community areas. They contain tools and materials that children can use to make robots or other projects. Educators have now discovered that Makerspaces can also help children who are learning English practice their vocabulary and grammar in a less formal setting. Click here to read more.
  • On November 8, 2016 California voters passed proposition 58, which will expand bilingual education. Anya Kamenetz, of National Public Radio (NPR), writes about the Six Potential Brain Benefits of Bilingual Education. To read the full article click here.
  • Preschool brings bigger than expected economic returns, economists say.
  • Children who demonstrate good self-control as preschoolers can grow up to be healthy, happy, productive adults. Nicola Nation of Educa writes about why self-control is important and shares eight simple ways for parents and educators to help children develop self-control. Click here to read more.
  • Executive function is a term used to describe cognitive abilities such as focus, memory, and self-control. Katrina Schwartz of KQED Mind/Shift writes about “Why Executive Function Is a Vital Stepping-Stone for Kids’ Ability to Learn.” To read more click here.
  • People often turn to the internet or social media for information and news. Lately there have been many false news stories reported online. Because of this here is growing concern that teenagers and young adults do not have the necessary literacy skills to analyze, evaluate, and verify what they read online. To read more about why children need to develop “media literacy” from Education Week click here.
  • The Administration for Children and Families is joining with the Department of Labor to start a national conversation on how the United States can work to make high quality child care affordable to all children. To read or listen to the statement made by Rachel Schumacher, Director of the Office of Child Care, click here.

November 2016

  • November is National Adoption Month, and there are many children that need a family. If you are interested in adopting a child, or learning more about adoption services click here.
  • Nancy Burke wanted to give her high school students the opportunity to work in a garden. With the help of a grant, volunteers, and students she created a community garden that was built to include everyone. To read her story and watch her video about how to create a school garden click here.
  • Research shows that an attentive father is important to a child’s cognitive and social-emotional development. If you are an educator, social services worker, or volunteer who wants to help fathers learn to actively participate in their child’s development, then click here to learn more.
  • Do you know a child who does not like to read, or has difficulty reading because of a learning disorder? Many teachers are finding that audio-books can help these children learn how to love and understand books. To read more and discover resources you can use click here.
  • If you want to learn how you can help inspire children to love reading, then click here to read an article by KQED News Mind/Shift that explores a new approach to reading.
  • Many families struggle with putting limits on technology. To learn how five families discovered ways to enjoy family time during meals without the interruption of technology, click here.
  • Consider giving the fun and educational gift of nonfiction books to the people you love. To read more about nonfiction books and discover some School Library Journal favorites, click here.
  • According to the New York Times, practicing controlled breathing can reduce stress, increase alertness, and boost your immune system. To learn some controlled breathing techniques, click here.
  • Children benefit both mentally and physically from unstructured play time in forests, meadows, or near bodies of water. Click here to read about a group of students from Oakland, California who spent time exploring Joaquin Miller Park.
  • Empathy is the capacity to place oneself in another's position and intuitively understand how they feel. KQED News Mind/Shift reports on “Why Empathy Holds the Key to 21st Century Learning.” Click here to read the full story.

October 2016

  • October is National Cyber Safety Month. Click here to learn about how you can keep yourself, your family, or your students safe online.
  • October 16th to the 22nd is Digital Citizenship Week. Common Sense Media offers resources for parents and educators on how to encourage good digital citizenship with children. Click here to read more.
  • The KQED News website, Mind/Shift, reports on the benefits of children practicing oral literacy throughout their school career. To read the story with accompanying videos click here.
  • October 27, 2016 is national Read for the Record® day. The goal of the campaign is to have people read the book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, by Julia Sarcone-Roach, to as many children as possible. To learn more about this event, pledge to participate, or download activity ideas and resources click here.
  • Election time is almost here. KPCC news announced their launch of a website called Voter’s Edge California. Click here to visit the website where you can register to vote, find your ballot, learn about the election, and more.
  • October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. The focus is to promote awareness and tolerance of those children and adults who struggle with learning disabilities. Visit the Reading Rockets website to learn more.
  •  Fox News reports on how NFL player John Urshel is working with Texas Instruments. He hopes to inspire children and youth to study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Click here to read more.
  •  The Los Angeles Times reports on a group of foster youth from Los Angeles who made a short film called Time for Change. They won an award and a trip to the White House. Click here to read the full story.

September 2016

  • September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Celebrate by getting yourself and your child a library card today! Public library services are free and they are a wonderful resource for families. Click here to learn more about public libraries.
  • Katie Hurley, psychotherapist and parent educator, explains how parents can support children who are experiencing anxiety over returning to school. To read her post on the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) website, click here.
  • Annie Thoms was teaching 15 years ago in New York City during 9/11. The high school was just four blocks away from ground zero. Today she uses what she experienced to teach her students. Click here to read her story.
  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If you or someone you love is contemplating suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or click here to visit their website. Click here to read the article “Six Myths about Suicide that Every Educator and Parent Should Know” by Kavitha Cardoza of National Public Radio (NPR).
  • Amanda Ripley of The New York Times reports on new research demonstrating the possibility that teen defiance can be an asset. To read her article, “Can Teenage Defiance be Manipulated for Good”, click here.
  • PBS News Hour conducted a report titled “Are young kids losing the brain-boosting benefits of playtime?” Click here to see a video and transcript of the story.
  • The Children and Families Commission of Orange County has developed a free mobile app called “Kid Builders”. This app contains a variety of activity ideas that can be used with children ages 0 to 5, and it is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. To learn more click here.
  • Natalie Hampton is a sixteen year old girl who wanted to help kids that are being bullied, or feel anxious about eating alone. She developed a free lunch planning app called “Sit With Us” to help children find a safe group of people they can sit with during lunch. Click here to read more.
  • Results from a new experiment reveal that a large amount of college students end up leaving school because no one has ever taught them how to study. Students become frustrated that they are not succeeding and often give up. To read more click here. For information about how you can help your child learn how to study, click here.

August 2016

  • The CHS Oakland Family Resource Center partnered with Oakland Reads 2020 to host a successful back-to-school event for over 150 East Oakland children and their families. The event offered fun, educational activities and provided children with free school supply kits, book covers, healthy snacks, and haircuts needed to get ready to start the new school year. To read more about the event click here.
  • According to the National Education Association (NEA), parents and educators in many states are working together to bring recess back to schools. They believe children need recess to develop stronger health and cognitive skills. To read the full story click here.
  • Kerri Rhodes, a Family Coach with the Raise Foundation, offers advice about how to avoid distracted parenting and create stronger relationships with your child. She was inspired by the results of a study conducted by the University of California, Irvine (UCI) on how unpredictable care can effect brain development. Click here to read more.
  • In The New York Times blog “The Checkup” Dr. Perri Klass writes about the importance of reading real books to young children. Click here to read more.
  • Are you a teacher looking for apps that can boost your teaching or help you get organized? Common Sense Media has compiled a list of apps that can help make your work easier. To view the Common Sense Media Teacher Toolkit click here.
  • Graphic novels are popular with older children and teenagers, but did you know that they can also help children understand the dual cultures immigrants have? To read more from the School Library Journal’s article, “Graphic Novels Portray Bicultural America”, click here.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides parents with health and safety tips for children going back to school. Click here to read or listen to the tips.
  • Gaia Vince of The Guardian reports on how being bilingual can benefit the brain and even delay the onset of dementia. To read the full story, click here.
  • Dr. John DeGarmo of The Huffington Post has shared eight ways for foster parents to help support their foster child in school. Click here to read more.
  • Maura Walz, Aaron Mendelson, and Kyle Stokes of National Public Radio (NPR) report on student test scores in California for the 2015-2016 school year. Read the full story here.
  • Katrina Schwartz, author for Mind/Shift, reports on digital tools and strategies that can help support children’s reading and writing. Click here to read more.
  • Education Consultant Rae Pica explores how high expectations for academic and physical achievements for young children can affect them negatively. Click here to read her blog post, Debunking the Belief That Earlier Is Better.

July 2016

  • National Public Radio interviewed authors Roberta Michnick Golinkoff Ph.D. and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Ph.D. about their new book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children. To read the interview and learn more about the book click here.
  • The Orange County Department of Education has shared ideas for how parents can help children continue learning in the summer when school is out. Click here to read the article.
  • Do you have questions about the new immunization laws for children in California? Click here to learn what you need to know. The information is available in English, Spanish, and Russian.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has released information about the flu for teachers and caregivers. Click here to read the information in English or Spanish.

June 2016

  • With smart phones, tablets, computers, and television, children have access to seeing images and hearing stories that are inappropriate and sometimes scary. How can you help your child understand what he is seeing and feel safe? The Fred Rogers Company offers this advice.
  • New research from Zero to Three and the Bezos Family Foundation reveals what parents of young children think, know, and need. Click here to read more.

May 2016

  • In her post, 9 Social Media Red Flags Parents Need to Know About, Christine Elgersma explains how parents can protect their children from inappropriate content that can appear in social media. Read the full post here.
  • Maanvi Singh from National Public Radio (NPR), writes about Which Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life? To read the article, click here.
  • Health Alert: Click here to read Aaron E. Carroll’s report from the New York Times, “What Science Says about the Long-Term Damage from Lead.”
  • The Diane Rehm show on National Public Radio (NPR) discussed the importance of children spending time outdoors. Click here to hear a recording of the show or read the transcripts.

March 2016

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