A Lifetime Benefit of Preschool

My name is Nina and I had the privilege from preschool on of attending The Family Learning Center in Boulder, Colorado. Things weren’t easy growing up in a minority and low income house hold. The daily struggle that encircled me was a motivation to do everything in my power to make my life better. The staff and volunteers at the FLC were paramount in igniting my potential. After I graduated from Boulder High School, I continued pursuing my education in the dental field. Currently, I am employed with Dental Aid as a dental assistant. I’m grateful for The Family Learning Center and can honestly say I don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t had the opportunity to attend the center. They gave me the skills, belief, and support to become someone. I urge you to consider signing up your child in preschool. The benefits are lifetime.

Why Parents Should Explore the Benefits of Pre-school

Between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, it is a critical time period to lay a solid foundation in your child’s life. Most experts agree that pre-school can be the perfect place to foster not only educational development but emotional and social development as well.

Just look at a child play, what do you notice? Children are naturally curious. If this curiosity is stifled or can’t be explored or answered, it could lead to lack of motivation or poor academic performance in the life of that child. As it has been said, “The teacher appears when the student is ready.” Children are ready and this is the perfect age to let a little child dust off some curiosity as well as encourage curiosity throughout life. After all, one should never stop learning.

In addition, because each child is unique, children display diverse talents and pursue different interests. Pre-school is a great place to let a child sift through things and to explore those passions. If interests are revealed early on, it will help make the learning process easier. Where there is interest, attention will follow.

Also, children learn so much from being around their peers. Social interaction skills and confidence are developed early on and are equally as important as academic skills. Simple character building qualities such as sharing, caring, working hard, and thinking of others will carry one throughout life. Positive reinforcement and encouragement can assist in laying the ground work for developing a healthy ego, developing confidence, and building healthy relationships. Ultimately, this can result in a healthy, disciplined, and balanced child academically and socially.

There are many other benefits as to why parents should explore the possibility of sending their child to preschool. Do you have any other ideas? We’d love to hear your ideas. Visit us at http://www.flcboulder.org.


How Do I Select a Good Preschool for My Child?

It’s never too early to start thinking about how to select the right preschool for your child. In fact, some parents start the process right after their child is born, especially in metropolitan areas where waitlists can be very long. Getting your child off to a good start is critically important and finding the right fit for your child can be challenging. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a preschool:

Recognize your priorities– What’s important for you and your child? Do you need something close to your workplace or home? What kind of curriculum is important? Do you want a strong arts or music or reading program? What kind of educational approach are you looking for?
• Research your options– Ask your friends and family what their experiences have been and if they would recommend anything. Go online and look in the phone book for preschools in your area. Other questions to consider would be: What kind of proven track record do they have? How long has it been in operation? What is their success rate? What kind of programs do they offer? How much do they charge? What does the school schedule look like? Do they have vacations?
• Visit the preschool with your child – What do you feel when you walk in? Is it warm, friendly, inviting, and kid friendly? Is it clean? Is it safe? Is it creative? Is it a good learning environment overall? Observe the program in session. Do the teachers interact well with the children? Are questions encouraged? Do the teachers appear to be happy with their jobs? Are they caring and nurturing? What is the student teacher ratio? What is the teacher turnover rate? Children need consistency like long standing relationships with their teachers. Do the children presently attending the program appear to be happy?
• Meet with the director/teachers/parents – When and how did the program start? How long have they been teaching young children? Are there any parents around to converse with to get their opinion on their experience?
• Call References – Ask them why they are pleased with the program and why they would recommend it.
• Get on the waiting list right away – When I was a young parent I had no idea that good programs are hard to find. It’s never too early!

Selecting a preschool is a subjective and personal matter. However, it’s so important to do our work so that our children can have the most positive experience as they start their lifetime journey. We would love your feedback. Do you have any other suggestions on what you look for when selecting a good preschool? Visit our site at www.flcboulder.org .

Information was taken from (“How to find the best preschool for your child by Betzy Bozdech, http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-find-the-best-preschool-for-your-child_64548.bc# )

Share the Dream, Fulfill the Dream, and Live the Dream!

On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to over 200,000 people. This famous speech is considered by many to be one of the best speeches ever delivered in the 20th century. King addressed the continual discrimination that black Americans faced. His dream was that all people regardless of race would be able to live peacefully and that all men would be treated equal. He believed men should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

As we remember this great man today, let’s never forget his passion to share the dream and his ultimate conviction that took his life. His dream lives on. At the Family Learning Center we are committed to sharing the dream, fulfilling the dream and living the dream. Pass it on today. http://www.flcboulder.org.

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Why Volunteer?

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, but they have the heart.” Anonymous
Why Volunteer? As we know, the world is not a perfect place. In fact, it’s far from it. Just take a moment and look around. What do you see? Most of us could identify a homeless person, a fatherless child, a sick individual, a hurting pet, struggling single mom, or a littered environment. So many needs surround us every day!    

In most non-profit organizations the same people give of their time, energy, efforts, and resources, over and over again. However, it’s impossible for the same people to do everything. Time is a precious commodity and everyone leads busy lives, but if everyone would make a little time to volunteer the world would become a better place. It is so good for so many reasons.

Volunteering is good for others. Making someone else’s life easier makes life easier for all. There are so many possibilities – help a person learn to read, bring food to the hungry, clothe a cold person, give a word of encouragement to a lonely person, make a neighborhood safer, tutor a child who is struggling in school, or make a meal for a sick person.

Also, volunteering is good for you. It presents new opportunities to feel needed, important and gives satisfaction in helping others. It builds connections and networks within the community. Also, it brings an awareness of the community in which one lives in. But the best part is putting a smile on someone’s face! Start small and watch the impact. Go for it! You have nothing to lose!