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By Grade Pirez – A High School Student who volunteers for Promise the Children & Girls’ Inc. It’s difficult to put into words how incredibly moving Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education was. I’d like to warn you, though, that I’m not familiar with stage performances outside of Broadway musicals, so I can’t give a particularly artistic review of the production. I am, however, familiar with the rampant racism that has been a pressing issue read more…

Posted: September 18, 2016 in: Uncategorized

Access to quality early education and childcare varies enormously and predictably across income classes. Wealthier families have the money to spend, but those with lower salaries do not. As a result wealthier children are ready to learn in kindergarten and 1st grade while those lacking the experience of quality early education either in a classroom or at home are not. Here is more information on the high cost of childcare. Sadly, falling behind in kindergarten and the early grades can cause read more…

Posted: September 16, 2016 in: Action Alerts, Preschool

By Terry Roderiques, OTR/L Promise the Children, Volunteer As an Occupational Therapist that travels to many schools in my system, I have the pleasure of working with a number of very talented teachers. In researching and thinking over the topic of what qualities I would want in a pre-school teacher, I decided to pick 8 of my most favorite characteristics. This is a limited list and my opinion only. I have listed some references of several articles I found online. read more…

Posted: August 16, 2016 in: Preschool

By Delaney Ketchum – volunteer at Girl’s Inc. and student of Early Education. Over 4.3 million U. S. children cannot attend a safe, licensed preschool because their parents cannot afford it. Often, these parents are forced to put their children in dangerous, unregulated daycare centers.  These children go to kindergarten lacking in literacy and math skills and often have difficulties adjusting their behavior to a classroom setting. They continue to struggle throughout grade school and into high school, making it read more…

Posted: August 15, 2016 in: Action Alerts

by Grace Pires, High School Student & Volunteer at Promise the Children and Girl’s Inc. With the way the world is now seamlessly interconnected– whether through technology, trade, or facilitated travel– it is beneficial for people to speak more than one language. Oftentimes young preschoolers are only taught English, and begin studying another language at middle school age. This is great for monolingual children, but it can hurt children who are already bilingual. In the classroom, children don’t have many read more…

Posted: August 12, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Preschool

by Grace Pires, Junior High School Student & volunteer at Promise the Children & Girl’s Inc. There’s no denying that America is a multicultural melting pot. So it’s only fair that the American education system openly acknowledges various white and non-white cultures and promotes diversity in the classroom. By teaching students about other cultures, starting in pre school and continuing in grade school, teachers can enable young children to respect others whose traditions and appearances are different from their own. read more…

Posted: August 12, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Preschool

“Summer slide” causes the achievement gap between children whose families earn less, and those that earn more. In summer children forget what they learned in the previous school year when parents cannot afford to send them to quality camps. A quality camp combines fun with learning activities. Children with wealthy parents who send them to well-rounded camps do not experience summer slide. The camp programs that prevent summer slide provide learning activities similar to the school curriculum, but more fun. Reading, writing read more…

Posted: August 8, 2016 in: Child Literacy, Child Poverty

By Delaney Ketchum – volunteer at Girl’s Inc. and student of Early Education. Join Promise the Children in asking the presidential candidates what they will do to make sure all children receive adequate health care. Let them know that you care about the health and well-being of children whose parents do not have access to affordable health insurance! While everyone is guaranteed treatment in an emergency room, this does not allow for preventative care or the treatment of chronic illnesses. Often, read more…

Posted: August 5, 2016 in: Action Alerts

By Grace Pires, volunteer at Promise the Children and Girl’s Inc. An important part of increasing children’s success in school is making sure they come to school well-rested, in a good mood, and not hungry. The students’ comfort matters as much the content in their curriculum. So it makes sense that students who are coming in without eating breakfast are performing at a lower rate than other students. Children who do not eat sufficiently are more likely to have weaker read more…

Posted: August 1, 2016 in: Action Alerts

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was initiated in 1968 by an amendment to the National School Lunch Act to address the problems created by the lack of free school meals in the summer. Millions of children who received meals during the school year were going hungry in summer vacation. SFSP provides free meals when school is out. SFSP requires a “site” to distribute meals. Meals are often connected to summer camps run by non-profit and governmental organizations. The locations of such programs include; read more…

Posted: July 29, 2016 in: Child Hunger


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