In his Huffington Post blog, George Halvorson, current chair of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission and former chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, says “Kindergarten is too late for a lot of children. That is a sad but biologically accurate fact of life. The basic and most important mental development processes that are needed to help each child read, stay in school, and stay out of prison actually happen before the age of five.”
Halvorson explores the value of strengthening developing brains in the “golden years” from age 0-to-3 and its connection to children arriving at kindergarten ready to learn and equipped to become good readers. What happens if children are under-equipped? The likelihood that they will be poor readers is intensified and Halvorson cites some compelling statistics and negative consquences, urging parents, caregivers, and educators to exercise and strengthen the brains of young children.
Workshops, training, and learning – all with a focus on early childhood! Parents and providers working with young children will find classes, conferences, workshops, and groups that are good fun for parents and children. Many options are free! The regularly updated schedule and how to register is available now on Eventbrite.
15 Years for Kids!
First 5 Shasta applauds California voters – thanks to YOU Proposition 10 was approved in 1998 and First 5 has been actively making a difference in the lives of children for 15 years!
Learn more about First 5:
First 5 Shasta: Our First 15
December 10 OR 17, 2013
11:30 am – 12:30 pm at Shasta Family YMCA
Free weekly class
January 11, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Shasta College (Redding)
$5 for 1-morning parent workshop; simple art exercises to take home and build child’s confidence and “bounce back” ability.
Featuring Shoshanna Bennett, Ph.D.
January 23, 2014
8:30 am – 4:00 pm at Holiday Inn (Redding)
Free 1-day educational event; includes lunch.
Register online at eventbrite
February 24 at First 5 Shasta
(4th Monday of the month)
Public welcome to attend.