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Play is the Work of Childhood
From birth, children explore their world through their senses and begin to learn by seeing and doing. As they grow, playtimes are opportunities to develop early learning skills, large and small motor skills and social and communication skills.
• Infants know that their favorite “toy” is their parent! Sing, read and talk to your baby. Play “peek-a-boo.” Name body parts, foods and people.
• Toddlers tend to like to play side-by-side with other children rather than engaging them directly. Feed toddlers’ energy and curiosity by seeking out playgrounds and parks to practice walking and running or just to explore
• Preschoolers are “masters of make-believe.” Nurture your child’s creative imagination with dress-up and “pretend” games like “store” or “school.” Also, a “dance party” with your preschooler is a great way to get silly and burn off some extra energy!
For more tips and ways to help your child thrive, go to http://www.talkreadsing.org/ view each of these Talk, Read, Sing videos and check out this bilingual music video, which is great for singing with your baby, by the talented children’s author and musician, José-Luis Orozco. Talking, Reading and Singing to your child is one of the best things you can do for them.
Pre-K Business Champions help create early sucess for children!
Can you help children in your community reach their full potential? First 5 Solano is looking for businesses and community members that are able to sponsor a child to attend a Pre-Kindergarten Academy this summer, before they start school. Pre-K Academies provide skills that help a child get a positive start by teaching letters and numbers, and those important skills such as how to wait in line, share with others, and practice following instructions.
When children in a kindergaten class are ready to go and have some confidence about starting school, ALL the children in that classroom benefit. This means that children are more likely to have a positive school experience, which is a future predictor of graduation from high school.
First 5 Solano will match your funds dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 so kids in your community can attend an academy and be better prepared for that first day of school. There are four ways to help this year:
- Sponsor a child for $200
- $500 will stock a classroom with supplies including backpacs and school supplies
- Support 1/2 a classroom for $2,500
- Make a committment to help an ENTIRE classroom for $5,000 (that's 24-30 future workers and employees you may be helping!!)
Last year, Solano businesses and the community raised $14,800 and over 550 children started their school careers, ready to learn! Please consider serving our community as a Pre-K Champion. Sponsors will be recognized at the First 5 Solano sponsored Economic Development Corporation Breakfast on May 28, 2015. Remember, early investments like these provide for a stronger start in life for the children of our future – your future workforce.
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Where can I send my check? Send a completed check and form to First 5 Solano 601 Texas St., Suite 210 Fairfield, CA 94533
What if I have questions? Contact Ciara Gonsalves (707) 784-1388 or CCGonsalves@solanocounty.com
Do Pre-K Academies really work? (Check out last years results)
Business Challenge Grants Now available
First 5 Solano is offering non-profits an opportunity to raise funds by establishing partnerships within the business community. For more information click here.
Help Me Grow Solano "One Call. That's All"
Help Me Grow Solano is a collaborative partnership of all First 5 Solano funded programs and other community partners serving children and families from birth through age 5 in Solano County. Help Me Grow Solano provides a central point of access for services, healthcare provider outreach, community outreach, data collection, and outcomes. It's often difficult and time consuming for parents to search for programs to address the unique needs of their children. Help Me Grow Solano is the simple solution that connects babies, young children, and their families to program and services throughout Solano County. Help Me Grow does not provide direct services, but their goal is to assist families in getting connected to the services that they need.