Think Small’s 23rd Annual Family Child Care Business Seminar is coming up! It will be held November 5th at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis. Use this opportunity to review 2016 tax forms and plan ahead for the coming tax season in this useful seminar led by family child care trainer and author, Tom Copeland, JD.
Earn six in-service hours (no partial credit given) and learn key record-keeping tips, new mileage and food reimbursement rates, new IRA (myRA), new $2,500 depreciation rule, common tax mistakes and more.
Early Education Spotlight is an ongoing series that showcases great work going on in child care and preschool settings across Minnesota. From innovative early learning programs to parent perspectives on what works, check out the Early Education Spotlight for unique examples of Minnesota’s early learning successes.
Early Education Spotlight is an ongoing series that showcases the great work happening in quality child care and preschool settings across Minnesota.
Kris Larson’s Family Child Care program in White Bear Lake takes full advantage of learning opportunities in the great outdoors. The children read, eat, and do art projects outside whenever possible. They thrive in the outdoors, and it gives them the space they need to move their bodies and explore. And this year, their outdoor curriculum received a big bump. Continue reading Early Education Spotlight: Kris Larson’s Family Child Care
Minnesota is heralding in an innovative program to help close the word gap. The word gap–a 30 million word deficit between children from low income families and their more well-off peers– is evident by age 3. In order for it to be reversed, children need both parents and caregivers to speak, sing and read to them often.
In this current political climate, tensions are running high between parties, and it appears as if there’s nothing we can agree on. Nothing that is, except early care and education.
A recent national poll conducted by the First Five Years Fund found that 90 percent of voters agree that Congress and the next president should work to make quality early education accessible to low and middle-income families. As highlighted in the First Five Years Fund study:
“There is overwhelming support—with little opposition—for a federal plan that helps states and local communities provide better access to quality early childhood education. Nearly three quarters of the electorate support this plan: 73% favor and only 24% oppose. 54% of Republicans, 70% of Independents, 91% of Democrats voice support. A majority of key swing voter groups also favor investing more in early childhood education from birth to age five.”
Early Education Spotlight is an ongoing series that showcases the great work happening in high-quality early learning settings across Minnesota. The first installment features Aldrich Memorial Nursery School and its director, Kevin Ewing.
Director Kevin Ewing brings a unique perspective to his position as Director of Aldrich Memorial Nursery School in Rochester, Minnesota. In past roles as both a teacher and principal for Rochester Public Schools, he saw the importance of providing children with a good social and educational foundation to prepare them for success at school. Through this lens, Ewing operates Aldrich, a non-profit preschool serving children ages two to five. It started in 1944 as a program connected with the Mayo Clinic in a downtown building near the hospital, but it now operates independently. Continue reading Early Education Spotlight: Aldrich Memorial Nursery School
The Minnesota House Select Committee on Affordable Child Care held a hearing on July 19 at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board office to hear from the community on child care related issues. Committee chair Rep Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, was joined by other house members Rep Joe Mullery, DFL-Minneapolis, Rep John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, and Rep Peggy Flanagan, DFL-St. Louis Park. Many people shared their stories and concerns from the field at the meeting.
There is much to mourn over recent weeks, with terrible acts of violence in Louisiana, Texas, and our very own home Minnesota. Current events expose great rifts in our communities, including many communities we work with every day. Think Small wants the families, children and communities we serve to know that we stand with them during this extremely difficult time.
No one, regardless of the color of their skin or where they work, should live with the violence, hardships, or challenges we see flashed across our TV screens at night and in news reports in the morning. A traumatic event, such as watching your father being killed in front of you, can change the trajectory of a child’s whole life. And events like this have long lasting effects on families and communities.
More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, $23,550 a year for a family of four.
Children living in poverty are often exposed to a cluster of circumstances that affect their brain development. A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Madison found that children from low-income families experience less cognitive stimulation, stressful living conditions and harsher parenting, which all affect brain growth and development.