Building Our Future's Smart Beginnings Network recently came together to define what "Kindergarten Readiness" looks like for the Kenosha County community. This definition has woven its way into a beautiful handout and a cute animated video for parents and caregivers. We are excited to share the video below! For more information on Kindergarten Readiness, how it's defined, and how it's measured, please visit our Smart Beginnings dashboard.
You might be surprised to learn that being ready for kindergarten doesn't mean teaching your child math and reading. Rather, your child is ready for kindergarten when they have developed a love of learning and are curious to learn new things. Helping your child prepare for kindergarten will help them have a more positive and successful experience in school. In this video, explore how you can help your child succeed in kindergarten - and beyond!
Quizás le sorprenda saber que estar preparado(a) para el jardín de niños no significa enseñar a su hijo(a) matemáticas y lectura. Más bien, su hijo(a) estará listo(a) para el jardín de niños cuando haya desarrollado un amor por el aprendizaje y muestre curiosidad por aprender cosas nuevas. Ayudar a su niño(a) a prepararse para el jardín de niños le ayudará a tener una experiencia más positiva y exitosa en la escuela.
In episode four of Together, We’re Better, Building Our Future Community Engagement Manager Brandon Morris hosts a conversation with Suzi Wolf, the Early Intervention Program Manager for KAC; Lynn Debilzen, BOF’s Director of Impact & Strategy; and Laurie McDonald, the former Director of Community Impact for United Way of Kenosha County. We talk about the Continuous Improvement Cohort BOF convened in partnership with StriveTogether. It's a GREAT overview of the work we do and the approach we take.
Laurie explains, “I think we all do [continuous improvement] subconsciously, where we’re constantly looking at what we can improve… The difference with the CI Cohort was you really took the time to dive into [your] program or service, and to me, that time, the tools, and the coaching alongside it, was so beneficial.”
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Building Our Future has teamed up with Bright by Text to send free activities, games, and resources right to your cell phone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more. To sign up, simply go to bit.ly/BBTKenosha or text the word “BADGER” to 274448.
This free program, offered in communities around the nation, offers parents and caregivers expert tips and resources for children, Prenatal to age 8. Interactions a child has with adult caregivers at this stage of their life set the foundation for future learning, behavior, and health. Bright by Text shares fun and easy activity ideas, positive parenting tips and resources, and information about the child’s physical development.
In addition, Bright by Text sends occasional messages about events and resources specific to the Kenosha County community, like free museum days, health clinics, and preschool open enrollment periods.
To sign up, simply go to bit.ly/BBTKenosha or text the word “BADGER” to 274448. You will receive two to five short text messages per week, and each message provides a link for more information. To sign up additional children, simply text “BADGER” to 274448 an additional time for each child.
Have a fun free family event or service? We want people know about it! Submit information about your event or resource to at http://bit.ly/BBTMessages, or contact Lynn Debilzen at email@example.com. Please note we require a minimum of two weeks’ notice to approve the text message. Please make sure your event is in alignment with Strengthening Families Protective Factors. When sending information, please include the full URL where families can access more information about the program/activity/service.