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We need You: Your Knowledge. Your experiences. Your skills. YOU!
Join us for a conversation as we take action to be a model community that builds partnerships through awareness, trust and relationships to support the success of children and families.
These are free, casual gatherings open to all Kenosha Community members. Questions? Contact Building Our Future at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Park CommUNITY Conversations meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:00 to 6:00 PM virtually. Sign up now on our Facebook Events page.
Wilson Heights CommUNITY Conversations meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 4:30 to 6:00 PM virtually. Sign up now on our Facebook Events page.
Data & Continuous Improvement
Data and continuous improvement are key pillars to Building Our Future's approach. We support partners in their use, collection, and analysis of data. BOF is working on a series of data handouts that partners can use to guide their work. Those handouts include:
Let's Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten!
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!
¡Preparemos a Su Hijo(a) para el Jardín de Niños!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.
Get Child Development Tips by Text!
Bright by Text sends free text messages with easy, practical tips and activities right to your cell phone. The program is for anyone who cares for and loves a child, prenatally through age 8: parents, parents-to-be, grandparents, babysitters, aunties, uncles, neighbors, friends, teachers, and more. The text messages come from trusted partners like PBS and Sesame Street, and from Kenosha partners like Building Our Future, Kenosha Public Library, KUSD, and the Health Department. Messages are targeted to your child's age and include information on development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more. You can sign up here.
Know the Developmental Milestones!
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3) pinpoints developmental progress in children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years. Its success lies in its parent-centric approach and inherent ease-of-use—a combination that has made it the most widely used developmental screener across the globe. Parents or caregivers in Kenosha County can take the ASQ-3 for free by clicking here.
Connect to Local Resources!
IMPACT 2-1-1 is a 24-hour central access point for people in need. Its free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for parents, caregivers, or any Kenosha County resident to get connected to local information, agencies, and assistance. Translation service is available for over 200 languages. Simply dial 2-1-1 from your phone, or text your zip code to 898-211. To view online resources visit https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/.
Learn about 4K, Head Start, and Early Childhood Programs in Kenosha County
The Kenosha Unified School District offers a variety of free programs and services for children who are ages 3 and 4 by September 1st in its 4K, Head Start, and Early Childhood programs. If you live outside of KUSD, you can search for school districts by county here, or find information on Westosha Head Start here.
Find Child Care in Kenosha County
YoungStar helps parents and caregivers locate high-quality child care, rating thousands of programs throughout Wisconsin. For support navigating YoungStar locally, connect with 4-C for Children.
Learn How to Support Your Child's Social-Emotional Development!
It is never too early to begin supporting children's social and emotional development. Children's social and emotional health affects their overall development and learning. Research indicates that children who are mentally healthy tend to be happier, show more motivation, have a positive attitude toward school, are more eager to learn, and demonstrate higher academic performance than less mentally healthy peers. Parents can promote children's social emotional health in many ways as part of their everyday routines. Watch KAC's See Them! Hear Them! Love Them! series to see other parents and action and get tips on supporting your children's development.
Access Local Behavioral & Special Needs Support
Are you looking for support identifying a practitioner that can help your child with special needs or behavior/mental health challenges? You can start by calling your health insurance provider at the number listed on your card. Then, Christy Guerra, Eligibility Specialist at Kenosha County (262-605-6599), is available to help families connect to supports and or learn if they’re eligible for programs. You can also access an up-to-date provider directory here, to find places for support.
Find Local Family-Friendly Events!
The Know & Go! app has been designed to help families identify Early Childhood resources in Kenosha County, whether it's finding community events or finding professionals to help you with your child. Having a connection with community resources provides an added level of support that guarantees satisfactory learning and developmental programs. Know & Go! is dedicated to helping you and your family. Download the Know & Go! app in Google Play or iTunes.
LEARN THE SIGNS. ACT EARLY.
As a parent, you already have what it takes to help your young child learn and grow. Watch your child’s amazing progress by tracking his or her developmental milestones —how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves – and sharing that progress with your child’s doctor at every check-up. Use these free tools to help you track your child's progress.
Readers Are Leaders
Building Our Future is supporting the United Way of Kenosha County in its tutoring program, Readers Are Leaders. Schools served by Readers Are Leaders in 2019-2020 included McKinley Elementary, Brass Community School, Wilson Elementary, EBSOLA - Creative Arts and Forest Park Elementary.
Community volunteers are matched with children in kindergarten through third grade to work one-one-one for 30 minutes each week during the school year (October - May). For more information, visit https://www.kenoshaunitedway.org/readers-are-leaders-tutoring-program