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Newsletter – October 2018

SPARK is the hub of a valuable wheel. An education initiative of Fox Valley United Way, SPARK (Strong, Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten) connects underserved Aurora, Illinois, families with early education and childcare opportunities that prepare their young children for success in school and life.

Newsletter – October 2018
SPARK is the hub of a valuable wheel. An education initiative of Fox Valley United Way, SPARK (Strong, Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten) connects underserved Aurora, Illinois, families with early education and childcare opportunities that prepare their young children for success in school and life.
Parent Survey
SPARK Early Childhood Collaboration’s mission is to empower our diverse families and children to attain full success in learning and life by ensuring that all of Aurora’s young children have equal access to exemplary Early Childhood Care and Education.
We are seeking input from Aurora parents of young children (birth to five years old) to help us ensure that families have access to a variety of resources and quality early childhood experiences to support their young children.
This survey is voluntary and all information you provide will be kept private. It should take you 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used to evaluate, improve, and add services to meet the needs of Aurora families such as yourself!
SPARK Calendar
Our SPARK monthly calendar will introduce a monthly book from the Mind in the Making book collection. Each book will be accompanied with an activity that fosters the Seven Essentials Life Skills.
About Mind in the Making
Mind in the Making,  a program of the Bezos Family Foundation, is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with children and families.
Mind in the Making has partnered with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books and educational materials for educators serving children in need, to curate a groundbreaking Mind in the Making Book Collection that combines children’s books with tips for building The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (HarperCollins, 2010) by Ellen Galinsky
To learn more about the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs visithttp://mindinthemaking.org/7-essential-skills/
To learn more about the Mind in the Making Book Collection by visitinghttp://mindinthemaking.org/firstbook/
Chicago Tribune – Elgin Courier News Guest Column
Early childhood education important for the whole aurora community by Trish Rooney
Recently the Illinois School Board of Education released the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) report: Readiness Matters.
For the first time in Illinois, we have a statewide snapshot of children’s developmental skills and competencies as they enter kindergarten. As soon as the report was released, dozens of news articles were published sounding the alarm that statewide only 25 percent of children entering kindergarten are ready.
I spent most of that weekend reading and re-reading the various news articles that were published about KIDS and one consistent thought and wish kept popping up … I really wished that the headlines of the stories said Early Learning Matters!
Family Info
Autumn is the perfect time to talk about colors! With the leaves changing colors, all of the plants and flowers like pumpkins and sunflowers there are so many colors you can talk about.
Take a walk through a forest preserve and point out every color you see. Or do a color scavenger hunt around your yard and house looking for items that are certain colors.
It doesn’t matter how you do it just get outside or around your home and let’s talk about colors!
CDC Milestone APP for IOS and Android
Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!
Events
Play. Learn. Connect.
Come join us for our monthly
Play. Learn. Connect. event
When: Wednesday October 10th
5:00-7:00pm.
Where: Early Childhood Center
278 E. Indian Trail. Aurora
Have fun and play with SciTech and the DuPage Children’s Museum. Learn what your child can do with a developmental screening. And, connect to local resources in your community.
Community Meeting
Come join us for our monthly
Community Meeting
When: Wednesday October 26th
9:30-11:30am.
Where: Santori Public Library
This month SPARK is offering an infant mental health training during our monthly meeting.
Understanding Infant Mental Health and Incorporating Strategies Into Your Practice
By Joanne McCrory. M.S., Social Emotional Consultant in Early Intervention
This presentation will discuss an overview of Infant Mental Health (IMH) as the foundation for all development. This will include a definition of IMH – 0-3, and how IMH principles impact the work of those working with young children and families. Also addressed will be three of the primary mechanisms in the development of IMH: Co-regulation, attachment, and goodness of fit. Concluding with a focus on ways in which providers are able to incorporate specific mental health strategies and techniques into their practice regardless of their professional discipline.

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