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More and more studies are proving that educational experiences throughout early childhood have a rather dramatic impact on a child's future academic success.  As a school district, we cannot emphasize enough the value of healthy physical and mental development during these early years.  We find that intentional efforts in promoting vocabulary, early childhood literacy, physical prowess (and so much more) contribute in a mighty way to Kindergarten readiness and future success.
Because this is so important for ALL of our little ones, the Grant County Schools and Williamstown Independent Schools have joined forces to provide excellent learning activities for the Birth-3 year old population in Grant County.  The team, made of instructional and family resource leaders from both school districts, call themselves the Council for a Brighter Future, and have a common goal of providing educational experiences both for children and their caregivers that lead to a brighter future for our little ones.
Like last year, a series of monthly events have been planned for 2018-2019 with this target audience in mind.  We are requesting that individuals fitting this criteria not only engage in these activities themselves, but also invite others to join them!  In addition to following this page on our website, we are inviting these same Grant County parents / guardians to sign up for our "Remind" notifications.  We promise we won't share your information or bombard you with messages ... just little reminder notices for exciting upcoming events.  If interested in engaging with the Council for a Brighter Future via "Remind", please sign up here:  at  https://www.remind.com/join/abc123gc
Remaining events in the series include the following:   (Details yet to come.)
March 18:  March Madness w/ ASQ assessments
With a focus on spring, our March meeting will address each child's individual development.  
We will use the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3) to work one-on-one with parents/children (ages 1 month - 5 1/2 years) to help:
- identify a child's strengths as well as concerns
- teach parents about child development and their own child's skills 
- highlight results that fall in a “monitoring zone,” to make it easier to keep track of children at risk
Evidence shows that the earlier development is assessed—the greater the chance a child has to reach his or her potential. 
Activities for parents / children during the assessments will include kites and books about spring! 
Registration Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bfuture5
Please see flyer attached below. 
April 18:  Child Abuse Prevention Awareness
June:  Splash Down at the Splash Pad

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