September E-News from Connections For Children
September E-News from Connections For Children
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September News from Connections For Children
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, bringing attention to the facts that childhood obesity is a health issue that puts children at risk for health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. 
The good news? Childhood obesity is preventable through lifestyle changes. Check out these ideas for healthy meals and snacks:
25 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Fast Fresh & Fun - Food from First 5

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides an opportunity for learning about ways to prevent and address this serious health concern. For more helpful articles, useful toolkits, and information about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and WICWorks.

Ready for School Building Blocks for Kindergarten
Ready for School - Building Blocks for Kindergarten
A, B, C and 1, 2, 3!  The fourth Building Block for Kindergarten is Early Learning. Let's have fun!
Children learn every single day through their play and daily activities and routines.  During their kindergarten year, children take big steps in learning to read, write, add and subtract.
You can help your child get ready to become a student by playing games.  Help them to see the numbers, letters, shapes and colors in their everyday life.
This fall, try a few of these fun games to learn about letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and rhymes:
  • Look for shapes. The windows are rectangles, tracing a penny makes a circle.
  • Count the items in the shopping cart. Ask your child if you can go to the checkout for less than eight or do we have more than that?
  • Point out letters and numbers in everyday places like cereal boxes, store signs, and books.
  • Help your child learn to sort, match, and compare. Talk about colors, textures, and sizes by matching socks while folding laundry together.
  • Teach your child to count at home and while you are out and about. How many seats at the table? How many steps to the store? How many shapes of leaves falling in the garden? 
Give you child lots of encouragement. This increases self-confidence. Children who are self-confident learn to read and write more easily. And remember to make time to read to your child everyday.  
You can find more tips to support children's early learning in the Santa Monica Cradle to Career Building Blocks for Kindergarten 

Preparing Early Care and Education
Professionals Supporting Children’s Learning and Development
Throughout the year Connections For Children hosts a variety of educational programs for providers. Our weekly training schedule offers vital information about children's development and early learning, as well as tools for professional growth and strengthening your child care business. Training is offered: 
  • Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM at  El Camino College in Torrance.
  • Wednesdays evenings from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM at our Santa Monica office.
Please visit our agency calendar to see all of our current and upcoming events.
Please contact Julia Morales to reserve your space
(310) 452-3325 x219
Connections For Children
2701 Ocean Pk. Blvd. Ste. 253
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone (310)452-3325
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