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Nurturing the art of language

A child’s ability to read proficiently by third grade is the biggest indicator of academic success. Children who are not reading proficiently by this age are four times more likely to drop out of school, according to “Double Jeopardy” by the Annie E. Casey Foundation...

Strong families boost community

The Children & Family Resource Center is all about families. Not only the families we have the privilege of serving, but our own family of staff members, volunteers, board members and donors. Sadly, this year we’ve lost several special members of the Children...

Knowledge, wisdom aren’t the same

I learned something recently that surprised me. In Europe, children as young as 5 years old are learning how to program computers when they start school. I live and breathe early childhood at work, and somehow this was news to me. These efforts are aimed at giving...

Food insecurity in Henderson County

Food insecurity is particularly troublesome for children who do not have the power or the means to take care of themselves and who must depend on the adults in their lives to do so. NC Child reports that in 2015, “more than 1 in 6 U.S. children (18 percent) lived in...

Standing in the gap for children

When you walk into the Henderson County Guardian ad Litem office, you’ll see two walls. One has hearts with the names of children who have been removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or parental dependency (substance abuse), and whose future will be determined...