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Talking to young children about race

There is variety in every living thing, and our brains can sort and distinguish among these differences very early on. Children can, and do, sort by race at a very young age. Studies show that children show familiarity with their own race consistently by 6 months of...

Mental illness is not a crime

It pains me when we hear about a mass shooting and immediately blame mental illness. I confess I’ve done the same. Until now. Over the past year, I’ve walked with a family member through a mental health diagnosis. It’s been gut-wrenching and eye-opening. To quote a...

When baby blues last too long

Baby blues affect about 80% of new mothers. This is short-lived, about 10-14 days, and is characterized by general sadness, fatigue, crying spells or mood swing…s. About 25% of women who experience baby blues will develop postpartum depression. Longer-lasting...

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...