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Birth To Three Newsletter
For Parents, Alumni and FriendsWinter 2011
ReThink Award

 Rethinking Leads to Green Certification

Birth To Three has received certification from the Re:think Business Efficiency Program at BRING Recycling. Our staff exceeded 50% compliance in recycling, waste prevention, energy use, operations, and water quality and conservation. We always try to turn off lights in unused rooms, use green cleaning products and fluorescent bulbs, and take other energy-saving steps. Some of our proud staff are pictured above with the award.


Photo of Your Child Will Benefit Birth To Three
Photo Contest
Here's a win-win: Get a great photo of your child or grandchild, a web-ready copy of the photo for your blog or Facebook, and donate to Birth To Three. The Lane County Children's Photo Contest begins in February, and part of each photo session that month is donated to us. This is not a beauty contest, but prizes will be awarded by age and theme. Schedule your appointment for February!

"We all think that we're instinctively supposed to know how to be a good parent, but it doesn't work that way."

- Tod Schneider, Crime Prevention Specialist, City of Eugene Police Department

Birth To Three Now Offers PayPal

We are very grateful for

 your financial support over the years. If you're ready to donate online, our PayPal or Network for Good options are secure and easy. Either way, we'll have even more reason to thank you!


  We're getting tired of winter, but we're never tired of talking about parenting! We hope the information in this newsletter helps you as you parent or support those who are doing this most important job in the world.

Brain Map, Info Are All About Child Development

More and more, research is proving the phenomenal growth and importance of the brain in early childhood:

                85% of the brain develops in the first three years

                The number of words children hear from their parents is a critical determinate of how well they will succeed in school

                Recent research notes that the number of words a father speaks to a child has the Braingreatest influence on the child's language development

                The level of stress children experience in the early months and years directly impacts their cortisol levels and powerfully affects their development 

   Use the Baby Brain Map from our friends at ZERO TO THREE to learn how specific areas of the brain develop, from prenatal to 36 months. Another resource is the University of Oregon's Brain Development Lab. Its "Changing Brains" website has segments on vision, language, brain plasticity and other topics.

   The information on both websites is inspiring!


The 10 Best Things to Do

As a parent, what are the most effective actions you can take? Here's a handy list to read, print, share and post.

Columns Give Parents Helpful Tips

Birth To Three has its own version of Dear Abby: Advice from experts who write our monthly column in The Register-Guard. When you want information on nutrition, selecting child care, teens and technology or other subjects, check with us.

Sign Up for New Group for Parents of SiblingsBrothers

Did you just become a parent again? Or do you know of a family adapting to life with another child? If so, Birth To Three's Parents Again group is an ideal place for them to gain information and support for this wonderful and potentially stressful transition.

   Read more about this new group, then call or e-mail us to enroll.

Classified Ads for Our Readers
Read our ads for info on counseling for families with teens, raising bilingual children, nutrition consulting, and how to find and use greener children's products.
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Parent HelpLine (541-485-5211; toll-free in Lane County, 1-888-485-5211). It's confidential and free!


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