JANUARY 2015
It's time to do the Snowmelt Shuffle


 

Integrating with Intersection Ministries


There are a lot of early childhood programs for families to take advantage of in our community, however, for many families just getting to the program is a major obstacle. Parents tell us transportation is a common barrier to getting their children the services they need to prepare them for school, second only to cost. 

Ready for School brought the problem to Intersection Ministries, where Ready Set Learn groups are hosted weekly on Monday nights and Thursday mornings. Ready Set Learn groups are FREE community learning groups for parents and children offered by Ready for School throughout the community. Children get to interact with other children and participate in age appropriate activities, while parents learn about how the activities their child participates in help prepare them for kindergarten. The groups also provide an opportunity for young parents to spend time with other parents and caregivers. At these groups parents shared they knew of other parents who would love to attend the groups, but a lack of transportation stop them from attending. 



 
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A Shared Mission

Children who are homeless are at greater risk for developmental delays and interruptions in health care and education. Since October of 2013, Ready for School has partnered with the Holland Rescue Mission to bring services to the families and young children they serve.

Hope College nursing students, under the leadership of Dr. Donna Lowry, Ready for School's Medical and Associate Director, developed curriculum to be used in the Mission's daycare, Stepping Stones. The students were instrumental in researching assessment tools, and reviewing data that proved the effectiveness of developmental screening and case management for homeless children.

Read on about how this partnership is helping the most at-risk children in our community>>




 

Eat Good Do Good

  
For the entire year, we invite you to EAT GOOD DO GOOD!

Peachwave of Holland will be donating 1% of all sales for the entire year to Ready for School! 

That's right! Every time you eat a healthier dessert, or drink a heavenly hot chocolate at Peachwave on 8th Street, 1% of that purchase will be donated to Ready for School.


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