Did you know that you have it within you to impact your child’s future quality of life in just a few short minutes a day? All you have to do is: Sit down with your kids and Read aloud everyday.
Recent research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important in the development of a child’s brain. And the first three years are the most crucial!
Reading aloud to your kids promotes the vital skills necessary for success in school. Unfortunately, not all kids get that vital boost that reading aloud provides. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that more than one in three kids will start kindergarten without the skills necessary to learn.
Reading aloud builds knowledge, allows children to use their imaginations, and gives kids and adults time quality together. And…it’s fun!
For more tips on how to read to your kids, click on the red button at the bottom of this page.
And remember, when it comes to kids…READ ALOUD, EVERYDAY! It takes only a few minutes, but the benefits are for life!
November is Homeless
We typically think of homelessness as an urban problem far removed from our quiet, small towns and farmlands here in southeastern Illinois. However, did you know that despite that perception, homelessness is a problem that actually does impact families and students in our five county region? In fact, homeless student rates in the eleven public school districts that comprise Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland Counties range from a low of 1% to a high of 11%! That represents approximately 450 students who meet the legal definition of homeless. ROE #12 administers the McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Assistance Grant for our area, providing school supplies, clothing, personal hygiene products, immunizations, eyeglasses, tutoring, and much more to eligible students.
What can you do to increase awareness of this most serious issue? First, educate yourself. Who qualifies for homeless assistance? Generally, any student who lacks a "fixed, adequate, regular nighttime residence" is considered homeless. Second, bring those who you feel qualify, to the attention of your local school administrators. They will refer the student to us. Working together, with our local districts, we'll get those who qualify the services they need.
Click on the Regional Services tab for more information. You'll also want to check out some other resources HERE. Together, we make a difference.
Serving the Students and Educational Professionals of
Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland Counties, Illinois
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