Teaching Peace in Elementary School

FOR years, there has been a steady stream of headlines about the soaring mental health needs of college students and their struggles with anxiety and lack of resilience.

Now, a growing number of educators are trying to bolster emotional competency not on college campuses, but where they believe it will have the greatest impact: in elementary schools. Read the full New York Times article here:


2-1-1 Counts, Real-Time Call Center Statistics

2-1-1 Counts is the first tool to provide real-time, searchable and visual presentations of data from 2-1-1 call centers across the U.S. Using 2-1-1 Counts, you’ll find community-specific needs of vulnerable populations. Like the dashboard in a car, 2-1-1 Counts displays data-based indicators in an easy-to-use form that will enable users to check trends, make comparisons and share information.


Is Kindergarten the New First Grade? Researchers Say Yes

The days when kindergarten focused on playing and finger painting may be waning, as early-learning classrooms devote significantly more attention to preparing students to read, according to a new University of Virginia study. Read more: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2014/01/is_kindergarten_the_new_first.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2

2015 County Health Rankings Now Available

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the 2015 County Health Rankings on today. The Rankings provide an easy-to-use snapshot of the health of virtually every county in the United States and have inspired communities across the country to take action to improve the health of their residents.  Go to:  http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ to access information on Michigan and your specific county(ies).

Literacy and Skill Building Tools for Home

Want some ideas to make story time and playtime more fun while also developing new skills with your child?  We have added some new tools for parents to use at home!

Access these tools here HERE!