Fun ways to prevent “summer slide”

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Children Services School’s out for summer! Did you know that children can lose up to two months of skills during the summer months? Do you want to know how you can help your child not have the dreaded “summer slide”? For my family we will be building learning into our…

5 Ways to make reading fun (for you and your child)!

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Children Services It’s been well researched that children who are read to everyday have greater success in school. If you are the parent of a young child you’ve probably  also experienced reading fatigue, that moment where you think, “do I have to read this book AGAIN?” We’ve all been there….

Change the first 5 years, change everything

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Children Services Did you watch the State of the Union address by the President? Were you surprised to hear him address child care? Do you realize child care was the phrase said most often in the address? You might be wondering why child care has caught the attention of the…

Talk, read and play, with your child every day

By Jennifer Traffis, Director of Children & Family Services A few years ago a group of committed early childhood education representatives, advocates and experts came together to answer the question: What do we want parents in Kansas City to know about how they can help their children succeed? Here was the answer: parents should talk,…