Why Counting Sheep Is Important For Young Children

Sleep, we all love it, especially when we wake up from having had a great night's sleep. As adults, we know the important role sleep plays in helping us to “recharge our batteries.” But did you know that a growing body of scientific research supports the crucial role of naps in effective learning for preschoolers?

Why Early Education and Care?

The brain builds 700 neural connections every second the first several years of a child’s life. By age 3, on average, the vocabulary of low-income children is about 500 words, roughly half the size of the 1100-word vocabulary of children whose parents hold professional jobs. Children’s vocabulary at age 3 is strongly correlated with their language skills in third grade.

Good Morning!

At Square One's King Street location, children and families are front and center -- every day and in every way. While waiting for an early morning meeting to begin, Kim Lee, Square One's Vice President of Advancement had the opportunity to watch and listen to the morning greetings that welcome every parent and child to the center. The mission moment below, details her experience.

Behavior in Children

It is truly wonderful to share with our community the many success stories of the children Square One serves. However, we often focus on what Square One is, and must always give equal billing to WHO Square One is and the very real world too many of our children live in. A world filled with the kind of stress that those of us in our good fortune cannot fully appreciate. To better understand, sometimes we need to stop and recognize the emotional reality in which so many of our children live.

Squirrels

The signs of winter’s approach are many. Fallen leaves. Flocks of birds flying south. Frost on your car windshield. Holiday decorations in the stores.

In our region, one sure sign that winter is coming can be found wherever you find an oak tree. Squirrels – by the hundreds – are darting about, gathering acorns with single-minded focus and working furiously to store them away in preparation for a long winter season. Judging by the number of squirrels I’ve seen this year and the intensity of their work, they seem to know that this coming winter will be a tough one.

"This is kind of like Christmas"

In the past 18 months alone, children have taken more than 12,000 books home from Book It shelves. Having books to read at home helps young children to build early literacy skills…

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