Families who can’t afford private internet access must drive to coffee shops, libraries, and other public places with Wi-Fi to use the internet. At best, this wastes valuable time and fuel; some locations can be noisy and distracting, making it harder for students to concentrate. At worst, venturing into public spaces for prolonged periods of time can leave unvaccinated students vulnerable to the risk of COVID-19 infection.Read more
Being physically active is part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, but it’s incredibly important for children. Childhood is a time of growth and development, and getting the proper amount of exercise plays a vital role in making sure kids remain healthy. It’s recommended that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day in order to receive many of the benefits.Read more
In recent years, mental health has been a key topic and focal point in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding talking about how we feel and asking for help. Part of that conversation is making sure that we talk about everyone’s mental health, regardless of age, race, gender, or anything else. It’s critical that mental health remains a central focus now and moving forward into the future. That’s why teaching kids about mental health should be a top priority.Read more
Many parents introduce creative arts to their children as a way to have fun and play.
While creative arts like painting, drawing, sculpting, and building do offer fun ways for children to play, they also provide many other benefits, especially in early childhood. Even better, there are numerous creative art ideas and activities for kids, so you can ensure that your child always has something fun to keep them entertained and growing.Read more
Ricky is a very quiet young man. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, every time I did home visits I would ask about Ricky. The BGC Yazoo Club has 4 out of the 6 children in this family. Destiny who is five can start coming in October. Jamar who just turned 3 will be able to come in less than 3 years. Ricky is their uncle.
When Covid hit in March 2020, I was doing a home visit which we also call "Wellness Checks". Members missed the snacks from the Club. During their next visit, I bought them some healthy snacks. Their mom works at Nissan in Canton and their dad is a “jack of all trade” working a variety of jobs.Read more
This fall, children are returning to schools for in-person learning for the first time in a year and a half. That means parents around the country must once again figure out care for their kids after school lets out every day. For some, this means having family members watch children, hiring a nanny or babysitter, or taking off work early to pick your child up yourself. Not everyone has the flexibility, time, or money for some of these options, but afterschool programs provide a safe, convenient alternative that is beneficial for both you and your child. Here are some of the benefits of afterschool programs:Read more
Each year, August brings the end of summer vacation and a return to school for students all across the country. While returning to school is a normal occurrence, this year it is more significant because it marks the first time that most students will be returning to in-person learning at school in over a year. This means they get to see their favorite teachers, their friends, and interact with other students every day. It also means that students will need some new supplies as they head back to the classroom. Here are 9 things that should be on your back-to-school supplies list:Read more
As school starts back up, it’s time for one of the most dreaded things throughout all of childhood: homework. Many students require additional help from their parents or guardians in order to complete their homework outside of the classroom, but what happens when those who are helping students are confused as well? This has been happening more and more as states have adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative as part of their academic curriculum.Read more
The United States leads the world with nearly 10 million single-parent households, and 23% of children under the age of 18 living with a single parent. While each family’s situation is different, studies show that children raised in single-parent homes tend to face more struggles than children from homes with two parents. Here are some of the disadvantages of single-parent homes:Read more
Poverty is a widespread issue with many damaging effects on those who experience it. In the United States, 10.5% of all citizens (34 million) suffer from poverty. Poverty is especially detrimental to children who experience it. There are over 74 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S. and 14.4% of them (over 10 million kids) live below the poverty line. Here are the effects poverty has on children:Read more