Early Learning

By 2025, All Skagit Children Entering Kindergarten are Ready to Learn.

Bold Steps

By starting at the beginning, we strengthen families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. This video explains why.

Early Learning Highlights

Part 2: Serve and Return

In the Valentine’s Day Blog, I described secure parent-child attachment behaviors. I was reflecting on that blog and felt like there is a part two to that message. I would guess that most parents can recall a moment (or moments) where they have failed to read their...

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Valentine’s Day: Serve and Return

When I think about Valentine’s Day my mind immediately goes to parent-child attachment. Parents are the leading characters in a child’s first love story. The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine describes parent-child attachment as “close, dependable...

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Why Is Child Care So Expensive?

When you consider having children or find out you are pregnant, there are financial considerations that are made. How much is this kid going to cost me? Maybe you break that budget down in to things like medical care, food and clothing, and college tuition. Perhaps...

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Holiday Survival

Confession: When it comes to the holidays, sometimes I can be a bit grinchy. Maybe you understand the feeling. All of the expectations, the gifts, the parties can be a lot. When you have small children, it can be difficult to prioritize or maintain schedules and...

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Books That Teach Social-Emotional Skills

As a former preschool teacher, I found that one of the best ways to cement a social emotional lesson is by reading an engaging story, colorfully illustrated. Here are a few tried and true stories that kids seem to love: 1. The Hurt by Teddi Doleski Description: A boy...

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A Love Letter to Books

Dear Books, I remember the first time I met you. I sat on the couch snuggled up to my mom, she held you in her hands and began to read softly, turning the pages quietly. I listened to the words, a description of a stuffed velveteen rabbit who was dearly loved by a...

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