What if you had someone you didn't even know championing your literacy, right from birth? The Alaska Emblem Club congregated at the Mendenhall Mall Saturday, Aug. 23 to raise funds for the Imagination Library, as well as local charities.
This past June I had the opportunity of a lifetime - a visit to Juneau. Having been in every state in the United States, except Alaska, I was most anxious to visit.
Juneau's childcare pinch is about to get tighter. Catholic Community Service announced Friday it will be closing Puddle Jumpers Developmental Learning Center and has provided parents with 30 days' notice.
In Juneau, there are nearly 2,500 kids under age 6, but despite the fact that most parents in our town cannot afford to stay at home, there are only 519 licensed child care slots.
Will we feed a live pig cheerios? Pet a sea star? Wear hardhats and learn about our local gold mine? Yes, Yes, Yes! The Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) would like to thank the families and guest speakers for this year's season of Family Nights held on the first Tuesday of each month from September 2013 through May 2014. An average attendance of a hundred preschoolers and parents learned to expect surprises at the Downtown Library, meaning over 900 people participated this year.
What do magnifying glasses, paper helicopters and kale chips have in common? They were among the hundreds of resources, ideas and hands-on explorations filling all the rooms at Centennial Hall recently during the annual Early Childhood Education Conference.
The Juneau Community Foundation (JCF) has given a $5,000 grant to Juneau United Medical Providers and Parents (JUMPP) on behalf of the Great Blue Heron Fund, a donor advised fund of the Foundation.
Things are starting to bloom with the Partnerships for a Healthier Juneau program. Plans four years in the making are being realized, starting with building raised garden beds at local childcare centers.
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." The former slave and abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass, understood the power of reading at a very deep and personal level.
The Association for the Education of Young Children will be hosting a conference at Centennial Hall, March 27- 29, 2014.
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