“Who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life.” ~Fred Rogers Preparing young children to be successful in school and life requires much more than teaching ABCs and 1-2-3s. Successful students demonstrate emotional intelligence; they have...
As our world continues to speed up, it’s more important than ever to help your child slow down. That’s why mindfulness practices are incorporated in every one of YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood Education classrooms. From infant to school age,...
As parents, it’s our goal to help our kids grow up to be successful, well-rounded adults. To learn to accept and celebrate human diversity. And to be part of positive change throughout our communities. YWCA Minneapolis believes in the A,...
I had prepped all summer for my oldest kids, the twins, to head off to Kindergarten.  We prepared in tangible ways. I checked off the list of school supplies: crayons (both twistable and regular), scissors, notebooks, glue sticks: double of...
"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives." ~Thomas Berry, Nature Writer Growing up green is more than a slogan for developing the next generation of environmental champions. It is...
“Is my child ready for elementary school?”  If you’re the parent of a young child, or children, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question. We all want to make sure we’re giving our children every advantage and opportunity we can....
She packs up the piles of school supplies dividing them into each backpack. The wide ruled paper empty and waiting for ideas. The crayons smelling like childhood. The pencils sharpened and ready to serve, to write answers and ideas....
Dear Kids, I know you love getting new school supplies each year.  It’s the highlight of late summer.  After we hit Target to pick up the folders (no brads, with pockets), the #2 pencils (package of 12, sharpened), and the...
I’m a classic middle child in my family - but also a little bit of an oldest. I had the unique position when I was growing up that, for a lot of the school weeks during the year, it...
Enter to win New Horizon Academy’s back-to-school giveaway here: https://woobox.com/t2bqwt After a fun-filled summer, getting back into a school routine can be a challenge for both parents and children alike. Help ease the transition of going back to school by...
I am a story teller. I weave words with images, tuck them into neat little squares on a grid. These are the stories I share with the world. You have these too. I see them when I scroll, following the...
It’s time to clean up and clean out the house. Yes, let’s throw away that broken toy that has been stored in the maybe-I-can-try-and-fix-it-pile on top of the fridge. No, we probably don’t need to keep ALL the almost-gone...
Here are some tips from KinderCare experts that will help parents combine learning and fun, no matter where your family’s summer adventures take you: Heading to the beach or river? Read the tide chart together. Reading the tide chart gives...
I didn’t realize it at the time, but once we started our family and had to be more mindful of our spending, I began my practice of gratitude. When I was thankful for what I had, it was easier...

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When my daughter was 4 and in school (the Before Times, guys. You know what I mean, before we had a global pandemic shut...