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South Bend, IN 46601

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The Early Years Count!

An education initiative

of the Community Foundation

of St. Joseph County


Early Years Count!, coordinated by The Family Connection since 2001, focuses like a laser on raising quality in Head Start, early childhood centers, preschools, registered ministries,  family home providers, and, most recently, SBCSC elementary schools.

in the mail every month for children birth to five
in St. Joseph County!!!
Thanks to the Community Foundation and a host of dedicated funders. Information and registration here.
What’s it like to be ‘that’ child? Reclaiming joyful classrooms
Thursday, December 5th

Behaviors that perplex us, behaviors that challenge us, behaviors that can exhaust us: we all experience them. If we begin with the child, rather than the behavior, we move from “what’s wrong with that child?” to “what’s it like to be that child?” We work to understand what the world is like for this child. We also try to understand what the world is like for yourself and this child. The focus is on the relationship. We’ll explore effective strategies for supporting toddlers, two’s and preschoolers as we and they navigate responses to challenge.

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-it-like-to-be-that-child-reclaiming-joyful-classrooms-tickets-64679143058

A growing collection of useful links to state and local resources and like-minded national organizations.


Click here

We are always on the lookout for qualified candidates with early childhood and/or elementary school expertise.


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Coming events and 

other things we're

up to month-by-month.


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New here? We can help!  New Teacher Academy is designed to help position new hires for success in navigating the HighScope curriculum.  Join us for a one day overview of strategies to put in place tomorrow for effective classroom organization, daily routine, and adult/child interactions with follow up coaching. This training is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 9:00-3:00 and is free!  Register here: https://forms.gle/S9S7s1Vrk6Cv5G4H6

Susan Perks