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From Lori’s Laptop, February 2016

A Letter from Executive Director, Lori Fascilla 

Welcome to the month of LOVE. One thing I love about this month is that it also sports the Early Childhood Legislative Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 10th. We will be down there with our kids in their T-shirts who will be participating in BLOCK Fest and later on attending the rally. This day is dedicated to young children and their importance in our state.

Children are important. When we, at Giraffe Laugh, say, “We can see the future from here.” we truly mean it. Children are our future and they will be carrying us into a future someday that is unimaginable right now. I want the best for them and I know you do as well.

Please take some time to let our state leaders know how you feel about our kids and their future. The Capitol is yours and the Legislators want to hear from YOU. They work for you, and it’s never too late to get involved.  There are some bills this session that are all about kids, so why not make this your year to weigh in? It’s fun to be involved. Here is a link that can help get you started:  https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/legIndex.htm

If you aren’t sure how you feel about a certain subject, learn about it. There are so many resources out there (Google is your friend) however be sure you fact check what you read. Facebook is not always the best source for accurate information. Reputable sources include:

Center on the Developing Child: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/ with a really cool video on brain development.

Idaho Kids Count: http://idahokidscount.org/ for statistical data that is local.

National Association for the Education of Young Children: https://www.naeyc.org

Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children:  http://idahoaeyc.org/ a great local resource for parents and teachers.

United Way of Treasure Valley: https://www.unitedwaytv.org/ They have great information on A.L.I.C.E.

Have a happy, wonderful, love-filled month and if you dive into issues and learn something new, please share it with us! We want to hear what you think and what you’ve learned.

 

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