Early Learning       http://partnersforearlylearning.org


Here in Richland Schools, we know that learning begins long before our children ever enter Kindergarten. In fact, research tells us that the greatest brain growth occurs in the earliest years of life. Who knew?

Let us help you find information about your child, from birth to Kindergarten. Topics such as:

And much more. Please explore our pages as your time allows. There is much to see!

Partners for Early Learning (PFEL) will host a fundraising breakfast to launch its campaign for early childhood education in our community.

The business leaders’ breakfast will be held Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 am – 9:00 am at the new Dupus Boomer’s restaurant (formerly Tony Roma’s). Guest speaker Steve Leahy of America’s Edge will present research on the benefits of an investment in early learning to a community.

Business leaders are invited to invest in early learning in the Richland School District by sponsoring PFEL’s partnerships and programs, including:

  • Professional development for early care providers
  • Play and learn groups for parents
  • Infant and Kindergarten readiness backpacks for children
  • Books and learning materials for early learning classrooms
  • Online resources for parents, providers and community members

To register for the business leaders’ breakfast click on the link below.

Communicating Within the Culture of Poverty

Event hosted by the Children's Reading Foundation

The Children’s Reading Foundation is hosting a national keynote speaker at their annual conference in July in Richland. The speaker’s event is open to anyone who is interested.

Amy Yardley will be presenting, “Communicating Within the Culture of Poverty” on Thursday July 24.

Click to download the flyer for registration to this event. Cost is $89 and includes lunch.

Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Karen's Corner is Growing!

Parents of little ones have very different needs than parents of school agers! To help support your journey as a caregiver, Karen offers tips and links for parents of children birth-5, and those already in school, grades K-3. Look for the section that best fits your needs.

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They start out so tiny and precious. We hold, feed and change them, and they go peacefully back to sleep. We smile and they smile back.  We sing songs and they giggle. We dress them just so, and proudly show them off to our friends as they sit sweetly in our lap. What an idyllic scene...and then one day, it hits…

That sweet little baby that used to stick her feet out so you could put on her pants now grabs the pants from you and screams, “Do it self.” 

The title gives it all away. Your child is out of school for the summer and he has “nothing to do”. Although the pace may slow down, you can keep your child learning. Math is one of those activities can be easily included as you go about your day. Here are some great ideas about keeping the math brain active. 

What about simple science activities to curb that imagination?  Look across the grade levels on the PBS website for ideas that might interest you and your child. 

Did you know that movement and brain growth are tied together? Get your child playing at the park or out in the yard. Kick a ball, throw a Frisbee, play tag, or run a race. Running through the sprinkler is a time honored favorite. Let’s not forget hopscotch or jumping rope. If you find yourself with a group of kids with “nothin’ to do” check out this link.

Don’t forget the summer reading programs in your local library.  Challenge your child to see who can read the most books this summer, or participate in the library’s many programs. Modeling is a powerful way of teaching. When was the last time YOU sat down with your favorite novel?

Summer days have just begun. The days get longer and hotter. You registered your child for Kindergarten because she is 5 years old, but you begin to worry. Is my child ready?

There is no simple answer to this question. Children are “ready” for the rigors of kindergarten with a good background of basic skills and a willingness to learn.


Upcoming Events
Jul 24
Communicating within the Culture of Poverty
Aug 21:  7:30 AM
PFEL Business Leaders Breakfast
Dupus Boomers (Formerly Tony Roma's)