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Opening Doors for Children & Families

Look At Them Grow

The holidays are fast approaching and if you work at ABC Head Start after this week you don't return to work until January 8. And if you work at ABC Head Start you feel like you blinked and all of a sudden it was December. In some ways it feels like September was just yesterday and we were meeting the new group of children and families. I always tell new staff the years go by FAST. I don't think they believe me until winter break hits, then spring break, then summer and BAM - year done.

During this winter break I hope to get to see at least 50% of my nephews. My nephews are ages 6, 5, 4 and 3. All around the ages of the children we work with at ABC Head Start. Usually months go by in between visits with my nephews and what always amazes me is how much they have changed each time I see them. Not only have they grown taller but they are learning so much! My one nephew who attends preschool said to me at Thanksgiving, "Auntie. There is this song. It's called the 'Hokey Pokey.' It's really cool. I could sing it for you if you like." Of course I had never ever heard of the Hokey Pokey, thanks for the enlightenment. But the joy they get from sharing their new-found skill or knowledge is priceless. And then there are the times when they totally stump me with their vast knowledge of things like planets, or superheros, and dinosaurs (thanks Mrs. Lanaway, you make me look pretty dumb sometimes. ;))

When I walk into ABC Head Start classrooms I see the same growth with the children. I think about the children as they came in in September and I look at the children now and WOW what a difference a little over 3 months makes. The children are generally more confident, outgoing and social. They have learned new skills and are proud to demonstrate those skills. All because of the hard work of the staff, volunteers and parents at ABC Head Start.

Every aspect that goes into making these little people successful is astounding. And without each piece we would not see such success. From the teachers and volunteers in the classroom who work specifically with the children on each childs own goals. To the social workers who work with the parents to support them in their own growth. To the therapists who come to our classrooms to help in specific areas like speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, music therapy, art therapy, and mental health. To the Head Start Health team who assists in keeping our families healthy. To the Home Educators who work with children and families in their homes to help reach their goals. To the child care workers who care for the younger children so the parents can attend parent education groups. Every piece of the puzzle is valuable and critical in seeing this success.

So as we start our winter break, the staff, volunteers, parents and children of ABC Head Start should be so proud of what they've already accomplished in such a short time. Relax and enjoy the holiday season and know that all of your hard work does not go unnoticed.

The ABC Head Start administration office and classrooms will be closed from December 22 - January 7, and will reopen January 8. This blog will also be on vacation. Thank you for your continued support of ABC Head Start, we'll catch up again in 2013!

ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity which has been committed to promoting and supporting strong children, families, and communities in Edmonton for over 30 years. We know that by giving children the best possible early learning and development opportunities in life, we ensure the future well-being and prosperity of our families and communities.