“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
– William Butler Yeats
Spring has officially sprung! Lowcountry springs are some of the best around and we hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and beautiful greenery that is back in full bloom. We have some exciting updates and a lot to look forward to over the next few months. Check it out!
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our newly updated playground at The Children’s Center! Thank you to all of our 2022 Celebration Dinner donors who made these renovations possible, and thank you to the donors who attended our playground opening this month. We would also like to thank our friends at the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island and Sunset Rotary of Hilton Head Island for volunteering their time to make all of these improvements for us over the last few weeks. We are grateful!
Our 2nd Annual Celebration Dinner is SOLD OUT! We are blown away by all of the support we continue to receive around this event each year. Although we do not have any more availability at the event, if you would like to make a donation to support The Children’s Center in lieu of attending, you can do so here. We appreciate you!
Did you know you can increase your impact to The Children’s Center now through April 16th, 2023 with Birdies For Charity?Birdies For Charity allows you to pledge an amount for every birdie made at the 2023 RBC Heritage Tournament (1,405 birdies in 2022) and then choose for your entire pledge to be donated to The Children’s Center. PLUS, the Heritage Classic Foundation (HCF) will match 20% on top of your pledge! Make your impactful donation here!
Diversity in Early Childhood Education
Cultural sensitivity is an important part of early childhood development, and now more than ever we realize that celebrating differences (or not) is a learned behavior. So, how do we begin teaching children to celebrate children with different backgrounds and experiences than their own? Here are some ideas:
- Introduce children’s books, TV shows, and movies that display characters of different races and cultures. Media is a powerful tool to teach children to celebrate differences. Here is a list of books to get you started!
- Trying different foods as a family is a wonderful way to lead in educating children about a different culture. Pair a meal from another country with learning some facts about the culture associated with that food!
- Do not shame children for noticing racial or cultural differences. Rather, make vocalize that those differences are beautiful and should be celebrated.
- Our implicit and explicit biases affect children deeply. Examine your own openness to people who are different than you. How can you grow in celebrating diversity?
- Check out this article from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. It provides some wonderful insights for educators and parents/guardians!
Mr. Richard is the man with a plan in the kitchen! During the week you can find him whipping up a delicious meal for the amazing kids at The Children’s Center. When he is not working he enjoys taking day trips in his convertible Camaro with his wife and dogs right by his side. Their destination is usually a beautiful beach or park, a yard sale, or a bowling tournament! We are so grateful to have Mr. Richard on our team!
Do you want to make a difference? We are looking for full-time and part-time employees! E-mail resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.