3 Factors That Grow Your Toddler Into a Reader

Some parents may underestimate their role in their child’s academic future. They may expect that once the child gets to school, that’s when the learning will begin. This is a dangerous assumption because schools do not necessarily succeed in growing each child to grade-level literacy. Here are three essential factors that will ensure your toddler…

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Stress Can Make It More Difficult For Students To Learn

Exams. Pop quizzes. Speaking in front of the class. School can be a pretty stressful experience for students. What comes to mind when you think of the word “stress”? Often, people will think about just the negative aspects of stress. They’ll think about how they personally feel when they are stressed and how it impacts…

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Foster Parent Appreciation Week – The Mancosh Family

If there were photos in the dictionary next to “Foster Parent”, Mary Jo and Don would have earned that spot! Their home has a revolving door with placements over the years,  but they make relationships with each child. To this day, they still stay in contact with earlier children whom they fostered, and have even…

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Adoption for Families with Children: How to Help Siblings

Many adoptions that involve families who already have children. This situation brings its own set of adjustments and challenges. Parents need to help children get used to situations involving a new family member. Here are a few tips to help families make the adoption process easier.  Early and frequent communication is key  Be certain to…

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Foster Parent Appreciation Week – Introducing the Watfords

Craig and Tracy Watford are veterans of our foster parents program in Clay County. They are also licensed as medical Foster Parents. Craig and Tracy take each child into their home knowing their complexity and never lose sight of their role. Many doctor appointments, insurance road blocks, sleepless nights, and other challenges accompany each child…

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Foster Parent Appreciation Week: Meet The Dales

The Dales have had several placements over time, and are known for treating the children like a biological child from day one. The most recent foster child is a girl who suffers with asthma and requires many medical appointments. They are paying out of pocket for daycare for the amount not covered by the voucher. They…

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Meet April & Jodi Swanson – Fabulous Foster Parents

The week of February 11 – 15 is Florida Foster Family Appreciation. At Kids First, we would like to recognize some of our Foster Family Superstars and share their stories with you. April and Jodi Swanson, licensed foster parents since July 2018. Jodi and April are relatively new foster parents, but they readily accepted a premature…

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