I is for infant: Reading aloud to young children benefits brain development

A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. But, the report says, many children are missing out. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at the consequences and opportunities to improve with lead author of the study, Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance

CTearlychildhoodallianceThe Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance (Merrill Gay, Executive Director, left) presented State Representative Tim Ackert (middle) with a Children’s Champion Award. Tim has been a huge advocate of early childhood issues at the State level and at the local level with Coventry STEPS (Kathryn Hassler, right, STEPS Coordinator).

Connecticut Office of Early Childhood New Website

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood now has a website!

You may visit their website at www.ct.gov/oec for information about the agency as well as updates and announcements on various projects and initiatives.  The website is designed to be user-friendly for both families and providers, sharing a wealth of information about available programs, services and resources geared specifically for each audience.

Against Redshirting: Why It Pays to Be the Youngest Kid in Class : The New Yorker

When the Harvard sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman was expecting her first child, one thing worried her: her due date, January 3rd. It was uncomfortably close to January 1st, an often-used age cutoff for enrollment in academics and sports. “I was determined to keep him in until after January 1st,” she said. And if the baby came early? “I actively thought about redshirting,” she said. Given the choice, she wanted him to be the oldest kid in his class, not the youngest.

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Terrific Tuesdays

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 11:30 AM (Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24; Oct. 1, 8 & 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3)

Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for our Tuesday AM story times! No registration is necessary. Siblings are welcome. At the Booth & Dimock Library.


Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10:15 AM (Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24; Oct. 1, 8 & 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 5)

Babygarten is a fun and informational program for children (ages birth to 35 months) and their caregivers. It runs in multiple 6-week sessions during the year. Babygarten focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs, and books can enrich a child’s life from the very beginning and provide them with a foundation for the future.Registration is not required. Siblings are welcome.  At the Booth & Dimock Library.


Play & Learn Early Literacy Playgroup

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 – 11:30 AM (Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23; Nov. 6, 13 & 20)

New! Play & Learn Early Literacy Playgroup is an opportunity for children to make new friends as their adults network with each other. Developmentally appropriate toys, crafts, sensory materials, books, musical instruments and activities provide a literacy rich environment that will help with future reading success! Information about child development and reading readiness will be available.For ages birth to 5. Older siblings are welcome. At the Booth & Dimock Library. No registration is required. 

Coventry’s Progress on Birth-age 8 Initiatives 1/1-6/30/13

The following  list highlights some of the progress our community has made on early childhood initiatives between January 1 and June 30, 2013.

Updating the School Wellness Policies

Booth & Dimock Library expanding hours to include 2 additional mornings

The Addition of a Reading Consultant to GHR

Home Day Care and preschool provider professional development training which occurred on May 18

The purchase of 100 board books to distribute to families who have a new baby

Preschool yellow form data collection grant through CHDI

Enhancement of birth packet- additional  materials and new updated letter from Town Clerk

Exploration of expanding the Parents As Teachers Program

Creation of the new STEPS website

Presentations on Community Plan to CGS PTO, GHR PTO and ADMINICON (Coventry School Administrators)

Completed & submitted School Readiness Grant, Quality Enahnacement Grant and 2013-2014 Graustein Discovery Grant


Car Seat Safety

Know for Sure

Find out if your child is in the right car seat. For more information about car seat safety guidance and laws in CT, please visit: CTSafeKids.org

Preschool – It’s Not Too Late To Enroll

The Coventry Early Childhood Center (CECC), located in the Hale Early Education Center (on the Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School campus) still has a couple of openings in the school day program (6 hours per day). There is generous financial assistance available. For example, if a family of 2 is earning less than $10,000 they will pay $200/year for the program. A family of 4 earning approximately $80,000 will pay $2400 for the same program. Please contact CECC for more information at 860-742-4550 or contact us.

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