Partner Up for Success: Why Your Involvement Matters in Your Child’s Journey

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We all know a child’s education starts in the classroom, but the real magic happens when learning extends beyond those four walls. That’s where Families As Partners comes in – it’s your chance to take a front seat in your child’s journey and join a powerhouse community of engaged families.

But why is parent involvement so important?

Studies show that children with involved families have better grades, higher graduation rates, and even stronger social skills. They feel supported, motivated, and confident knowing their biggest cheerleaders are beside them.

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Families As Partners isn’t just about cheering; it’s about doing. Here’s how your involvement makes a difference:

  • Community Building: You’ll connect with other families, sharing triumphs and tackling challenges together. This network becomes your support system, a wellspring of advice and shared experiences.
  • Parenting Powerhouse: From planning events to shaping curriculum, your voice matters. You’ll work alongside teachers and fellow families to create a thriving school environment.
  • Leadership Lab: By forming committees and advocating for your child’s needs, you’ll develop valuable leadership skills that inspire not just your kids, but everyone around you.

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The Families As Partners program is proof that families are not merely spectators in their child’s educational journey but active contributors to their growth and success. By providing a platform for collective empowerment, this program enables families to be instrumental in shaping the educational landscape for their children.

Together, we can build a vibrant learning community where every child feels empowered to reach their full potential. Contact your Center’s Family Liaison to learn how to get involved.

Welcome to Kinder!

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As you celebrate the conclusion of your child’s Pre-K 4 SA journey, a mix of excitement for kindergarten and a touch of nervousness pervades, both for them and for you. But don’t worry, Pre-K 4 SA is here to guide you and your child towards a smooth and enriching transition.

Finding the Perfect Kindergarten Fit

Selecting the right kindergarten for your child is an important decision, and we recognize that every child flourishes in unique settings. That’s why, at Pre-K 4 SA, we organize a special “Welcome to Kinder” event at each of our centers, dedicated to assisting you in making the best choice for your new kindergartener.

The primary goal of this event is to provide support to families as they navigate the process of selecting a kindergarten to ensure a smooth and developmentally appropriate transition to this new chapter. We invite various school partners to engage in meaningful conversations about their programs, resources, and approaches to creating a high-quality learning environment. Our partners are committed to embracing and upholding Pre-K 4 SA’s mission and values, which prioritize providing exceptional learning opportunities.

Seamless Transition, Happy Learners

Transitioning to kindergarten can be intimidating. While routines and goodbye rituals create stability, the emotional transition to kindergarten hinges on social-emotional readiness. Encourage independence by letting your child dress themselves, pack their bag, and use the bathroom confidently. Practice expressing emotions healthily by role-playing scenarios and teaching them “I feel…” statements. Consistent sleep schedules prepare them for longer days, and packing together instills responsibility.

Most importantly, open communication is key. Talk about their worries, answer questions honestly, and reassure them of your unwavering support. Remember, a confident and emotionally prepared child adapts to new environments more easily.

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Your Pre-K 4 SA Education Can Continue

Looking for a seamless transition filled with engaging learning and family support? Our Gardendale Early Learning Program, powered by Pre-K 4 SA, offers a unique opportunity. Your child can continue their high-quality play-based curriculum that fosters creativity, independence, and critical thinking. This continuity ensures a smooth transition, both academically and emotionally. Dedicated teachers in small classes provide personalized attention and emotional support, creating a nurturing environment where your child can thrive. And the best part? As a Pre-K 4 SA alum, your child enjoys priority enrollment, making the transition to Gardendale familiar and effortless.

By supporting families and ensuring a smooth transition, Pre-K 4 SA paves the way for happy, confident learners. Remember, we’re here every step of the way. Let’s make this journey an informed and enjoyable experience for you and your family.

Empowering Parents: A Commitment to Child Safety Through Education 

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The safety of children is a top priority at Pre-K 4 SA, not only while they are at our Centers but also while they are at home. Through our recent partnership with University Health, we are strengthening our commitment to providing children with a secure and nurturing learning environment. Our relationship provides invaluable resources to families, equipping them with the tools and knowledge needed to foster a safer home environment.

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“The saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ characterizes our partnership with Pre-K 4 SA. Injuries that happen at home or on the road bring many children to our Level 1 trauma and pediatric center. Safe Kids San Antonio, led by University Health, is proud to partner with Pre-K 4 SA to educate and empower caregivers and children to think about safety first. Together, we can provide education and resources on how to keep kids safe at home, at play, and on the way,” said  Fara Smith, BS, CPSTI, University Health, Safe Kids San Antonio.

Home Safe Home Presentations 

Across all five campuses, 56 families participated in Home Safe Home presentations. These safety-centered sessions provide essential information and distribute practical resources to enhance childproofing efforts.  

  • 97 Cable Gun Locks: Strengthening firearm safety at home. 
  • 91 two-Minute Timers: Encouraging time management for children’s activities. 
  • 53 Temperature Ducks: Ensuring optimal bath water safety. 
  • 69 Fire Hats: Promoting fire safety awareness. 
  • 80 Furniture Wall Straps: Securing furniture to prevent accidents. 
  • 98 Blind Cord Wind Ups: Enhancing window blind cord safety. An additional 25 packs of blind cord wind-ups were delivered to each campus. 
  • 60 Cabinet/Drawer Locks: Preventing access to potentially harmful items.
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Image courtesy of Jennifer Northway, Director of Adult and Pediatric Injury Prevention at University Health


International Walk to School Day 

In celebration of International Walk to School Day on October 4, we extended our safety outreach, directly impacting parents and students. 

  • 100 Clifford Takes A Walk Books: Promoting pedestrian safety awareness. 
  • 450 Reflective Blinky Lights: Enhancing visibility during low-light conditions. 
  • 150 Reflective Bracelet Sets: Combining style with safety. 

These resources were distributed directly to families and left at Pre-K 4 SA campuses, fostering a culture of safety from the ground up.

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Our joint commitment to pedestrian safety included distributing 250 Clifford Takes a Walk Books, 750 Reflective Blinky Lights, 450 Reflective Bracelet Sets, and Pedestrian Safety tip sheets in English and Spanish as part of our comprehensive educational resources. 

University Health leads Safe Kids San Antonio, which offers trained staff, operational support, and resources to partners in hopes of achieving its goal of keeping San Antonio children safe. Evidence-based programs like car-seat checkups and safety workshops to prevent childhood injuries are implemented based on community needs.  

Our collaboration with University Health has impacted child safety within our homes and on the journey to school. By providing educational resources and tangible tools, we actively work together to create a safer environment for our children. 

Sweeten Your Day with Fun Fruit Pizza

A vibrant fruit pizza

At Pre-K 4 SA, we are committed to providing our young learners with a high-quality education and opportunities to explore and enjoy new experiences. Today, we’re delighted to share a delightful recipe from our CHEF Partnership program – Fun Fruit Pizza! This colorful and healthy treat is not only fun to make but also a delicious way to introduce kids to a variety of fruits. Let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions for creating this delightful snack.

Before we get started, gather these simple ingredients:

  • Half a banana
  • A few strawberries
  • A small handful of grapes
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 bread (such as tortilla, pita, pancake, or crepe)

Equipment:

  • Knife
  • Tablespoon
  • ⅛ & ½ Teaspoon
  • Plate

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Instructions:

  1. Prep the Fruit:

Begin by washing all the fruits thoroughly. Then, slice half a banana and a few strawberries into thin rounds. Cut a small handful of grapes and blueberries into bite-size pieces. These colorful fruits will add a burst of flavor and nutrition to your fruit pizza.

  1. Create the Cream Cheese Spread:

In a cup, place 1 tablespoon of cream cheese. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of honey into the same cup. Finally, add 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix these ingredients until they are smooth and spreadable. This creamy mixture will serve as the “sauce” for your fruit pizza.

  1. Assemble the Fruit Pizza:

Take one tortilla, and with the back of a spoon, evenly spread the cream cheese mixture onto it. Make sure to cover the entire surface of the tortilla with this delicious and creamy base.

  1. Add the Colorful Toppings:

Now comes the fun part! Sprinkle the colorful fruit slices and pieces onto the tortilla, covering the creamy spread evenly. Encourage your little ones to get creative and arrange the fruits in fun patterns or designs. Not only does this make the pizza visually appealing, but it also engages their creativity.

  1. Slice and Serve:

Once the fruit is arranged to perfection, it’s time to enjoy your homemade Fun Fruit Pizza. Use a knife or a pizza cutter to divide the pizza into four equal slices. This way, everyone can have their share of this delightful treat.

Conclusion:

The Fun Fruit Pizza recipe is not just a tasty snack; it’s also a fantastic way to introduce young children to different fruits and flavors. The combination of creamy, sweet, and tangy elements creates a well-rounded taste that kids love. Plus, the vibrant colors make it visually appealing, making mealtime a joyful experience.