FACES SF News - April 2014
Best Practices for Parenting Preschoolers
Up to age two, young children's brains go through an explosive phase of growth, developing language and motor skills at the fastest rate in their lives. The brain of the preschooler (ages 3 to 5) starts to slow down and focus more on absorbing all the new information it's received. Parents play a vital role in helping their preschoolers develop socially and cognitively during these formative years.
Here are some simple best practices* for helping your preschooler develop to his or her fullest potential:
- Read aloud to your child regularly, preferably every day, making sure to interact with your child while doing so. Nurture a love of learning by taking your child to the library and bookstore. As an alternative, singing with your child is a great way to cultivate an expanded vocabulary
- Instill good language skills by speaking to your child in whole sentences and using adult language. Ask your child open-ended questions, like, What was your favorite part of our trip to the park? Narrate your adventures in the car, at the grocery store, or on a walk. Look at how big and bright those oranges are! Talk about what your child is doing.
- Encourage your child to play with other children, fostering an understanding of the importance of friendship, cooperation, and sharing.
- Let your child help doing simple chores.
- Be clear and consistent in how you discipline your child; whenever you say “No” to something, add what your child should be doing instead.
- Help your child solve problems when upset
- Help your child develop decision-making abilities by giving her a limited number of simple choices (when to play, what to wear, what to eat for a snack, etc)
*Compiled from the websites of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Sue Trigg Joins FACES SF As HR Director
We welcome Sue Trigg who has joined FACES SF as the head of our Human Resources department. Sue has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources. Most recently she served as HR Manager for Common Sense Media, a child-focused non-profit agency. Previously, Sue ran HR at the Children's Council of San Francisco and managed diversity and inclusion efforts at Gap Inc. She has a passion for keeping employees engaged and making everyone feel welcomed, valued and respected. Originally from the UK, Sue has lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years and is the proud mother of three children and four grandchildren.
Ruvacalba Takes the Helm at Enrollment
In the meantime, Idalia Ruvacalba has taken over as Enrollment Coordinator. Idalia has many years of experience in the fields of education and child development. She worked as a teacher assistant with the La Feria Independent School District in La Feria, Texas. She moved to the Bay Area in 1995 and worked with the South San Francisco Unified School District as Head Secretary for the childcare program. She also worked at the Napa Valley Unified School District and the Edison Charter Elementary school before joining the staff at Whitney Young Child Development Center (now FACES SF) in 2005.