New Column Will Facilitate Access to Resources and Services to Help Children Succeed
By Emanuela Leaf
According to Zero to Three, the national center for infants, toddlers and families, the first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. A newborn’s brain is about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight. But by age three, it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections between these cells.
During this period, parents and caregivers can help children get off to a good start and establish healthy patterns for life-long learning.
In Danbury, there is a place where parents and caregivers of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, English and non-English speakers, can come and do just that – give their children a good start.
The Danbury Family Learning Center Inc., located at 49 Osborne St., offers a variety of FREE resources and programs to families and their children birth to age six. The Center provides early childhood learning experiences for children, and helps parents learn how to help improve their children’s success in school and about resources available through the community.
There, parents are welcome to borrow from a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books in English and Spanish for children of all ages, borrow resource materials to use with children, use the Center’s laptop computers and IPads, and to work on-line with a variety of programs, as well as attend workshops on a variety of topics. The Center also has a fully equipped early childhood classroom, where children and their parents/care-givers can play together.
Tribuna is pleased to announce a partnership with The Danbury Family Learning Center, bringing the Center to its readers through a monthly column written by Anne Mead, the Administrator for Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs at the Danbury Public Schools, also responsible for the Center.
Anne has more than 32 years of experience in administering education programming, parenting education and community programs, with expertise in organizational management and systems development. She is a passionate advocate for early childhood education, and she is known for her work with new immigrant families, helping their children begin their journey as learners in our community.
“This column is about our community and its children and the wealth of resources and services to support our growing population. It is my hope and intention that parents will let me know what they want to learn about, how we can support them and what they are thinking,” said Anne.
I recently had an opportunity to visit the Center, and witness the power it has — the direct impact on every child and the sense of community among the families that come to the center. I was able to partake in the weekly playgroups, and saw the children as the common thread among all parents, regardless of the language they spoke, where they were from or the type of house in which they lived, play, laugh and learn together.
Tribuna welcomes the Center to its family, and hopes to replicate that sense of community in its pages.