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I know harsh winters.  I lived in Central New York State for 30 years, near the shores of Lake Erie for another 17 years, and in Massachusetts for 5 years.  However, never have I felt how greatly I deserve Spring as this year.  It is finally here in all its blooming glory.  A weekend of working outside, and the sore muscles that go along with it, are proof that it is here.

Sometimes you have to wait a long time to see the positive outcomes of those buds that remain dormant all winter.  It strikes me that our work in early childhood development is similar.  Clearly we see some results quickly.  A mother who is not at first interested in cuddling her infant moves to a place where she wants to hold the baby and snuggle. Bonding has started and that infant and mother have a better future because of it.  In other situations, the positive results of our parenting education and screening services may not be known until the child successfully starts kindergarten or completes high school.

We who work to strengthen families don't know when that bud we have been nurturing will burst with the life for which it was intended. However, we do believe that with the proper education, support and community connections, it will happen. We DO believe in Spring even after a harsh winter.

Thank you for your interest in early childhood development and helping all families get a healthy start.

Maggie Monroe-Cassel
Executive Director
Racing to End Child Abuse--Thank You!
Congratulations to our top male and female runners: David Audet (pictured to the left) and Mary Mancuso.  And thank you to all our sponsors and runners and helpers for making our Born to Run 5K a success.

Special thanks to our sponsors:  Crown Point Cabinetry (our Platinum Sponsor), Kohl's, Mascoma Savings Bank, Switchback Brewery, Claremont Savings Bank, Lawrence Reed, CPA, Newport Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Century 21 Highview Realty, Claremont Rotary, Clark Mortenson Insurance, Lambert Auto, Sugar River Bank, Dunning Dental Practice, Hubert's Family Outfitters, Dana Flewelling Graphic Design and Photography, LaValley Building Supplies, Communities United Regional Network, Lake Sunapee Bank, Springfield Hospital Women's Care Center, Valley Regional Healthcare, William A. Smith, Inc., Woodcrest Village LLC, Love's Bedding and Furniture, Ameriprise Financial, Alice Peck Day Hospital and Wellsense. 

We know that businesses get many, many requests for donations and sponsorships every year so we say a big THANK YOU to those that were able to support us this year.  You have all helped New Hampshire families be stronger.
How Can You Help This Month?
Donate! Is there an influential woman in your life?  Your mother, a neighbor, a teacher, a grandmother, an aunt?   Celebrate Mother's Day in a new and creative way.  Please consider a gift to Good Beginnings of Sullivan County in their memory or in their honor. Your gift will help other women become good mothers and leave lasting postive impressions on a new generation.   Donate now.

Educate yourself!  Did you know that at the core of child abuse prevention is a guiding list of the Five Protective Factors?  The Five Protective Factors are the foundation fo the Strengthening Families approach.  Evidence supports the common sense notion that when these Protective Factors are present and robust in a family, the likelihood of abuse and neglect diminish.  Research also shows that these are the factors that create healthy environments for the optimal development of all children.

The Five Protective Factors are: 1) Parent Resilience, 2) Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, 3) Social and Emotional Competence of Children, 4) Social Connections and 5) Concrete Support in Times of Need.  To learn more about these factors, click here.

Summer Bathing Suits Are In 

Visit Second Beginnings, our gently used children's clothing and accessory store supporting our mission.   We also have some maternity clothes and nursing scrubs. 
109 Pleasant St, Claremont, NH. 
Tues-Sat, 10-4.

From Beyond Education Wars by Nicholas Kristof (excerpt)

Click here for the entire article

Researchers are finding that poverty can harm the brains of small children, perhaps because their brains are subjected to excessive cortisol (a stress hormone) and exposed less to conversation and reading. One study just published in Nature Neuroscience found that children in low-income families had a brain surface area on average 6 percent smaller than that of children in high-income families.  "Neuroscience tells us we're missing a critical, time-sensitive opportunity to help the most disadvantaged kids," notes Dr. Jack Shonkoff, an early childhood expert at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Growing evidence suggests what does work to break the poverty cycle: Start early in life, and coach parents to stimulate their children. Randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of evidence, have shown this with programs like Nurse-Family PartnershipReach Out and Read, and high-quality preschool. These kinds of interventions typically produce cognitive gains that last a few years and then fade - but, more important, alsoproduce better life outcomes, such as less crime, fewer teenage pregnancies, higher high school graduation rates, and higher incomes.

Please help us out by passing this enewsletter along to your friends and colleagues who are also concerned about children and families.

Sincerely,

Maggie Monroe-Cassel 
Executive Director
(603) 542 1848