One of the greatest concerns parents have with remote learning is the lack of a social aspect for their children. We have heard so many families worry about their children missing key developmental experiences with friends and classmates- experiences that shape the foundation and core values of who that child is and how they go out into the world.

Pathways to Character aims to reinforce those values, so regardless of present circumstance, children can feel confident in their own selves and in how they relate to others. The curriculum, designed for ages 4 - 14, was created by teachers to prevent bullying and grow children's self-worth. In this program, children learn the importance of trustworthiness, open-mindedness, fairness, citizenship, honesty, respect, self-reliance and caring. They can join on a rolling basis, as the entire program is virtual and can be completed as needed.

As parents, you are already doing so much. Pathways is here to supplement the example you are setting and values you are instilling, in a meaningful and accepting (virtual) environment. For more information on Pathways, click here.

In case you missed it:
  • Ready, Set, Read! accepts participants on a rolling basis - this literacy program is geared toward the whole family and taps into brain development, learning styles, vocabulary, comprehension and more.
  • Just For Teens kicked off early this month, with another session beginning March 1 - this program for pregnant and parenting teenagers focuses on support, not judgement, and builds their confidence and skills both as parents and individuals.
  • Incredible Years is welcoming additional participants - this evidence-based program, designed for parents of children aged birth - 2, aims to promote emotional and social competence and prevent and reduce aggression and emotional problems in their children.
  • Triple P begins February 23 - this gentle parenting program covers topics like bedtime routines, hassle-free shopping, managing aggression and discipline strategies.
  • Monthly family engagement workshops covering topics like crisis & trauma, work/life balance and positive discipline. For a full schedule or to register, click here!
  • OneNY Safe Virtual Challenge: This is a year-long event by OneNY, where participants can commit to running, walking or biking anywhere from 31 to 2,021 miles throughout the year. This event is not only a great way to get outside safely and with purpose, but each registration can also support a charity or nonprofit of your choice. Team EPIC is off and running (literally and figuratively) so we hope you'll join us!

With gratitude,

Tara N. Burgess, Executive Director
and the entire EPIC team