Foster Care and Adoption
Utah has an ongoing need for foster and adoptive families. If you would like to educate the families in your school community, or if there are interested families who need more information, contact:
Utah Foster Care Foundation
Toll-free: 877-505-KIDS (5349)
Website: www.utahfostercare.org(link is external)
Utah Adoption Council
P.O. Box 2069
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
Website: www.utahadoptioncouncil.com(link is external)
Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow is an information hotline funded through United Way of Utah County that connects parents of children ages 0-8 to community services. The goal of our service is to empower parents with knowledge about their child and give them the tools needed to keep their children developmentally on track. This is done in two ways; first, by providing access to a useful screening tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, a questionnaire that parents complete for their children to be assured that they are developing properly, and second, by maintaining a growing database of information for all community resources in the county so that when parents contact us, they can be connected to resources appropriate for their situations.
To receive help dial 2-1-1 from a land line and ask for Help Me Grow. (If dialing 2-1-1 from a cell phone, you will be sent to 2-1-1 of the United Way of Salt Lake and will need to be transferred down to the United Way of Utah County office.)
Preschools include children ages 3-5. It is important that a preschool is a quality establishment with a program to address all aspects of the child’s development, including physical, social, emotional, and academic needs. Preschool experiences can provide enrichment activities to promote literacy readiness and social skills.
Preschools offer the opportunity for young children to interact socially with other children their own age and to begin learning and experiencing many different activities which set their pattern for education. Preschools are often a form of child care; however, a quality preschool curriculum consists of the well-rounded components of emotional, social, and academic learning.
Suggestions for PTAs:
A. Make information available on what constitutes a quality preschool.
B. List preschools in your locale.
C. If a preschool is housed within a local school, involve those parents in PTA programs.
D. Help form a Head Start PTA or partnership with Head Start parents and a neighboring school PTA.
Launched in 1965, Head Start has proven to be one of the nation’s most successful social and educational investments. Reaching far beyond the scope of school readiness, Head Start provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and family services to poverty-level children and their families. Local grantees receive federal funding for Head Start (HS), Migrant/Seasonal Head Start (MSHS), and Early Head Start (EHS) programs, the latter serving children from birth to age three and expectant mothers. For more information on Head Start programs please visit: www.uhsa.org.
Suggestions for PTAs:
A. Help form a Head Start PTA or partnership with Head Start parents and a neighboring school PTA.
B. Invite Head Start families to your school activities.
C. Be aware of Head Start activities and attend if appropriate.
D. Consider having a Head Start or Preschool liaison on your board.
Family Education Plan
The Family Education Plan is used to guide parents as they create a plan that will help their children succeed in school.
If your school is not using the FEP, you can access the information at this site and the resources we have linked here.
Check out the new Parent Toolkit(link is external); it's a great place to start!
Forms for your plan are available so you can begin creating your own Family Education Plan.
Contact us with questions and about how we can help you put the Family Education Plan to work at your school.
Ready! Set! School!
Ready! Set! School! provides activities and resources to help parents prepare their pre-schoolers for kindergarten. Parents can be their children's first and best teachers.http://www.readysetschool.org/home/
"Raising Readers" is a new 8-minute video starring parents and their young children. Through common everyday activities, the video shows fun and easy ways to build strong muscles for getting young children ready to read. The video clearly demonstrates listening games and writing tasks that research shows makes a difference in preparing children for reading success. When parents and children watch the film together, the fun and learning begin!
Utah Education Network
The Utah Education Network has many resources for Early Childhood, such as parenting tips, helps for kindergarten readiness and building literacy skills, and information on safety, nutrition, health and fitness for young children.
January is Parents Empowered Month
Parents Empowered.org is a Utah program that aims to eliminate underage drinking in Utah. The website is filled with information for parents on the harms to a child or teen brain, parenting skills, a family guide with tips on setting rules, and other great resources. Publicize this great site all year, but especially in January.
Contact Parents Empowered for assistance with Parent Education Nights and events: parentsempowered.org.
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Prevent Child Abuse Utah is a non-profit, education agency. Their goal is to educate students, parents, and community members about child abuse in all its forms. Their prevention specialists have a minimum of bachelor level education. Their prevention programs are available to the schools, and all the programs are free of charge. The programs follow the Core Health Curriculum, and the State Office of Education has reviewed and approved all of the programs. Contact PCAU at 1-800-CHILDREN or www.preventchildabuseutah.org. Child Abuse Hotline: 1-855-323-3237.
Take Action Against Bullying
Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.
Recognize the warning signs that your child is involved in bullying. They could be being bullied, bullying others, or witnessing bullying. Although these signs could signal other issues, you should talk to your child if they display any sort of behavioral or emotional changes. Many times kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. If your child is at immediate risk of harming himself or others, get help right away.
Connect for Respect
Connect for Respect (C4R) is National PTA’s initiative to help students, parents and educators to create school climates full of safe and supportive peer relationships. For a leaders guide and more information on this program visit www.pta.org/programs.
Learn what bullying is and what it is not. Understanding what bullying is, is the first step in forming a plan to prevent or respond to bullying with your child. Many behaviors that look like bullying may be just as serious, but may require different response strategies. For resources visit: www.stopbullying.gov.