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BY5 November 2016 Newsletter 
carrie@muncieby5.org
#GivingTuesday Campaign Places Books in the Hands of Delaware County Children
 
BY5 has joined the global giving movement referred to as #GivingTuesday. This day, celebrated on November 29, is dedicated to bringing communities together in supporting organizations and causes they care about.

In an effort to support early childhood literacy, BY5 has set a #GivingTuesday goal of $3,000 to be collected throughout the month of November. Donations made during this time will fund BY5’s Ready, Set, Read program for six months!

The Ready, Set, Read program provides families with children, who do not have the resources to access books, the opportunity to discover a love for reading and learning prior to the children entering school. To date, the program has distributed nearly 3,000 books in Delaware County!

A donation of just $25 will place more than 30 books in the hands of children in our community, contributing to the city-wide initiative to prepare all children for Kindergarten.

To show your support for early readers in our community, click the button below, and engage with us on social media using the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

 
Donate to Support Early Childhood Literacy!
BY5 Network Builds Momentum Throughout Delaware County
 

Throughout the past month, the staff at BY5 has reviewed emails, calendar entries for this year's events, spreadsheets, and Facebook posts to determine exactly how many people have been engaged with BY5 since the beginning of 2016.

The final list of names and organizations makes up the entire BY5 Network: the people and organizations in our community who are actively seeking and implementing solutions to improve Kindergarten readiness. Each of these network members has been involved with projects, from volunteering for BY5’s Ready, Set, Read program, to funding programs and advocating for the BY5 mission.

As of this month, BY5 tallied up over 150 members of the network in 2016. The BY5 Network launched in mid-December 2015, demonstrating impressive growth that truly speaks to how passionate Delaware County is about improving Kindergarten readiness right here in our community.

Community members are often excited to learn about our process, such as how BY5 measures outcomes and progress. The BY5 Network captures the heart of this progress. It is a chain of businesses, neighborhoods, and community members who have stepped up to become a part of the solution! Ultimately, BY5's objective is to change community behavior to encourage Kindergarten readiness, and our network of more than 150 partners is the perfect example of this movement working in Delaware County.

To explore how you can become a part of the BY5 Network and help double our partners in 2017, contact Carrie Bale at carrie@muncieby5.org or 765-216-7423.

Recent Training Opportunity Gives Parents Resources for Early Childhood Brain Development
 

Understanding the importance of early childhood brain development benefits parents and children alike. From birth to age three is the most rapid rate of brain development across a person’s entire lifespan, and a child’s brain is 90% developed by the age of five. During this time, children are in need of positive human interaction.

In recent months, BY5 has conducted an early brain development training focused on tips and activities for parents and children to promote healthy brain development. Key takeaways include being attentive, expressing joy and interest, and fostering an early passion for books. This training session demonstrates how parents can engage and be present in their children's lives.

In addition to providing this information, several parent-child activities were also demonstrated. These inexpensive or free activities include sensory and outdoor play, painting, listening to music, and discovering food. Each of these activities requires items that are already in the home, such as plastic bins, water, food, and cookware.

Ultimately, the objective of this early brain development training is to provide parents the skills to offer their children healthy stimulation, exploration, and interaction. New toys promising to improve children's abilities are not what they need; they need their parents' involvement. To improve their children's brain development and learning capabilities, parents should take advantage of free time with them to explore and have one-on-one time.

For additional resources for family engagement and activities, visit Muncieby5.org/Age-Groups-BY5. To download a free app from BY5's partner organization, Vroom, that gives families simple, everyday suggestions to impact early brain development, visit JoinVroom.org/Tools-and-Activities

If you have a group of families, or employees who work with families, who would like to take advantage of this free training opportunity,  please call 765-216-7423 to schedule a workshop.

Every parent has what it takes to help their children succeed!
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