I don’t know about you, but other than being ridiculously hot, June was also ridiculously fun. Around here at ESNG, we had a lot going on. Here are some of the many highlights of June, ICYMI:

Live:
One Father is Better than a Hundred Schoolmasters – George Herbert
While May was all about moms, teachers, and women’s health, June focuses on the men in our lives. Last week’s blog posting was about how our dads shape our lives. It’s important that we kept these men healthy and a part of the daily lives of our children.

One of our favorite ways that ESNG’s Sylvan Hills Child Development Center keeps their dads engaged is through monthly “Fatherhood Meetings”. It’s in these meetings that dads can share their struggles, ask questions or brag about their children. Mr. Moseley, a dad whose four children have completed the Head Start and Georgia Pre-K programs at the center, provides guidance to help make sure his community has a generation of engaged, strong and playful dads.
moseley
Sylvan Hills also celebrated fathers with a Fatherhood Extravaganza back in April.
Fatherhood Celebration 2

Ms. Patty Saves the Day
Patty Toledo, an ESNG Early Head Start teacher at our Madison Co. Child Development Center, recently received some publicity for her heroic actions at a local grocery store. Read about how she helped save a choking child thanks to her quick thinking and First Aid training!

Learn:
Jackson County Center Garden: Sprouting Knowledge
Did you know that June 17 was “National Eat Your Vegetables Day”? I’m sure your children were hoping you didn’t! Our children at our Jackson Co. Child Development Center are learning all about vegetables and healthy eating. What better way to learn than to do? With the help of their teachers they planted a garden in May and are beginning to see the fruits (or veggies) or their labor. The kids learned that you need sun, oxygen and water for the plants to grow. They are also more willing to try these healthy and delicious foods because they took part in making them grow. We cannot wait to see how great the veggies turn out!
Jackson County Garden

End of School Year Celebration and Awards
Our staff celebrated the end to yet another successful school year on May 28. At the luncheon, staff from ESNG’s child development centers, Babies Can’t Wait, Champions for Children, Foster Grandparents, and administrative offices were recognized for their years of service and exceptional work. Read all about it here.

Play.
Volunteer Spotlight: AutoTrader at Warsaw
Kids at ESNG’s child development centers love to learn through play. They, of course, feel like the most fun people to play with are our volunteers. Our kids at our Warsaw Child Development Center had the pleasure of playing with and learning from 15 volunteers from AutoTrader. Here are some highlights of all the great work these volunteers did for us and our children.
Volunteers

Activity Spotlight: Winder March Madness
Way back in March, our Winder Child Development Center had their own version of college basketball’s March Madness to engage dads in their children’s schooling. Each dad received points for participating in activities. For example, a dad would get 1 point for drop off or pick up, 2 points for volunteering in the classroom, or 3 points for attending a parent committee event. The winning dad, pictured here, won a $50 gift card.
march madness winner 2

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