Message from Cynthia Martin, President
The early years in a child’s life are critically important. A newborn baby has about 2,000 days to get ready for kindergarten. That means that every day counts.
Parenting Matters Foundation is here to help parents do an excellent job of raising their children. We want to encourage them be involved parents because their job is such an important one. Children who enter school ready to learn have a huge head start over children who aren’t ready.
Ready for school means the child is excited about learning, can manage her emotions and behavior, can work with other children, can stay focused on what she is doing, and is familiar with books, letters, sounds, shapes, colors and numbers. All of these are areas that parents provide help, encouragement and opportunities for the child to become ready for school.
Reading a book each day with your child helps your child be ready for school. If you read a book or two each day, by the time he enters kindergarten, he will have read over 3000 books. Just think of the advantage that child has over a child who has not had anyone read a book with him. A survey of kindergarten teachers reported that only 44% of children start school with the skills they need. This daily activity will help your child be ready.
We know that the human brain develops faster in the first years of life than at any other time. In fact, 85% of brain development happens in the first three years of life. At the same time, only 5% of public investment in children occurs during these first years of life. There is a lot that needs to be done.
Executive Director - Cynthia Martin, Ph.D. has spearheaded the development of Parenting Matters Foundation. She has worked as a psychologist in the state of California and a registered counselor in the State of Washington. She is a mother of eight children, a past teacher of grades 7 through college, a counselor and administrator in public schools, and an author of a book on adoption. She received her MA at the University of San Diego and her Ph.D. in Human Behavior at United States International University. She received the Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership Award for her involvement in the First Teacher Program. She has authored several books, most recently, Beating the Adoption Odds. She understands the importance of preventing problems rather than waiting to solve problems. She is a regular columnist for the Sequim Gazette.
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