JLCW's Best Start

Tonight at the Junior League of Central Westchester's (JLCW) monthly membership meeting, the co-chairs of the Best Start Project, Michelle Hirsh and Sandra Katz made a presentation of their project thus far. JLCW is partnering with Family Services of Westchester's Head Start Program to help Head Start children and their families build reading skills, learn how to exercise and eat healthy foods. This year they will reach 6 classrooms (128 kids) in Rochambeau, Eastview and Slater Center on a monthly basis.

The program has three important components:

1. Teaching the Importance of Literacy and Art

2. Teaching the Importance of Exercise and Nutrition

3. Importance of including the family in the process

Monthly Projects to date

October

1. Book Give-away - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – An Alphabet Book

2. Individualized School Supply kits were given to the children

3. Parent letters on starting home libraries and reading habits were distributed (bilingual)

November

1. Zumba dance instruction

2. Apple slices were served

3. Parent letter focused on exercise guidelines and My Plate

4. Hopscotch was sent home with the children

December

1. They took a field trip to the White Plains Library (over 60 parents joined)

2. Children were registered for their very own library card

3. A healthy "on the go" breakfast was provided for the parents

4. Book give-away - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

5. Children were given a gift wrapped book Penguin and the Pinecone

6. Children were also given a make your own pigeon craft

January

1. Book give-away: The Snowy Day and parents were provided translated documents

2. Art craft: Children created their own snowy day scenes

3. Parents were given tips on reading fiction and non-fiction stories

February

1. Instructor-led yoga session

2. Mini golf set give-away

3. Yogurt and pretzels were served

4. Parent tips on reducing screen time

5. Book give-away – The Napping House

The main impact of the Best Start Project for the children and their families is the importance of literacy, importance of exercise, importance of good nutrition, and building home libraries.

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