Hudson Valley Parent

HVP January 2016

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Page 30 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 31 ® doesn't just mean letters and num- bers." Early Head Start can start as young as 6 weeks old Kids who go through the program at the Children's Learning Center can begin in the Early Head Start program at as young as six weeks of age. Typically continue until they "graduate" and begin kindergarten in a traditional setting. Because the first three years of a child's life lays the groundwork for later learning, Head Start exposes children at an early age to concepts like sharing, taking turns and other social and emotional skills that ready them for kindergarten. "Sometimes this is the first time they've ever been around other kids," says Sa- mantha Miriello, an Early Head Start teacher. Head Start creates an environ- ment that allows children to suc- cessfully engage in developmentally appropriate experiences while fostering social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. In addition to socialization, Head Start also helps families, as needed, with practical issues such as nu- tritional planning, car seat safety, access to food pantries and doctor and dentist referrals. Facilities may differ from one area to another, Conklin says, in ways such as class- room size or the length of the school day. Those considerations are based on the needs of the local community, she said. Jeff Simms lives in Beacon with his wife, son and cat. "Parents are their child's rst and most important teacher." MICHELE CONKLIN Assistant Program Director at the Children's Learning Center We know your most precious asset comes in the form of your children, so here are a few reasons to choose Prospect Dental: • State of the Art Dental Care and Technology • Great kid-friendly staff and environment • Pediatric Specialist with good humor and high energy, able to win the confi dence of any child! • Treatment options include Nitrous Oxide • Digital X-Rays 288 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 845-838-0086 Bring in the New Year with a new smile! Prospect Dental is here for all of your family's dental needs!

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