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In this Midwestern City, there is no question that Rockford and surrounding areas boast a deep passion for the game of golf. This region alone possesses over 15 public and private golf courses. Due to the high interest of this sport, Rockford United Labor has been able to build a tradition of giving back to the community. For over 23years, Rockford United Labor has supported United Way of Rock River Valley’s community impact by raising additional money by doing what many of its members enjoy, playing golf.  The success of this annual event, held on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, has raised over $300,000 in fundraising dollars over the years. These outings, along with many others hosted by labor organizations, benefits United Way and have a positive impact on the children and parents in our community.

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Youth development programs in Rockford are a great way to strengthen communities and offer a helping hand to children in need. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we have spent years tracking and measuring the right programs to fund. The following three elements are what we have found to be the most influential.

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With 1 in 5 children in the U.S. living below the poverty line, heading back to school after break can reveal just how stressful home life really is for young students. In How To Help Kids In Poverty Adjust To The Stability Of School After Break, NPR blogger Meg Anderson writes that for those students, being away from school can be a crippling time of insecurity when it comes to food and shelter. By leveraging community resources available and training teachers on how to recognize these signs and where to direct students and families, we can help to create a better learning environment for students.

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It's important that young children hear language, and they need to hear it from people, not just from screens. But while we know that reading to a young child is associated with good outcomes, there is only limited understanding of what the mechanism might be. Blogger Perris Klass, M.D. shares two new studies that examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book.

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Enhanced Communication Ability

Kids who take part in early reading programs are able to use verbal communication and develop enhanced vocabulary skills earlier than other kids their age. But not only does early reading help your young kids with their talking and vocabulary in general, it also helps them recognize letters and words early on--giving their written communication skills a boost.

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Summer slide can be a huge challenge for kids, teachers and parents. Did you know children lose, on average, one month's worth of skills during summer vacation without practice? In her article Top 10 Toys That Beat The Summer Slide, Forbes.com contributor Jenn Choi offers a sort list of toys for children to help make the summer very productive in a more fun way and to help beat the summer slide.

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Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners: families! Week of the Young Child Rockford applauds you as your child's' first and most important teachers.

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Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials - from crayons to paint, clay to crafts!

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When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. This Week of the Young Child, work together and build something today! Kids can use any building material - from a fort of branches on the school playground, a block city in the classroom, a hideaway made from couch pillows at home, to a Lego creation.

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