Shaping Futures: The Kids Incorporated Blog

  • October 26, 2017

    Children with Disabilities

    Twelve percent of Head Start cumulative enrollment was made up of children with disabilities, defined as children having special plans under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In comparison, nationally, about three percent of infants and toddlers and six percent of preschool-age children have identified disabilities. Head Start serves a greater percentage of children with disabilities than found in the overall population.

    Locally, Kids Incorporated served 37 children with special needs last year, making up 13% of total enrollment.

  • October 05, 2017

    Tropical Storm Nate

    We are aware of the approaching tropical storm and will keep you updated here on our website, as well as our Facebook page with any changes to our Kids Incorporated services. Please keep in mind that we will follow local school board closures.

    - Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend Management Team

     
     

  • September 06, 2017

    Hurricane Irma

    Update 6: We have power in Monticello! Jefferson County EHS will be open for staff to return tomorrow, Friday September 15th and will be ready for the children to return on Monday September 18th. Thank you!

     

    Update 5: Center statuses for Thursday September 14th:

    Leon County centers including Brandon's Place, Parkway EHS and Budd Bell EHS: OPEN

    Jefferson County EHS: CLOSED (We will update as soon as power is restored)

    Madison County Bright Days: OPEN

     

    Update 4: Power restoration is ongoing in Jefferson county, therefore Jefferson County EHS will be closed at least through Friday September 15th. Please stay tuned into our Facebook and/or website for any changes that may occur. We will keep you updated as details unfold. Thank you!

    Update 3:  We are ready to begin our recovery! Kids Incorporated will reopen on Wednesday September 13th for staff only. This includes all teachers, support and administrative staff. Children will be welcomed back on Thursday September 14th.

    Update 2: Kids Incorporated Of The Big Bend will be closed on Monday September 11th and Tuesday September 12th. Thank you! Stay safe!

    Update: In an effort to prepare for hurricane Irma, Kids Incorporated Of The Big Bend's centers and administrative office will be closed Friday September 8th and Monday September 11th. Thank you, please be safe!

    Announcement! Kids Incorporated is committed to the safety and well-being of our children, family, community and staff. With Irma approaching, we would like to remind everyone that we will be following local school closures for our center operations. If you have any questions, please let us know. 

    Leon County Schools  Jefferson County Schools  

    Madison County Schools

  • September 06, 2017

    Willette Jones

    The Kids Incorporated Family mourns the loss of our dear friend and fellow staff member - Willette Jones.  Willette faithfully served as the Head Teacher at our Jefferson County Early Head Start center since 2003.  Often referred to as “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” Ms. Jones was a rock and point of stability for the past 14 years for the children, families and staff in Jefferson County.  Her sense of humor and faithful commitment to Children-Family-Community was well known and recognized by all.  We will miss you Willette and know we are all better because we had you in our lives for the past 14 years.  Rest in peace dear friend!

  • April 24, 2017

    Kidsfest at Cascades Park

    (updated May 10, 2017)

    Cascades Park was the place for children and families to gather on Saturday, May 6.  That’s because Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend hosted the 16th Annual Kidsfest at its new location and the new location was fantastic, the weather perfect for the occasion and the sound of laughter filled the air along with the voices of the children's groups providing live entertainment on the amphitheater stage.  

    Thanks to the following sponsors for making this Kidsfest the best ever!

    Rogers, Gunter Vaughn Insurance, Inc.  *  Chuy's  *  Red Hills Broadcasting  * City of Tallahassee Family First Initiative  *  evok advertising  *  Campus USA Credit Union  * Barnes Capital Group  * Florida Blue  * Capital Health Plan  *  OliverSperry Renovation *  Lewis Digital  * Hancock Bank  * Kids Incorporated Board of Directors

  • November 23, 2016

    #GivingTuesday

    #Thanks for Giving!  

    Thanks to all who took the time to make a donation to Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend for #GivingTuesday.  Because of your generosity, we more than doubled last year's contributions and for that, we are extremely grateful.  

  • October 28, 2016

    Thanks for Reading Days

    We kicked off our Third Annual "Thanks for Reading Days" on Monday, November 14 and it runs through Monday, November 21.

    Thanks for Reading Days is our way to focus attention on the importance of reading to children ages 0 to 3.  

  • September 05, 2016

    Stormy Weather - Great Community Effort!

    We'd like to thank the families we serve for their patience in getting our centers back up and operational after the recent storm.

    Special thanks to our staff for working to get our centers back up and operational once power was restored.  We had to replace food and in a few instances, make repairs to a classroom, etc.  

    We are deeply grateful for the hard and long work officials have put in to restore power, remove trees from roads, and kept us informed during the storm's aftermath.  We appreciate everyone who has pulled together and stepped up to help, especially the non-profit world, including the American Red Cross, 2-1-1 Big Bend and Second Harvest, to name a few.  

    Now that life is settling back into normal, we continue to invite you to check out our publications page and try a few of the hands-on children's activities from our brochure, "Recipes for Fun".  Most involve household items you may already have.  Another good source for activities to keep the kids active may be found on Fun4TallyKids.com.  

  • April 18, 2016

    Community Engagement

    It's always nice when a business or community organization gets involved in our community by supporting non-profit organizations.

  • January 05, 2016

    Making Progress Bridging the Achievement Gap

    It’s been a busy time since we launched our initiative in August to strengthen family engagement in our Early Head Start program and to read aloud to their children 15 to 20 minutes each day to  help us bridge the Achievement Gap.

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