Baby Steps, Early Childhood Program, Holds Fundraiser at Newport’s Chinese Tea House

 

"Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society."-- Maria Montessori

An important pre-school program that coaches parents how to develop positive skills in their one to three year old children, Baby Steps, took to the steps of The Chinese Tea House at Marble House for its summer fundraiser.

Tom Hockaday & Linda Finn

Music, delicious hors d’oeuvres  (think clams, oysters) and camaraderie preceded talks by  Linda Finn and Dr. Charles Shoemaker, who said that in 2009, they found many children unprepared for kindergarten.  “Thanks to the people with us from the beginning, when fully 1/4 of children could not read at grade level.”  Seth Magaziner, Treasurer , thanked Elizabeth and John Brooks and lauded the “community coming together.”

Check in table


Baby Steps’ Education Programs bring parents and their children together for an interactive Saturday morning of crafts, music, reading and speakers addressing parenting and educational topics. The educational component follows three independently developed curriculum organized around the parent as teacher, child developing as an independent learner and the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards. The three curriculums are centered on: approaches to learning, social and emotional development, language development and communication. And they work.

Betsy Ray, Didi Lorillard & Elizabeth Brooks

Parent Tamara Kent addressed the guests, and said her daughter had a wonderful experience thanks to the program. Colleen Germain said the program “ended the cycle of poverty.”

Board member Erin ? won the raffle. Seen were Lauren Carson, David McLane, Marvin Abney, Lilly Dick, and Kathy Silicia, from the school committee.

                                                                            —L.P.

To find out more about Baby Steps, go to  https://www.ebcap.org/Services/BabyStepsNewport/tabid/730/Default.aspx

 

Dennis & Susan McCoy

 

Joan Johnson Freese & Richard Cromwell

 

David & Debbie Grant, Nancy Rothe

 

Daughter Phoebe & John Finn

 

Clams & Oysters!

 

Erin Flynn, David & Rosalind Maclean, Lynn Flynn

 

 

 

Friend, John & Peggy Richmond

 

Nancy Staples & Colleen Sullivan

 

Lynn Ceglie & David Allard

 

Lorrie Burns & Lauren Carson

 

Tim Burns, Bart Dunbar & David Staples

 

David MacLane & Dr. Charles Shoemaker

 

Linda Finn welcoming guests

 

 

On the steps of The Chinese Tea House

 

Seth Magaziner speaking

 

 

Cathy Silicia of the school committee & Lilly Dick

 

Tamara Kent speaking about her daughters' wonderful experience

 

Liz Drayton & Johnny Richmond

 

Marvin Abney

 

Nancy Parker Wilson & Liz Drayton

 

Susan , Nancy Galivan & friend

 

 

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