Let's Help Children Smile
So far and thanks to all our Kidi Kingdom families we've contributed over $3,000 to Save The
Children and CHILDREN have received life-changing help.
Kidi Kingdom Child Care
Centre’s have chosen to regularly support Save The Children -
Charity Organisation because they invest in childhood –
every day, in times of crisis & for our future. They also give
children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn & protection
from harm. Thank you!
Let's NOT stop there! In the
spirit of Valentine's Day, let's help to change more lives and
spread more love!!!
Let's Give Children Something
to SMILE About!
Carolyn S. Miles
CEO, Save the Children
In Helping Baby's
First Teacher, 'A Path Appears'
When I first met my daughter, she was 2 and a half months old.
She looked perfect in her little crib in a crowded Vietnamese
orphanage, but adoption is a process, and seven more months
passed before I could take her home.
the meantime, the staff was caring, but with so many little ones
to diaper and feed, they didn't have much time to play with
Molly. Instead, they tied a string of beads across her crib. I
imagine she passed many hours fiddling with them.
to that improvised toy, Molly's fine motor skills were pretty
good when I could finally bring her home. What she couldn't do
was balance her own head and torso if I sat her up. She simply
hadn't had the practice. And so even with the extra attention my
husband and I were able to give her -- and hours of on-the-floor
tutorials from my older sons -- sitting, crawling and walking
all came later than they might have.
read Molly books every day, wanting to expose her to her new
language of English. Of course, as research has since made very
clear, an ongoing stream of communication with our babies is key
to their development, even if they've been around the same
language from day one.
feel so lucky that I was able to give Molly the early support
she built upon to become the bright, curious and outgoing
seventh-grader she is today.
But I know
millions of moms right here in America are having a much tougher
time than I did, and they're not always able to give their kids
the books, attention and high-quality early learning experiences
that give babies and toddlers a leg up.
As a result, the
15 million U.S. children growing up in poverty are typically
more than 18 months behind their better-off peers by the time
they enter school. Many never catch up.
So I'm very
thankful that tonight at 10 p.m. the new PBS documentary series
A Path Appears is showing that these children are not a lost
In the film's
"Breaking the Cycle of Poverty" episode, Save the Children
Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner takes New York Times columnist
Nicholas Kristof to rural West Virginia to see how an innovative
home-visiting program is turning the status quo on its head.
They meet Save the
Children's local home visitor, Tonya Bonecutter, who brings
books, developmental activities and other critical support into
the homes of struggling local families. Whenever possible, Tonya
starts visiting moms during pregnancy. She also helps moms and
other caretakers forge early connections with the school their
child will eventually attend.
The result are
Keep in mind that
the children we serve not only live in poverty, they face an
average of four additional multiple risk factors -- such as teen
parents, parents who didn't finish school and substance abuse.
Yet 80 percent of children in our programs score at or above the
national average on pre-literacy tests at age 3 and again at age
5. These kids enter school not only ready to learn but ready to
Can you imagine
living in a country where every child got the strong start they
need to reach their full potential?
As Kristof says in
the film, "It's so much easier to prevent problems on the front
end, then to spend money to try and fix things on the back end."