June 28, 2018

Phew!  Before Monday's blog about the new kindergarten, it had been a good long minute since our last post.  Sorry for the sudden absence, folks!

If you have visited us here at High Hopes recently, you may already have an idea of what has kept us away from the blogosphere this month.  If not, allow us to give you a sneak peek of the rooms that were our offices until last week…

As you can see, there are quite a few changes happening for us here at 301 High Hopes Court.  You may recall from a previous post our plan to convert our administrative offices into feeding therapy spaces.  Well, that’s what’s going on right now!  Those spaces are being transformed before our very eyes, as we continue to keep things running all around it.

We are also converting the current staff breakroom...

When exploring the different childcare/ preschool options, my husband, Matt, and I looked no further once we found High Hopes! Like many first-time parents, I was somewhat paranoid (and probably overly cautious) about the safety of my child. I wanted him in a place where I knew he would receive the best care possible! But, unlike many parents that come to High Hopes, my husband and I were not seeking a school for children with special needs. We were aware of the developmental programs offered by High Hopes. However, we just really loved the warm and friendly staff and teachers, the care and attention that each child receives (small class size), and the security. For our son RJ (now 5 years old) and our daughter Maggie-Jo (2 years old), High Hopes has been the only preschool they have...

April 23, 2018

Continuing our round robin of High Hopes’s esteemed directors, the spotlight now shines on the last of these fearless leaders: Melanie Anderson, our Director of Educational Services. This very day, as we publish this spotlight, Melanie celebrates six years of employment with High Hopes, having served the vast majority of that time in her current role. Melanie has remained the Director of Educational Services longer than any other who held the position in the last 15 years. During her time as Director, Melanie has implemented many new programs and protocols to enhance the preschool, fostered a supportive and fun-filled working environment, and completed a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management at Lipscomb University without ever missing a day. Learn how she came to High Hopes and w...

April 19, 2018

Kids are weird. Aren't we all? However, when it comes to differences caused by damage to the brain, it seems we still operate more from fear or a lack of understanding, and many times, understanding only comes through a personal experience. Being the mother of a child with special needs has opened my eyes to ignorance and discrimination, but coincidentally it has also opened up a special pocket of the world that celebrates and shouts inclusion. The Dobsons' family story encompasses struggle and uncertainty, but also joy and community, and discusses the true meaning and impact of the word "inclusion..."

April 12, 2018

Coordinated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Week of the Young Child is a nation-wide celebration of early childhood education.  This annual celebration draws attention to the importance of early childhood education and increases awareness of what that entails, while at the same time encouraging a whole lot of good, all-around family fun. This year’s Week of the Young Child is next week: April 15-21, 2018! Here are some ways we will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child next week at High Hopes!

April 9, 2018

Construction has been underway for some time now, but there’s a lot going on that can’t be seen from the front of our current building – more construction taking place on the south side of the preschool, behind the clinic, and even underground! If you’re not in the construction business (and we definitely aren’t!), it can be difficult to tell just how much is getting done.  So we pulled together some information for you that can hopefully provide a little insight into just how far we’ve come since things really got rolling last October.

How fast does your heart beat?  I can’t begin to explain how enormous that question is to me.  The words “heart” and “beat” put together are so powerfully magnificent.  Heartbeat- passion, vitality, warmth, health.  I have been listening to heartbeats for the last six years religiously.  The first time I really heard one that I paid attention to was during my first pregnancy with our now six-year-old boy. I imagined motherhood to be this lovely journey full of monograms and Pottery Barn nursery decorations.  I envisioned an altered vaccination schedule and never ever needing to pay for education.  I imagined I would drive a beautiful enormous SUV and retain my rocking Pilates body for the long haul.  And with one heartbeat everything changed. Read about Colleen's motherhood journ...

March 12, 2018

Construction is coming along, and we’re getting pretty excited!  We have so many plans and ideas, dreams for how to use our new space.  We’d like to share some of those dreams with you, so we can all be excited together as our expansion takes shape day by day! Some of you already know that the expansion at 303 High Hopes Court is a much-needed addition to our facility.  We’ll be just about doubling our current square footage, and adding several new spaces to enhance our offerings and services. Take a few moments to picture with us some of the ways these new spaces may be used to better serve everyone who walks through the doors of High Hopes Development Center.

You know that famous question you ask yourself everyday...  What am I going to pack my kiddos for lunch today?  Let’s talk about it! It doesn’t have to be a struggle to pack your child’s lunch.  Making a healthy lunch can be made quick and simple.  YOU can make a healthy, nutritious lunch your growing child loves by simply educating yourself and knowing basic nutrition.  Being prepared is half the battle!

February 22, 2018

Charlie’s first day of school just so happened to be the day I gave birth to his brother and sister. This was not planned. Nothing about any of my pregnancies or deliveries or mom-life really was. But ever since he turned two, High Hopes was part of the plan. It’s important as a parent of a child with special needs (or any human really) to build your tribe. You need your people. The ones you can rely on to help without question, to offer an ear without judgment, and who “get” your family and how it works. For us, outside of family, it’s High Hopes.

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