The school year approaches, and it’s time to start thinking about kindergarten. We understand many questions can come to mind in the process of preparing your child, and yourself, for that first year in “big school.” The overarching question: With so many options available, where should we go? As of this year, High Hopes is officially tossing our name into that discussion. In this post, we will outline what our kindergarten will look like – the practical application and benefits of a truly inclusive model of education, the experience and knowledge provided by a highly qualified staff, the deep level of resources available to ensure each child’s complete success, and of course all the fun we’re going to have!
Tomorrow, May 12th, is Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day! A very rare condition, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome is a complex diagnosis about which much is still being discovered. We thought we would detail some helpful information, to do our part to spread awareness of this developmental syndrome. In 1933, a Dutch pediatrician named Cornelia Catharina de Lange took on a young patient who was small for her age and had very distinct, somewhat atypical facial characteristics. She set about the task of researching, describing, and documenting what she had discovered. The syndrome she studied now bears her name: Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.
On April 29th, Music City’s own minor league baseball team the Nashville Sounds will face the New Orleans Baby Cakes in their 12th home game of the season, and High Hopes will be the Charity of the Game! During last year’s 2017 season, the Charity of the Game promotion hosted 30 local nonprofits at various home games, and now High Hopes will take its turn. The game begins at 1:05 PM on a Sunday afternoon, and it promises to be a fun and entertaining afternoon for all! Learn more about the Sounds and this opportunity to show your support for High Hopes in this post...
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!
Sporting the largest community-built playground in the United States, the Crofts’ Historic Home available for seasonal tours, and several dynamic and interactive exhibits with a diverse population of animals, the Zoo continues to up the ante of its offerings. Newer exhibits such as spider monkeys, the interactive Kangaroo Kickabout, and cassowary enclosures continue to be popular among Zoo-goers of all ages. Most recently, on March 15th, the Zoo cut the ribbon on a large addition featuring Andean bears. In the month of April, the Zoo will be offering several unique opportunities for family springtime fun, and that’s what we will highlight in this post. Consider making plans to attend one or more of these awesome community events at the Nashville Zoo!
On Monday, April 2nd, people around the world celebrated Autism Awareness Day, and the entire month of April is Autism Awareness Month. As autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, with more than 3.5 million people diagnosed in the United States alone, we thought we’d shed some light on some of the facts, misconceptions, and varying degrees of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
We’ve recently become aware of a movement to bring inclusion into our public parks here in Franklin, Tennessee!
On February 5th, there is a very important meeting. Master plans are being laid for a new park, the proposed Southeast Municipal Complex. The park would be located on 180 acres, on the east side of Franklin between Interstate 65 and the Harpeth River. Part of the 2015 Parks Comprehensive Master Plan, the time has finally come for the park to begin to take shape, and they are looking for your feedback!
One idea that is gaining momentum, thanks to local community leaders, is to build an inclusive playground, one that would be accessible to every member of Franklin’s growing community. But in order to make this dream a reality, we need your help!