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Childhood Quality Matters Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth

Mission: Nurture and nature's mission is to provide children with a safe, fun, nurturing, and educational environment where they learn mutual respect for themselves and others. To help create balance in intellectual and social growth and foster self-esteem, the center considers the child's perceptions and stage of development as part of the learning process. Staff members understand that parents are the first and most important teachers that a child has. Therefore, parents are involved in the center through daily communications and by assisting with fundraising, special projects and wish lists. Several parents also serve on the board of directors.

Programs: Nurture and nature is made up of five special rooms - infants, pre-toddlers, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and kindergarten. Staff members prepare lesson plans for their rooms that welcome children to explore at their own discretion and speed. Teachers balance each day with group/individual time, teacher-directed time, and free play time. Additional activities and enrichment programs, such as music lessons, theme days and field trips are also provided on a regular basis. During the year ended june 30, 2018, nurture and nature provided services to 62 children.

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Rating: 5

I have been listening to Rona Renner's show since it began around 2002 or so. At the time I had two boys, and basically just enjoyed the various topics about parenting, plus learning about other areas such as children and disabilities. What I liked best was the format of hearing from experts in the field, and then hearing from the callers who are just parents like myself. I think this combination works extremely well for this type of show. Childhool Matters went off the air for some time, and I missed it. Several years later, I gave birth to identical twins boys. When my twins were 4 yrs old, my marriage fell apart just around the time I was trying to convince my husband that something wasn't right with them. It was such a difficult and emotional time. I remembered one of Rona's shows from years before because I remembered how interesting it was: about Autism. I did my own computer research and decided "that's what my twins have!" and this eventually led to a successful diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Since they are high-functioning, it looked like just a language delay and difficult behavior, but finally I was relieved to know it was a real disorder and that I could now work on the treatments. I was working with Contra Costa Child Care Council and went to one of their events one day, and there was Rona at a booth. I went over and met her, and my tears just wouldn't hold back because it was due to her show that I realized as a parent, I should follow my gut no matter what everyone else said. Basically I was the only one show believed there was something wrong with my twins. And I give that credit to Childhood Matters, because this show really advocates for children. It was because of this show, that I even suspected Autism. Before that, I knew nothing about this disorder. I have been an avid listener, and when I can't listen to the show live I listen later on podcast. I have also been a regular participant because I feel with my experiences I have a lot to offer. This show is truly about giving valuable information to caregivers (not only parents) in our community. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and Childhood Matters is exactly about bringing us all together for that purpose. To me, this show is a valuable resource and has touched on so many topics that are relevent to my family.