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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Printing & Publishing, Youth Development Programs

Mission: "EDU DESIGNS is dedicated to produce and distribute multimedia materials for the education, motivation and character development of children" We are "Building Brains And Hearts Through The ARTS!"

Results: Thousands of children and their parents get a positive impact from our outreach! We donate our time and materials to schools, teachers and students, including my Art Book, SEE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT! You can help too, by sharing our resources with others. Please click on "Write a Review" here: https://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/edu-designs to tell us how YOU think the arts help kids. Then get a free download of Ruth's Art Book and more resources here: http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/thank-you-for-caring/ Thank you so much for helping!

Target demographics: provide media for character development

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of students, parents and teachers.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Free Art Presentations, Books and materials and Parenting Tools. Founded by Emmy Award Winning Animation artist & Author Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, EDU DESIGNS provides tools for positive behavior and character development through the ARTS and through GoMommyGO®, a registered trademark of EDU DESIGNS.

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Dominique K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known Ruth, founder of Edu designs to help everyone she meets. I have witnessed her interacting with young mothers and fathers, and truly encouraging them and in the nicest way, reaching out and modeling good parenting to them. I would highly recommend Edu designs to any parents who are in need of great parenting skills. Ruth has made a special place for art education with this non-profit and kids LOVE it! The non-profit pairs visual aids with skills and resources, creating an easy way for parents and children to understand and communicate, that goes beyond language. I highly recommend this non-profit.

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Ruth Elliott THANK YOU, Dominique! I am so thankful for your stunning contribution to our animated project, "SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU" Your art has reached people all over the world! http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/somebody-needs-you-needs-you/

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Edu Design is a great non profit producing artwork that is easily accessible to children (of all ages). A valuable use of creative talent and sage advice, it has a series of resources available that you will come back to over and over.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Wow! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Riccardo! I appreciate your kindness in sharing this with us!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Arts are important for children's character development. Please continue your gallant and creative work in this vital area.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you so much for your kindness!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I deal with lots of children of different age ranges and abilities.
Their range , scope and stories help to illustrate what we try
to teach our kids anyway, but the medium of animation and music
is a much better way of getting those messages across.
Ruths company Edu Designs really helps to get those messages
across and I want to thank them for helping me to help them.
Thanks Ruth.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Wow. What a nice thing to say. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and caring!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great message and love the voices and the animation! Looking forward to seeing more!
dianneknudsen@comcast.net

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you so much, Dianne!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charming short video is perfect for young children who want to help others but don't feel empowered. The young character walks past several problems without realizing that she could help. Not until she picked up a fallen fruit from an elderly man's grocery bag and returned it does she realize she can help. Small acts of kindness are so easy to do, and the gratitude given encourages young children to help more often.
The video is just right for a young child- it has no distractions from the theme and the colors and music used are pleasant.
This is, in my opinion, perfect for preschool and younger primary school children.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thanks so much for watching "Somebody NEEDS You!". So happy you feel kids will 'get' the message!

3 Sinead N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful idea and concept. I love the beautiful simple message behind this project. Regardless of you age or ability there is always something you can do to help. This is something I try to instill in my children and I can share this video with them to show them how opportunities can present themselves by just opening their minds and hearts

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Just what I love to hear! So glad it hit the mark!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read what you posted this morning and feel that it would be perfect to use during one of my 4th grade Leadership Team meetings at my school. Though I am "officially" a kindergarten teacher, I started the team 3 years ago because I felt the need for the diverse student population in my school to be taught leadership skills at a younger age. Thanks for your email!

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edudesigns.org 10/22/2014

Thank you so much for your own leadership skills, which I am sure will be an inspiration to the students you serve! Please contact me personally at: director@edudesigns.org to receive the Art Book download I promised you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I turn to Ruth often in my work with behaviorally challenged children and their families. I love the positive approach and simple charts. Thank you.

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edudesigns.org 10/22/2014

Thank you very much for doing everything you do to help the children! I know it makes a difference. Please contact me personally at: director@edudesigns.org to receive a download of my Art Book for children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ruth Elliot is amazing, She is the giving Tree. Super mom. To be in her presents is so nice, she makes you feel at ease and pleasant.

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edudesigns.org 10/05/2014

Thank you so much, John. You can tell a tree by it's fruits and it takes one to know one! I appreciate you, too! Ruth

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the board, I can personally say I've never met anyone as dedicated to a cause as Ruth Elliot. She has given so much of her own time and money to this project, one that she believes in wholeheartedly. EDU Designs is a personal project spawned from her desire to help the children of the world. While highly ambitious, she has never faltered, and I have nothing but respect for her and her organization.

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edudesigns.org 09/26/2014

Each person makes a difference. Your help is invaluable! Thank you for your 'Vote of confidence!' :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a master life coach and parenting mentor I love to refer my Super Moms Coaching tribe to EDU DESIGNS! It's so important for parents to spell out clearly what they expect from their children and REWARD them for their obedience. EDU DESIGNS have engaging chore charts ready made with built-in incentives. Excellent resource for parents!

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edudesigns.org 09/25/2014

Thanks so MUCH for referring other moms to our resources! I appreciate you! Blessings, Ruth

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

EDU DESIGNS aims at introducing and fomenting art aimed at children, a task made essential given the drastic cuts to the arts curriculum in so many school systems. Ruth Elliot, the spark plug powering EDU DESIGNS is truly dedicated to not only bring art to children but also helping parents to participate; in the process building a bond between parents and children

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edudesigns.org 09/25/2014

Thank you SO much for sharing your kind words and adding insight to the process of what we are doing to help children's character development. I appreciate you! Ruth

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank-you so much for all the great ideas. When I feel at a loss as to how to handle a situation with my grandchildren your website is invaluable. I have more confidence with the information you provide to help them feel loved by my awareness of their needs and to give them that support.

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edudesigns.org 09/24/2014

Thank you so much, Carri! Your comment means a lot to me! I tried to find an email address to send you your copy of SEE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT! - my Art textbook for children, but it didn't show up when I clicked your name. Please email me here and I will send your free download: rewards@edudesigns.org THANKS AGAIN! Ruth

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a Cognitive Therapist and work with children and teens having ODD, CD, AD/HD coupled with emotional problems. The behavior charts Ruth offers work marvelously in maintaining the objectives and reaching the goals of children.
Thank you Ruth for all your work.

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edudesigns.org 09/24/2014

Thank you so much Safa! I appreciate all you are doing for kids, and so glad my behavior charts are helping! Best, Ruth

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Special Education Teacher (SDC-high school), I was deeply impressed with how Ruth was able to actively engage my students with art projects and music. The lessons were valuable, fun, and rewarding for the students. I strongly strongly recommend Ruth for art lessons, art books, or anything related to this. If she can actively engage approximately 20 students with severe developmental delays, low attention spans, and difficulties with holding pencils for over 90 minutes, I cannot help but wonder how much other populations would love this!!! Highest recommendation!!!!!

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edudesigns.org 09/24/2014

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share with your students. It was a joy to see how much they got involved in the lessons and had fun, too! You are doing a great service to the world. I applaud you, as well!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This past Sunday (9/12/2014) the New York Times ran "The Way to Beat Poverty" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. As I read, I was reminded of Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon's work with young parents and their children through EduDesigns, and her emphasis on encouragement, communication, and especially physical affection.

Kristof and WuDunn write: "A series of studies have found similar patterns in humans. Scientists can measure cortisol in an infant’s saliva, and babies turn out to be easily stressed. Anything from loud noises to hunger to a soiled diaper floods the child’s brain with cortisol. But when Mom or Dad hugs the child, the stress and cortisol almost disappear...Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, founder of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University...argues that the constant bath of cortisol in a high-stress infancy prepares the child for a high-risk environment. The cortisol affects brain structures so that those individuals are on a fight-or-flight hair trigger throughout life, an adaptation that might have been useful in prehistory. But in today’s world, the result is schoolchildren who are so alert to danger that they cannot concentrate. They are also so suspicious of others that they are prone to pre-emptive aggression." SOURCE:

In an economic environment in which support programs for at-risk mothers are being cut back rather than expanded, Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon steps in with simple, nurturing and profoundly empowering help.

These young people and their babies are our future. Thanks to EduDesigns, that future is a little brighter for all of us.

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edudesigns.org 09/17/2014

The article is profound. Good to know I'm on the right track! Thank you, CGBlick. Here's the link to it: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-the-way-to-beat-poverty.html

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edudesigns.org 09/17/2014

PS - Thank you, CGBlick - for also referencing my blog on the importance of HUGS! http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/hugs/

3 Ansah

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dear Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to copies some of your books for the past one year. We want you to know that we have appreciated your humanitarian works. Your cooperation has helped us run smoothly and has led to establish new NGO Reward Foundation Ghana. We look forward to many more years of mutually beneficial association and wish your organization the success that it deserves. Thanks
Eric Ansah
Ghana West Africa.

3 Margaret22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today's kids are going up in a media driven world designed specifically to command their full attention and stimulate their senses with out providing any fundamental skill sets or tools a child needs. EDU Designs want to help parents, caregivers and teachers how to creatively incorporate character building through simple delivery methods. The behavior charts made me realize how much I acknowledged the "negative" behaviors and had all but forgotten to reward the positive. I am grateful. The rewards have made a huge difference in my kids behavior and now we are spending a lot more "quality" time together !!

1 Ruth E.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My mother would always tell me how important it was to take advantage of your chance to learn when you are young- that when you are older you will be so busy working you may not get the chance you have now. This is one of the things that I love about EDU DESIGNS. They are investing in kids WHILE THERE'S STILL HOPE!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

You gave me copies of the behavior charts for my grandchildren when I was your husbands nurse at St Bernardines. I love the charts for the positive reinforcements! I pray you and your hubby are well. Thanks for the great info! With love..Diana Van Leuven Johnson