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Review for Focusedkids, Basalt, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

FocusedKids™ is a program started by Kathy Hegberg, M.A., in 2013 in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado. It is a simple curriculum of exercises for use in the classroom and at home, developed for ages 3-8.

Children, parents, and teachers learn about the brain using puppets to represent three parts, a brain chart, and a brain model. Following the brain lesson, they learn simple mindful exercises that support the development of executive function, including skills of self-regulation. Current research is finding that these are foundational skills essential to developing other abilities such as “prosocial” behavior, academic habits, and general life skills.

The other concept that sets the program apart is the use of the “calm down basket” both in the classroom and at home. The basket holds tools that help children calm down and focus their attention any time they need it, without distracting others. This supports the development of the crucial skills of self-regulation.

FocusedKids™ was piloted in a very special mobile preschool program. Operated by the Valley Settlement Project, El Busesito is a classroom on wheels that reaches children who would not otherwise be able to access preschool. El Busesito not only prepares kids but also sees them graduate kindergarten in the top 10% of their class.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Valley Of The Sun Association For The Education Of Young Children, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Valley of the Sun Association for the Education of Young Children is an amazing organization. I have been in the early childhood field for a long time. When I first started in my career, I could always count on VSAEYC to provide excellent professional development to help me provide a developmentally appropriate environment for my young learners. At the time, I worked in Head Start and VSAEYC supported new incoming educators with scholarships to continue pursuing education classes or CEU's. The board members work tirelessly to continue the mission of the state chapter AEYC and the national chapter NAEYC. Thank you for all your hard work , dedication and passion for the Birth to age 8 community.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field