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Katie commented on Neighborbaby Talent Squad

Really enjoyed reading through your proposal! I love that you are taking an approach that allows children to have a stake in their community and develop a sense of responsibility. So many times they aren't given the opportunity to contribute to the environments they are a part of.

Also love that you are utilizing the entire neighborhood. Investing in the youngest members will have big payouts for the entire neighborhood in the long run and what a way to create the best possible environment for young ones to grow in.

What challenges have you faced with the project thus far?

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Katie commented on Learning through STEAM Storybook Kits

I am very interested to see how these progress. I can see these becoming a staple item in classrooms, especially with the big push for STEM/STEAM. Libraries may also be interested as it would be fairly easy to inventory them and circulate them to patrons. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Katie L.

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Katie commented on The Great Equalizer: Eliminating the Gap

Hello!
    As an Early Literacy Coordinator who works to help low income families help their children learn at home I think this is a wonderful idea. It would the families we work with the knowledge they need to provide a solid start for their little ones. I know you stated you envision this happening at hospitals and pediatricians offices. Does your community have a Nurse Family Partnership or similar organization where a nurse visits a first time expecting mom on a weekly basis to talk about prenatal care and fetal development? Our local group stays with the family until the child is two and explains their child's development and how to work with them. A group like this could really help further your idea.

Since you are aimed at low income families, have you thought about transportation and how families would get to the classes? Are you envisioning classes to take place after normal working hours so that working families would be able to attend?