Work Hard, Play Hard

2019-06-18T13:51:03+00:00May 13th, 2019|Adult Education, Bright Beginnings, General News|

Work Hard, Play Hard Throughout the month of February, the Bright Beginnings moms prepared homemade boxed lunches for staff and volunteers as a fundraiser for their end-of-year celebration. Week after week, the moms banded together, collaborated different menu items, and delegated different roles. Some bought ingredients, others prepared meals in their own kitchens, and [...]

It’s a Holly, Jolly Christmas at Grace Place

2019-01-03T17:31:55+00:00December 27th, 2018|Adult Education, After-School High School, AP Leadership, Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

It’s a Holly, Jolly Christmas at Grace Place! All week long, families, staff, and volunteers hosted Christmas themed events and brought the Christmas Spirit to our campus for all our amazing students. To kick off the festivities, our Bright Beginnings moms hosted a special Christmas presentation and impressed staff and volunteers alike. With [...]

Bright Beginnings Classrooms Celebrate Thanksgiving

2018-11-27T17:40:19+00:00November 24th, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

Bright Beginnings Classrooms Celebrate Thanksgiving Our Bright Beginnings preschoolers and moms got a nice break from their busy routines and hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in our classrooms.  Many of our students and parents are new to Thanksgiving and this was a great chance to teach them the origins of this gratifying holiday [...]

PIZZA! COME GET YOUR PIZZA!

2018-10-29T14:34:02+00:00October 10th, 2018|Bright Beginnings, General News, Leader in Me|

Through Dramatic Play, Children Prepare for the Real World A group of preschoolers playing pizza shop may seem like a simple afternoon of clean fun, but they’re engaging in a positive learning experience called dramatic (or pretend) play.  The process of “pretending” builds skills in many essential developmental areas and offers proven benefits [...]

Bright Beginnings Moms Learn the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

2018-07-31T19:51:02+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Adult Education, Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families offer valuable tools for developing and sustaining a strong family culture in a turbulent world. Six mothers enrolled in Grace Place for Children and Families’ Bright Beginnings program participated in a workshop to learn the 7 Habits this month. No family is free from challenges, from its own [...]

Meet César

2018-07-05T17:57:34+00:00July 25th, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

Another Bright Beginning... César will start kindergarten in August. When he does, he won’t just be “kindergarten ready.” He is performing above average for his age in cognitive, literacy, and social/emotional skills. He will enter school for the first time already well-acclimated to a classroom environment. He will start with the ability to count [...]

Kindergarten Ready

2018-05-17T19:01:31+00:00May 17th, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

MEET RICARDO When Ricardo started the Bright Beginnings program at Grace Place he barely spoke a word of English, not that you would know, because he barely spoke at all. "Ricardo was one of the shyest little boys I've ever met. He would cry every time we ventured out of the classroom [...]

Remembering Barbara Bush

2018-06-07T15:44:34+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, Family Literacy, General News, Staff|

Remembering Barbara Bush Barbara Bush’s philanthropy and advocacy has changed lives across the world. As a champion for literacy, she knew the boundless value in simply being able to read a book to your child, in being their first teacher. As we mourn the loss of this change maker, I wonder how many [...]

The Christmas Spirit Abounds

2017-12-21T19:03:47+00:00December 21st, 2017|Adult Education, AP Leadership, Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

There was an abundance of Christmas spirit at Grace Place this December as programs celebrated the season with special parties and events.   Mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers came together at the Bright Beginnings Christmas Festival to celebrate with educational Christmas themed activities. Even Santa himself made an appearance. The mom's in [...]

Visit from the Humane Society of Naples

2017-11-13T16:21:51+00:00November 13th, 2017|Bright Beginnings, General News|

This year Grace Place has added a schedule of special visits and field trips to the Early Childhood Education component of the Bright Beginnings program. Most recently, the children enjoyed a visit from the Humane Society of Naples. The children spent the week before the visit learning about pets. They learned about the characteristics [...]