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    Important Tax Information for Families

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, November 15,2016
    You may have heard that the IRS recently announced that 2016 tax refunds including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), and/or the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) will not be issued until February 15, 2017.  Before you panic and start getting upset with the…

    The Salvation Army 2016 Christmas Assistance!

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Monday, October 17,2016
    (ELYRIA RESIDENTS ONLY) 716 BROAD ST   ELYRIA, OH 44035     Applications will be accepted on the following dates and times: Wednesday, October 19th from 10am to 2:00pm Wednesday, October 26th from 10am to 2:00pm Wednesday November 2nd from 10am to 2:00pm   Please bring the following information when…

    Television: Talking Violence

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, September 22,2016
    Television: Talking Violence As of late, watching the nightly news has become a challenge. For the last six weeks without a seeming break, I have been fed a steady diet of gun violence and loss related to the shootings in Orlando, Dallas, and Baton Rouge. Just last week, the focus…

    10 Ways to Prepare for Kindergarten & Life!

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, September 21,2016
    The Top Ten Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten & Life!    10. Encourage your child to participate in play dates with friends. Life is all about getting along with others. Children need to learn how to play together and work out differences. 9. Read books…

    4 Steps to Volunteering as a Family

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, September 08,2016
    With families juggling work, kids, school, sports, elderly relatives, and countless activities, it is easy to feel frazzled and disconnected from each other’s lives. But experts in family health have a solution: volunteer together! Even families with very young children can choose one or two volunteer events a year and…

    September’s Literacy Events

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, September 08,2016
    Check out these awesome Literacy Activities the Elyria Public Library System is holding in the month of September!  We're especially proud of Little Explorers STEM! At Central branch--320 Washington Avenue: Sept 10 - Twist and Shout Saturday Sing Along @ 2 pm, Ages 3-5, Registration Required Swing in for a musical…

    Is that Developmentally Appropriate?

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Friday, August 19,2016
    There are great differences between our young learners.  This must be taken into consideration when we are planning our intentional teaching opportunities and setting our expectations for our own children. We must keep in mind:  what is age appropriate based on development what is individually appropriate for that child what…

    10 Back to School Reading Tips

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, August 16,2016
    School starts in Elyria tomorrow!!   No matter if your little one is entering preschool, kindergarten, or beyond the start of school is an exciting time of year.  How can you prepare your children for reading success?  Here are 10 tips:  Set a routine – Having a morning and evening routine…

    Books for Kids Starting School

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, August 11,2016
    Starting school can be an emotional roller coaster for kids!  First day of daycare, preschool, or kindergarten, kids can feel anxious, curious, scared, and excited all at the same time!  The Elyria Public Library recommends these books to help calm the jitters and give your child an idea of what…

    What is this Sales Tax Holiday?

    Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, August 03,2016
    August is here which means it is almost time for everyone to go back to school! There are lots of great deals and steals on school supplies this time of year but if you really want to save, be sure to take advantage of this weekend’s Sales Tax Holiday. What…