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Congratulations to the Raleigh Young Professionals who served as an OUTDOOR LEARNING DREAM TEAM at Johnson Pond Learning Center in Fuquay Varina. They performed their transformative magic planting trees and flowers, installing a vine teepee and planting strawberries in a repurposed gutter attached to a fence. This work is part of our collaboration with Preventing Obesity by Design through NCSU’s College of Design’s Natural Learning Initiative.
 
Why are we focused on improving playgrounds and outdoor learning environments? Simply put, the benefits of outdoor play cannot be overstated. Not only is it FUN, but it also:
·         Enhances cognitive abilities
·         Improves academic performance
·         Improves social relations and self-discipline
·         Reduces stress
 
Do you want organize your colleagues and friends for Outdoor Learning Dream Team? Write pbarbour@wakesmartstart.org to learn more. To learn more about POD-Wake visit http://www.naturalearning.org/preventing-obesity-design-wake-county-pod-wake.  
To learn more about Wake County SmartStart, go to www.wakesmartstart.org or find us on Facebook!

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The May edition of Building Blocks is out! In this issue we focus on supporting social and emotional well-being in young children. Plus, information on creating a garden classroom, a great story time activity, and Veggie Ernie for snack time!

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Photos from our First Annual Faith Breakfast on March 20, 2014. What an amazing group of people that came together to discuss the importance of early childhood!
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2014-04-16
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Leonor Clavijo, host of "Claro y Directo" interviews Taty Padillo, WCSS NC Pre-K Outreach Assistant, about the new application season for Wake Pre-K and how to apply. This Spanish language radio program will air on La Ley NC 101.1 FM on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30 A.M. Tune in!
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2014-01-09
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What will inspire your work with young children in 2014? Read 10 ideas then share your own! http://ow.ly/sdwp9 #ECE

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Happy #Thanksgivukkah from our families to yours! Note, that our offices will be closed on Thurs & Friday.
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Marbles Kids Museum has a new exhibit for preschoolers called "Ready, Set, School", designed to help get kids ready for kindergarten. Have you had a chance to check it out yet?
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Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS Software, & actress Jennifer Garner went to Washington last week to urge Congress to pass the Strong Start for America's Children Act. http://ow.ly/qZk2U

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[VIDEO] Wondering what's going on in your #baby's mind? This is a must watch for #parents and early educators! #ECE http://ow.ly/qymlJ

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We love these photos so much. “The first day of motherhood is both a baffling and magical time, when the world suddenly contracts down to one tiny being that looks nothing like any baby you’ve ever seen before.” What do you remember about your first day of parenthood? http://ow.ly/qyjif
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