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Waiting by the Window: Building a Child's Love for Reading

Thursday, September 27, 2018

It was getting chilly. Fall was upon us. Pretty soon it would be too cold for Jacob to play out in the backyard every day. Next year he would be in kindergarten, but for now it was up to me to keep his mind occupied during the afternoon hours.

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A Place to Belong: The Impact of Affordable, High-Quality Childcare

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Our budget was already tight, now the outrageous cost of childcare had threatened to make my return to work impossible. Then, my friend told me about the STARS - an educational based after-school enrichment program. It seemed like a perfect financial fit for us, but would it also fit our girls’ needs...

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Rough Waters: Navigating Life’s Challenges to Keep Families Connected

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

There are certain details I recall about my dad from when I was younger. But, my most vivid memory is more of a dream. I’m standing on a dock in Port Clinton, staring out at the rough waters on a stormy day, waiting for him to show up to take me out on the lake again...

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An Early Arrival: Pacing Hospital Rooms to Playing at the Park

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

This was all so new to Angela and me. We had two boys before Ethan; both born at full-term. We were truly operating in uncharted territory. “There could be some developmental effects as well,” the doctor said. “Things like physical development and communication. But these are things we won’t know until Ethan grows and becomes a little older.”

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Reflections of Fatherhood: Facing the Past with the Support of our Community

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

I looked at my son in the rearview mirror. Relaxed and peaceful in the comfort of sleep, perhaps the only place he truly felt safe anymore. What had he been through that week? No... further back than that… what had he gone through even before his mother had disappeared with him was unthinkable.

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Coming Out of Your Shell: Finding Confidence from Camp

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Ready to extinguish the campfire, Rian noticed a boy sitting on a nearby log. He was drawing shapes in the dirt with the stick he’d used for roasting marshmallows. Looking at the boy, he felt like he was looking at his own reflection when he’d first joined Cub Scouts...

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No Small Thing: A Back-to-school Story

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Grace was determined to set her children up for academic success, but could not get over the high cost of school supplies. With three school-age children and a little one on the way, she joins the thousands of parents in the community facing the same challenge.

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There’s Still Hope: Not Giving Up on our Communities

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

No matter what North Toledo was going through, the Club felt like a beacon of hope. It may sound silly, but, just the Club itself was such a well-kept facility. It was something every neighbor appreciated and loved.

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Lost and Found: Financial Challenges in Accessing Quality Educational Childcare

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

When Claire’s mom relapsed - having her in the home of a loving family member was the best case scenario. But, this is certainly easier said than done. Claire’s closest relative, her aunt, soon discovered she was in a difficult financial situation. She didn’t qualify for government subsidies and she also couldn’t afford Claire’s childcare fees on her own.

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Hubs: A Four-Letter Word, Changing Student Lives

Monday, June 11, 2018

All Kay wanted for her son, Tyrell, was to have time to be a kid. Sometimes that is easier said than done, however, the Schools as Community Hubs strategy can add an important layer of support…

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