One of the major shifts in the massive education industry was the relatively recent awakening of the value of early childhood education. New research has shown that by the time a child is just 5 years old, the brain has undergone 85% of its development. The brain is on overdrive during the years BEFORE children start school.
Grade school and high school teachers are united in their belief that they can see the negative effects of students' early years when their childhood did not include books, music, numbers and games. Parents are their child's learning models - the first teacher the child knows - together they explore nature, read together, cook together and count together.
Parenting is a tough job and no one is born with the talent of being a perfect parent. Parenting has a million tedious aspects to it that are seemingly never-ending. You start off the job with sleep deprivation, you then graduate to dealing with your child's bodily function training and what can be done in public and what cannot. Then you field 724,000 mostly unanswerable questions - like why is the sky blue - and you are just on year 4.
Joseph Rice tripped into discovering a need for parents to get together to share their questions, concerns, fears and successes. It is part networking and part intervention. What started out as an informal networking group has grown into a new nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping parents learn how to prepare their children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
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Joseph Rice moved to Lake Park a few years ago and opened a gutter cleaning business. He also became active in town government and is on the Lake Park Planning and Zoning Board. Through his fiance, he became involved in a kindergarten readiness project and polled parents of pre-K children in Lake Park. He was surprised to see that neither the parents nor the children were adequately prepared for kindergarten. His vision is to have parents engage other parents to enhance the successes and address the challenges of parenting, education and overall community wellness.
Palm Beach SCORE
Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.
SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.