|Changes to simple interactions help with language development|
Parents in the pilot class agree. One parent told us that, "I was surprised at how subtle, simple changes in your everyday interactions with your toddler can make a BIG impact on their speech...I know [my son] is really benefiting because his older brother recently mentioned, 'Wow! He's really talking a lot more!'"
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation funding will pay for critical non-salary aspects of running Jump Into Speech, such as equipment and supplies that are specific to the class. These items will contribute to the sustainability of the class since they can be used over time in more classes.
This grant is just one example of how Rec&Ed's First Steps division is addressing the loss of about $50,000 in annual state funding. Over the past few months, First Steps staff, a dedicated group of First Steps parents and I have worked to identify a variety of strategies to help fill the gap. Look for a future blog about these ideas and how you can help.
For more information, visit the First Steps-Ann Arbor website or email Marj Hyde.