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Over the next several weeks, we will explore how supporting high quality child care and early education is an important action that we all can take to help eradicate systemic poverty.
Week 5 of 6: Participation in high-quality early care can help children avoid special education, grade repetition, early parenthood, and incarceration – all outcomes that imply large costs for government and for society.
Week 4 of 6: Access to quality daycare may also open the door for parents to further their education in order to improve their career prospects. Those individual benefits can be substantial, and life-changing.
Week 3 of 6: Much of the most critical brain development in children takes place before they even reach kindergarten. A widely-cited study tracked verbal interactions in the home involving children up to age 3 from 3 socio-economic groups. By age 3, children from the poorest families heard 30 million fewer words than those from more affluent families. Early childhood education can help mitigate these differences and help close the achievement gap.
Week 2 of 6: Research shows that high-quality child care can have long-term benefits for children, including increased cognitive abilities, improved language development, better relationships with peers, and less conflict with caregivers. However, these benefits may not be realized if the quality of care is low.
Week 1 of 6: Reliable, high-quality child care and early education enables parents to work so they can support their families and lift them out of poverty and gives children the learning opportunities they need for a strong start.
The Eradicating Systemic Poverty working group, with support of Mission, is hosting a "shower" for The Aspen Center for Child Development this summer and we hope you will join us! The Aspen Center is a program of our mission partner, The OUR Center. Their mission is to provide care that enhances the social, intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of children and their families from all income levels in and around the Longmont community, and support those in need toward self-sufficiency. Over the next several weeks, we will explore how supporting high quality child care and early education is an important action that we all can take to help eradicate systemic poverty. And a shower is just fun!
We invite you to have some fun purchasing needed items to support the Aspen Center. Boxes will be set up in the lobby or overflow room for your donations. Or simply make a donation for this drive on our special offering portal at this link on our website and we will purchase the items for you!
Aspen Center Wish List:
Water Filters | Wooden Stacking Blocks (3)
Plastic Coated Wire | Watercolor Paper | Triangle Mirror Tent
Plastic Mirrors (8) | Mirror Balls (2) | Soaker Hose
Ice packs for owies | Colored tissue paper | Anti-tip furniture straps
Stroller for infants/toddlers | Diaper Genie refills | Chalkboard paint
Oil pastels for children | Baby finger paints | Acrylic/shatterproof mirrors
Free and Clear laundry pods | Soft infant wash cloths
Baby wipes, non-scented | Sand toys | Children’s metal garden tools
Bubbles | Sidewalk chalk | Size C batteries
(Blue highlighted items have specific needs, please click on the links for details.)
OR Calling all CARPENTERS! They would love some Light Boxes built for them. Click here for details and instructions.
This shower will run through August 1.
Thanks for your caring!
The Matthew 25 Eradicating Poverty Working Group
Cheryl, Donna, Linda, Mary, Martha, Jennifer, Erica and David
It is time for planting warm season vegetables. They require higher soil and air temperatures and are always planted after the last frost date. Here in Longmont that date is generally May 15. So, planting tomatoes, peppers, summer squashes, pumpkin, eggplant, cucumbers, melons, and beans should be safe. Once planted, many will grow and continue to produce until late summer or even early fall.
The cool season vegetables may need to be pulled now as the nights stay warmer.
- Yellowing and drying out leaves
- Greens tasting bitter and radishes being tough
- Greens bolting, i.e., producing flowers and seeds
When planting seeds or plant starts where cool season vegetables have been planted, refresh the soil with compost.
Now, when those pesky pests arrive (and they will), the university extension services recommend a program called Integrated Pest Management or IPM. It is a science-based approach that reduces the need for pesticides.
First, Cultural Control: Plant the right plants in the right place and plant varieties that are best for our region. Also, look for varieties that are disease and pest resistant. Encourage beneficial insects to be in the garden by inter-planting flowers such as marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, sunflowers, salvia, and yarrow. These will attract lady beetles (Lady bugs) Lace wings, parasitic wasps, and hover flies which will eat destructive bugs like aphids, thrips and spider mites that feed on your plants. Unfortunately, the pests usually appear first before the help arrives. So be somewhat patient. In addition, water appropriately and do not over fertilize.
Second, Mechanical Control: Physically remove pests by hand pulling or spraying water on aphids. Sometimes just removing the stem that has been infected is enough.
Third, Chemical Control: Pesticides should be used when other non-toxic control methods have been exhausted and once a pest problem has developed to a point where it is severe enough to require action. Consider using botanical pesticides and synthetic organic compounds such as oils, soaps, and detergents. And lastly, use the least toxic pesticide necessary for the project and follow label directions.
In July we will look at what vegetables that will take us through fall and general garden care.
Colorado State University is offering a free, online vegetable gardening course. If you are interested, the deadline for registering June 14. Click here to register.
Are you growing a row to share with the food insecure in our community? Thank you! Share your garden pictures with us during the growing season!
Want to share Grow & Give with your neighbors? Yard signs are being distributed to CSU Extension offices across the state. The signs are free and available until they give them all away! We will have a few to share in the office after June 8 or contact your local Extension office to get your sign! Help share this wonderful outreach to encourage others to participate in your neighborhoods.
We will start accepting your produce donations on Sunday mornings starting June 20th and continue each week until the end of harvest season.
HOW TO DONATE?
You do not need to wash your produce (just remove obvious dirt clumps), but please read these guidelines for Keeping Your Produce Safe for Donation.
There are several options for donating your produce:
We will start accepting the donations June 20 through the end of harvest season on Sunday mornings. Place your fruit/vegetable donation in the baskets on the Giving Garden table located in the Overflow Room. Your donation will be weighed and then shared with The Round Pantry, The OUR Center or HOPE for Longmont on Monday morning. We will NOT be taking produce mid-week in the church office as we do not want it to sit around and spoil in the building. Thank you for your understanding.
Or find your own Grow and Give donation site in Longmont at this link and give whenever it is convenient for you. Please weigh your donation and share that information with Jennifer each time you donate. A bathroom scale works well for weighing at home.
Thank you for helping to end hunger in our community!