Summer Exposure To The Arts Enhances Literacy

She didn’t know it, but this summer was going to be life changing for Tayla Scott.  A visiting Kuumba* teaching artist introduced Tayla to poetry and poetry resonated with her.  The artist noticed this and spent time encouraging Tayla’s interest in poetry.  Tayla began seeking poetry books and reading more.  Her confidence increased so much […] Read More

Elliot’s Story

The first day of Kindergarten is a scary time for parents. Our son Elliot has Down Syndrome and faced a long journey to be ready for that big day. But thanks to Rochester Childfirst Network, we’re confident he’s ready to take that next big step. Literally taking any steps was a big obstacle for Elliot. […] Read More

Kale Chips

Making healthy snack choices is huge in our  school age classrooms. Miss G. and I polled the class on some of their favorite snacks. Not surprisingly, chips were a recurring favorite. “Did you know you can make chips from fruits and vegetables, and they too can be healthy snacks?!” We were met with groans and […] Read More

RCN Implementing Teaching Pyramid

We were very excited to welcome Dr. Rob Corso, Executive Director of The Pyramid Model Consortium, to conduct an online training on Friday, June 26th at RCN and to welcome him to Rochester, NY for a special in person training of the Pyramid Model on August 24th and 25th. This exciting professional development session kicks off […] Read More

Thank you to Glover-Crask!

We extend a special thank you to our friends at the Glover-Crask Charitable Trust who have supported RCN’s Backyard Adventures Summer Program since 2008. Their generous gift provides educational field trips, STEM and Arts Integration for our school age children this summer. Thank you for partnering with us to create great summer fun and learning […] Read More

A Message from Lynn Lubecki and Wendy Lehmann

Although adults often use New Year’s Eve as a time of reflection, those of us who are lucky to have children in our lives place more significance on June as a milestone on the calendar. The culmination of a school year is cause for celebration and an opportunity for well-earned praise on completing a year-long […] Read More