The Time is Now

Imagine this:
You spend $150 per week on care for yourself. This “care” is advertised as supposedly preparing you for a future career, exercising your mind and body.
What you end up getting is several hours a day with a group of others like yourself, all being cared for by someone who doesn’t understand the best ways to teach you and isn’t clear on exactly what you should be able to do.
Would you demand a refund by the end of the week?
My guess is yes. And yet, for roughly 40% of our children under the age of five in Alabama, this is their reality. Child care in the United States is too often seen as glorified babysitting. Programs advertise using a curriculum and offering activities, but, more often than not, children are simply allowed to do as they please (within reason…most of the time). Our “standards” are not where they should be; they don’t look out for our children’s best interests.
Why, you ask? Easy: our society doesn’t put enough emphasis on the importance of the earliest years. We worry about our children once they get to the public school system, but pass over them until then.
It’s hard to turn on any media source without hearing or seeing the latest “hot topic” these days, mainly gun control. Society is crying out for the right and responsibility to protect our children, but what about their right to a solid educational foundation? Where are those supporters?
Social change doesn’t happen with silence and passivity.
The time has come, dear friends, to start getting angry at the injustice of early childhood education and our young children; after all, these will be our leaders and lawmakers soon enough. Shouldn’t we want them to have the best start?
Learn more about what Childcare Resources does to assist local early childhood teachers, families, the community, and what you can do to help!
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Tips for TEMPO!

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We look forward to you joining us for TEMPO – A Family Fun Festival.

Our event is on the West Green directly across 1st Avenue South from the new Regions Field baseball stadium. The BLUE line is the best line for Railroad Park access.

Parking downtown can be confusing! Keep these tips in mind:

  • Parking: Parking is limited close to the park. Here are our suggested parking options.
  • NOTE: The entire block of 18th Street to 19th Street between Morris Avenue and 3rd Avenue South will be CLOSED from 9 – 11:30 AM for the cycling events.
  • DART Trolley: Because there is a game Saturday evening, the downtown trolley DART system will be available for free starting at 10 am Saturday for you or your family’s use.

Activities/Entertainment: There will be much to see and do at TEMPO – A Family Fun Festival. Checkout the fun-filled schedule below!

10:00 am                   Cahaba Cycles Mock Crit Race

10:00                          Stage: BC/BS Zumba

10:30                          Family Bike Ride

10:30                          Stage: HEAL Dance

11:00                          Stage: The Checkerboard Guy

11:30                          Stage: Si Reasoning Improv Rhythm Activity

12:00 pm                   BUMP Skills and Safety Clinic, 12 and under

12:30                          Stage: Mommy & Me Time Fitness Mommy Fit 

1:00                            Stage: BC/BS Zumba

1:30                            Stage: The Checkerboard Guy

See you tomorrow!
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P.S. Check out all of our awesome partners and sponsors!

Top 10 Reasons to Attend TEMPO this Saturday!

TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND TEMPO THIS SATURDAY:
 
10. Participate in a family bike ride downtown!
9. You can meet members of the Birmingham Barons!
8. Learn about bike skills and safety for riders under 12, presented by BUMP!
7. Get free bike repair and maintenance lessons from BiciCoop and Redemptive Cycles!
5. You might win a bike from Cahaba Cycles!
4. “Funderstanding” activities: children’s games and activities provided by local nonprofits, with updated information for parents!
3. The first 500 children will receive a free bike helmet from Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris!
2. Have you seen how beautiful the weather is going to be Saturday?
1. It’s a great way to spend the day in Railroad Park with the whole family!
 
So, grab your bike and helmet, pack up the family and join us at TEMPO!
 
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Are you ready for TEMPO?

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TEMPO: you’ve seen us posting about it a lot lately…but what is it? It’s new, FREE family event in Railroad Park, that’s what!

Check out this quick slideshow for an overview, then visit us online for more details

Oh, and one more thing, “Join” the event on Facebook to help spread the word!

See you next Saturday!