Archives for March 2014

Bright Beginnings launches its Young Professional Advisory Board

Join as an Inaugural Member!
Bright Beginnings’ Young Professional Advisory Board is kicking off an exciting year with fun and informative events, lunch-and-learn member call-ins, and more!

Membership and Benefits

  • $75 membership fee if you sign up before or at the kickoff event on April 10th ($150 for new members thereafter)
  • Complimentary access to Bright Beginnings’ Young Professional Advisory Board events
  • Complimentary access to “How are the Children?” bi-monthly conference calls
  • Complimentary access to “Professional Development” quarterly conference calls
  • Discounts and perks at other Bright Beginnings events
  • Individual and/or company name listed as a member on Bright Beginnings website and other printed material

Mark your calendars!

Downtown Denver Happy Hour with Senator Mike Johnston
April 10, 2014 | 5:00–6:30PM
Non-members: $25 | Members: No charge
Charcoal Restaurant | 43 W. 9th Ave., Denver CO 80204

Grab a drink, enjoy some appetizers and get the political scoop from one of Colorado’s youngest state senators. Come learn how Mike got into politics and hear his humorous stories of being a dad of 5-year-old twins and a toddler.

Dog Days of Summer Happy Hour
Non-members: $25 | Members: No charge
Date, Time, Location, Speaker TBD

Beat the summer heat with a cool beverage, learn more about early childhood development from an engaging speaker and network with your fellow Young Professionals.

Members Only Conference Calls

“How are the Children?” call-ins from your office on Wednesdays every other month. Learn the latest news in early childhood education from Bright Beginnings stakeholders and thought leaders.

Senator Mike Johnston
May 21, 2014 | noon – 1PM
Get update on the latest legislation and how it impacts kids.

Young Professional Development Calls
Quarterly call-ins with Colorado business leaders who will share tips and lessons about the successes and setbacks that have shaped their careers.

Next Steps

To join our Young Professional Advisory Board, click “Sign Up” below:

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Feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and friends. If you have questions, email Hannah Longmore at

We look forward to seeing you at our first networking event in April!

Brady Alshouse and Patrick Pugh
Co-Chairs, Young Professional Advisory Board

Celebrate Dr. Seuss: Read with the Children in Your Life

This week, early childhood development and literacy advocates across the country are celebrating the life and work of Theodor Seuss Geisel. The author, also known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. In honor of his birthday, why not commit to reading more with the children in your life? We here at Bright Beginnings invite you to explore a new book and experience the power of reading together.

drseuss06Check out one of Dr. Seuss’s colorful stories and enter the richly imaginative, fantastical worlds brought to life through his words and illustrations. From The Cat in the Hat, to Green Eggs and Ham, to The Lorax and many more, there is no shortage of fun to be had, all while stimulating children’s natural curiosity and promoting language development.

Remember, the foundation for early literacy is laid in the first several years of life. While children do not actually read before 3, they do learn that reading is fun and interesting. They develop print awareness, noticing that other people use reading and writing in daily life and enjoy it, and that letters and words are all around them. They also build phonemic awareness, recognizing sounds and patterns in the language they hear and speak. This interest in language is critical for later success when children begin to read on their own. And, the more words children hear early on, the greater their vocabulary when they enter kindergarten.

So, be sure to engage the children in your life by reading, talking, listening and singing together every day! Here are a few tips to guide you:

  • Let children help choose the books you read together.
  • Find a comfortable and quiet place to sit closely together while you read.
  • Read with fun in your voice; make the story come to life with humor and expressions.
  • Use the pictures and objects in the book to engage children as you read. Imitate animal sounds, point to objects and say their names. Ask children to name objects, practice saying words with them and praise their efforts to verbalize.
  • When children are a bit older (24-36 months), talk about the story you’ve just read. Ask questions about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Take children to the library regularly and explore different kinds of books.
  • Know when to stop. Put the book away for a while if children lose interest.

Do you have another tip for making reading fun and engaging? Perhaps you already have a favorite Dr. Seuss book, or you’ve recently discovered a new one? Share it with us!