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    Posted March 11, 2014 by
    Edmond, Oklahoma


    Early Birds Program Benefits to Low Income Families
    Joe Peregrin
    Writing Across Media
    Kelly Suchy, a Putnam City Elementary teacher, is doing good works in Oklahoma City, Okla. The program that she founded, called Early Birds, helps lower income families by giving the families a chance to send their kids to school. The program also shows lower income parents ways to help their kids learn when they get older. Putnam City schools are a lower income school district in. Every year, the program is filled up in just a few days. By joining this program, the parent and the child are both benefitted. The parents receive free toys provided by Smart Start, every fall, winter and summer. Smart Start is a company similar to Early Birds. Smart Start is a program founded on providing better opportunities to kids and their parents. Early Birds and Smart Start are partners to help children in Oklahoma. Early Birds is benefitting the children and the community by ensuring that 90 percent of the kindergarten students meet literacy benchmarks. Kids who do well in the Early Birds program are most prepared for jobs in the community after graduation. Children and Parents also receive a free notebook with more helpful resources, tips and support to help the children grow in knowledge. For the parents, a free online site, which lets the parents fully participate in their child’s class. A few parents have commented on their thoughts about the Early Birds program.
    “I loved that the classes taught us new ways to educate our children and to get them ready for school. Who knew that a simple water bottle with a sprayer was good exercise for the toddler’s hand muscles to help them with their writing? I learned from this program! So now my son and I like to water the trees and the plants in my yard.” Said Lisa Brown, whose 3-year-old son attends Early Birds.
    “ I love that the program is spaced out over the year so that we don’t get too much information and end up forgetting most of it.” Mary Skinner, whose child attends early birds, explains. “ I also love that we get to keep adding material to our notebook when we return for visits. I always look forward to the next class as a family affair because my husband and I get time to learn while my son gets a play date with the other kids in childcare. Then we get to leave together and start playing some of the activities as soon as we get home because my son just cannot wait until the next day. This is truly a wonderful program and I am excited to be part of it.”
    “It’s a great moment to see a look of happiness on those children’s faces.” Kelly Suchy, the founder says. “The kids enjoy learning, so it makes it easy for us to be able to teach them. It’s also good knowing that not only are you helping children and their parents, but you are helping the community as a whole.”
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