Kathleen Guerrero

First 5: Is your child ready? Monitoring your child’s development

According to the 2014 Children Now California report card, only 1 in 3 children with a developmental disability or delay are identified before entering kindergarten. My child was one of the two who started school without knowing he was delayed. I just thought he was smart. When he was 4 he told me, “My eyes […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Status of young children

As a new member to the over 50 club, it occurs to me that young children in El Dorado County are critical to the senior population’s retirement. Successful employment will afford young families financial stability, resulting in their ability to support the tax system, invest and purchase homes. Each of these are critically important to […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Investing in Early Childhood

The majority of brain development takes place before a child is 5 years of age. How that brain is wired depends upon the early experiences of children and families. The research on brain development in the last decade has given the early childhood field a better idea of how the brain is wired and how […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Your child’s health and dental toolkit

Healthy children are better able to learn. With 90 percent of a child’s brain developing before the age of 5, it is important to identify and address health issues early. Children don’t come with health care manuals. Maybe the automobile industry had it right by including maintenance schedules in the glove box. Taking your car […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Screen time

Many families understand that the majority of a child’s brain develops by age 5 and it is exciting to see a growing interest in helping children get ready for school. Toy manufacturers have heard this message, too. While shopping the toy aisles last week, I was surprised to find the number of gifts that were […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Parenting

Being the parent of a child with special needs or a disability is hard. As an advocate for your child, each day is spent trying to meet their individual needs in balance with the other family members. And that’s just at home. When going out in public, whether to the store or your other child’s […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Health

Have you ever wondered why there are more requirements to prepare a 16-year-old to drive a car than to prepare for a child? As a driver, you have to take a class, practice under a qualified driver and take a test before even getting behind the wheel. Once licensed, you must have a car that […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Talk, read, sing

Have you been in the produce aisle at the grocery store and seen a mom just talking away? Then you realize she is talking to an infant. That was me. Not because I knew it was good for my child but because it was tough staying home all day with small children. Interestingly, research shows […]

First 5: Is your child ready? School readiness

Children that enter school “ready” are better prepared to learn. Ready children typically score higher on third grade reading tests, a predictor of high school graduation. In years past, “ready” was defined by age. If children were 5 before Dec. 2, they were ready for school. My children were October babies, eligible for school when […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Play

When my children were little, the garage doors on the block rolled up about 9:30 in the morning. The big wheels came out roaring and a handful of moms met outside. Together, we guided the kids through activities: Lego building, dress up, playing house or just swinging. When we tired of the neighborhood, we walked […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Summer safety

It’s almost summer. June is here and that means family outings including the El Dorado County Fair. When packing the car for the fair or other summer outings, don’t forget a few items to keep your little ones safe from the sun: Dress your baby in lightweight clothes with long sleeves and pants and wide-brimmed […]

First 5: Is your child Ready? Early intervention

In recognition of Autism awareness month, the Center for Disease Control released a new report that approximately 1 in 68 children were identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. They further clarify, “It is important to remember that this estimate is based on 8-year-old children living in 11 communities. It does not represent the entire population […]

First 5: Is your child ready? What is school readiness?

There is a national conversation about the importance of children being ready for school. According to Ready Nation, “Children not kindergarten-ready are half as likely to read well by third grade.” Furthermore, “children not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out.” This conversation creates pressure on parents. The subject […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Developing routines

Research tells us that children with daily routines have a greater sense of stability, warmth and caring from their parents. As a first time parent, this was hard for me to understand how a schedule could improve our relationship. As a stay-at-home parent, I encouraged their learning from exploration and play, until the terrible twos. […]

First 5: Is your child ready?

Raising a healthy child begins even before you hold him or her for the first time. The choices you make about things such as prenatal care, breastfeeding, doctors, child care and even bedtime stories shape your child’s future. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 90 percent of brain […]

First 5: Is your child Ready? Dental visits

First tooth, first year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents take their child to the dentist by their first birthday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that dental caries (cavities) are five times more common than asthma. More than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten. […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Your child’s first teacher

Children are born ready to learn. That makes us, as parents, their first teacher. While cradling your newborn, it might be hard to imagine how you are a teacher. What do newborns learn? How do you as the parent set the stage for lifelong learning? With my first child, we read the book, “Brown Bear, […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Traditions

This fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a position statement for children viewing media. Included in the recommendations is a statement that discourages TV and other media use by children younger than 2 years and encourages interactive play. Media includes televisions, computers, tablets and smart phones. Increasingly, parents are handing their children their smart […]

Is your child ready? Early investments in children

Ninety percent of brain development takes place from birth to age 5. That means before your child enters kindergarten, the majority of their brain has been wired for learning. I have never met a parent that didn’t want the very best for their child. At the same time, I know that children don’t come with […]

First 5: Is your child ready? A how to child guide

Have you ever wondered why there are more requirements to prepare a 16-year-old to drive a car than to prepare for a child? As a driver, you have to take a class, practice under a qualified driver and take a test before even getting behind the wheel. Once licensed, you must have a car that […]

First 5: Is Your Child Ready? Reading

My mom is the “Book Grammy.” As a former kindergarten teacher, she knows the value of reading to young children daily. When her first grandchild was born she decided to give books to mark milestones. Inside the front cover she always wrote a special note and the date. We read those books each night as […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Immunization

I am the parent of an adult child on the autism spectrum. More specifically, my son was diagnosed as having Asperger’s Syndrome. Born in the early nineties, our family learned about autism like the rest of the world, by trial and error. I felt like I spent 50 percent of my time trying to find […]

First 5 — Is your child ready?: Readiness routines

My favorite part of each day with my children was after dinner. The kids’ dad and I would fight over who got to get the kids ready for bed each night. Our routine started with a song, “Let’s get ready now, everybody’s learning how, come on and let’s jump in the tub.” We weren’t as […]

First 5 El Dorado: Kindergarten readiness

School may be out but for kids starting kindergarten this fall, now is the time to get ready for the classroom, both physically and emotionally. By helping your child master a few practical key skills, you can give your children the confidence they need to succeed on their first day of school — and every […]

First 5 El Dorado: Is your child Ready? Summer safety

We are so lucky to live in a beautiful county, rich with outdoor activities. With the kids out of school, families will enjoy activities that El Dorado County communities are known for: the El Dorado County Fair, Fourth of July barbecues, hikes, picnics and days on the river. As families pack up the car, there […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Early intervention

Every parent thinks their child is the smartest, developing ahead of his peers. I was no exception. From the time my son was placed in my arms, his every move was cherished. His growth measured by milestones: rolling over, sitting, standing, walking and his first words. When he was 4 years old he told me, […]

First 5: Is your child ready?

Elementary schools across the county are gearing up for next year’s kindergarteners. Parents, teachers and early care and education teachers are preparing by visiting classrooms, attending information nights and hosting “round-ups.” Most parents assume if their child is eligible for school then they are ready. I have two children who were October babies and started […]

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