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Dear Friend,

This year, Horizons celebrates 30 years of transforming the lives of children and families experiencing homelessness. We deliver high-quality early educational opportunities, bring play within reach, build upon the strengths of our families, advocate at the state level to increase the focus on the family homelessness issue – in all of these ways, Horizons has been there.

As 2018 came to a close, there were many steps, literal (many taken in our infant classrooms!) and figurative, about which we’re proud. Read on to see some of our latest developments. And be sure to check out the love we’re sharing on Facebook today!
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EMBRACING THE CHILD AND FAMILY WITH BRAZELTON TOUCHPOINTS PHILOSOPHY
“Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.” The science makes it clear that the parent-child connection is the basis for much of child development.  To foster the most responsive family relationships we’ve embarked on a training initiative as part of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Site Network, a learning community using the Touchpoints approach in their family engagement strategies. <Read more>

life-disla-son_1920PCcreditGLOBE.jpgJUST A FEW STEPS AWAY FROM HOMELESSNESS
We expect that an elite college degree will yield strong job opportunities. That wasn’t the case with Madelyn, a young woman the Boston Globe featured in their recent series, the Valedictorians Project. When her son Emir was born and a job didn’t materialize, it didn’t take long for her situation to unravel. Horizons was there to lift her and Emir up. Today he is blossoming in first grade and she’s working in the social services, a role that she says, “I can take on because I’ve been there myself.” <Read more>

sesame.jpgSESAME STREET TAPS HORIZONS TO INFORM THEIR HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVE
When Sesame Street decided to address childhood homelessness, they called on the expertise of Horizons. Sesame Street in Communities provides resources to unite communities, foster families’ and kids’ resilience, nurture physical and mental health, and provide critical early learning opportunities. As part of their work to educate a nationwide circle of care organizations, they turned to us as the model for how to provide support to children living in shelter. <Read more>

vision.jpgCREATING A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
While many know that our work focuses on children in our centers and Playspaces, fewer know about the in-depth work we do with families. Goal setting is a critical component of Horizons’ programming. For many, setting goals can be as challenging as achieving them. To help, our Family Partnership Program hosted a party where parents were invited to create a vision board. These boards may be used together with the Mobility Mentoring® process, the proven methodology for parent coaching used at Horizons.  <Read more>

Want to learn more? 
Please visit our website to stay up to date on additional news and upcoming events, including the Celebrity Circuit Challenge and 30th Annual Spring Gala!

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