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A graphic with the text "Celebrating Black History Month: Part 5: Presidential Proclamation and Theme," and an image of an official letter

Black History Month 2024: Presidential Proclamation and Theme

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. On January 31st 2024, President Joseph R. Biden released A Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2024. It has been customary for all

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Diversity within the Black Community: 46.8 million people in the US identify as Black

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. Diversity in the Black Community The 2020 census shows that 13.6% of the US population identifies as Black or African American. It is

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Children’s Books for Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. Yesterday, we shared a list of Washington-based Black-owned places to buy books. Today, we have a wonderful list of books for young readers

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February Activities for Kids and Families

February is the shortest month, but it’s also one of the busiest of the year. We celebrate so many things, including Valentine’s Day, so we decided to compile a list of activities for providers to do with their kids that is fun and easy. Have fun! Indoor Tie-Dye Designs – Tie-dye is usually an outdoor activity since it can be messy, but in the cold weather, you can still let kids do it indoors. First, grab some white cloth and put it

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A graphic with the text "Celebrating Black History Month Part Two: "Avoiding Misappropriation of Black Culture" with the image of several people's silhouettes in shades of brown

How To Avoid the Misappropriation of Black Culture during Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. Focus on the Black Community An important part of celebrating Black History Month (BHM) is to focus directly on the Black community. While

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A graphic with the text "Celebrating Black History Month Part One: the History of Black History Month" with the image of a Black hand painted with green, yellow and red stripes

The History of Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. How Black History Month Began Black History Month has a long history, beginning as a week in the 1920s. It was created by

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Picture Books to Enjoy With a Snack

Kids love a good story and a good snack! Here are some fun picture books to read out loud during snack time, and snack ideas to go with them. Crocodile Hungry, by Eija Sumner, illustrated by John Marz Kids will giggle as Crocodile causes chaos on his quest for the perfect snack. Make quick and easy mini-pizzas using biscuit dough for your kids and crocodiles with this recipe from Pillsbury. Paletero Man, by Lucky Diaz, illustrated by Micah Player A little boy dreams of

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Imagine Spotlight: Irma Acosta (in English and en español)

This week, we are thrilled to highlight Irma Acosta, who runs a family home child care business and a child care center in Brewster, Washington.   MEET IRMA Irma Acosta’s years of dedication to child care have made her a leader in her community. She has run her family home child care business, Happy Faces Daycare, for 20 years. In September 2023, she opened Bilingual Child Care Center as well. Her work has helped keep her area from being considered a child

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Teach Kids about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year. Kids are never too young to learn about civil rights and how to treat others with kindness and respect. Here are some resources for teaching kids about this important holiday. Watch In this segment from “Sesame Street,” Elmo, Abby Cadabby and their friends learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and dream. The characters work together to decorate a Peace Treaty showing how they can be part of Dr. King’s

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Welcome 2024 with Picture Books Celebrating New Year’s Traditions

Soon, people around the world will be celebrating the start of a fresh, new year. Count down to 2024 with these fantastic picture books about New Year’s traditions across countries and cultures. Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport, illustrated by Marion Eldridge Shante’s grandmother is out of black-eyed peas — and the family always eats them on New Year’s Day for good luck! As Shante goes out to search for peas, she learns about her neighbors’ traditions and celebrations

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A graphic with the text "Celebrating Black History Month: Part 5: Presidential Proclamation and Theme," and an image of an official letter

Black History Month 2024: Presidential Proclamation and Theme

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. On January 31st 2024, President Joseph R. Biden released A Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2024. It has been customary for all

Read More
A graphic with the text "Celebrating Black History Month: Part 4: Diversity within the Black community," and an image of silhouettes in green, red, yellow, and black.

Diversity within the Black Community: 46.8 million people in the US identify as Black

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. Diversity in the Black Community The 2020 census shows that 13.6% of the US population identifies as Black or African American. It is

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A graphic with the text "Celebrating Black History Month Part Three: Children's Books for Black History Month" with the Image of a Young Black Girl Reading a Book

Children’s Books for Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. Yesterday, we shared a list of Washington-based Black-owned places to buy books. Today, we have a wonderful list of books for young readers

Read More

February Activities for Kids and Families

February is the shortest month, but it’s also one of the busiest of the year. We celebrate so many things, including Valentine’s Day, so we decided to compile a list of activities for providers to do with their kids that is fun and easy. Have fun! Indoor Tie-Dye Designs – Tie-dye is usually an outdoor activity since it can be messy, but in the cold weather, you can still let kids do it indoors. First, grab some white cloth and put it

Read More
A graphic with the text "Celebrating Black History Month Part Two: "Avoiding Misappropriation of Black Culture" with the image of several people's silhouettes in shades of brown

How To Avoid the Misappropriation of Black Culture during Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. Focus on the Black Community An important part of celebrating Black History Month (BHM) is to focus directly on the Black community. While

Read More
A graphic with the text "Celebrating Black History Month Part One: the History of Black History Month" with the image of a Black hand painted with green, yellow and red stripes

The History of Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we are sharing posts written by Imagine Institute training program assistant Lourdes Flores about Black History Month. This series will follow the long history of Black History Month, Black History in the United States, and how we can all celebrate Black History Month in a way that is supportive, healthy, and, most importantly, empowering. How Black History Month Began Black History Month has a long history, beginning as a week in the 1920s. It was created by

Read More
A graphic featuring a background of fruit and a plate with an orange slice with the words Books to Enjoy with a Snack

Picture Books to Enjoy With a Snack

Kids love a good story and a good snack! Here are some fun picture books to read out loud during snack time, and snack ideas to go with them. Crocodile Hungry, by Eija Sumner, illustrated by John Marz Kids will giggle as Crocodile causes chaos on his quest for the perfect snack. Make quick and easy mini-pizzas using biscuit dough for your kids and crocodiles with this recipe from Pillsbury. Paletero Man, by Lucky Diaz, illustrated by Micah Player A little boy dreams of

Read More
A photo of a home child care space with blue tables and chairs and colorful rugs

Imagine Spotlight: Irma Acosta (in English and en español)

This week, we are thrilled to highlight Irma Acosta, who runs a family home child care business and a child care center in Brewster, Washington.   MEET IRMA Irma Acosta’s years of dedication to child care have made her a leader in her community. She has run her family home child care business, Happy Faces Daycare, for 20 years. In September 2023, she opened Bilingual Child Care Center as well. Her work has helped keep her area from being considered a child

Read More
A graphic with a cartoon image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the words "teach kids about Dr. King and civil rights"

Teach Kids about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year. Kids are never too young to learn about civil rights and how to treat others with kindness and respect. Here are some resources for teaching kids about this important holiday. Watch In this segment from “Sesame Street,” Elmo, Abby Cadabby and their friends learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and dream. The characters work together to decorate a Peace Treaty showing how they can be part of Dr. King’s

Read More
A graphic featuring pink and purple fireworks in the text "celebrate the new year with picture books"

Welcome 2024 with Picture Books Celebrating New Year’s Traditions

Soon, people around the world will be celebrating the start of a fresh, new year. Count down to 2024 with these fantastic picture books about New Year’s traditions across countries and cultures. Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport, illustrated by Marion Eldridge Shante’s grandmother is out of black-eyed peas — and the family always eats them on New Year’s Day for good luck! As Shante goes out to search for peas, she learns about her neighbors’ traditions and celebrations

Read More