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What You Should Know About Pro Bono Legal Services

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pro bono legal services are provided by lawyers who offer their legal services free of charge or for a very low fee. They provide these services to the general public as a way to give back to their community, earn a donation to charitable organizations, and sometimes due to their local guidelines. There are pro bono services provided by all types of lawyers, from family and civil law, to criminal and corporate law. Here are some things to know about pro bono legal services and the attorneys providing them. Pro Bono Lawyers Are Not Inexperienced If you need legal help, but do not feel a pro bono lawyer can handle your case properly, you are missing out. Lawyers that offer pro bono legal services are not inexperienced. They went to law school, have studied their specialty, handled many cases, and have passed the bar. They are licensed attorneys just like any other attorney. In most cases, attorneys offering pro bono services also offer full-priced legal services, but take on special cases for free. Pro Bono is Required in Some States The reason some lawyers offer pro bono work to some clients is because they are required to. There are some state bar associations that require a minimum number of pro bono hours a year, or a percentage of cases coming from pro bono legal services provided to their clients. You may find that the lawyer closest to you or the one that looks to be the best for your case, will provide pro bono work for this reason. Pro Bono is Not Always Free While many pro bono legal services are completely free, they are not always. Some are offered at cost, which means you pay a small legal fee to cover traveling expenses or various other expenses, though they are offering their time to you for free. Lawyers will be upfront about whether or not there is a fee for these services, and it may vary based on your case. Pro Bono Lawyers Are Not Volunteers There is a difference between pro bono legal services and volunteer legal services. The lawyers offering pro bono work are essentially donating their time and expertise to a person, business or organization. They are able to deduct some of their expenses on their taxes when they offer these services. Volunteer work is offered completely free and usually services that a lawyer would not typically charge for. Pro bono services are legal services the lawyer usually charges for. If you need legal counsel but cannot afford it and there is not good legal assistance, check with lawyers near you to see if they take on pro bono...

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Tips To Encourage Good Behavior In Your New Preschool Student

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Preschool programs are a proven asset to young children, providing them with a solid foundation in reading, counting and socializing with children their own age. But shifting into school days can be challenging for children used to the constant presence of their parents. The stress of separation can lead to lower learning rates and problematic behavior, disrupting the entire class. These are four ways to make your child’s transition into preschool easier for everyone and help you get the most out of your investment.  Encouraging Tidiness It may be easier to clean up after your child at home, but sloppiness can become a problem in the classroom. Teachers who are constantly reminding children to put things away have less time to teach and may grow frustrated, resulting in a tense and unproductive learning environment. Help your child understand the importance of taking responsibility by gently suggesting his or her assistance during clean-up time. Eventually, this should evolve into your child picking toys up without encouragement.  Providing Enough Outside Activity Sometimes, kids are disruptive in school simply because they have too much energy. When your child is not at preschool, remember to head outside and burn off some enthusiasm by playing games, hiking and exploring the world around you. Not only will this give your child treasured experiences to remember, but it can also leave him or her more mellow in the classroom. Avoiding sugary breakfasts can also control undesired hyperactivity; there is evidence that breakfast quality can have a direct effect on school performance.  Repeating Lessons in Listening Children often have a hard time remaining still and quiet long enough for a teacher to explain a concept. This behavior, however, hinders every student’s learning and should not be ignored or indulged. During the day, practice sitting still and listening for a few minutes at a time, rewarding your child’s successes with praise. Communicate with your child’s teacher frequently and candidly for a better understanding of how he or she acts during class, and how you can help encourage appropriate behavior at home.  Reinforcing Reading and Creativity Studies have shown that children with earlier academic development go on to earn more money and lead more stable lives. Preschool is a space to begin learning the fundamentals so that your child will have an advantage in school and in the future. Every day, ask your child what he or she learned that day, and then find ways to reinforce the curriculum. Sing the alphabet, practice counting and read with your child every day to thoroughly reaffirm the material. By fostering a love for knowledge and artistic expression early on, you could be setting the tone of your child’s whole life moving...

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Head Start: Empowering Parents To Participate In Their Child’s Education

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. From the time a baby is born, it observes and absorbs all the words and actions of their parents. As the child grows, other teachers and role models enter the child’s life. But none is so influential as the parent. The Head Start program is an early childhood development program regulated by the US federal government. The Head Start guidelines promote supporting and empowering parents to play a strong part in their child’s education.   What is Head Start? In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson began a program intended to support the educational, social, and physical needs of children from low-income and disadvantaged families. President Johnson and his experts based the program on research indicating that a child’s environment and poverty could negatively impact a child’s future success. The goal of the Head Start program was to address the whole child’s needs. This included not only preschool education, but nutrition, health, dental, and mental wellness. The program also strongly promoted the role of the parent in influencing a child’s success. Parents were encouraged to not simply observe the education, but to participate. How Does Head Start Include Parents in the Education Process? The Head Start program values the role of parent’s in the education process. This role takes the child’s education from the classroom and extends it into the family life. There is research indicating that strong parental participation in a child’s early education is a factor in the child’s future educational success. For that reason, parents are active participants in the Head Start education process. There are many ways the Head Start program encourages parent participation. Parents are urged to attend regular parent/staff meetings. At these meetings, parents choose a committee of officers to lead the group. Decisions related to their children’s education are made by the parents. They plan school activities and learn about ways to work together with the child’s teacher to expand on the classroom learning. Taking the parental education influence farther, the Head Start program includes each school’s parent committee president in the Policy Council. The Policy Council helps develop the goals and objectives of the program and helps to create policies and procedures for the agency. The parent president of the Policy Council serves as a member of the agency’s board of directors. Other ways that Head Start parents take a role in their child’s education include: attending training sessions on child development promoting the role of fathers and male role models in a child’s education volunteerism in the classroom and other areas development of family partnership agreements to set goals for the child and family Through participation in the Head Start program, children learn to see their parents as positive role models. This helps them to strive for success in their future educational endeavors. If you want more help or have other questions, contact a company like Child Focus Inc. to learn...

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