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Illiteracy is a crisis in our country.  Millions of American adults and children do not know how to read.  But now there is a solution…and you can help! A Solution from the Creative Education Institute The Creative Education Institute (CEI) is the non-profit partner of North Coast Education Services.  The mission of the Creative Education Institute is to improve literacy …

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Have a Happy and Stress-Free Holiday!

How to Make Your Family Holidays Stress-Free (Almost) by Carole Richards   Parents are busy with work, homework, and children’s activities on a daily basis.  Now, add to these activities, “cram-preparations” for the holidays.  Let’s look at making the magical holiday season more relaxed and more fun for everyone.   Prioritize What Is Most Important Is it gifts, a fancy …

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So Very Thankful for Every Single Moment

Thanksgiving is a time for community, fellowship, friends and family.  It’s a time when the world slows down and allows us to come together and share a meal in a celebration of thanks.  It’s a time for remembering others, reflecting on the year, and expressing thanks for our blessings. This year, we challenge you to not only be thankful for moments of …

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Cook for a Cause: 5 Lessons Kids Can Learn in the Kitchen

The holidays are here!  (Has a whole year really gone by that quickly?)  No doubt you have a seemingly endless list of chores and errands on your calendar.  Wash this, dust that, straighten this room, etc. In the midst of the holidays, it’s difficult to find time to educate your children.  With so many other things to do, how can you …

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Sensory-Friendly Performance of “A Christmas Carol”

Live performances are an entrancing experience.  There is an undeniable thrill to be in a performance venue, experiencing the lights and the sounds as you are taking on a priceless journey. For children and adults on the autism spectrum, attending a live performance can be an entirely different experience due to overstimulation and sensitivity.  Many individuals cannot stay seated in a dark theater …

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3 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged Over the Holidays (…and Away from Electronics)

Believe it or not, we are not that far away from every child’s second favorite part of the school year – winter break!  Two glorious weeks without school and all the time in the world to catch up on texting, TV, and Minecraft.  Right? It sounds like every kid’s dream come true.  Admit it – when you were young, you …

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On this Memorial Day…

“They fell, but o’er their glorious graves, floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.” — Francis Marion Crawford   The North Coast Education Services’ office will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day.  Please take this weekend to remember the fallen and give thanks for the living and those who continue to …

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Happy Spring!

On behalf of North Coast Education Services, we would like to wish you and your family a very happy spring!   (Please note that the North Coast Education Services Office will be closed tomorrow — Friday, April 3rd.  We will resume our normal business hours on Monday, April 6th.)   Have a wonderful holiday weekend, everyone!  

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Happy Holidays from NCES!

We’re thinking of you this time of year, Wishing you happiness, joy and cheer. May all your days be warm and bright, And your nights enhanced by holiday light. Enjoy your delectable holiday foods, As parties and gifts create holiday moods. Favorite people play a meaningful part, While treasured rituals warm your heart. You are special to us in many …

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The Senses and the Holidays — How to Prevent Overstimulation

The holiday season is such a special time of year.  For most of us, thinking about the holidays conjures up thoughts of brightly colored lights, carols and music, scrumptious desserts, the smell of home-cooked meals, and festive clothing.  Thanks to our senses, we can experience all the joy and magic that comes each year. Now, take a second and imagine how …

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