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Choosing the Right Preschool for your Child

Part one in our series on Early Childhood Education Finding the right early childhood program can be confusing and overwhelming process, but with a few simple tips, it doesn’t have to be! Creating a wish list of what you hope your child will learn is a great place to start.  Do you want your child…
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You Could be Saving $500 a Year on Your Tuition

Private, Catholic education can be a major investment, but did you know that there are ways to make it more affordable? Over the next few posts, will explore a variety of options, ranging from government tax credits to scholarships, that could be helpful to you and your family in your choice of supporting Catholic education. Today’s…
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Finding the Right Fit: A Catholic Education Guide Part 2: Mastering the School Visit

Part one in this series explored the best way to start your school search process. In part two, we will dive a bit deeper on how to have a successful school visit.  Below is a checklist of questions that you can bring with you to help you assess whether a school is the right choice…
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Finding the Right Fit: A Catholic Education Guide Part 1: Getting Started

Choosing a school for your child is a very important decision for you and your family. Sometimes the process can seem scary and overwhelming. We are here to help. At our Big Shoulders Fund Catholic schools, we have streamlined the enrollment process to three easy steps. Step one: Search for and call the schools. When…
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Curated by Kids? Rethinking Learning Spaces

Three years ago I walked into a Big Shoulders classroom that was undergoing renovations.  As the workers pulled up the carpet they revealed a hardwood floor that showed the scars of desks which had been previously bolted to the floor. The desk marks on the floor invited the opportunity to travel through time and analyze…
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You’re More Than Just a Test Score: Character-Building in Catholic Schools

In his New York Times article, “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes and How Children Succeed, discusses the importance of character in determining the potential success of a student.  The article finds that the real ingredients for future success are not based solely on IQ, but are a combination of: “zest, grit, self-control, social intelligence,…
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Top Early Childhood Programs Share These 15 Traits

Part two in our series on Early Childhood Education Now that you’ve created a list of what you want your child to learn in preschool, this checklist aims to help you make the best choice for your family. We’ve talked to preschool parents, educators and early learning experts, and here are the 15 signs that they say indicate an…
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Think You Can’t Afford a Private Education? Think Again!

Private, Catholic education is the single most important factor in your child’s future. There is no better investment that you can make for your child than giving them a solid educational foundation. While a Catholic education costs money, there  are many ways to make it more affordable. This series will explore a variety of options,…
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