Monthly Blog Updates and Parent Nights

My name is Jessica Sturgeon and I am the Executive Director of Education and Program Development. I
work with all of our locations on everything from curriculum, behavior guidance, classroom environment
to teacher training and professional development. My heart and calling belongs to our young children
and ensuring their educational and spiritual development and to do this I work with teachers and
leaders to maintain quality care and education.

I am looking forward to monthly blog updates as well as a monthly Parent Night to also begin partnering
with you as well! These two platforms will be a way for parents to receive information on their child’s
education as well as grow in their parenting skills. We face a lot as parents, I have three kids myself –
ages 14, 17 and 20. It’s not easy! But it is the most rewarding and wonderful relationship and role as

This month, I hope you can join me at our Brooklyn Park location on Tuesday, December 6 from 6-7 pm
to learn about Faith Development in Young children! We will have one of our enrichment teachers,
Pastor Ric, coming to join us to teach us all about developing Faith in our children. Our Classroom
Development Directors are working on this topic as well to train our teachers to continue to bring this
important element to the classrooms on a daily basis with your children.

Our mission statement states:

New Creations exists to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate, and Christ-centered environment for infants through school age children. Our focus is to provide stimulating, educational, and service-learning experiences that promote each child’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children’s desire to be lifelong learners by preparing them for God’s future

Our desire is to partner with you in raising the next generation. I hope you will continue to keep
checking back in for these blog updates where I will share articles and new information. Please also join
me monthly at our Parent Night’s to build a stronger community together!

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart
from it”. As parents, God asks us to teach them His word and to model what a relationship with God
looks like. I am reading a book called, “Little Steps Big Faith: How the Science of Early Childhood
Development Can Help You Grow Your Child’s Faith” by Dawn Rundman. (This book is also available at
your center’s Parent Resource area!) The author looks at brain development and how the first three
years of life hold a large part of development and is the best opportunity to make lasting impressions.
I’m sure this information is not new to you, but have you thought about the spiritual development
during this time in addition to the academic and physical?

Through avenues like talking, reading, music and physical touch during these formative years, you can
develop the foundation of Faith! Here are a few notes I took away from the book:

1. Attachment: Your love shows God’s love: meeting your child’s needs is a model of how God
meet’s our needs
2. Language develops rapidly in Early childhood: think about the words of faith you want your child
to hear, prayer and read the Bible and weave it all into daily interactions.
3. Beginning in infancy, meaning is made from music. By playing and singing Christian songs and
prayers, you are tapping into their brain in a different capacity.

4. Children thrive in routine. Create a routine around Faith concepts: bedtime, diapering, bath
5. Community: we can’t do this alone! Get involved in a local church and fellowship with other
6. Give yourself grace: you can’t change it all overnight. Little steps towards implementing faith
regularly into your home and parenting is accomplishing a lot!

I can’t wait to talk through these things when we get together at the end of the month. Please do reach
out if you want more information. I look forward to getting to know you and walking alongside of you!