Join us June 10, for Books N Baseball 2017 with the Bird Island Mudhens!

A FREE Baseball event for children ages 0-5 and parents! The Game is Saturday June 10. Arrive 5:20 PM, Reading will begin promptly at 5:30. Game starts at 6:05.

This special event is sponsored by the Bird Island Mudhens and the BOLD Early Childhood Initiative! Reading begins promptly at 5:30, followed by the baseball game, and children being allowed to run the bases! It’s A Free Event for BOLD area Families with pre-Kindergarten age kids.

 

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Early Childhood Welcome Kit created for New Area Families

We have created a special resource for new families that move to the Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian area.  It includes a list of the area preschools, ECFE classes, libraries, child care providers, dental care, and community information.

It also has important information about the census and early childhood screening.  Area families can get the Early Childhood Welcome packet from their City Office, or they can download the PDF Version here.

Early Childhood Parent Packet

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Early Childhood Screening for Preschoolers

Important! Sign up for FREE Early Childhood Screening- It is required by the State of Minnesota for all children before they enter Kindergarten.

Nov 18 (8:30am-2:30pm) and Nov. 19 (8:30am-12pm)
Location: St. Aloysius Catholic Church
302 South 10th St
Olivia, MN

Sign up with Linda Brown for the Fall session or get added to our list for the Spring!
Call 320-365-3551

*United Way will be supplying Free Backpacks and supplies for children attending the screening. Please make sure you sign up!(We cannot take walk-ins)

Please share this with other parents with preschoolers!

Buy your Tickets Now for Books-n-Baseball with the Willmar Stingers!

A FREE Baseball event for children ages 0-5 and parents! The Game is Saturday June 7, 2014.  Be there by 12:15, reading starts at 12:30 and the game starts at 1:05.

This special event is sponsored by the Willmar Stingers and local Early Childhood Initiatives! Reading begins promptly at 2:30, followed by the baseball game, and children being allowed to run the bases!barry Willmar Stingers

Tickets for families in the BOLD area are available early May at the Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian libraries. Maximum of 4 tickets per family – or a combination of 1 parent and up to 3 kids, or 2 parents and up to 2 kids.

Food and beverage available for purchase at the concession stand.

Extra tickets for family members are available at the libraries for just $5 each.

For more information, contact Renae Saunders at A FREE Baseball event for children ages 0-5 and parents! The Game is Saturday June 7. Be there by 12:15, reading starts at 12:30, and the game starts at 1:05. 

This special event is sponsored by the Willmar Stingers and local Early Childhood Initiatives! Reading begins promptly at 12:30, followed by the baseball game, and children being allowed to run the bases!

Tickets for families in the BOLD area are available now at the Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian libraries. Maximum of 4 tickets per family – or a combination of 1 parent and up to 3 kids, or 2 parents and up to 2 kids. Kids ages 0-2 don’t need a ticket because they will sit on your lap.

If you pick up tickets but then your plans change, please return the tickets to the libraries so other families can attend the game. This is important as the Stingers do not want empty seats at the game.

Food and beverage available for purchase at the concession stand.

If you need additional tickets, the libraries will have them for sale for just $5 each.

For more information, contact Renae Saunders at renaes.boldeci@gmail.com or your local library. You can also ask a question here via our Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

Olivia Library: 523-1738
Bird Island Library: 365-4640
Lake Lillian Library: 664-4514 or your local library.

Olivia Library: 523-1738
Bird Island Library: 365-4640
Lake Lillian Library: 664-4514

Also, tell your friends you are going by Joining and Sharing the Facebook event here

ECI Spring Concert Announced

Our annual Spring Concert has been announced! A FREE BOLD ECI Event – Phil Baker and his Red Guitar will take place on Saturday, March 15th at 9:00am.

Concert, Book Swap & Mini-Resource Fair

  • Book Swap – Bring gently used books to exchange for other books
  •  Mini-Resource Fair -Connect with early childhood resources and vendors! You can also register your child for School Readiness, Discovery Kids, Play Island, Head Start, or Learning Fun House)
  • Concert – Bring a blanket, and be ready to dance!

 Who?

Families with Children Birth to Pre-K in the BOLD Area (Older siblings can come, too.)

When?red guitar

Saturday, March 15 – 9:00 am to 11:45

9:00 am – Book Swap & Mini-Resource Fair

9:45 am – Phil Baker Music

10:45 am – Room to Run in small gym after concert

Where?

BOLD School’s Large Gym (Olivia Building)

For more Information, or to be a vendor at the Resource Fair, Contact Renae Saunders 523-1031 Ext. 3147 or renaes.boldeci@gmail.com

More MN Children are Ready for Kindergarten

This is an encouraging article, that shows that the work of the Early Childhood Initiatives across Minnesota are making a difference!
Thanks Brad Kramer for sharing it with us.

Kindergarten, Here we Come (Marshall Independent Review) – December 13, 2013
Department of Education says more Minnesota children — nearly 73 percent of them — are ready for kindergarten but acknowledges more work needs to be done

We raised over $3200 for young kids! Thank you!

On Give to the Max Day, people and businesses in the Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian area stepped up to make a difference.  Here is our recent Letter to the Editor, with a Thank you to everyone who contributed, and more about the ECI projects.

Letter to the Editor  – They Gave to the Max to ECI!

The BOLD Early Childhood Initiative Committee (ECI) would like to thank all the individual donors who helped us reach our 2013 fundraising goal of $1600 during November’s Give to the Max Day. These donations were then generously matched by several local banks for a total over $3200. We want to thank Hometown Bank of Olivia, F&M Bank of Olivia, Frandsen Bank and Trust of Bird Island, and Citizen’s Alliance Bank of Lake Lillian for helping our youngest community members.

All funds raised will continue to be used toward BOLD ECI’s mission of promoting the overall development of children age birth to five and their caregivers through outreach, innovative efforts, and community partnerships. In the past three years BOLD ECI has partnered with our local libraries to provide stickers, toys, and other prizes for kids in the “1000 Books Read Before Kindergarten”.  ECI has provided 200 free tickets to Willmar Stinger Books-N-Baseball games where the players read to kids on the field encouraging early literacy. ECI partners with the United Way of West Central Minnesota to supply backpacks filled with school supplies for BOLD preschoolers. ECI helped fund monies toward the installment of twelve changing tables in local facilities. We have donated $2000 match grants toward the cities of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian to improve playground equipment aimed at kids five years of age and younger.  The City of Lake Lillian has already installed several pieces. Please check them out! The ECI sponsors an annual free concert with mini resource fair for families to network with local health, social, and school agencies to help evaluate the needs of our kids before school starts. It is also a great time for kids and their families. The ECI has also sponsored “Tubs of Fun” at each communities summer festival days.  We continue to look for ways to help improve the social, educational, and health needs of the youngest kids in our community.

Did you know that every dollar invested in early childhood saves $17 in welfare assistance, special education, and law enforcement later?   And currently only 50% of children in Minnesota are fully prepared for kindergarten?  The BOLD ECI wants to thank all of our individual and business sponsors for their continued financial support of our efforts to improve the outlook for kids in our community.  We believe your investment is well spent helping our youngest community members thrive. Thank you for your support!

You can learn more about the BOLD ECI or volunteering on our website at www.boldeci.com or Like Us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BOLDECI. The BOLD ECI is supported by the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

The BOLD ECI (Early Childhood Initiative) Committee

What Give to the Max Day means to Us

The Willmar Stingers read to the kids before the baseball game. All the kids got free books to bring home too.

The Willmar Stingers read to the kids before the baseball game. All the kids got free books to bring home too.

Give to the Max Day is the largest fundraising day in Minnesota – – and it’s TODAY, November 14, 2013.  Give to the Max Day is an important day for the BOLD Early Childhood Initiative, and we kindly ask for your donation today (just click here). We have had four generous local banks challenge us to raise $1600 to earn their match for a total of $3200.  We can do a lot of awesome things for young children in our area when we have the cash and the people to do it!

Here are some projects the BOLD ECI has done:

  • The BOLD ECI has helped to fund 12 Changing tables in the Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian area to benefit local families.
  • Children should get 30 minutes or more of reading time each day.  The BOLD ECI has helped to fund local literacy programs and donate hundreds of free books. 
  • 84 Kids came to the FREE Teddy Bear Band Event last February.  If your family loved this event, please donate today so we can make more memories (see photos).
  • 91 Kids came to our Bob the Beachcomber kick off concert in 2012 in their Hawaiian shirts. Parents loved the networking, Kids loved the dance and play (see photos.
  • The BOLD ECI has given out 200 tickets to Willmar Stingers games to families of young kids for the special Books-n-Baseball event where a Willmar Stinger player read aloud to the kids. Help us make this and other fun events a reality again! 
  • 50% of Minnesota kids are not ready for Kindergarten. The BOLD ECI want to decrease this number in our area.
  • The BOLD ECI is helping to sponsor the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program through the local libraries to increase literacy and earn stickers and toys. 
  • 50% of Minnesota kids are not ready for Kindergarten.  The BOLD ECI want to decrease this number in our area.
  • The BOLD ECI has offered each city of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian a grant of $2000 (must be matched) for new playground equipment. Lake Lillian has already added new playground equipment with this matching grant, and Olivia and Bird Island are expect to in 2014.

Please consider a donation to the BOLD ECI today.  Our goal is to raise $1600 and earn the full match from the banks for a total of $3200, but we need your help! Thank you.

Click here to give –> http://bit.ly/giveboldeci

Give to the Max Day

New Park Equipment Added in Lake Lillian

We are thrilled to announce that this past summer, new park equipment was added to the Lake Lillian City Park, that is specific to kids ages 0-5.

The new park equipment includes:

  • A two seat buck-a-bout (like a teeter totter but they just bounce instead of going way up and down)
  • A triple shoot which kind of like a basketball hoop only its for little kids and has three “hoops”
  • A park bench as right now there is only one bench in the playground area.

Each city of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian have the opportunity to be awarded a $2000 (must be matched) grant to upgrade or buy new playground equipment for their community. Lake Lillian has matched the grant, and we anticipate that Bird Island and Olivia will take advantage of these matching grant funds for playground equipment in 2014.

Take a look at the fun new playground equipment below!

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If you are interested in helping the BOLD ECI complete more great projects like this and others, we would be honored with your donation –  Please Click here.