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#GCP’s First IG Live!! ICYMI: Details and The Link

We had such a great conversation with Dr. Janice Johnson Dias in this week's podcast, talking  about helping our children develop a core of confidence, what we need to resolve in ourselves to be joyful parents, and so much more, that we decided to continue the conversation today on Instagram Live! In today's conversation Janice and I returned to [...]

Are YOU Parenting Like It Matters?

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day details of parenting (and there are SO many details these days!) and lose sight of some of the important “big-picture” parenting issues, like: How are we teaching our kids our values, our morals?  What specific steps and actions can we take to help our children develop a core of confidence [...]

Celebrating Black History Month 2021

Here at GCP we celebrate Black History every month. But since today is the first day of the "official" Black History Month (which was established in 1967 by President Gerald Ford), we are offering a few great ways for your family to place a special focus on Black History this month. 1. Talk about your Family History. If your [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Kevin Young

It's Thoughtful Thursday! Today we are celebrating one of our favorite poets, Kevin Young. In case you hadn't heard, Kevin Young has just been named as the new director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He will be leaving his position as the head of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division [...]

Let’s Focus on African American History Beyond Juneteenth

Did you celebrate Juneteenth with your family this year?  My father's family is from Texas, so I grew up hearing about Juneteenth celebrations from Texas relatives, but my family didn't celebrate it in NYC.  Fast forward to yesterday–Juneteenth celebrations were everywhere!  Some companies gave their employees the day off, social media exploded with Juneteenth graphics, memes and hashtags, and [...]

Remind Your Children: Black is Beautiful

Are you old enough to remember the 1960's rallying cry of "Black is Beautiful"?  A recent conversation with a young Black mom lets me know it is time to bring it back.  This mom is looking for uplifting reading material for her 8 year old daughter, whose class has been discussing George Floyd's death and how poorly Black Americans [...]

The Latest Online Learning Resources from Common Sense, You Tube and More!

Need more homeschooling materials?  Here are the latest online learning resources to help you and your children: Common Sense Media, a trusted guide for media and technology, has just released customizable learning packets for K- 2nd grade students.  While these packets were principally designed for teachers, they are intended for use by parents and children as well. The materials [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: HBD, Dr. MLK!!

Happy Belated Birthday to Dr. King! While we as a nation will officially celebrate on Monday, we should not forget (or let our children forget) that January 15th was his actual birthday. Today's Thoughtful Thursday will break from our normal poetry/inspirational quotes offering to ask: How are you planning to commemorate Dr. King's holiday?  Here are an assortment of [...]

Is Your Son a Reluctant Reader? This Can Help!

Is your son in grades K-5 a reluctant reader?  David Banks, leader of the Eagle Academy network of all-boy public schools, wants to help him learn to love reading.   Frustrated by the dismal national reading stats for African American and Hispanic boys (only 28%  African American and 34% Hispanic fourth grade boys are reading at or above proficiency level, [...]

Summer Reading Starts NOW!!!

Summer's here and it's time to make sure your kids are set with their summer reading booklists, goals and plans.  Here are some tips and resources to help you get going: Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge:  Once again, children's book publisher Scholastic is offering a great summer reading program for children of all ages. After signing up on the [...]