From Lori’s Laptop

Just like you and your family, we are always on the go.

Check in regularly to see where you’ll find us with our t-shirts next. We might be spreading the word about how important early childhood is or taking our kids out into the world for learning opportunities.

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A huge THANK YOU to Larry Gebert for hosting our fabulous Bowl-A-Thon! It was a blast! #2017GLBowlAThon See MoreSee Less

The Giraffe Laugh Bowl-a-thon was held today at Westies garden lanes. More than $28,000 was raised for the childhood early development program.

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The lights are on and we are back in action! See MoreSee Less

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Today’s the day of our Giraffe Laugh Bowl-a-thon!

Unfortunately the power is out due to the wind, but we are still here having fun, playing pool and crossing our fingers for the power to come on!

Come on down, the taps are still working and we are having a great time. See MoreSee Less

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Need something to brighten your Friday? Here’s great images into the mind of a 5 year old:


From Lori’s Laptop – April 2017

April is Child Abuse Awareness month and I can’t think of a better way to start April than to announce that we are holding our very first Community Café. This Café is for parents and is the first in a series of guided conversations based on the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework. It involves leadership…

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From Lori’s Laptop, March 2017

March brings the promise of spring and the luck o’ the Irish to our doors. As they say, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.” With spring comes new growth and it reminds us how quickly time flies especially as we watch our little ones emerge with new growth every time we…

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From Lori’s Laptop, February 2017

Welcome to the month of LOVE. One thing I love about this month is that it also sports the Early Childhood Legislative Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, February 8th. We will be down there with our kids in their T-shirts who will be participating in BLOCK Fest. This day is dedicated to young children…

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From Lori’s Laptop, January 2017

The promise of a new year is upon us and with it comes the knowledge that we all love new beginnings. It could be the new beginning of finding out one is pregnant. It could be the new beginning of a newborn and the gifts they bring to the world. It could be the new…

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From Lori’s Laptop, December 2016

The kindness and generosity of strangers is abundant this season. Having our Festival of Tree’s Tree donated back, having anxious families be “adopted” by generous donors to make Christmas dreams come true, having hunger abated with an abundance of food donated and packaged by loving people, having a group of actors put on a play…

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From Lori’s Laptop, November 2016

We normally think of November as the month when winter begins to descend upon us and growth isn’t really on our minds as it is in spring. However, our Futures Begin Here Luncheon is focused this year on growing with a theme of “here we grow”. We see growth in our kids each day as…

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From Lori’s Laptop, October 2016

Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” This rings so true for our organization every fall as the events, traditions and wonderful holidays suddenly come to the forefront. We were so amazed at the response to Hyde Park Street Fair Children’s Area. A special thank you to all those that volunteered…

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From Lori’s Laptop, September 2016

The crisp air in the morning coupled with the leggy petunias waiting to be plucked back remind me that fall is only a few weeks away. As the change of season approaches we anticipate so much in the coming months. We have fabulous, fun, family activities that include fundraising for our children and programs at…

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From Lori’s Laptop, August 2016

The dog days of summer are upon us and while we’re embroiled in the heat of summer, our minds shift to this month one year ago when we opened a new center for 75 children, Giraffe Laugh 4. It was a tense time as we didn’t open on time and the Giraffe Laugh 4 kids…

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From Lori’s Laptop, July 2016

“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” Abraham Lincoln. July we celebrate all that America stands for and the pride we have in our country. As we instill in our children that pride, the words of Abraham Lincoln said…

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