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Make ‘Em Laugh Campaign

 “Laughter is the language of the soul.”– Pablo Neruda

**This fundraiser is officially closed. THANK YOU to our supporters who allowed us to raise $650 on behalf of Wisconsin children and families. Stay tuned for our next fundraiser, and continue reading for some great early childhood resources and information.

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) strives for every child to grow up in a place where they feel safe and loved. This means that their basic needs are met and they feel free to learn and explore, to ask questions, to make messes and mistakes, and, of course, to laugh. It doesn’t take much. SFTA asks you to help us give more children the chance to chuckle, giggle, guffaw, shriek, snort, and cackle with our “Make ‘em Laugh’ Campaign.

The goal of the ‘Make ‘em Laugh’ Campaign is to highlight how important each moment of a child’s early stages are in developing the person they will become. Early childhood is a time of rapid brain development, where every experience, interaction, and relationship adds up to shape who you are. The simple act of making a child laugh fires off signals in their brain and body that over time, and even in that one moment, can make that child a happier, healthier, more emotionally centered person. And it’s great for adults too! How can you not laugh along? So, let’s ‘Make ‘em Laugh!’ Please share photos and videos of your child, niece, nephew, grandchild, the kid next door, your student—any child who is a part of your life—laughing. You can be in the video too, or just in the background making silly faces, sounds, or songs to make the magic happen. We welcome videos/photos from anyone—you don’t have to be a Wisconsin resident to share! Videos can be posted to the SFTA Facebook page, or e-mailed to kelly@supportingfamiliestogether.org. Once you post your video (or photo), make a donation of your choosing to our “Make ‘Em Laugh” Campaign so that SFTA can continue supplying supports that keep young children and their families learning and laughing. You don’t have to post a video or photo to donate!         

Why Help SFTA Make ‘Em Laugh?

SFTA is a Wisconsin based, state wide non-profit, that envisions an environment in which all children have the opportunity to reach their highest potential and all adults understand their role and responsibilities to children. We strive to positively impact the world of early childhood every day by ensuring that effective programming is available, resources are strategically leveraged and maximized, and meaningful connections, relationships, and systems are continuously built. Our work with our member Child Care Resource and Referral Centers (CCR&Rs) and Family Resource Centers (FRCs) across the state, as well as many other like-minded groups and individuals, puts us in a unique position to support multiple aspects of early childhood to make a positive difference in a child’s life. These things include ensuring quality early care and education, child abuse and neglect prevention, supporting early literacy, children’s mental and emotional health supports, encouraging healthy eating and being active early, and much more.

Learn More about the Positive Effects of Laughter, and Early Brain Development

The long-term benefits of quality early education and experiences for children, and for the society they become part of, is fast becoming a more widely known fact. While those in the early childhood field have known for years how important early childhood is in shaping who we become, recent research has brought this fact to the forefront, giving the early childhood field the leverage we need to garner backing for policies and practices that direct more funding and resources towards supporting early childhood programs, services, and supports. Read more below about early brain development, and about the positive effects that laughter has on our minds and bodies!

PBS: The benefits of humor http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/topic/humor/benefits-humor

BBC: Laughter and health http://www.bbc.com/news/health-24553877

Stanford News: The language gap http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/september/toddler-language-gap-091213.html

Zero to Three: Brain development http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/brain-development/

Harvard: Center on the Developing Child: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/

Child First: http://www.childfirst.com/cf/page/brain-research

Five TEDTALKS Revolutionizing Child Development: http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/education/blog/5-tedtalks-revolutionizing-child-development/

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