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About Qwaku

Qwaku honors the spirit of a special young man of color, now grown. When his mother passed, his father was left as a single father, responsible to raise the young man on his own. The young man had hours to spend every day while his dad worked; fortunately, he found his way to an after-school program for at-risk youth.

His optimism, his love of learning, his thirst for understanding, were an inspiration to all who met him. It is those qualities that Qwaku & Associates seeks to build up in the communities we serve.

Pre-K

Between 2 and 5 years, children begin to develop a creative imagination while they refine their physical skills. They learn to hop on one foot for a few seconds; they begin to add arms and legs to their stick "people"; they use longer sentences (5 or 6 words); and they create wonderful fantasies. This link provides parents information and other resources that explain how they can support their child's development at this stage of growth and development.

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Elementary Grades

Children traditionally start school full-time at age 5 or 6; during their elementary school years, which usually end around age 12, they change their focus to people and ideas outside their family. Their friends, teachers and coaches become very important and influential figures in their lives. They learn to read and write, and they demand detailed explanations of the world around them. Their bodies are growing and they are fine-tuning their physical skills, so they often require more sleep! This link provides parents information and other resources that explain how they can support their child's development at this stage of growth and development.

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Middle School

Young people in their early teens wage an ongoing battle with hormones. Their physical form begins to change dramatically and they can feel awkward and unlovely at times. It may seem that they sleep constantly (they need it), and when they're awake, they spend lots of time comparing themselves to their peeps and trying to fit in. Personally, they're developing their identity, independence and social skills; intellectually, they're getting into some high-level thinking. This link provides parents information and other resources that explain how they can support their child's development at this stage of growth and development.

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High School and Beyond

In an ideal world, young adults have worked out their personal path and they're ready to start exploring their next steps in life. Some have known where they're headed since they were very young; others are just now considering and exploring their interest. They begin to think in terms of commitment – to another person, to a career, or other pursuits. This link provides parents information and other resources that explain how they can support their child's development at this stage of growth and development.

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