May 2017 Editor’s Notes

It’s time to “Come to the Castle” and hear stories from the King. We can’t wait to share both this theme and these stories with you. This month’s theme was inspired by Chris Tomlin’s new book, Good Good Father and we encourage you to get the board book version, Good Good Father for Little Ones, for your classrooms.


Easter 2017: Postcard Printable

Easter is coming.
And, it’s coming fast.
As in, it’s not this Sunday but the next.


Sharing the Load

I am reading through the One Year Bible this year and am particularly looking at what the Word says regarding children and children’s ministry…


Don’t Miss Your Chance to Connect

The trees are blooming and mornings require a jacket that is often discarded by lunchtime. It’s spring!

In our ministry, that means it’s time for our semi-annual Parent-Child Dedication. Based from Orange’s BabyD Celebration, this is one of my favorite ways to begin and strengthen our partnership with the parents we serve.



Following Along With #OC17

Following Along With #OC17

Our entire First Look team is so excited for the arrival of almost 8,000 friends in Atlanta for #OC17! But we know that many friends couldn’t get here, so we are going to do our very best to share some of the fun and facts with you, too! So, if you’re at home instead of in the ATL, here is how you can follow along with us! The Blog You are in the best spot right now, the First Look Blog, to get quotes and notes from labs and breakouts! Notes from some of our amazing preschool track... read more
What’s Your Question for #OC17

What’s Your Question for #OC17

First Look Friends! We are SO EXCITED for #OC17!!! Today is the day we put the pedal to the floor and push on until conference starts Wednesday. Next week, our Orange Staff will be answering hundreds of questions from you, our partners. However, if you’re not with us, you might not get your question answered. So, if you have an overall Orange or First Look question that you would love to have answered, reply in the comments, and we’ll see what we can do. If you have a question specific to your... read more
Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting April 24th

Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting April 24th

Here is the First Look Social Media Plan for influencing parents to interact with their preschoolers. If you missed the first post explaining our plan, please click here.  The following information will be 6 tweets, 5 Facebook posts, 2 pictures or ideas for Instagram, and 2 articles to pin on Pinterest.  Feel free to use any and all of this information but don’t feel tied to these updates word for word.  These are simply examples that you could copy and paste if you wanted or you can add your... read more
How to Connect at #OC17

How to Connect at #OC17

It’s almost that time again. The time when our First Look team gets to spend a few, short, WONDER-full days with our friends from all over the country (and world) for #OC17. It’s one of our most favorite times of the year and we want you to have such a great time that it becomes one of your favorites too. With all that happens at Orange Conference, it would be easy to miss something. To keep that from happening, we’ve put together a list of all the ways you can stay connected and updated while... read more
Sharing the Load

Sharing the Load

I am reading through the One Year Bible this year and am particularly looking at what the Word says regarding children and children’s ministry. Recently the passage included Exodus 18:17 – 23 – Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s... read more



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