Math 2.0 The GiGi’s Playhouse One-on-One Math tutoring program has been around for over 8 years!  We now have 24 locations offering math tutoring with an average of 275 enrollments per session.  That is approximately 1,000 students each year!  We recently had an amazing opportunity to review and renew this program, creating streamlined Purposeful Progressions,…

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October, Down Syndrome Acceptance Month,  is done but we do not stop here! It has been wonderful to look out at Playhouse’s across the nation and Mexico share facts, bust myths and inspire their communities on the truth Down syndrome. This quote form a Playhouse family has us all smiling very proud smiles!  “My eyes…

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From Nancy Gianni, President and GiGi’s Mom: I always struggle to describe GiGi’s because each location and each connection means so much to so many people – all in very different ways. To some families it is a learning center, to others a support center, to others a place to volunteer, but to all it is…

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  Friends: today we come to you with troubling news – news that demonstrates why GiGi’s Playhouse fights so hard every day for Global Acceptance. We BELIEVE that people of all abilities should be treated with dignity. Not everyone does. We believe people of all abilities should be included. Not everyone does. We believe people…

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  GiGi’s Playhouse offers 30+ FREE Educational and Therapeutic programs advancing literacy, math, motor skills, speech, nutrition, fitness, career skills and more. One of the most successful programs at GiGi’s Playhouses across the nation is Language Music N’ Our Peeps (LMNOP). LMNOP guides parents and infants through learning basic sign language and through incorporating music and…

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30 GiGi’s Playhouses from around the country and in Mexico participated in our 6th Annual GiGi’s Board Conference at the Schaumburg Convention Center. It was 3 days of inspiration, education, networking and fun! The conference ended with a banquet where our adult interns with Down syndrome, who run our Hugs + Mugs store, inspired the crowd. At…

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This past weekend, three of our teens from our GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford’s Karate Kickers class went to the 5th Annual Midwest Youth Programs Karate Invitational.  Nate, Dylan and Adam competed on September 7th and have made us so proud! The benefits of karate for people with Down syndrome are endless. Karate focuses on development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention,…

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Last week saw the graduation of the 3rd class of GiGi University. Congratulations Class Summer 2014! These students spent the last 10 weeks learning the pillars of GiGi U’s: HEALTHY U, CONFIDENT U & WHOLE U. The GiGi U graduates are proud of who they are, learned the importance of self-care & nutrition, became self-advocates…

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GiGi Prep is a 6-week program for adults, which guides adults with Ds toward healthy lifestyle choices and goal setting. As the students strive to reach their highest potential, they prepare for future participation in GiGi University. Ramsan came to GiGi Prep last fall and ever since he walked through those doors he has had…

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This summer, our GiGi University students have been nothing short of fabulous!  Each day, they give all that they’ve got, with the ultimate goal of developing their confidence, health and “whole self”.      For the past several weeks, GiGi U has focused on challenging this group of remarkable adults to give their “Best of…

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