Chess4Life event will be this Wednesday, Aug. 22

A ‘Chess4Life’ event will happen in Des Moines this Wednesday, Aug. 22:

Children’s Home Society of Washington, Washington State Association (WSA) of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and Chess4Life combined forces to introduce a new and innovative early learning chess curriculum to children through a pilot program at the Highline Early Learning Center in Des Moines.

Less than 50 percent of preschoolers are ready for kindergarten with even fewer children going to school with basic early math skills. As a result, children are struggling in school and need costly support and special education services. 

Throughout Washington, Head Start and ECEAP providers are utilizing the game of chess to successfully help more children become ready for school and life. More than 500 children have participated in this program funded by the Boeing Company. The ultimate goal is that children enjoy the process of learning chess and gain fundamental skills from their participation to increase their understanding of math and communication.   

Attend this special event to see how introducing a fun and engaging game of chess helps children learn. Meet Elliott Neff, Chess4Life CEO and national chess master, Katy Warren, WSA deputy director, Children’s Home Society of Washington staff, and 20 children from the Highline Early Learning Center for a game of chess.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 201810 a.m.

WHERE: Children’s Home Society of Washington, Highline Early Learning Center, 2400 S. 240th Street, Building O, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:  Founded in 1896, Children’s Home Society of Washington is the oldest and largest statewide nonprofit children’s organization—serving nearly 30,000 children and their families. Its mission is to develop healthy children, create strong families, build engaged communities, and speak and advocate for children.

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