Meet the Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers – better known as Jayden, Kelvin and Carson were all born in September 2015. Each with their own story, they all began in the infant room at Horizon’s Jamaica Plain site. In their first three years, they developed and became like little brothers.

In spite of the trauma of being homeless, the boys have flourished with the consistency school provides as they spend time with familiar friends and teachers. Each of them has had challenges to overcome. Carson, for example, no longer has nightmares and can soothe himself to sleep. Kelvin, who used to cry a lot, is happy, intuitive and quick to offer a hug when a classmate (or teacher!) is sad. Once withdrawn, Jayden has developed advanced language skills and is now full of questions.

The positive, consistent relationships these boys have experienced—with each other and with their teachers—have helped them grow.

And as one might expect of little boys, there’s also a competitive part of their relationship. When one steps up with a new skill, the others tend to do the same to keep up.

Toddler teachers Denia and Ashley have enjoyed seeing the boys grow but recognized this Fall that they were ready for a new level of activity as they headed to the Preschool classroom. “I love this age group because you get to see so much growth,” said teacher Ashley. “The testing we do evaluates their strengths and putting it on paper makes it more real and actionable for the parents. We have family conferences where we discuss each child’s strengths and what they need to work on.”

While the boys are in school, their parents participate in Horizons’ Family Partnership Program where they work on skills that will help them set goals that will lead to long term success. This may include mentoring parents on how to access resources, including education, job training, other services.

One more year at Horizons and these boys will be off to kindergarten, with a solid foundation that has helped prepare them to succeed in elementary school. We can’t wait to see where they’re headed next!

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