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October is National “Halloween Safety” Month

“Trick or Treat” is a phrase that will be bellowing through our area very soon, as the children seek out their favorite candy! Here are some quick tips to help your child be safe this Halloween.

  • Have your child wear or carry something that is lit, like a flashlight, glow stick/bracelet, light up shoes. Something that will help them be more noticeable as they are going door to door during the night.
  • Plan their route and stick to an area you know and feel safe.
  • Wear comfy shoes for walking.
  • Don’t wear costumes that drag the ground, because they can get caught on bushes, cause the child to trip if their feet get tangled in them, etc.
  • If your child is wearing a mask, make sure it’s breathable and allows full visibility.
  • Drink water! Plan the costumes for the weather, so that over heating doesn’t happen, and make sure to stay hydrated.
  • Eat a healthy meal before you hit the streets for candy! This will help reduce the sugary temptation before bedtime.
  • Children should be accompanied by a parent or older sibling while trick or treating.
  • Always inspect the candy before it’s eaten!
  • Make sure there are no objects in your yard if you are passing out candy that children can fall on (i.e. garden hose, cords, etc.).
  • Have fun!

Halloween Jack o Lantern candy collector with scattered candies

National Make a Difference to a Child Month: By our tenant partner

 

DSC_1078I was approached to write an article on National Make A Difference To Children Month, and explain how Connect would be participating in this event. This special month happens each July, and suggestions for activities for this month include: doing an activity with a child, supporting an organization that serves children, telling policy makers to support initiatives for children, and telling other people about the campaign. As I started the article, I thought, “That will be easy. We help children every day.” At Connect, we help families receive subsidy assistance for child care while they work and go to school, assist families with finding child care, and by offering trainings and resources to child care providers to help improve the quality of the services they offer to children. After I listed all of the things we do at Connect for children, I thought to myself, “We make a difference every day because it’s our job, but what more could we do?”

Making a difference to a child doesn’t have to involve a month long celebration. Making a difference doesn’t have to be some spectacular event with banners and balloons. Making a difference doesn’t require money, special training, or a credential. Anyone can do it.

Here are 5 easy tips on how you can make a difference:

-Ask a child about their day, their favorite character, their favorite toy, or anything to start a conversation.

-Spend an hour playing with a child. Let them choose what to play.

-Have your next meal with a child sitting down at a table with no electronics.

-Spend some time with a child outside. Take a child fishing, swimming, to the park, to a garden, or on a walk.

-Read a book to a child.

At Connect, we specialize in making a difference for children every day. In reality, we can all make a difference to a child every day by devoting a little bit of time and attention. For more ideas on how you can make a difference, contact us at 304-414-4488 or stop by our office at the Schoenbaum Center.

 

Toni McKinley

Director

Connect CCR&R

A message from one of our tenant providers

WV Birth to Three/ River Valley Mother’s Day Blog KarenMay, 2017

 

 

This time of year our thoughts gravitate toward motherhood. Being a mother is one of life’s greatest gifts, greatest joys, and greatest blessings! For some families, however, these feelings may be somewhat tempered with the realization that their little one may need some extra help and supports in order to reach his full potential. This is where WV Birth to Three can help.WV Birth to Three is a grant program of WV Department of Health and Human Resources. We are an Early Intervention Program of River Valley Child Development Services. We provide services and supports for children birth through 35 months of age who have a delay in their development, or who may be at risk of developing a delay. We accept referrals from parents, physicians, friends, caregivers – anyone involved in the child’s life can make a referral.The Regional Administrative Unit (RAU) for Kanawha, Clay, Jackson, and Roane Counties is housed at the Schoenbaum Center. If you have concerns about your own child or about another child in your life, please call us! We will be happy to talk with you and to set up an appointment with you and your child to determine whether he meets the eligibility criteria to receive WV Birth to Three services.Services are provided at absolutely no out-of-pocket costs for your family. We have experienced practitioners who will work with you and with your child to ensure he receives the support he needs! This is a family-driven plan; your needs, desires, and schedule are considered every step of the way.For additional information and resources call us at our office – (304) 414-4460 – or visit River Valley’s website at www.rvcds.org under the “Programs” tab.

Jennifer and Amber

Scholastic Book Fair

The Schoenbaum Center came alive with the Scholastic Book Fair in March! We were happy to have been able to partner with Scholastic for this public fundraiser to benefit the children served at Charleston Child Care and Learning Center, providing new classroom books.

Parents, educators, friends and family members turned out to support this exciting event. Family literacy is an important shared experience between family members supporting literacy development. Early experience with books and print allow children to achieve concepts for a strong foundation of literacy. Literacy opportunities at home and at school will help engage children and assist with developing their listening, oral language, along with reading and writing skills.

Reading is a lifelong gift for children and families, and we are so proud here at the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center and Charleston Child Care and Learning Center to support learning through reading at all ages.Scholastic 1 Scholastic 2

Valentine’s Day Fun

Dawn and Bridget VDayValentine’s Day brought us smiling faces, sweet treats, and lots of love! The Charleston Child Care and Learning Center hosted a wonderful party for all the little ones to enjoy. West Virginia Career Transition Services employees, Dawn and Bridget were able to spread happiness throughout the center by giving away Valentine boxes! CCCLC’s Program Director Kaleisha Hall assisted the kids with making fun crafts and the children enjoyed chocolate cupcakes on this sweet holiday!

Tammy with her beautiful niece

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Being a Leader in Early Care and Education: Don’t Just Talk About It. Be About It!

By Toni Walters, Director, Connect Child Care & Resource Referral

One major characteristic about those of us in the early care and education field is that we love to talk. We love to talk to children. We love to talk to families. We love to talk to our co-workers. We just love to talk, and we can talk about almost any subject. As care givers, we have also learned to be great listeners. We listen to others concerns. We listen to their stories. We listen to their joys, and we listen to their concerns.

But what happens after we’ve listened and talked, and then talked some more? Often times we move on to the next topic. We move on to the next conversations as if everything is solved since we talked it out. Sometimes, we shrug our shoulders and decide we can’t change what we were talking about or have an impact. We put our needs aside and move on to helping others because that’s what we do: we care for others.

What would happen, though, if we stopped talking about what could be or should be and started to be about it?

Are we spending time talking about how child care isn’t viewed as a profession even though we spend hours in trainings, or are we taking action and showing others how we are professionals? Are we teaching others the importance of quality child care in our society, including dressing and acting in a professional manner?

Are we talking about how we would like to have more family involvement and how some of them don’t seem to care, or are we inviting our families into our homes and classrooms? Are we taking time to involve them in their child’s learning and giving families options for ways they can be involved that will work with their life situations and schedules?

Are we just discussing how important child development is and how children need more, or are we attending trainings to gain knowledge about development and appropriate practice? Are we reading current information about child development to better our teaching strategies? Are we designing our daily plans and lessons around the individual children in our care?

Talking is a great way to start change, but to be a leader, you have to be those words. You have to be the one to step up and take action for children and families. You have to be the one that shows others how. You have to be the change you talk about.

Enact Community Action

By Brent Pauley, CEO, EnAct Community Action

EnAct Community Action has seen its share of changes over the past seven years, from logo changes, to office moves, to changes in leadership, but two important things have remained constant. First, our stability and growth. We have remained true to our mission to help move low-income individuals and families from poverty to self-sustainability. This is being accomplished by an extremely dedicated team and their ability to obtain new grants and stretch existing funds. Last year EnAct set a record of receiving new grants for workforce development, summer work camps for home improvements, and food and baby pantries.

In addition to our traditional programs and services, such as emergency assistance, workforce development, educational assistance, money management training, EnAct added a new program in late 2014, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT). This program has grown to seven vehicles, 13 new employees (many of which came from our low-income workforce development program) and is now the largest NEMT provider in the state of West Virginia.

In the spring of 2015 we added Personal Care as another Senior Services program in addition to our Aged & Disabled Waiver in-home care services. This program will help us continue to grow and offer services in the every growing, aging population of West Virginia.

The second constant that has served EnAct well, is the stable location of our central office at the Schoenbaum Family Center (SFC). Being able to remain in the same location while experiencing such growth has been a blessing. Growth is a big enough challenge without adding the change factor on top. The SFC has been supportive of our mission and growth and we know that we can rely on them whenever we need internal assistance, meeting space, or just an attentive ear.

EnAct will continue to seek out new opportunities to better serve our mission and we want to thank all that have been supportive and will continue to be so. We also challenge and welcome any new collaborative partners to join in and experience the wonderful things that can happen as a result of teamwork. Please visit our website at www.enactwv.org for additional information on our programs and services.

Welcome to the Schoenbaum Center Blog!

By Loretta Jett-Haddad, President and CEO

As President and CEO of the Schoenbaum Center, it is my distinct pleasure to be the first person to contribute to our new blog. I invite you to check back regularly for future postings from our Board of Directors, service providers and other community leaders. We plan to feature postings on a variety of informative topics such as child care, nutrition, wellness, financial sustainability, elder care and emergency assistance resources.

Let me introduce you to the unique and wonderful Schoenbaum Center!

With the vision and generous support of Alex and Betty Schoenbaum, the Schoenbaum Center opened in 2002 and is West Virginia’s premier multi-tenant non-profit complex located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Our mission is to provide or coordinate needed resources for people, families, and businesses through services, community partnerships and opportunities. With eight community service providers under one roof, the Schoenbaum Center helps more than 20,000 people each year with resources to improve their health, safety, education, income and happiness. In addition, we provide more than 70 jobs, plus many volunteer opportunities for members of our community.

As always, our doors are open to everyone in our community and Hope Grows Here through a wide range of programs and services offered by our service providers (a list of these nonprofit organizations is provided under the Links section in this blog as well as on our website) including:

  • Full-day child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years
  • Adult education and workforce training for youth & adults
  • Early intervention (birth to three)
  • Child advocacy & consultation on child concerns
  • Mentoring programs
  • Information and referral to services
  • Fraternal financial services and community programming
  • Small business operational consulting
  • Emergency assistance
  • Personal assistance/homemaker services

The Schoenbaum Center serves as a shining example of hope and compassion by enriching families, businesses and the community.  I would like to close by sharing one of my favorite quotes from our Founding Benefactress, Betty Schoenbaum, “The joy of living is the joy of giving”.  Please consider supporting the Schoenbaum Center in your charitable giving. We need your support to continue to serve the wonderful people in West Virginia…our family, our friends and our neighbors.

And lastly, please stop by the Schoenbaum Center for a visit! I promise you will be amazed at who we are and what we do!