Don't forget the Forum... and other opportunities! (May, 2009)

   WCCC Spotlight May 8, 2009
    A frequent reminder that our kids and families matter!
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
SNAP Training

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Noon-2 p.m.
Bradford Jonnycake Ctr.
23 Industrial Drive, Westerly

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name (since October 2008) for the federal Food Stamp Program. Given the failing economy, changes went into effect in April 2009 to make the program more "accessible," from income guidelines to office locations.
  The URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America has a toll-free hotline to answer questions about the program: 866-306-0270.
  To learn more about the changes, you can attend this training sponsored by the Feinstein Center.  Registration is limited
and RSVP required at
or 874-5660.

To read and do

Minnie Grants!
Youth Service America and the Disney folks are offering $500 "Disney Minnie Grants" for youth-led projects in communities anywhere in the world. Deadline for applications is June 15. Apply at

How parents can keep
your children drug free

The US Dept. of Education is offering free copies of "Growing up Drug Free: A Parent's Guide to Prevention. Lots of useful info for parents plus additional resources and help. To order, call 1-877-4ED-PUBS and ask for Publication ED001425P. 

Playing in school is good
A new report emphasizes that play in early education and kindergarten is part of developing fundamental social and learning skills. If you ever doubted that, check out Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School.

Teen pregnancy
prevention that works
A report from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reviews the current wisdom about effective prevention, especially important with teen births on the rise.
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Get a move on! It's Friday, May 15!
Champion for Children Award, Keynote Speaker Tony Maione, the latest data, and good eats.

Always a packed room at the Village Inn in Narragansett, the 7th Annual Children's Issues Forum has special significance this year. Shouldn't you be there?
  United Way President Tony Maione will discuss the present and future of human services in his keynote speech. You'll get the latest data on the status of the region's young people. We'll announce the 2009 Champion for Children, and you'll have a great breakfast among friends.
   Download and mail your reservation today!

The 7th Annual Washington County Coalition for Children Children's Issues Forum

The Village Inn, Narragansett Pier
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Friday, May 15 · 8-10:30 a.m.
Cost: only $25!
Why do some children 'survive' adversity apparently intact, while others do not?

Another in the WCCC/Brown series of credited programs for professionals working with children.
  Barry M. Lester, Ph.D., founder and director of the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk at Women & Infants Hospital and Alpert Medical School, will unveil the latest research and findings.
   CEUs and other relevants credits are available or have been applied for, for physicians, psychologists, child care providers, nurses, educators, and social workers.
   Register now by contacting the Brown CME Office at 401-863-3337 or

Resilience in Children at Risk

Chester House, Westerly
Tuesday, May 19 · 5-7:30 p.m.
(registration includes dinner)
What you need to know about the WCCC

The Washington County Coalition for Children brings together everyone in Washington County who cares about children. The Coalition is known for: 

  • Tracking and publishing the trends in children's issues, and convening public meetings around the needs.
  • Convening monthly meetings that bring together more than 40 organizations to tackle the most compelling problems facing children and their families.
  • Establishing a website to help parents of children with mental health and substance abuse problems connect with local treatment providers
  • Sponsoring an annual "How Are the Children?" Forum, a must-attend event for anyone working on children's issues: community leaders, advocates, and elected officials.
  • Holding monthly workshops to help doctors and mental health professionals care for children with behavioral health problems and  developmental disabilities.
  • Organizing a holiday gift drive for teens in conjunction with Casey's Grill & Bar in Wakefield.
     The Coalition achieves astounding results, with just one part-time staff person, dedicated volunteers, and administrative support from VNS Home Health Services. We cover all Coalition costs through voluntary contributions of Coalition members, grants, and your generous donations.
     For more information about the Washington County Coalition for Children, go to or contact Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban at (401) 788-2061.