You were surprised at the Forum... and other resources (June, 2009)

   WCCC Spotlight June 9,2009
    A frequent reminder that our kids and families matter!
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Summer jobs for
 14-24 year-olds

South County Community Action Agency
(401) 789-3016, x330

   SCCAA will take 110 students living in Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly, or West Greenwich for two six-week summer job programs beginning in July.
   The first is for 14 and 15-year-olds and focuses on job readiness skills development. It features workplace tours, fun field trips, and career exploration activities. Anyone can apply, regardless of family income. The program pays $250.
   The second program is for 16-24-year-olds. Participants are paid minimum wage to work four days a week and attend classroom-based job readiness training one day a week. This program is income-based.
  The Workforce Partnership
of Greater Rhode Island is funding the programs.
Meet your Congressmen!

Radisson Airport Hotel
2081 Post Road, Warwick
Monday, June 15
Monday, June 29
(401) 444-0609

The United Way is hosting meetings with Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon White- house on June 15th and Representatives Patrick Kennedy and James Langevin on June 29th.
   The two-part discussion (you can attend either or both) will address human service concerns.
Important posters
for your agency

on Low Cost or No Cost
Health Insurance/RIte Care
for Kids and Families.
In English and Spanish.
Available from RI Kids Count.
To read

Children during a recession
Children who experience poverty during a recession will achieve lower levels of education and earn less as adults throughout their lifetime than others, according to a new report available for free online: Turning Point: The Long Term Effects of Recession-Induced Child Poverty.

Danger of food shortages
Food shortages are more harmful to children's health than previously thought, according to new issue brief from Children's HealthWatch. Even Very Low Levels of Food Insecurity Found to Harm Children's Health
finds that children in marginally food secure households are more likely to be in fair or poor health and to have been hospitalized since birth
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"Parenting support" and "Housing" are the key priorities for Forum attendees, survey shows

United Way's Maione warns 2010 will be 'tough'.
  More than 100 advocates for children - legislators, agency representatives, community members - filled The Village Inn for the 7th Annual Washington County Coalition for Children Children's Issues Forum in May.
   They cheered as the Coalition gave the 2009 Champion for Children Award to South Kingstown School Superintendent Dr. Robert Hicks; the 2009 Champion for Community Change Award to Dr. Louise Kiessling; and a Community Partnership Award to the Community Health Clerkship program with Brown University's Alpert Medical School.
   They collectively groaned as they heard United Way President Anthony Maione warn that 2010 could be a more difficult funding year than 2009, but responded to his "can do" attitude.
   And they listened intently to Coalition Co-Chair Lori Duffy's warning that poverty in the region had increased by 39% between 1990 and 2000; "With 200 known homeless children in Washington County in 2008, imagine what the 2010 census will tell us."
   In a survey taken at the end of the Forum, most attendees chose "parental support" as the top priority need for children in Washington County, with "housing" second.
   Read a report of the 7th Children's Issues Forum.
Have you 'bookmarked' the children's
emotional literacy project? Here's how.

Use these exercises with the children in your life.
Buy some wicked cool notecards.
  For the second year, WCCC explored feelings with 2nd graders throughout Washington County.
   With amazing support and enthusiasm from the GFWC Women's Club of South County, WCCC was able to hire Bill Eyman to train parents and teachers how to help children identify and express their emotions.
   Using the book The Way I Feel... by Janan Cain as their model, 300 2nd graders drew powerful, fanciful, startling bookmarks that taught them a new way to express themselves. Thousands of the bookmarks were printed in full color and distributed for free to libraries and schools across the county.
   WCCC also turned several of them into beautiful sets of affordable notecards. Get yours by contacting Maureen Egan, You'll be supporting the project for next year. 
   Here are some suggestions for using The Way I Feel... with children you know:
  • As you read the book aloud, ask children to make faces appropriate for each emotion. Or make them yourself!
  • As children make their faces, photograph them. Post the pictures-on the refrigerator door, on the bedroom bulletin board or in the classroom-after you've labeled each one with the name of an emotion.
  • Compile the pictures into your own book on emotions.
  • As you read The Way I Feel... at bedtime, ask children when they felt each emotion during the day.
  • Ask children what makes them feel joyful, frustrated, proud or any other emotion.
   For lots more ideas.
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 or (401) 788-2061.