Wash your (children's) hands! School's in! (September, 2009)

   WCCC Spotlight Sept.15,2009
    A frequent reminder that our kids and families matter!

Coalition responds to survey results with child care training

Late in 2008, the Coalition  asked early care and education providers in Washington County -- via surveys and focus groups -- what they'd like to learn
   Using the answers, the Coalition's Early Care & Education/After School Work Group offered three sets of workshops for dozens of child care providers this Spring. Topics included:
  • How Do Children Learn through Open-Ended Activities, presented by the URI Child Development Center.
  • Developing Family Partnerships: Beyond the Tea Party Approach, taught by Families Learning Together of the Westerly School Department.
  • Infant Toddler & Beyond: Social, Emotional, and Brain Development, presented by Laura Lehrman Kelly LICSW.   Plans are underway for another three-part series this fall and winter.
       The trainings are made possible with funding from AHEC, Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center.

    Eating, reading, and development (oh, my) from ZERO TO THREE

    You can certainly buy books if you want to at the ZERO TO THREE website, but parents and providers alike can find interactive tests, PDFs, handouts, slideshows, videos and more on most aspects of child development up to 36 months.

    Two new issue briefs examine evaluating
    child care

       The nonprofit research center Child Trends has released two issue briefs on measuring the quality of childcare education settings.    "What We Know and Don't Know About Measuring Quality in Early Childhood and School-Age Care and Education Settings," and "Evaluating, Developing, and Enhancing Domain-Specific Measures of Child Care Quality" examine the link between program quality and children's outcomes and how it is measured.
       Both are available on the organization's website: www.childtrends.org.


    Early Care/ AfterSchool
    Work Group

       The Coalition's Work Group on Child Care and After-School Programming has scheduled the following dates for its monthly meetings from 6-7:30 p.m. at South County Community Action, 1935 Kingstown Road, Wakefield.
       To learn more about the work group, or to confirm the date and location, contact Andréa Martin at almartin@ cox.net or Angela Brightman at abrightman@sccainc.org.

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    The latest info about the H1N1 virus.

       You've heard about the swine flu; now you can see the movie...of all the federal public health briefings on H1N1, including lots of information for parents, social services agencies, health providers, and K-12 schools. The website is www.flu.gov.
       While you're there, you can answer these questions and others:

    Senior year in high school? For the next
    four months, all the talk is about college.

    Need help with college? Request these free books.

      This time of year college-bound high school seniors and their families and everyone else in their orbit are obsessed with writing their essays, taking the standardized tests, getting recommendations, filing applications, and worrying about money.
       So here are four free publications in particular worth requesting at www.edpubs.ed.gov:
    • Do You Need Money For College?        
    • FAFSA on the Web Worksheet        
    • KnowHow2Go: The 4 Steps to College        
    • Save Your Money, Save Your Identity
       You can also call 1-877-4ED-PUBS (433-7827) Mon-Friday from 9-6 or send an email to edpubs@edpubs.ed.gov.
       What is edpubs? It's just like an online bookstore, except everything is free! The US Department of Education offers dozens of publications on every imaginable topic - from preparing preschoolers to read to designing frameworks for teaching algebra and history.

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    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 www.washcokids.org or contact Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban at wccc@washcokids.org or
    (401) 788-2061.