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March 8, 2021
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March 8, 2021

Jefferson Health – Abington’s Safe Harbor Program is seeking volunteers. One in 12 children will lose a parent or sibling this year. Safe Harbor, Jefferson Health – Abington’s program for grieving children, teens and families, is looking for volunteers to help run grief support groups. he time commitment would be three evening hours twice a month (for at least one year). All training and orientation is provided to help volunteers in their role as support group facilitators. Facilitators would work with other seasoned volunteers and have support from the Safe Harbor staff. The next training will be September 17-18. If interested, please call 215-481-5983

Along the Way is expanding to Scranton! Learn more and share their childcare services and mission.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence is coordinating a holiday care package delivery event on December 18th; register for that here. If you have any questions leading up to the event or would like more details please contact Rich Berry, VP of Program, rberry@independencebigs.org.

Bucks County Opportunity Council. Sponsor a school-aged child for the 2021-22 school year! School supplies and clothing put a crunch on family budgets and can be out of reach for low-income families. BCOC’s unique Back-To-School sponsorship program matches generous sponsors in the community with individual students. Learn more here!

Child and Family Focus is offering a free, award-winning, evidence-based prevention program, Strengthening Families for parents/caregivers and youth ages 10-14 (SFP 10-14) for all Bucks County families! Child and Family Focus is here to provide children with tools to succeed as they transition through the tough pre-teen/teen years packed with comparison, isolation, bullies, finding their identity, and stress. The World Health Organization named Strengthening Families Program 10-14 the number one prevention program out of 6,000 programs analyzed for long-term effects on substance use and misuse. Click here to see a short video clip about the program, or contact Karen Alyssa Foy, kfoy@childandfamilyfocus.org!

Child Guidance Resource Centers. Click here for the blog and more articles and reflections, with a sampling below.

Children First, formerly PCCY, centers their mission in their new name!

  • Philly Kids & Teens are Reeling from COVID’s Impact. COVID took a tremendous toll on children and teens, dramatically affecting their mental health, K-12 and early education, and security. A new Children First report, COVID’s Impact on Philadelphia Children: The Case for an Ambitious Rebound, details just how deep that toll is. Read the report and recommendations here. Reports on the suburban counties will be released in September.
  • Cyber charter surpluses are substantial, growing, and unregulated. This issue matters to school districts that are responsible for paying public cyber charter tuition and taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill. Read the report here.
  • Pennsylvania’s Historic Fair Funding Trial has started! After seven years of fighting for fair education funding, PA students have their day in court. Bring your friends, family, organizations and young advocates to Harrisburg to join Children First! Sign up for the Bucks & Montgomery County Day on December 14th, or join another coordinated County day. Learn more, and sign up here!
  • Nominate a young leader for a new Children First leadership program, Justice in Education. This unique program will engage a new cohort of rising stars to solve a real-world problem: state education funding. If you are a school official, recommend a leader at https://bit.ly/EdJustice1. If you are a parent, guardian, or community member, recommend a leader at https://bit.ly/EdJustice2. Students can also nominate themselves at https://bit.ly/EdJustice3
  • Review the History Project, an interactive website that dynamically breaks down each year of Children First’s impressive history. Not your ordinary website, the History Project offers audio recordings of the movers and shakers who fought for children’s rights, including news reports, research papers, and photographs!
  • Read the reportNo More Dreams Deferred, Building an Education System that Works for Black and Hispanic Students in the Philadelphia Suburbs. 
  • Child Health Watch Helpline helps families get health insurance for free and in most languages. The Helpline is for parents: Who have lost their jobs and are worried about losing health coverage for their children and themselves; are concerned with the costs of testing and treatment of COVID-19; with any questions about CHIP or Medicaid coverage; and/or with language interpretation needs. Helpline: 215-563-5848 x 17

Children First has updated their popular Manual for School Nurses and Counselors. This comprehensive manual details the public insurance programs that cover children and their families (Medicaid and CHIP), how to apply for coverage, where to get application assistance, what health benefits are covered, and how to access them. You can also find the most up-to-date list of resources for free and low-cost health care services in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties for children who are uninsured or underinsured. It’s all the resources in one spot for anyone who needs help connecting kids to care. Thank you, Children First! Learn more.

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 17 provides a single point of contact for Montgomery County families, early learning service providers, and community members looking to gain information and access services that support high-quality child care and early learning programs, including Child Care Works, Pennsylvania’s child care subsidy program. Learn more here.

The EHS-Child Care Partnership program (EHS-CCP) is Enrolling Now in Pottstown & Norristown! 6 Weeks – 3 years Families who meet Poverty Income Guidelines *Or Categorical Eligibility: SNAP, TANF, SSI, Foster Child, Experiencing Homelessness, have ELRC Funding.

  • Center-based, full-time care provided to families.
  • High-quality, Affordable Child Care.  All Diapers, Wipes, and Meals are provided. Families receive support from Family Service Workers who meet with families routinely to Assess Needs, Determine Goals, and Provide Resources.
  • Multiple centers in Pottstown have immediate openings available!!

Anyone interested may reach out directly, or to complete the Pre-application. Cell- 484-473-4583 Email- kelseyh@cciu.org

Family Services of Montgomery County, Pottstown Family Center

  • Parents as Teachers. Free child development program with open enrollment to families anytime prenatally through Kindergarten. Resources to help strengthen your child’s development. Virtual visits to provide support to parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Contact PAT@fsmontco.org to sign up.
  • Connecting with Dads. Offering monthly Dad Cafes. Have questions, including upcoming dates? Email dads@fsmontco.org.

The Giving Tree. Visit the Giving Tree website for the Kindness Cafe Blog, Service Kit ideas and projects, and ways for children and families to help others, such as the initiative: Neighborhood Service Leaders. Engage children in service and community!

  • Take-Home Service Kits. Focused on food insecurity and the homeless community, these projects will benefit the most vulnerable individuals during this spring season.
  • Learn more about the #MontcoServes Campaign, with the goal to provide a service project to every elementary and middle school in Montgomery County PA over the next 2 years!
  • Check out their 2020 Gratitude Report which shows how families and volunteers found ways to give and serve during the pandemic.

Interfaith Philadelphia offers Walking the Walk – a new Youth Initiative for middle school students. And they have a Leadership Training program for high school students.

  •  Learn about the religious and cultural diversity of their peers through visits to different houses of worship
  •  Strengthen their own identity and leadership skills by participating in activities together
  •  Build friendships across lines of difference through creative projects and dialogue
  •  High school students will gain skills for leadership and facilitation
  •  Middle school students will delve into early questions of interfaith engagement
Questions? Contact Elexus Freeman-Filmore

Maternity Care Coalition is offering a free virtual parenting education/support group starting in August 2021. Families who live in the North Penn School district and have children ages birth – 5 yrs. are eligible to register. Two Fall group options: A: 9/27-11/3, Mondays and Wednesdays 4-5PM. B: 9/28-11/4, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11AM. While supplies last, each participating family will receive a FREE tablet with 6 months FREE internet service. Learn more and apply! Access the referral form.

North Penn YMCA child care programs offer a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow, and thrive throughout the North Penn, Souderton Area, and Perkiomen Valley school districts. In addition to child care services, the North Penn YMCA offers camps and various school readiness programs. Learn more!

OHAAT Beds for Kids has partnered with CHOP to create a series of videos with healthy sleep tips for back-to-school. Videos will be added weekly to the One house at a Time social media and website here, https://www.ohaat.org/sleepwell.

Senior Adults for Greater Education (S.A.G.E) offers a free training library of resources to support students with math, reading, writing and virtual learning. Click here to access their library.

St. Luke’s Penn Foundation. Are you raising a grandchild or family member as a result of addiction? Join the Kinship Support Group the 4th Monday of the month, 7-8pm, Zoom! Join each month to connect with others who are also raising children as a result of addiction. This group is an opportunity to experience support from others with shared challenges. There will be resources available such as information about guardianship, school planning, trauma, and more. Learn more!

United Way of Bucks County – Pre-K Counts Programs are now enrolling for the 22-23 School Year! Pre-K Counts provides FREE pre-k education to eligible 3 and 4-year-old children. United Way of Bucks County currently offers Pre-K Counts at 12 partner programs located throughout Bucks County. Please share the flyer and application with eligible families. Learn more here.

The United Way of PA offers a zip code search for family resources and school supplies to prepare for the fall: https://www.pa211.org/get-help/family-resources/school-supplies/.

Learn more about the United Way of PA’s 22-23 PA budget priorities! “United Ways fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our communities. In order to provide the needs many are facing, our priorities for the 2022-2023 state budget include a focus on PA 211 and early childhood education and care, and a state Earned Income Tax Credit. Please join us in advocacy for state funding for PA 211 to provide Pennsylvanians the opportunity to connect with information and referrals for their health and human services needs, state investments for affordable and high-quality Pre-K and child care, and the creation of a state Earned Income Tax Credit to support working Pennsylvanians.” Learn more and share your voice! https://www.uwp.org/action-opportunity/support-united-way-priorities-for-fy-2022-2023-budget/

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school. Are you a student interested in engaging the people around you in racial healing and racial equity work? Find ideas for activities and steps to take toward racial healing in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Students Action Kit.

YWCA Tri-County Area’s Youth Empowerment Program, which works with youth & their families to help make the healthy choices that will follow them throughout their lives. Pause. Breathe. Achieve. See what their advocacy team is up to here.

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