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Goodbye 2011 - Hello 2012

December 28th, 2011

THANK YOU ALL

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support for children and families over the past year. 

It has been a rocky year for families. The poverty rate is up. Unemployment and underemployment are still concerns for many families.  Parents are telling us that stress is a major concern in their homes.  Financial supports for community programs are disappearing at a moment's notice.

At the Child Development Council we are working to preserve the services that mean the most.  You can expect a few changes, though...

Family Support Services (parents over age 21) and Teen Pregnancy/Parenting Program

We reached more people more often in 2011 than ever before through parent coaching and child development assessments in the home. Through the generous support of our community, we also gave out formula, home safety items, bus passes and gas cards so "at risk" families to create a stable environment for themselves and their children.

Due to funding challenges at TC Action, the Early Head Start was reluctantly "recalled" in September. The families we served through this program experienced significant strides, and we are sorry to see it end here at the Council. Long-standing home visiting services to families through FSS and TP3 remain in tact. In the coming year, we will have to limit services, however, especially those for teen families due to the loss of Medicaid funding.

Our home visiting staff should be applauded for their hard work and vigilance throughout all the uncertainty and loss of four team members this year.

Child Care Resource and Referral

Our successful radio ads on the 10 components of quality child care for infants and toddlers will be renewed in 2012, thanks to a generous donor. We shifted our efforts and launched an "intensive technical assistance project" in family child care programs that includes pre and post tests for quality programming.

Kudos to our CCRR staff! We surpassed expectations on our referral call quality assurance direct assessment. The first year of a two year process to become quality assured (a new model provided by the National Association of CCRR Agencies) was completed as we "spit and polished" our policies and procedures.

We have increased our ability to network with our community. Check us out on Facebook to connect to recent research, public policy and events to promote early childhood development!

Happy New Year

On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Child Development Council, with renewed energy, we want to wish you all a happy and healthy new year.