Friday, February 2, 2018

YCPO - February 2018

Good Morning Fellow Kiwanians!

This month I will focus on EasterSeals which focuses on helping children (and adults) with disabilities.


EasterSeals is working to create a world where:
   •     Each child born with a disability is given the support necessary to participate fully in life and to have dreams and hopes, successes and achievements.
   •     Parents of a newly-diagnosed child with a disability are aware of the services and resources available to them and get unimpeded access to all necessary services.
   •     Children with disabilities are recognized by all as having vital contributions to make to our society.
   •     Communities value and support children with disabilities and their families.
   •     Access to appropriate child care is available for children with special needs.
   •     Families benefit from innovations and new technologies that help children with disabilities be as independent as possible.

Child Development Centers
Our Child Development Center Network is the largest provider of inclusive child care in the United States. EasterSeals serves thousands of young children and their families in a setting where children with disabilities and special needs comprise 25 percent of enrollment.

Early Intervention
Early intervention services help young children with disabilities achieve their goals in cognitive, social/emotional, communicative, adaptive and physical development.
Services may include occupational therapy to help an infant learn to hold her bottle, physical therapy to help her learn to roll over, or speech therapy to help her learn to eat. Most early intervention services take place in the home or, in the case of working parents, at child care facilities in the local community.

Locations of EasterSeals Rehabilitation Centers and Offices in New England

New Hampshire —EasterSeals New Hampshire(Rehabilitation Center)
555 Auburn Street,
Manchester, NH 03103

Maine - EasterSeals Maine, Portland
125 Presumpscot Street,
Portland, ME 04103

Easter Seals Massachusetts
484 Main Street, Denholm Building
Worcester, MA 01608-1817

EasterSeals Rhode Island, Wakefield
213 Robinson Street,
Wakefield, RI 02879

Easter Seals
5 Woodruff Ave
Narragansett, Rhode Island

EasterSeals Vermont
641 Comstock Road, Suite 1
Berlin, VT 05602

Connecticut — EasterSeals Rehabilitation Center of Greater Waterbury
22 Tompkins Street,
Waterbury, Connecticut
Children ages: 3 to 5 years

EasterSeals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
100 Deerfield Road,
Windsor, C
EasterSeals Coastal Fairfield County
733 Summer Street,
Stamford, CT 06901

EasterSeals serves 1.4 million children and adults with disabilities and their families, offering a wide range of services at 73 affiliates nationwide. Easter Seals changes the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day, helping their clients build the skills and access the resources they need to live, learn, work and play.

Services include:
   •     Accessibility Resources
   •     Autism Services
   •     Camping & Recreation
   •     Day Care
   •     Employment & Training
   •     In-Home Care
   •     Mental Health Services
   •     Therapy
   •     Veteran Reintegration
   •     Senior Career Employment
   •     Respite Services
How Can Kiwanis Clubs Help?

   1     Contact EasterSeals in your locale and request a Speaker come to your Club to explain how Kiwanis members can help.
   2     Have a fundraiser for EasterSeals.
   3     Register for an EasterSeals Walk With Me Event Near You — Raise funds as an individual or as part of a team.
   4     Sponsor a Walk With Me Participant — Support friends participating in an EasterSeals Walk With Me event.
   5     Join the Presidents' Council — Make a vital difference in the lives of people living with disabilities with a donation of $1,000 or more.
   6     Recycle for EasterSeals — Help the environment and raise money for EasterSeals. Recycle your cell phone, laser and inkjet cartridges, and more, to generate funds to help support children and adults with disabilities and their families. Learn more about this eco-friendly, fundraising initiative.

Feel Good About Giving to EasterSeals

EasterSeals primary services benefit over 1.3 million individuals each year through more than 550 centers nationwide, in Puerto Rico and Australia. For children and adults with disabilities and their families, every donation counts. Find out how your contribution makes a difference
For 25 years, EasterSeals has been first among National Health Council members for the percentage (94 percent) of program dollars allocated to providing direct services.

For more information go to

Ava Adams
District Coordinator,
Young Children Priority One (YCPO)
Scarborough Maine Kiwanis Club
New England and Bermuda District


Friday, January 5, 2018

YCPO - January 2018

Good Morning fellow Kiwanians!
Happy New Year!

Fact: Medical equipment, treatment and facilities designed for adults just don't fit when treating an ill or injured child.
Fact: It costs around four times as much money to treat a child as it does to treat an adult with the same ailment.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals was founded with the sole purpose to help as many children as possible by raising funds for children’s hospitals and keep funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children.
The organization was founded by Marie Osmond and her family, and John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake.
Kiwanis International was the first association based sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, joining the charity as a partner in 1982. Key Club and the many other arms of Kiwanis joined later on as they became recognized programs of Kiwanis.
In 1997, Key Club made Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals an official charity of choice for their members to support. Kiwanis-raised funds have enabled the networks' 170 member hospitals to provide medical care, research, and education to benefit children. Since 1983 Kiwanis has donated more than $25 million to CMN hospitals. CMN hospitals train 60% of pediatricians and 80% of all pediatric specialists.


To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Its various
fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

        Kids with Trauma 16,200
        Kids with Diabetes 935
        Kids with Cancer 2,128
        Kids for Surgeries 2329
        Babies with NICU 925

   •     62 Children enter a CMN Hospital every minute
   •     1 IN 10 Children in North America are treated by a CMN Hospital each year
   •     32 MILLION Patients visits are provided for 10 million kids every year by CMN Hospitals

There are 6 CMN Hospitals in New England.
•     Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA. serves eastern MA and eastern                  and southern New Hampshire
•     Baystate Children's Hospital, Springfield, MA.
•     Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland,           ME. serving children and families from all over northern New England.
•    Vermont Children Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT.
•    Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT.
•    Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence RI.

How Can Kiwanis Clubs Help?
If your Club is located near a CMN Hospital, contact an administrator and ASK how your Kiwanis Club can help. Many volunteers are needed to help at the information desk etc.
Here is a brief description of the two main roles which are open to volunteer applicants.
Inpatient/Clinic Volunteers - Interact with patients, siblings and families at the bedside, in the playroom or waiting room area to provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate play and socialization which may include holding infants/toddler, engaging in art, reading and taking part in structured activities with patients.  Additionally, the volunteer would assist their supervisor with any other needs, such as unit programming, preparing materials for special events and helping organize and maintain a safe, clean environment while assisting with toy washing.
Customer Service Volunteers - Create welcoming atmosphere at main entrance of hospital and provide way finding assistance to all patients, families and guests.  Assist patients and families at time of discharge from the hospital.  Additionally, customer service volunteers engage with patients and siblings through play-based activities in the Hale Family Center for Families.
Volunteers are allowed to play with children or to complete non-medical               tasks. 
    Fundraising ideas:
          1) Organize a "Miracle Mile of Quarters" fundraiser
          2) Organize "Duck Races" with your Key Club
          3) Sell "Miracle Balloons"
          4) Organize a Blood Drive/give blood.

   Support -      

Celebrate National Pancake Day® at IHOP® and get a FREE short stack of our Original Buttermilk Pancakes!
February 27,2018

In return, IHOP asks that you make a donation to their charitable partners. Every stack served helps reach the goal of raising $3.5 million for children battling critical illnesses. Proceeds support CMN Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO LOCAL CMN HOSPITALS!
Official National Pancake Day® Volunteer
On February 27, 2018, club members can support National Pancake Day by serving as ambassadors to encourage restaurant patrons to support Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Beginning each January, watch for
information from Kiwanis International about registering to volunteer on National Pancake Day.

For more information go to:

Ava Adams, District Coordinator
Young Children Priority One (Y.C.P.O.)
Scarborough, Maine Kiwanis Club
New England and Bermuda District!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

YCPO - December 2017


I hope you  had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! I enjoyed meeting and talking with many of you at Fall Conference in North Conway N. H.  It was a fun time, and I especially enjoyed your  enthusiasm for Young Children  Priority One.

 I am writing to follow up on the Reading Corners for Laundromats Project. When you submit a local zip code to Sara Watson, (, you will hear back from her to let you know if there are any laundromats who are members of the Coin Landry  Association(CLA) in your area. It may happen that there are no members of CLA in your requested area. Please don’t give up on this project! 

Sara Watson will send you an introductory letter about the project and other information which can be shared with the laundromat owner in your area. Plan B is to approach a laundromat owner with the given Information from Sara, explain the project and the Kiwanis Club’s role , and hopefully working together the Reading Corner can be set up. It’s important to contact the owner of the laundromat, and not a worker or manager! You may also try to contact the owner with the information from ReadyNation via USPS with your contact information, It’s also appropriate to talk about Kiwanis and our mission. It’s very possible the laundromat owner may become a Potential New Member(PNM)

I know some of you have approached Laundromat owners directly and are well on you way towards setting up a Reading Corner. Please remember you can  purchase a kit (bookshelf, books, rug and posters) through ReadyNation. Contact Sara Watson, and she will direct you on buying the kit of materials.

 LINKS will be provided to order:

1.  the book holder (2’ x 1’)

 2.  rug (3’ x 5’ – optional if space is tight)

3.    books ages 1-5 yrs. of age  are available from


Scholastic Books (

Reading Warehouse ( for a Bargain Book Box 25 books for $45

or gently used books may be used.

4.  Posters and sign asking that the books remain at the laundromat

5.    Form to get permission to take photos and use them for publicity purposes

GREAT NEWS! The Kiwanis Foundation of New England, through their Grant Program, has pre-approved   $1600
funding to help pay for the kits for the Reading Corners(total cost per kit ).A Kiwanis Club must fill out the KFNE Grant application with specific information about the laundromat where the Reading Corner will be set up. Submit the completed application to The Club will receive $200 to buy the kit from ReadyNation. The grant  money will be distributed on a “first come, first serve” basis. Each Club may apply only once for this assistance.

Once the Reading Corner is established the Kiwanis Club MUST  submit  to KFNE:

A minimum of eight (8) 4”x 6” non-returnable color photos capturing the event/project in various phases, along with a summary, at the completion of the project.

There are approximately 135 Kiwanis Clubs in the New England Distrct. Wouldn’t it be great if we set up 135 Laundromat Reading Corners? Thank you for your support of Young Children Priority One.

If I can be of help, please contact me. 

Av a  Adams, District Coordinator
Young Children Priority One
Scarborough Maine Kiwanis Club
New England and Bermuda District

Thursday, October 26, 2017

YCPO - November 2017 - SPECIAL

I am writing this article to inform all Kiwanis members of a new, exciting and innovative project,  Brain  Charging Stations, which creates Reading Corners in Laundromats to boost Early Literacy,
Numeracy, and Parent Engagement with Young Children. ..A Perfect Fit with Kiwanis’ “Young Children Priority One”.
PLEASE NOTE: this is updated information Isince the publication of the Yankiwanian.

One of the most powerful ways to promote early literacy and parent engagement with their young children is providing materials that encourage both in venues where parents spend time with their children. This idea is most effective in venues where parents need to go for regular chores, that are easily accessible and not intimidating, where there isn’t much stimulation available and where parents have significant “down time” that could be used for reading with young children.  A prime candidate for these venues are laundromats, and Kiwanis International and ReadyNation are partnering with the Coin Laundry Association (CLA) to set up reading corners, or “Brain Charging Stations” in neighborhoods that serve local families.  
Each station would consist of an attractive book holder; a rug that promotes letters, numbers and geometric shapes; and books. The wall around the station would be decorated with posters specifically for laundromats, as well materials from another organization, Read Aloud 15 MINUTES, that convey the importance of early reading.  From that basic foundation, sponsors could do more too if they desire, such as conducting Storytime sessions.  

From ReadyNation:

Brain Charging Station: Promoting Early Literacy and Winning Customers

Learning to read and count at an early age has a big impact on children’s achievement.  
Reading aloud to children, starting from birth, helps them grow to be successful adults.  
Laundromats can help their customers, their communities and their bottom line by providing spaces that encourage reading to young children - at no cost!  
Please allow us to create an attractive space for children’s books in your local laundromat - for FREE.

Benefits for the Laundromat Host
Attract customers and distinguish your laundromat
Provide productive distraction for customers children
Contribute to improving childrens literacy
Enhance reputation as a good corporate citizen

The Laundromat Host will
    Agree to host the Brain Charging Station for one year.
       (renewable at that time)
Provide space - book holder is 2x1, and rug is 3x4.5
Volunteer provides the book holder, rug and posters bought through                     ReadyNation, Cost: $200-$300 for the Kit
Keep space tidy, encourage books to remain at laundromat
Allow volunteer to take photos for publicity purposes

The Volunteer (Kiwanis Club) will
Set up reading station with book holder, books, rug, posters
Visit at least monthly, for one year, to tidy up and refresh books.  Volunteer will secure new or lightly-used books.  Books should not have religious, political or controversial themes.
Take photos of setup, including children (with parents signed permission form) and give to ReadyNation and Kiwanis International for publicity
In partnership with laundromat owner, volunteer may host read-aloud time or other activities.

Inexpensive new books can be ordered at Scholastic books.  Sponsors can get used books through donations from employees or civic groups, as well as purchased at thrift stores, libraries, etc.  Kiwanis International and ReadyNation will publicize the efforts with their website, e-newsletter and social media.  

HOW TO GET STARTED. (Update since Yankiwanian article)

Kiwanis would send Sara Watson (at the Zip codes in which they wish to work.  ReadyNation will ask Coin Laundry Association CLA) if they have members in that Zip code.  If so, CLA will send the contact information to Sara, who will send to the Kiwanis member.  Sara will provide text for an email that has been reviewed by CLA as attractive to laundromat owners.  The Kiwanis member would reach out to the laundromat owner.  If the Kiwanis member doesn't get a response, Sara will ask CLA to nudge the laundromat owner personally and encourage them to participate.   If the CLA does not have a member in that Zip code, Kiwanis would need to approach the laundromat themselves, but at least they would have a flyer from ReadyNation that explains the project and has the CLA logo. 

ReadyNation asks Kiwanis members to use the basic (and inexpensive) supplies that they have identified (flyers, book holder, rug, books, posters.)

The club then becomes the volunteer with a committee created to start the project and follow through. One or more members of the club now contacts the owner and reassures that person that this is a program to benefit young children in the area and that it will not have any cost to the laundromat/owner. ReadyNation basically provides a kit ($200-$300) to include an inexpensive book holder, initial book set, rug and the posters which have been developed specifically for this program. The Kiwanis logo can be added to any materials.
 If you have questions, please email me at
or you may contact
Sara Watson, Director, ReadyNation,, 240-893-3063
or Jeff Gardner, Chairman of CLA, at