Thursday, August 4, 2016

YCPO - August 2016

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT/YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE NEWSLETTER

AVA ADAMS, DISTRICT CHAIR
NEW ENGLAND AND BERMUDA DISTRICT                        AUGUST 2016                     



Good Morning fellow Kiwanians!

YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE
PARENTAL SUPPORT

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES

A GREAT WAY TO VOLUNTEER AND HELP

The success of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is due  to the tireless work of volunteers and the countless contributions from  donors. Ronald McDonald House Charities have  been helping improve the lives of children and their families for 37 years.
How it started:
1974
The first Ronald McDonald House opens in Philadelphia thanks to Dr. Audrey Evans, Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill (whose daughter, Kim, had leukemia), Leonard Tose, owner of the Eagles, Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager and Ed Rensi, the McDonald’s regional manager.
The McDonald’s owner/operators in Philadelphia made the House possible, donating proceeds from the sale of Shamrock Shakes.

RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children’s lives through their global network of Chapters in 57 countries and regions and through their three core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

DO YOU KNOW?

McDONALD’S FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS ARE NOT THE SOLE SUPPORT OF RMH, NOT EVEN CLOSE! RMH FUNCTIONS WWITH HEAVY DEPENDENCY ON  VOLUNTEERS!
FAMILIES ARE REFERRED BY SOCIAL SERVICES AT HOSPITALS IN ORDER TO QUALIFY TO STAY AT RMH…THERE MUST BE A NEED!
PATIENTS (CHILDREN) STAY AT RMH FOR FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS AND/OR OUTPATIENT TREATMENT.  ADULTS, SIBLINGS AND PATIENTS STAY AT RMH, NOT JUST ADULTS!

HOW CAN KIWANIS CLUBS HELP? (30 WAYS TO VOLUNTEER AT RMH)

GUEST CHEF’S NIGHT great way too volunteer with club  members
go to website to find more information and sign up































A great fund raising idea is to collect aluminum pull tabs (many Key Clubs are already
doing this!). Clubs can either redeem the tabs and send a check to RMHC or the pull
tabs can be delivered to a local Ronald McDonald House and they will recycle the tabs.
PLEASE CHECK WITH THE  RMH FIRST!

Please share the above ideas with your Key Clubs. They may be interested in some of the specific suggestions  for service opportunities!

There are 7 Ronald McDonald Houses in New England.

Connecticut
501 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Ph: 203 777-5683
Fx: 203 777-3082
Maine
654 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Ph: 207 942-9003  Fx: 207 990-2984

250 Brackett Street
Portland, ME 04102
Ph: 207 780-6282
Fx: 207 780-0198

Massachusetts
 229 Kent Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Ph: 617 734-3333
Fx: 617 734-5239

34 Chapin Terrace
Springfield, MA 01107
Ph: 413 794-5683
Fx: 413 794-8199

Rhode Island
 45 Gay Street
Providence, RI 02905
Ph: 401 274-444
Fx: 401 751-3730

Vermont
16 South Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Ph: 802 862-4943
Fx: 802 862-2175

If your Kiwanis Club is located near a Ronald McDonald House, I hope you will get involved in helping support the RMHC. It’s all about helping and serving children and their families.  Let’s show our Kiwanis’ hearts and just do it!



Sincerely,
Ava Adams, District Chair 2015-16
Early Childhood Development/Young Children Priority One
Scarborough, Maine
New England and Bermuda District

email: faithava2008@yahoo.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

YCPO - July 2016

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT/YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE NEWSLETTER

AVA ADAMS, DISTRICT CHAIR
NEW ENGLAND AND BERMUDA DISTRICT                        JULY 2016                            

Good Morning fellow Kiwanians!

Fact: Every year 60% of drownings occur in rural lakes, ponds and gravel pits. 
(Brochure, "Open Water Safety", www.kiwanisone/ycpo.org)

Fact: Preventable injury is the number one killer of children in most developed countries.

Fact: In a single year more than 14 million children in the U.S. are injured seriously enough to require medical treatment.
(Brochure, "Home-Safety Checklist", www.kiwanisone/ycpo.org)

Fact: Heat is much more dangerous to children than it is to adults. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s core body temperature can increase three to five times faster than that of an adult, which can cause permanent injury or even death.
 (Children In And Around Cars” www.safekids.org)

SAFETY AND PEDIATRIC TRAUMA
 It only takes one accident to permanently injure or kill a child. That is why parents and children need safety education. In the United States alone, several thousand children age 4 and under die each year because of accidental injuries. Forty-five times that number are hospitalized. The leading causes of death for children 1 to 4 years old are motor vehicles, fires/ burns, drowning, choking, poisonings and falls. When a serious accident does occur, special expertise and equipment may be needed to save the child’s life. That is why a pediatric trauma center should be linked to every community. 

HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST***

The Home Safety Checklist Brochure is designed to help protect family members from unintentional injuries. It is designed to be an easy room-to-room survey that will quickly point out dangers that need to be changed immediately. It covers the kitchen, basement and garages, outdoor play areas, bathroom, child's bedroom, play areas, windows, stairs and railings, electrical outlets, and fixtures, and general living areas.
   WHAT CAN KIWANIS CLUBS DO?
Distribute this brochure to Pediatricians, Clinics, Day Care Center, Health Fairs, Pre-school Programs, Health Department, Hospitals  that offer Prenatal Classes or New Mom Classes.

OPEN WATER SAFETY***

This brochure covers tips for open water safety: never swim in drainage ditches, what to do in an emergency situation if a child is struggling in the water or if a child is unconscious in the water etc.
   WHAT CAN KIWANIS CLUBS DO?

Distribute this brochure to schools, day care centers, Fire/Police Departments, Fishing Derby, any organized family day sponsored by Kiwanis, pool supply stores, public beach concession stands.

OTHER PROJECT IDEAS

     Set up a car seat program*** 

Kiwanis clubs can make sure that safety seats are available to everyone in the community by setting up a car seat loan program. This involves purchasing or securing donations of new car seats, establishing a location (car dealership, hospital, police station) from which the seats will be loaned or given, establishing the criteria for providing a seat to a family and making sure the people handing out the car seats have the training to install them properly 

     Educate the community about scald burns***
(read the Bulletin, "Burns" at www.kiwanisone.org/ycpo for more information on what Kiwanis Clubs can do)

     Smoke Alarm Safety

One-third of the smoke detectors installed in houses don’t work. If a fire occurs, they won’t make a sound, because most smoke alarms still contain their original batteries. A simple project can solve this problem: an annual campaign for everyone to check the batteries in their smoke detectors. This can involve ads in the local paper or distribution of fliers. This campaign can be expanded to include distribution of batteries and smoke detectors in neighborhoods. 

Distribute Choke-Test Tubes

An adult learns about an object by looking at it. A young child learns about it by putting it in his mouth. Telling a toddler to stop putting objects in his mouth has little or no effect. The proper safety precaution is to make sure the child doesn’t play with toys on which he could choke, and there is a device—called a choke-test tube—that helps parents determine this. If a toy or the smallest piece of a toy fit inside the tube, it is unsafe for children age 3 and under. The federal government has established a size for safe toys for kids under 3: A small part should be at least 1.25 inch diameter and 2.25 inch long. Any part smaller than this is a potential choking hazard. When parents shop for a toy, they need to make sure it has no parts smaller than these dimensions. Inexpensive, this is a potential choking hazard. When parents shop for a toy, they need to make sure it has no parts smaller than these dimensions. Inexpensive,
clear plastic tubes that parents can use to test small parts are available from stores specializing in children’s toys and furnishings. A toilet paper roll or other empty cardboard tube would also work to test toys if a choke-test tube is unavailable. Distributing the tubes and educating parents could be a project by itself, or it could be part of a parenting fair or seminar. 

     Educate the Community About Poisons

The same impulse that leads a child to swallow a toy may impel him to drink or eat a poisonous substance. Clubs can help parents through an awareness campaign that reminds them to keep paints, cleaning compounds, beauty aids and even house plants out of the reach of young children. Mr. Yuck” stickers can be distributed, so that parents can label poisonous substances with a consistent warning that they discuss with their children. Contact the local hospital or poison control center to get the stickers. Finally, a club could print and distribute copies of a chart that tells parents what to do if their children consume a poisonous substance. Educational pamphlets on poisons, designed for distribution in the community, are available from the National Safety Council at 800-621- 7619, and the American Academy of Pediatrics at 800-433-9016. 

     Lead Poisoning Awareness

     Support A Pediatric Trauma Program

****KIWANIS PEDIATRIC TRAUMA CENTER (KPTI) is supported by the Kiwanis Foundation of New England and other sponsors. Materials are available from KPTI which deal with prevention.
***materials also available  from KPTI

     Support The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in Your Areas
A club might consider starting any number of Young Children: Priority One projects at an area children’s hospital, and donate the funds raised for it through CMN. (Be sure that the hospital is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network.) Club members should discuss with the hospital’s CMN coordinator the possibility of setting up a special Kiwanis Young Children: Priority One fund, so that the club can have a better idea of how its funds are affecting the well-being of young children.

     Kiwanis Dolls
The gift of a Kiwanis doll during a hospital stay can provide comfort and a way for a child to express himself. Using the provided template, Kiwanis dolls are cut, sewn and stuffed by Kiwanis volunteers and are distributed to children by medical personnel. Because they are soft and made of a plain cotton fabric, they can be decorated with markers by patients to show injuries and to express how they feel. The medical staff can also use the dolls to explain a procedure or treatment, helping children to understand what is happening.

Sewing, stuffing, pattern and tips are available in the Brochure, "Kiwanis Doll" at www.kiwanisone.org/ycpo)
     Car Safety In And Around Cars 
Nearly 10% of motor vehicle related deaths DO NOT occur on public highways or in vehicular accidents or traffic, but happen in parking lots, driveways or when children  are left unattended in vehicles. This is a serious public health issue and these deaths are totally preventable.

         NEVR LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN OR NEAR A CAR
From 1998 to 2010, more than 494 children – most of them 2 years old and younger – died from heat stroke after being left or becoming trapped in a car.
These deaths fall into three main categories: children who were trapped while playing in a vehicle without supervision; children who were accidentally left behind; and children who were intentionally left alone in a car.
Leaving a child in a vehicle for a quick” errand is a huge mistake. A delay of just a few minutes on a warm day can lead to tragedy.

            SPOT THE TOT
Each year almost 2,500 children ages 1 to 14 go to emergency rooms with injuries sustained from a vehicle backing up. On average, another 230 kids in that same age group die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Danger can come from any direction, and children should never play in driveways, in parking lots or on sidewalks when vehicles are present.

          PREVENTING TRUNK ENTRAPMENT
For many kids, a car trunk looks like a fun place to play or hide. Tragically, many families have discovered that kids can get in but they can’t always get out. A trunk can be deadly for an unattended child.
Children can access trunks in several ways, even without having the vehicle’s keys. Most cars have a lever or button located near the driver’s seat that pops the trunk open, while other cars also have fold-down seats or a pass through” that enables children to climb into the trunk from the back seat. Always lock all vehicle doors.

For more information, a brochure and checklist for parents, go to www.safekids.org

Kiwanis Clubs can help by increasing public awareness of this problem – distribute information at grocery stores, to childcare centers, pediatrician’s offices etc.


I hope there is at least one project that motivates you to do more for our children to promote safety in our communities. Imagine the lives and money we could save by promoting prevention education to parents and families. With the high cost of hospitalization, insurance and emergency room care today in the U.S. we could all do
our part to educate parents to keep their children safe and possibly lower rising health care costs. 

Please remember that without the support of the Kiwanis Foundation of New England the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Programs could not function.
So I hope your Club will consider making a donation to the KFNE, and if you wish the money to go to KPTI you can indicate KPTI” on the memo line of your check.
Kiwanis Clubs need to support these programs if we wish them to continue!

Sincerely,
Ava Adams, District Chair 2015-16
Early Childhood Development/Young Children Priority One
Scarborough, Maine
New England and Bermuda District
email: faithava2008@yahoo.com


Friday, June 3, 2016

YCPO - June 2016

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT/YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE NEWSLETTER AVA ADAMS, DISTRICT CHAIR NEW ENGLAND AND BERMUDA DISTRICT JUNE 2016

Good Morning fellow Kiwanians! 

Fact: Autism affects one in 68 children each year including 1 in 42 boys and their families. (www.myasdf.org)

Fact:  Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. (www.ndss.org)

PARENT EDUCATION AND SUPPORT
AUTISM EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

Autism is becoming a global problem; more children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S. Early detection means earlier access to intervention during sensitive brain development. Most children today are diagnosed between the age of 3 and 6 rears. Approximately 75% to 86% of those children who receive early intervention services between the ages of 2 and 7 will develop some form of functional communication by age 9. It would be most beneficial to the child if diagnosis were to occur by 18 months of age. By detecting and diagnosing these disorders early on, intervention can be initiated earlier and positive results can occur. The latest look at autism in the U.S. shows a startling 30 percent jump among 8-year-olds diagnosed with the disorder in a two-year period, to one in every 68 children (including 1 in 42 boys) will be diagnosed with this disorder.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which did the survey, says the numbers almost certainly reflect more awareness and diagnosis of kids who would have been missed in years past. The new estimate for 2010 was a jump from one in 88 children in 2008, the last year for which numbers had been available. “The number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise,” the agency’s Dr. Coleen Boyle told reporters. But the CDC noted that the numbers vary greatly from state to state, and it did not use a nationally representative sample, but a look at groups of children in 11 states.

There is NO link between autism and childhood vaccines, a major new study finds The systematic international review, first of its kind, conducted by University of Sydney researchers No statistical data to support a link between vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders.

WHAT CAN KIWANIS CLUBS DO?

• CONTACT the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (www.myasdf.org) for materials to distribute to pediatricians, clinics, parenting classes etc. Autism rates today are 3 to 4 times higher than 30 years ago. It is imperative that we increase public awareness of the effects of autism on individuals and families. EDUCATE THE PULBIC!

• SUPPORT Camp Scholarships (run by ASDF) which allow autistic children the opportunity to explore new horizons and develop social skills.

DOWNS SYNDROME 
www.ndss.org

 Down syndrome occurs when some or all of a person’s cells have an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.

There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States in people of all races and economic levels.

 The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.

 People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer's disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.

WHAT CAN KIWANIS CLUBS DO? 
1 Donate
2 Shop NDSS
3 Partner
4 Attend an Event
5. Organize a Buddy Walk Event
• The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support groups, schools and other organizations and individuals. • Over the past sixteen years, the Buddy Walk program has grown • from 17 walks to nearly 300 expected in 2013 across the country and around the world. Last year alone, 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk! They raised more than $11.2 million to benefit local programs and services as well as the national advocacy initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome. • The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, join a Buddy Walk in your local community!
• BUDDY WALKS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR; CHECK THE WEBSITE. THERE ARE WALKS GOING ON IN NEW ENGLAND IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2016.

OTHER PROJECT IDEAS: 
• Support a Parenting Fair
• Initiate a Home Support Visitation Program for Pregnant/New Moms
• Start A Parent Helpline
• Start A Family Resource Library
• Support Childbirth Classes either financially or with educational materials

I hope that your Club can find one new project to do from all the information I am including in my newsletters. If one new YCPO Project is done, then I have achieved my goal. Of course I hope we all do more! We have lots of work to do; let's just do it

Sincerely, Ava Adams, District Chair 2015-16
Early Childhood Development/Y.C.P.O.
Scarborough, Maine
New England and Bermuda District!
email: faithava2008@yahoo.com