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 www.firstbook.org.or 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 swatson@readynation.org) 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 faithava2008@yahoo.com
or you may contact
Sara Watson, Director, ReadyNation, swatson@readynation.org, 240-893-3063
or Jeff Gardner, Chairman of CLA, at jeff@thelaundrydoctor.com




Monday, October 2, 2017

YCPO - October 2017

Good Morning Fellow Kiwanians!

I am the  New England District Chair for YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE(YCPO)  with an emphasis on infants and young children.

                                             Mission and Goals
                                                      ABCs
Address the needs of young children prenatal through age 5.
Brain development occurs at the fastest rate from conception  through age 3.
Commit to completing at least 2 new projects annually
                                    
FOCUS AREAS
                                   Maternal and Infant Health
                                   Child Care and Development
                                   Parent Education and Support
                                   Safety and Pediatric Trauma

This month I am focusing on materials available from:
 KIWANIS PEDIATRIC TRAUMA INSTITUTE (KPTI)  at Tufts Medical  Center in Boston.  Materials for YCPO projects will be provided from KPTI  at no charge to your club.  More information and an order form can be found at: www.kpti.org

Materials available for  service projects:
1. EARLY CHILDHOOD INJURY PREVENTION KITS include Bath  Safety Duck to test water temperature, Car seat information sticker,  Car seat and seat belt information card, Shaken baby information card, "Keeping the Promise" window safety brochure, Burn prevention brochure, Home safety checklist booklet, Electric outlet covers(24 pk)
These materials are delivered to the Kiwanis Club and need to be put together in a plastic bag which is also provided with the materials. Then the Kits need to be delivered. Possible distribution to: Day Care Centers, Day Care Homes, Mother's Groups,  Hospitals with Birthing Centers, Health Clinics,  Pediatricians' offices, any facility that provides prenatal classes or care  for expectant mothers.

EACH CLUB IS ALLOWED 200 KITS ANNUALLY FOR DISTRIBUTION.

2. BIKE HELMET EMERGENCY CONTACT STICKER(put inside helmet)
Possible distribution: public schools, bike shops, stores (WalMart, Target), police and/or fire departments. 

3. CHILD SAFETY SEAT STICKERS which provide emergency contact information & dr. contact. Possible distribution: Fire and/or Police Dept. when they conduct proper installation of car seats, at a pre-school, hospitals, clinics, ambulance companies, doctors' offices.  

4. BIKE RODEO MANUAL & I'M SAFE ON MY BIKE IN NEW ENGLAND
Children and families learn about bike safety;  COMPLETE RODEO MANUAL  provides all information needed to organize and set up a rodeo.
HELMETS are available at reduced cost. Also provided: bike safety information handouts, helmet reflectors, identification stickers and much more. Kiwanis Clubs can partner with the Police/Fire Department and hold a Bike Rodeo Day.  more info at:  www.kpti.org

5. ELECTRICAL OUTLET COVERS are available in a 24 pack. Possible distribution: Parent Education Classes, Clinics, Pediatrician's Offices

6. MORE SAFETY BROCHURES FROM KPTI (available in English, Spanish, Chinese)

Window Safety Brochure
Summer Safety Brochure
Pedestrian Safety Brochure
Water Safety Brochure
Holiday/Winter Safety Brochure
Fire Safety Brochure
After School Safety Brochure
FIRST AID/CPR CRART FOR PARENTS FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS. For Kiwanis clubs, to be distributed to pediatrician’s offices, parenting groups and also can be handed out at club events for the public.

Possible Distribution: Schools, Clinics, Doctor's Offices, Police/Fire Department,  Health Fair, Holiday Fair.

7.  BIKE SAFETY

Bike Safety Packet which includes Inspection Checklist, State Bike Helmet Law & Five Common Accidents, Message to Parents,  Teachers and Motorists and Easy Steps to Properly fit a Bike Helmet, and more!

Possible Distribution: Day Care Centers, Doctor's Offices, Bike Shops, Police/Fire Departments, Schools

8. CONCUSSION INFORMATION FOR COACHES AND PARENTS

Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports is a Center for Disease Control (CDC) program to bring awareness to the dangers of head trauma in young people, particularly those in youth sports.

Available are  sheets for athletes, parents (teachers) and coaches with information about:

What a concussion is
What are the symptoms
Prevention and preparedness
What to do if you suspect a concussion
Athlete and parent fact sheets are in English and Spanish.
This information can be distributed to High School and Middle School athletic coaches who then can distribute this valuable information to parents of student involved with contact sports.

9. BULLYING PREVENTION TIPS FOR KIDS AND TEENS(PAMPHLET)
Bully Free Zone(ACTIVITY BOOKLET)
Inspire bully-free attitudes and actions with the Bully-Free Zone Activity Book for kids ages 9-13.
Reviewed by experts, Bully-Free Zone was created by Child Safety Solutions and
integrates fun with key bullying prevention messages, including:
What bullying is.
How to know if you are a bully and what you can do about it.
Ways to stop a bully from bothering you.
How to deal with cyberbullying.
How to make your school a bully-free zone.
Featuring tweens talking to tweens, this colorful booklet gives kids the opportunity to collect "Big Bonus Points" and stay away from "Big Damage Points" as they work through bullying-prevention activities.
These booklets can be distributed to schools, after school programs, youth sports organizations, PTA, and parent groups.
Bulling can happen at any age. These materials can be distributed to school
administrators who then can decide how and with what age group to used.

Many communities have Arts and Crafts Fairs in November and December. Consider having a table at a Holiday Fair. It can serve
two purposes: 1. Distribution of safety brochures and 2. Provide
information about your Kiwanis Club and attract potential new members to learn about your Club. 

I'm sure many of you can come up with more creative ways in which to distribute these materials. I hope that your Club will take advantage of the materials available through KPTI and will start a new  project this year.  Prevention is the key to keeping our children healthy.  Education is the key to healthy families and we, as Kiwanians, need to educate families in our communities.; saving lives one community at a time!

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments and also let me know what Children and Youth Services  projects your Kiwanis Clubs are doing!

And if your Club is currently using materials from KPTI consider making a donation to the Kiwanis Foundation of New England (KFNE) which supports KPTI.

A REMINDER FOR HALLOWEEN/TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF:
If your Club sponsors a Key Club  or a Builders Club encourage members to think about organizing  a Trick or Treat for UNICEF Project for next  year, or at least put it at the top of the list for projects for next fall. Kits can be ordered at 1-800-KIWANISX411.
There is information and resources available at: http://youth.unicefusa.org/trickortreat/  to help a club get started.  And funds raised for Trick or Treat for UNICEF through Kiwanis can be designated to go to the ELIMINATE PROJECT!  When Kiwanis youth members participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF  America's kids help kids the world over.  Let's encourage all of our Kiwanis youth members to participate in Trick or Treat for UNICEF; I can't think of a better way to empower, educate and inspire our youth.
And if your Service Leadership Programs are already collecting for Trick or Treat for UNICEF, then children around the world thank them and the Kiwanis Family thanks them for a job well done!


Sincerely,
Ava AdamS, District Coordinator 2017-18
Young Children Priority One (Y.C.P.O.)
Scarborough, Maine
New England Bermuda District

email: faithava2008@yahoo.com

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

YCPO - August 2017

Young Children Priority One Newsletter, August 2017

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 Eaglesplayer Fred Hill (whose daughter, Kim, had leukemia), Leonard Tose, owner of the Eagles, Jim Murray, the Eaglesgeneral manager and Ed Rensi, the McDonald’s regional manager.
The McDonalds owner/operators in Philadelphia made the House possible, donating proceeds from the sale of Shamrock Shakes.

RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on childrens 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. Its all about helping and serving children and their families.  Lets show our Kiwanishearts and just do it!



Sincerely,
Ava Adams, District Chair 2016-17
Young Children Priority One
Scarborough, Maine Kiwanis Club
New England and Bermuda District

email: faithava2008@yahoo.com

Sunday, July 2, 2017

YCPO - July 2017

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT/
YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE NEWSLETTER
AVA ADAMS, DISTRICT CHAIR
NEW ENGLAND AND BERMUDA DISTRICT
July 2017

Good Morning fellow Kiwanians! 
Fact: Every year 60% of drownings occur in rural lakes, ponds and gravel pits.
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.
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.
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***  
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,
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
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 22-28, 2017
During  this year’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week the National Center  for Healthy Housing  raises awareness about lead poisoning. For more information : www.nchh.org
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 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.
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.


NEVER 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 con

Sincerely,
Ava Adams
Young Children Priority One, District Chair
New England and Bermuda District
email: faithava2008@yahoo.com