Archive for October, 2011

Funding Child Care Scholarships with a 100% Return on Investment

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I want to take this opportunity to explain how Florida’s child care scholarship funding works.  First of all, families have to qualify on income based on the Federal poverty guidelines which means family size and income.  Then, they have to be either working, in school, or in some kind of job training (both parents in two-parent families).  Once Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (CCC) determines that they are eligible and determines the family’s level of scholarship (everyone has some kind of co-pay), they are given a voucher that they take to the eligible provider (preapproved by the Early Learning Council of Pinellas) of their choice.  Families must recertify every six months. (more…)

Math Mania

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

R’Club gives children an opportunity to strengthen their academic, social and critical thinking skills in innovative ways. Our curriculum encourages children to build upon and further explore topics in math, science, language, construction, drama, music, arts, character development and service learning.  All activities, projects and lesson plans are aligned with Florida Sunshine State Standards to assist in supporting the school day.  According to The Harvard Family Research Project study of Out-Of-School Time programming, regular attendance and sustained participation over years results in school success and increased resiliency.

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R’Club and the Museum of Fine Arts Partner for the Summer

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This summer 20 students from Fairmount Park Elementary and 20 students from John Hopkins Middle School participated in a 10 week, twice-weekly program at the Museum of Fine Arts. This grant-funded program was a joint venture between R’Club and the museum.  The program titled “R’World” enabled students from low-income households to receive instruction at the Museum of Fine Arts twice a week for ten weeks.   (more…)

Academic Achievement

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

From HEP…

Students attending the Keep Encouraging Youth Program, a partnership center between the Homeless Emergency Project and R’Club Childcare, Inc. showed an increase of 18% in reading skills during the 1st and 2nd grading periods.   Hats off to the staff and children of HEP!

Pass It On

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

“A house without books is like a room without windows”.
Horace Mann

Goodwill Industries has partnered with Seminole R’Club to help spark a love of books and encourage reading as a family activity. As part of the BookWorks literacy program, Goodwill volunteers read to our youngest children and then presented each child with a storybook of their own to take home to share with their families. Goodwill also gifted the older R’Club children with a copy of the “Highlights” magazine to take home. Since early childhood literacy is linked to later employability, both BookWorks and R’Club support the mission of helping people achieve their full potential. Thanks to Seminole R’Club and Goodwill Industries for passing on a love of reading!

Fairmount Park Children’s Initiative Program

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

R’Club’s goal is to provide “hands on” activities and a variety of life experiences to the children enrolled in the program. Our lesson plans incorporate math, science, creative language, reading, writing and cultural diversity.

Cultural Diversity: This summer the children took a journey around the world. They read and made a connection between their life experiences and those of children throughout the world. The staff shared stories with the children on how cultures change over time. (more…)

Welcome to “Commitment to Character” (C2C) at R’Club

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The following is an introduction to how R’Club has integrated Character Education practices into our after school extended learning and preschool programs as a partner of Pinellas County Schools.

Character Education is a national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools and their partners, districts, and states to instill in their students important core, ethical, and civic values such as respect, responsibility, integrity, perseverance, courage, compassion, kindness, and self-discipline. Character education’s long-term solutions address moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern throughout our society and about the safety of our schools. (more…)

Appreciation Corner: Principal Douglas Cowley

Friday, October 21st, 2011

 

In our spotlight this quarter we would like to extend A BIG THANK YOU from the R’Club staff to Mr. Cowley, principal of Skyview Elementary and his staff.  Mr. Cowley and his staff provide continuous and positive support to our program, the children who attend and the staff that oversee the R’Club program at Skyview. There is mutual respect between Mr. Cowley, his staff and R’Club’s staff which makes for a very successful partnership.

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Twelve Years of Lights On Afterschool!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Children, parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, policy makers, celebrities and others across the country came together at schools, community centers, parks, malls, state capitols and elsewhere on October 20, 2011 to participate in the 12th annual nationwide rally for afterschool.  Since the Afterschool Alliance organized the first Lights On Afterschool in 2000, it has grown to include more than 7,500 events across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide.  (more…)

Success Story: One Parent’s Journey

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Every parent, the moment they find out they’re expecting are immediately filled with joy and excitement.  Automatically, they begin thinking about their perfect child that would soon be on the way.  If someone would have told me that I’d have children that would have a delay in speech and language I wouldn’t have believed them.  However, this would soon be my new reality.  Kendal was born weighing 8lbs and 9oz., and she was perfect with big beautiful eyes.  What a joy it was to be  a new mom to a little girl.  Like most babies, Kendal was full of energy and bouncing off the walls.  But this joy I had soon would turn bitter sweet.  As Kendal grew older I began to see her struggle to communicate verbally and the look of frustration in her eyes disturbed and saddened me. (more…)