Windham Child Care Association's Professional Development Program for early childhood and after school professionals will continue expanding throughout 2014. It's going to be bigger and better than ever before. As anyone who's raising young children in Windham County is already aware, we are very lucky to live in a region with such great access to high-quality child care. Windham County is home to some of the most dedicated and experienced providers of child care in the entire state. Windham Child Care Association is unbelievably proud to be a part of the success of this community and is more dedicated than ever to continue building upon the many great improvements we have seen over the past 30 years, while remaining a strong and steady support for those well established child care programs our community knows and depends on.
This work could never have been accomplished without the hundreds of community members who have trusted their investment in Windham County's future to Windham Child Care Association. As the year comes to a close, we are calling on everyone who cares about Windham County's children to make a contribution before the end of this calendar year.
Joanie Mahoney opened the doors of her own family child care program only four years ago. Since that time, she has watched the children in her care grow from infants to toddlers and kindergarteners. Joanie began attending professional development workshops as a substitute teacher for a local child care center. The first workshop she attended addressed how to care for children experiencing transitions at home. "I especially liked a class I took that explained how children are affected by divorce and separation from their parents. All of my parents were great parents. And, they were very busy, going through a lot of changes, getting divorced. My house was the place where the children could have a routine. I felt I needed to nurture them, cook with them, really nourish them. I love to cook with the children." Once Joanie became more interested in her relationship with the children, she enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. With the help of Windham Child Care Association's Program Specialist, Grace Edson, Joanie found new recipes and ideas for how to keep the children interested in a wide variety of healthy foods. "All of the parents tell me how much their kids love the food. I like feeding them." When asked about the other reasons she appreciates Windham Child Care Association, Joanie remembered some support she received after hurricane Irene. "I was out of business for six months. Somebody from your organization sent me a bunch of reading books. They were very helpful in securing donations of toys and
other items I needed to replace to get back in business again."
The programs and services of Windham Child Care Association make a difference in the life of young children every single day--whether it is with the magic of exploring a new country while visiting with Emily on the Early Learning Express or tasting the sweet flavor of a home-grown and freshly picked cherry tomato at one of the many child care programs participating in the new Farm to Preschool Program--Windham Child Care Association is the bridge that makes these experiences real for all children in child care. When you make a donation today, you too, will be a part of that bridge. Come on and join us! Imagine where we can go together once our Vision of promoting a good start for all our children, has been achieved ...
Click here to learn more about Windham Child Care Association's Professional Development Program.
Click here to read more about the impact of high-quality child care on the healthy social, emotional and physical well-being of young children.
Click here to find out more about Windham Child Care Association's other sources of support.
THANK YOU FOR INVESTING IN WINDHAM COUNTY'S CHILDREN!