2015 Fall Newsletter
Provides nutritious foods and education to eligible pregnant women, postpartum women up to 6 months, breast-feeding women up to one year after birth and infants and children up to their 5th birthday. This program is income based, but for example a family of 4 in 2014 had to be earning less than $43,568 to qualify. Contact the ACCESS Agency at 860.450.7400 for more details.
2-1-1 Child Care is a free, confidential, and statewide service which helps match the requests of parents with child care providers and programs. Parents call 2-1-1 Child Care for information and referrals to programs such as:
• Licensed child care centers
• Family child care
• Before and after school programs
• Summer camps
Just dial 211 from any phone in CT and speak with a child
Help Me Grow is a prevention program of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood designed to identify children at risk for developmental or behavioral problems and to connect these children to existing community resources. Families, health care providers and other community based providers can call Child Development Infoline (CDI) at 1-800-505-7000 with any concerns about a child’s development or behavior.
The care coordinators at CDI work with each family to find the best services available to meet their needs, including connecting to community resources, family support and education programs, and the Ages & Stages Developmental Monitoring Program, which is a great way for parents to monitor their childrens development. Parents can either have the questionnaire mailed to them or can complete the questionnaire online. Families can also receive information on various topics related to their child’s development, such as managing difficult behavior, toilet training, sleep issues, promoting language development, and typical developmental milestone information. Follow-up is offered to ensure connections to services have been made, and that the family’s needs have been met.
There are two places right in town that support local causes!
located in the Second Congregational Church
Thrift & Gift Shop
located on Stonehouse Rd. Below the Post Office 860.742.8127
On September 17, State Representative Tim Ackert was recognized by the CT Early Childhood Alliance for his
commitment to young children in Coventry and across the state. Thank you Representative Ackert.
Each year, Coventry holds a Town-wide early childhood Screen for children that are age 3 or 4. An early childhood screen serves as the first step in a prevention and intervention process that is intended to help children achieve their potential. Just like you bring your child each year to a pediatrician who screens their physical well-being, the preschool screen is an opportunity for your child to be screened for thinking skills, motor skills, speech and hearing. Knowing the health and development of your child is the first step to successful learning. The developmental, hearing and vision, speech and language screens are performed by staff members from the Coventry Early Intervention Services team of the Coventry Public School System. The Screen is free for Coventry residents. This year the Screen is scheduled for: November 19 from 9-12 pm and 3:30-6:30 PM. Please contact CECC at 860-742-4550 to make your appointment.
Child Passenger Safety, also known as car seat safety, is a critical component of your child’s safety every day. When traveling with your child in a vehicle it is the law in Connecticut to keep your child properly restrained in a car seat. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, road injuries are the leading cause of death to children in the United States. However, the correct use of a child safety seat can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. Unfortunately, only 1 out of 5 car seats in Connecticut is used properly.
Please consider taking your car and car seat to a fitting station or event – see www.ctsafekids.org for more information on upcoming car seat clinics!
The towns of Hebron, Vernon, Willimantic, Manchester and South Windsor all have car seat technicians (typically Police Officers) who can make sure that your car seat is installed correctly. Please visit http://www.ctsafekids.org/child-passenger-safety/find-fitting-station/ for more information!
STEPS will hold its fall meeting on October 20 at 6 pm in Ackert Hall. Dinner will be provided. There is not space for childcare but please contact us and we will help find you childcare and/or pay for your childcare expenses for your children while you attend this meeting.
All parents that attend who have a child under the age of 8 will receive a $10 gift card to Dunkin Donuts!
On October 6 at 7 pm, Community members will have an opportunity to meet the Board of Education Candidates. Choosing who to vote for is an important decision, as these elected officials make decisions that will impact your children and family. This event is co-sponsored by Coventry STEPS and the Coventry Grammar School PTO. Please join us at 7 pm at the Coventry Grammar School Cafeteria. All audience members will have the opportunity to ask question of the candidate anonymously.
The last day to register to vote in this upcoming election on November 3 is October 27. Visit the Registrar of Voters in the Town Hall. Remember EVERY vote counts!
What is Coventry STEPS? STEPS is an advocacy group consisting of parents, education providers, local and state leaders all committed to ensuring that Coventry children are Nurtured, Healthy, and Engaged & Successful Learners!
Coventry STEPS has been in existence since 2008 and has brought the importance of early childhood to the forefront in Coventry.
The Coventry Early Childhood Center (CECC), located in the Hale Early Education Center (on the Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School campus) still has a couple of openings in the school day program (6 hours per day). There is generous financial assistance available. For example, if a family of 2 is earning less than $10,000 they will pay $200/year for the program. A family of 4 earning approximately $80,000 will pay $2400 for the same program. Please contact CECC for more information at 860-742-4550 or contact us.