The hustle and bustle of the holidays is coming to a close, and a new year will be here soon! We hope the giving spirit continues in to 2017 because we have a wonderful opportunity for you to help some of our children and their families.
The Early Head Start Kiddo Kloset is an incentive for families and parents to become more involved in our Early Head Start Program with their child(ren). We put donated items in the Kiddo Kloset that SNAP will not cover. Parents who attend Early Head Start-sponsored events with their children, who attend meetings we host, who complete in-home visits, take-home activities, or who make and follow through with medical appointments can earn points to redeem for items in the Kiddo Kloset.
We are looking for the following items: diapers and pull ups (all sizes), diaper wipes, diaper cream, toilet paper (4 packs), paper towel (1 roll pack), toothbrush, toothpaste, liquid body soap, bar soap, deodorant, dish soap, sponges, air freshener, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, dryer sheets, razors, light bulbs, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, makeup, children’s underwear, feminine hygiene products, sandwich bags, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, trash bags, first aid items, night lights, school supplies, baby and children books.
Bona Vista’s Early Head Start is a program where children and parents learn and belong. We support families with children ages birth to three and even expectant mothers through our free prenatal program! Taking a proactive and family-centered approach, Early Head Start offers center-based child care, home-based programming and family development programming free of charge to those who meet the requirements. It is one thing to teach and love on a child, but when you teach and love on their families, too, it makes it that much better!
Each child who attends Early Head Start receives child development and health services, and parents are involved in every aspect of the program. What’s more, all Bona Vista Early Head Start programs are proven to increase language and cognitive skills of children as well as parenting skills. Who wouldn’t want to give their children a literal “early head start” to their educational career?
We are a licensed NAEYC accredited center. NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of the Young Child, is a national accreditation system that has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children. We are also a Level 4 Paths to Quality program, which means we meet the highest standards for childcare in the State of Indiana! We hold a Gold Star Standard CACFP, Child and Adult Care Food Program, award through Indiana, and are a 5 Star standard award holder through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Can your childcare provider say all of that?
In Howard and Miami Counties, our Early Head Start program provides FREE home visits on a weekly basis with a child development specialist. We provide child care at our center locations for parents who are working or are in school Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. We also provide meals, snacks and diapers for children.
If you are interested in donating to our Early Head Start Kiddo Kloset Program, please bring items to 1220 E. Laguna or call 765-457-8273 to arrange pickup. If you have any questions about how to enroll in Early Head Start or would like to take a tour of the facility, please don’t hesitate to call and inquire!
Until next time…keep a good view on life!