In August, Penfield’s Early Education and Care Program was re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC’s national accreditation system sets professional standards for early childhood education programs, which helps parents find high-quality programs for their children. Our classrooms have been accredited by the NAEYC since 1998.
Penfield is also in the process of being recertified by the YoungStar program. YoungStar was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to improve the quality of care for the state’s children. Penfield is currently rated as a five-star child care center by YoungStar, and we fully expect to retain this rating. The five-star rating indicates Penfield’s Early Education and Care Program meets the highest standards established by the State of Wisconsin.
Our nationally-accredited classrooms are unique because they offer a quality educational experience, in addition to an inclusive setting where typically-developing children and children with developmental delays learn and play together. The Early Education and Care Program emphasizes social, emotional, cognitive, physical, behavior and language development in a caring and nurturing environment.
Children make art projects in our Early Education and Care program.
Penfield launched two campaigns at the end of 2013, the “Up n’ Go” Campaign, in honor of #GivingTuesday and the annual year end appeal. Both campaigns featured Mario, a little boy who has Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that prevents him from bending his arms and legs.
With the help of Mario’s compelling story, the “Up n’ Go” Campaign raised $4,500 throughout the month of December to purchase a new toddler gait trainer, similar to the one Mario uses to walk on his own. Our annual year end appeal hit mailboxes at the end of November and raised over $40,000 for our Center so we can better serve the kids who need us most, just like Mario.
Overall, 2013 was a wonderful and exciting year for Penfield. With the help of generous donors and friends, we ended the year right and are ready to hit the ground running as we start another big year. In 2014, we plan to help more kids and expand our reach in our local community and beyond. Friends like you keep us strong and enable us to take big steps to better serve our kids and keep up with the growing need in our community. Thank you for your constant support. Your help gives us reason to celebrate, year after year.
In early December, Penfield Children’s Center received a $75,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations in support of the Behavior Clinic. This funding will be used to finance the Clinic’s operating costs during the next three years. The number of children served by the Behavior Clinic has increased to nearly 500 during 2013. The Hearst Foundations’ grant marks the first time the Clinic has received funding from a national foundation.
One of the priorities of the Hearst Foundations is to fund programs that provide access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. The foundations also aim to fund programs that enhance the skills and increase the number of healthcare practitioners working in the United States. These priorities fit perfectly with Penfield’s Behavior Clinic, which provides mental health counseling for children younger than 6. The Clinic was created through a partnership between Penfield and Marquette University, and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
During 2013, there was a significant reduction in children’s behavior problems following treatment by Behavior Clinic counselors, as well as considerable improvement in the quality of the parent-child relationship. In fact, more than 60 percent of children with a psychiatric diagnosis before treatment no longer met the criteria for that diagnosis after treatment. Counselors were also successful in encouraging parents to rely significantly less on corporal punishment as their primary form of discipline, and to improve their nurturing skills. Additionally, parents have reported a high level of satisfaction with the program through surveys.
The Behavior Clinic is alleviating the behavioral and emotional problems of children during their formative years. By supporting the mental health needs of children when they are very young, Penfield is ensuring they will live healthy and productive lives.
Behavior Clinic Therapist, Michelle, rewards a child with a sticker for good behavior.
Thanks to a generous grant from Kohl’s Cares in support of the Kohl’s Building Blocks Program, Penfield has officially launched PenfieldBuildingBlocks.org, an online tool that provides helpful how-to articles, tips and videos for families. Tapping into the expertise of family counselors, healthcare providers and educational professionals, PenfieldBuildingBlocks.org is a valuable online resource that allows Penfield to serve families far beyond it’s agency walls.
As a leader in child development, Penfield has the experts in house to provide professional advice on a variety of topics – from healthy meal ideas to how to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Featuring subjects like “Nutrition,” “Positive Parenting” and “Home and Family,” PenfieldBuildingBlocks.org provides interesting and current articles in a convenient easy to navigate website.
Stop by the site and read articles like: Promoting Cognitive Development Through Play, written by Beth Vick, Director of Special Education at Penfield.
Since 2010, Kohl’s Cares has committed more than $5 million to support the Kohl’s Building Blocks Program. The program supports infants, young children and their families by providing access to specialized educational and developmental programs, services and equipment through Penfield.
On #GivingTuesday (December 3), we officially launched the “Up n’ Go” Campaign in an effort to raise $4,500 to purchase an Up n’ Go Toddler Gait Trainer. This piece of equipment helps build strength and balance for children with lower extremity disabilities.
The campaign closed on December 31 and we’re happy to announce that we met our goal! Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped spread the word through social media on #GivingTuesday. This campaign would not have been a success without the help of our dedicated and generous friends.
Happy New Year!
Our friends at Five Hearts Boutique in the Third Ward are giving customers the opportunity to give back to Penfield while they shop! Now through December 20, purchase an item off our wishlist and you’ll receive 25% off your next purchase Five Hearts Boutique. The item will be directly shipped to Penfield, but you will need to bring in the Amazon.com confirmation to Five Hearts in order to receive your discount. If you’d prefer, you can also pick an item off the wishlist to purchase on your own and drop it off at Five Hearts.
Thank you to Five Hearts for their continuous support of Penfield! To learn more about Five Hearts, click HERE.
Visit our Amazon.com wishlist to purchase an item today!
#GivingTuesday was December 3 and our Facebook page and Twitter account were active all day long. In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we officially launched our “Up n’ Go” Campaign, an effort to raise money to purchase an Up n’ Go Toddler Gait Trainer. This piece of equipment helps build strength and balance for children with lower extremity disabilities.
With our fundraising efforts on social media and the help of some friends from SPiNMilwaukee, WISN 12 and WTMJ4, we spread the word and were able to raise $900 for our “Up n’ Go” Campaign. We are thankful beyond words and posted some very special thank you messages from our kids in an album on our Facebook page.
While, we are extremely excited about the funds we raised and the awareness we built on #GivingTuesday, we still have money to raise to meet our goal of $4,500 by December 31. Please visit our fundraising page and make a gift. You will help more children, just like Mario, stand up and walk:
To see our #GivingTuesday coverage on WISN and TMJ4, please click the links below:
Roots Salon and Penfield are hosting the Fashion Affair on May 2, 2014 at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino. The event features a glamorous runway fashion show, modeling clothing from local boutiques with hair and make-up done by Roots Salon. Proceeds from the event benefit Penfield! We’re excited to partner with Roots Salon for this chic event.
From now until December 11, limited presale tickets are available at a discounted rate. General admission tickets are only $16 (normally $21) and VIP admission, which includes private seating and a gift bag are only $39 (normally $46). There are only 50 tickets reserved for presale in each category so get yours today!
Click here to purchase tickets.
Everyone knows about Black Friday and its popular online version, Cyber Monday. But, how many have heard of #GivingTuesday? It’s a movement to create a national day of giving and on Tuesday, December 3, families, businesses, communities, companies and organizations are encouraged to donate their time or money to a specific cause.
Penfield is getting involved in #GivingTuesday with the “Up n’ Go” Campaign, an effort to raise money to purchase an Up n’ Go Toddler Gait Trainer. This piece of equipment helps build strength and balance for children with lower extremity disabilities. Visit our fundraising page and see how a gait trainer has helped Mario become more independent:
Because #GivingTuesday is a national celebration of generosity, it is a highly publicized event on social media. On December 3, Penfield will actively participate in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to promote the campaign and drive visitors to the giving page throughout the day.
And…you have the opportunity to promote the campaign on December 3 and the days leading up to it! Participate in conversations on Penfield’s Facebook page, share posts and pictures and retweet. Tell your friends and family about the campaign and help raise awareness of Penfield’s mission. Your support of this campaign will help more children, just like Mario, push beyond their limits, stand up, and walk.
For more information about #GivingTuesday visit:
No one is required to give of themselves. It’s one of the things that makes philanthropy so unique and very special. As we celebrate National Philanthropy Day at Penfield Children’s Center, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge one of our long-term benefactors and partners in helping us to serve more than 1,600 annually – Kohl’s Department Stores and their philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares.
Since 2000, Kohl’s has given more than $7.2 million to support Penfield Children’s Center and the children and families we serve. Initially from Penfield’s annual holiday ornaments to the Croquet Ball and partnership to create the Kohl’s Building Blocks program, Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares has been an exceptional philanthropic partner to this agency. Most recently, Kohl’s Cares committed more than $4 million to enhance and expand its partnership with Penfield Children’s Center increasing bilingual care services, implementing a community outreach program and creating a digital education platform to expand the reach of this program. We couldn’t do what we do on a daily basis without their generous support.
So what did Kohl’s do on National Philanthropy Day? Well, thanks to their generous support more than 350 Penfield children will have winter coats this season.
Thank you Kohl’s for everything you do locally, nationally and right here in your neighborhood at Penfield Children’s Center.