Weekly Update for July 20th
Social Work/Family Support Services
The summer session of the Northwestern Speech and Language Program began this month. Eight children are participating in weekly speech therapy sessions with a graduate-level student clinician. This will be the last session of speech therapy for 3 children who will be moving on to kindergarten in the fall. Their therapists, teachers and caregivers have all remarked on their hard work and the tremendous progress they have made to achieve their speech and language goals. We wish them good luck in kindergarten!
The Social Work/Family Support Services team met with supervisors and our Birth-to-Three consultant, Laura Schreisheim, to discuss ways in which we can help children transition into new classrooms in the fall. We will continue to brainstorm creative ideas on how children, parents and teachers can be prepared and feel supported during the transition process.
We also met with administrative services to discuss ways that we can better support and engage families in the birth to three programs during the admissions process.
Classrooms 1J & 1M took their first summer bus field trip and the children, parents and teachers reported that they enjoyed themselves. The children visited the Children’s Museum at Navy Pier, ate lunch on the outdoor dock and then went to the playground across from Lincoln Park Zoo. Classroom 1K enjoyed a nice picnic in Oz Park, while Classroom 1L walked to Adam’s Play Lot and enjoyed the outdoor playground equipment along with a delicious picnic lunch.
The toddlers in Classrooms 1A, 1B and 1D took a walking trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo. We had wonderful parent participation with 12 parents volunteering to go with their children to the zoo. Everyone had a great time together and the parents enjoyed spending a summer afternoon with their children.
Seniors Services & Outreach Program
Through a scholarship, Kathy Slover, Senior Services Director, attended the 25th annual Elder Rights Conference July 6-8 in downtown Chicago. A few of the topics of discussion at the conference were senior financial abuse, end of life issues, hoarding, and power of attorney issues.
The City of Chicago CDBG Intensive Case Advocacy and Support program was audited by city representatives on 7/14. Our program did very well complying with the requirements of the program. We will be notified of our specific results during the week of July 18th.
On Friday 7/15, representatives from State Farm held an informational session for staff and families about the importance of having renter’s insurance. This session was planned by the Outreach staff based on recent client reports of home thefts, fires and other situations which have caused a loss of personal belongings.
We recently added a butterfly garden to our Pre- Kindergarten playground, thanks to a generous donation from Avant Gardenscapes. Many of the children in our program live in an urban setting in Chicago, so we have been exposing them to nature through projects like this. The children have really enjoyed the garden.
Summer Camp Program
Brand new books and listening centers with books on CD were delivered to the School Age program classrooms. The new materials were funded by the Beck Foundation literacy grant. These new resources will give the children in our summer camp program all new materials to read and will foster an appreciation for reading. Some of the children are planning to start book clubs this summer.