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CARE for Children is again a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. CARE for Children voluntarily opened itself up to analysis by a “jury of its peers.” The peer review team examined CARE for compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, in areas including: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation; Leadership: Board, Staff, and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development; and Public Awareness, Engagement, and Advocacy.

Pre-Kindergarten scholarship contributions to CARE for Children's Rainbow Corner Preschool provide tuition to eligible students and make early learning more accessible and affordable for working families. CNB Bank recently made a $10,000.00 contribution to CARE through the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund designated for preschool scholarships.

The annual meeting of the CARE for Children Board of Directors was held Thursday, December 1, 2022 at the Bradford Club. The CARE Board of Directors honored The Rotary Club of Bradford with the organization’s 2022 Community CARE Award.

Cheyanne France, PT, DPT, has joined the CARE for Children staff as a full-time Physical Therapist. France provides physical therapy for the Early Intervention Birth to Three program and services for school-based students in McKean County.

The CARE for Children Board of Directors will host a reception as part of their annual meeting on Thursday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the Bradford Club. During the event, the Board will honor The Rotary Club of Bradford in recognition of their longstanding partnership and support of CARE and in honor of the Club’s 100th anniversary.

The Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation, a Ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, New York, has donated $3,000 to CARE for Children/Safe Kids Pennsylvania – McKean County Partnership to purchase mini cribs, mattresses and crib sheets to ensure a safe sleep environment for young children. The new mini cribs will be distributed through the Home Safety Program, which provides childproofing and home safety items for local families in need.

Free car seat safety checks, by certified child passenger safety technicians, are being offered on Tuesday, September 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center at 723 East Main Street in Bradford.

The event is part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs September 18-24, and will include instruction on how to install and use car seats correctly. Technicians will also help determine if your child is in the right seat for their age and size, and explain the importance of registering car seats with their manufacturers so parents and caregivers can be notified if there is a recall.

CARE for Children hosted a Summer Fun Day at Mystic Waters Resort in Limestone, New York on Tuesday afternoon, August 16th. Seventeen children in attendance along with their family members enjoyed mini golf, basketball, cornhole, and other activities.

Premier Sponsors the Philo & Sarah Blaisdell Foundation and Dan and Amy McCune, along with Lead Sponsors UPMC Health Plan and Zippo/Case Museum, presented this year’s CARE ‘fore’ Children Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Pine Acres Country Club. As of Sunday’s tournament, approximately $35,000 has been raised with proceeds benefitting CARE’s free community outreach services for children with disabilities; pediatric developmental and preventative screenings; therapeutic recreation programs; and child safety initiatives that prevent disabilities and fatalities from accidental injuries.

Northwest Bank recently made a $5,000.00 contribution to CARE for Children Rainbow Corner Preschool to fund preschool student scholarships. The preschool is an approved Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization, through the State of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

CARE for Children’s 20th annual basketball mini-camp for school-age children was held Thursday, June 9, 2022 at Callahan Park in Bradford. The camp provides the opportunity for both boys and girls of all abilities to work on gross and fine motor skills, socialization, and physical fitness.

CARE for Children held an appreciation luncheon for the Board of Directors and Staff Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at the Pennhills Club in Bradford.

On behalf of the CARE Board of Directors, Joseph Yaros, treasurer, honored board member James Macfarlane with a Community CARE Volunteer Appreciation Award for his longstanding and dedicated service to the organization. Macfarlane recently completed a fourteen-year tenure as a board member, serving from 2007-2021.

Free car seat safety checks, by certified child passenger safety technicians, and bicycle helmet fittings and giveaways are being held on Tuesday, June 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center at 723 East Main Street in Bradford.

CARE for Children, the lead agency for Safe Kids Pennsylvania - McKean County Partner, joined together with the Kane Area School District to promote bicycle safety and properly fit approximately 70 Kindergarten students with free bicycle helmets on Friday. Grant funding for the helmets was provided by the PA Department of Health Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant through Safe Kids Pennsylvania and the Kane United Fund. CARE will also conduct the bicycle safety program in the Smethport Area School District, Port Allegany School District, Otto-Eldred School District, and Bradford Area School District throughout the month of May, distributing approximately 450 bicycle helmets in total.

CARE for Children, the lead agency for Safe Kids Pennsylvania - McKean County Partner, joined together with the Bradford Area School District to promote bicycle safety and properly fit approximately 160 Kindergarten students with free bicycle helmets on Thursday.

CARE for Children Rainbow Corner Preschool is celebrating its young learners during The Week of the Young Child this week. The week is highlighted by fun, themed days, that reinforce the curriculum and PA Early Learning Standards, with hands-on, collaborative activities encouraging movement and healthy lifestyles through music, food, and art.

Registration will begin on Monday, March 21st for new students at CARE for Children’s Rainbow Corner Preschool. Registration is currently open for returning students and the Toddler Playgroup.

Janel Weber, M.S., CCC-SLP, has joined the CARE for Children staff as a full-time Speech Language Pathologist.

CNB Bank recently made a $10,000.00 contribution to CARE for Children Rainbow Corner Preschool through the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund, designated for Pre-Kindergarten scholarships.

Safe Kids Pennsylvania – McKean County Partner’s Home Safety Program is still operating during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in an effort to help local families who need childproofing and home safety items.

During the month of December and to usher in the Christmas season, Rainbow Corner Preschool families participated in a “Things Kids Like” food and non-perishable item drive to benefit the Bradford YWCA.

Bradford, PA – The Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation, a Ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, New York, has donated $1,860 to CARE for Children to purchase Cribs for Kids® Safe Sleep Survival Kits for local families in need.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 293 recently dissolved the Tommy Frontino Memorial Fund and contributed the balance of $4,793.40 to CARE for Children. The donation was designated to support CARE’s therapeutic recreation program, which aligns with the original intent of the fund, to help local children access recreational opportunities. The gift makes it possible for CARE to continue to offer adaptive camps, clinics, and recreation activities for children with disabilities. The contribution will be placed in CARE’s endowment fund, which provides funding each year for free programs for children of all abilities.

CARE for Children, in partnership with the McKean County Early Intervention Birth to Three Child Find Committee and the McKean County Early Learning Outreach Council, recently established an information kiosk at UPMC Cole’s Port Allegany Pediatrics office, located on Pine Street in Port Allegany. The new kiosk is stocked with Early Intervention and developmental information, early learning information, child safety information, and other helpful resources for children birth to age 5.

Northwest Bank recently made a $5,000.00 contribution to Rainbow Corner Preschool, which is operated by CARE for Children. The preschool is an approved Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization, through the State of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).