Kids' Day, Downtown State
Research has shown that spending quality family time
is among the most critical factors in strengthening family bonds and
promoting positive youth development. To encourage a local commitment to
nurturing and appreciating children, Care Partnership, Centre County
Communities that Care, and Penn State Cooperative Extensive have
sponsored Centre County Kid's Day for the last six years. A day of free
fun, Centre County Kid's Day has been modeled after National Kids Day.
This celebration of childhood was created in 1994 by KidsPeace, a
125-year-old children's crisis charity, and has been elevated in
national recognition by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, 4-H and
YMCA. The intent is to encourage adults to spend meaningful time with
children to prepare them for healthy, happy, successful futures, whether
it's with their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or any
child in need of mentoring.
are held in downtown State College as a part of the Downtown Improvement
District Fall Fest. The State
College events, coordinated by Care Partnership; Centre Region
Communities That Care and the State College Downtown Improvement
District, include activities like: a carousel, rock-climbing wall, moon bounce, giant slide,
face painting, food, crafts, games, nutrition and animal
displays, a reading booth, music, a magician, Tae Kwon Do
demonstrations, the BugMobile, free family photos, sidewalk sales by
local businesses, and more.
demands of daily life often make spending meaningful time a challenge,
but this year's Centre County Kids Day promises to offer opportunities
for adults to give children focused time, to promote togetherness, and
to create memories. To learn more about Centre County Kids Day or to
become involved in your local Communities That Care, contact us. Giving of one's time and
attention is a valuable gift, so this year, take the National Kids Day
Pledge with a special child in your life and remember it throughout the
TRANSITION & MOBILITY—LOW NEIGHBORHOOD ATTACHMENT
McGRUFF HOUSES—McGruff Houses serve as a passive support
system for children in the neighborhood; children who feel unsafe,
threatened, or ill are educated to stop at a McGruff Safe House on their
way to or from school for help.
SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM—The State College Area PTA/PTO Council, in
cooperation with Schlow Centre Region Library, operates an elementary summer
library program in three of the district’s eleven elementary schools.
The Care Partnership contracts with Schlow Library to provide staff for
the summer library programs in three neighborhood schools. All three of
the schools identified—Panorama, Park Forest, and Lemont—were all
identified as high mobility and low attachment.
COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT - Neighbors at Ashworth
Woods come together to create a neighborhood garden. Kids, parents,
community volunteers, Calvary Baptist Church, and PSU Master
Gardeners share time in an educative environment.
POOR FAMILY MANAGEMENT
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM—SFP is a nationally and internationally
recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk
families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found
to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and
drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school
performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen
bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills. Youth Service Bureau
and SCASD Staff offer the program. Childcare for children of
participants is provided, as is a meal for participants.
LIVING IN HARMONY—This is a K-2 curriculum in the State College Area
School District. It is designed to provide students with opportunities
for positive involvement with pro-social peers, skills for recognizing
feelings, self-control, and interpersonal problem-solving. The
curriculum involves parents and children. A series of structured lessons
teach conflict resolution skills, which will increase their knowledge
and improve their attitudes and behavior toward better understanding and
utilization of conflict resolution concepts. The program lasts for four
CLIMBING WALL—YMCA trainers provide instruction, safety, and
protocol on rock climbing and skills-building to help develop pro-social
behavior, cooperation, and teamwork. The school district and probation
officers identify and refer high-risk youth to the program.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS (BBBS)— One-to-one youth mentoring has
been shown to have a significant and positive impact on the lives of
children, according to the first-ever nationwide impact study of a
mentoring organization. BBBS is a program offered by the
Youth Service Bureau, and the Care Partnership provides support and
in-kind contributions of counseling to participants.
LOW COMMITMENT TO SCHOOL
SUMMER READING AND MATH PROGRAM—The school district is committed to the
success of its K-2 Fail-Safe Program, the goal of which is to ensure
that all students are readers by the time they complete the third grade.
The program provides specialized instruction in reading and math by
certified teachers. More than 300 students have been served through this
LIFESKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM (LST) - LST is a
research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce
the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the
major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of
substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting
program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and
skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. LST is
backed by over 20 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or
Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S.
Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
LIVING IN HARMONY—(SEE ABOVE)