It is already that time
of year again for families to begin planning and decorating for the holidays.
Unfortunately, as many of us are preparing with excitement and anticipation,
too many families are filled with anxiety. Thanks to the dedication and generosity
of our community partners, last year almost 100 children and their
families were able to experience the joy of family gift giving. Your support of
the 2013 Holiday Happiness Program will help to spread holiday cheer
throughout our community again this year.
For many of the families in the Big
Bend, it is a struggle to pay their monthly expenses, let alone consider the
extra cost of gifts for their children. The present state of our country’s
economy has brought even more hardships and hopelessness to these families,
which often affect the children deeply. For more than 20 years Kids
Incorporated has coordinated the Holiday Happiness program as a means to
provide the members of the community with the opportunity to share in the joy
of giving hope to a child. This holiday season, we are seeking individuals,
organizations, and businesses who want to bring joy and laughter to the many
less fortunate children in our area.
You or your organization can adopt a
family or families and provide them with holiday gifts from their very own
“wish lists”. This provides you with the assurance that each child will receive
their heart’s desire, and allows you to enjoy the satisfaction of making a
difference in a child’s life. If you don’t have time to shop, your monetary
donation will be greatly appreciated and allow Kids Incorporated to provide
gifts for your adopted family.
Kids Incorporated’s Holiday
Happiness program takes a very family-centric approach to the holiday season.
Donors are asked to deliver the unwrapped gifts in non-descript bags and the
gifts are then distributed to the proper family. This delivery method gives
each family the opportunity to celebrate the holidays in their own way and can be
used to create and maintain their own family traditions.
Please allow us to brag about our program and our successes...
4 children who enrolled in our Early Head Start program last August as special needs children no longer met the criteria for that designation when our mid-year assessments were conducted in December! This is a great example of the benefits that can be accomplished through comprehensive early intervention!
We received a compliance rate of 99.95% on our triennial On-Site Federal Review which took place the last week in January. Review Team members from across the country were clearly impressed with their interactions with our Board of Directors, Early Head Start Policy Council members and the parents in our program. Agency strengths identified in the written report included:
Management Systems: they noted our ""efficient ways to use limited resources"
Volunteer Program: especially our involvement of college interns
Community Partnerships: especially our relationship with Madison Correctional Institute (who has provided more than $274,000 in in-kind services over the past three years)
Playscapes: the role our outdoor play has in the school readiness continuum and school readiness domains.