January 2020 Young Children Newsletter

Good Morning Fellow Kiwanians!

This month I will focus on EasterSeals which focuses on helping children (and adults) with disabilities.

The Mission of EasterSeals

EasterSeals is working to create a world where:

  • Each child born with a disability is given the support necessary to participate fully in life and to have dreams and hopes, successes and achievements.
  • Parents of a newly-diagnosed child with a disability are aware of the services and resources available to them and get unimpeded access to all necessary services.
  • Children with disabilities are recognized by all as having vital contributions to make to our society.
  • Communities value and support children with disabilities and their families.
  • Access to appropriate child care is available for children with special needs.
  • Families benefit from innovations and new technologies that help children with disabilities be as independent as possible.

Child Development Centers

Our Child Development Center Network is the largest provider of inclusive child care in the United States. EasterSeals serves thousands of young children and their families in a setting where children with disabilities and special needs comprise 25 percent of enrollment.

Early Intervention

Early intervention services help young children with disabilities achieve their goals in cognitive, social/emotional, communicative, adaptive and physical development.

Services may include occupational therapy to help an infant learn to hold her bottle, physical therapy to help her learn to roll over, or speech therapy to help her learn to eat. Most early intervention services take place in the home or, in the case of working parents, at child care facilities in the local community.

Locations of EasterSeals Rehabilitation Centers and Offices in New England

New Hampshire —EasterSeals New Hampshire(Rehabilitation Center)
555 Auburn Street
Manchester, NH 03103

Maine – EasterSeals Maine, Portland
125 Presumpscot Street
Portland, ME 04103

Easter Seals Massachusetts
484 Main Street, Denholm Building
Worcester, MA 01608-1817

EasterSeals Rhode Island, Wakefield
213 Robinson Street
Wakefield, RI 02879

Easter Seals Rhode Island
5 Woodruff Ave
Narragansett, RI 02882

EasterSeals Vermont
641 Comstock Road, Suite 1
Berlin, VT 05602

Connecticut — EasterSeals Rehabilitation Center of Greater Waterbury
22 Tompkins Street
Waterbury, CT 06708
Children ages: 3 to 5 years

EasterSeals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut
100 Deerfield Road
Windsor, CT 06095

EasterSeals Coastal Fairfield County
733 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06901

EasterSeals serves 1.4 million children and adults with disabilities and their families, offering a wide range of services at 73 affiliates nationwide. Easter Seals changes the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day, helping their clients build the skills and access the resources they need to live, learn, work and play.

Services include:

  • Accessibility Resources
  • Autism Services
  • Camping & Recreation
  • Day Care
  • Employment & Training
  • In-Home Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Therapy
  • Veteran Reintegration
  • Senior Career Employment
  • Respite Services

How Can Kiwanis Clubs Help?

   1     Contact EasterSeals in your locale and request a Speaker come to your Club to explain how Kiwanis members can help.

   2     Have a fundraiser for EasterSeals.

   3     Register for an EasterSeals Walk With Me Event Near You — Raise funds as an individual or as part of a team.

   4     Sponsor a Walk With Me Participant — Support friends participating in an EasterSeals Walk With Me event.

   5     Join the Presidents’ Council — Make a vital difference in the lives of people living with disabilities with a donation of $1,000 or more.

   6     Recycle for EasterSeals — Help the environment and raise money for EasterSeals. Recycle your cell phone, laser and inkjet cartridges, and more, to generate funds to help support children and adults with disabilities and their families. Learn more about this eco-friendly, fundraising initiative.

Feel Good About Giving to EasterSeals

EasterSeals primary services benefit over 1.3 million individuals each year through more than 550 centers nationwide, in Puerto Rico and Australia. For children and adults with disabilities and their families, every donation counts. Find out how your contribution makes a difference

For 25 years, EasterSeals has been first among National Health Council members for the percentage (94 percent) of program dollars allocated to providing direct services.

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Ava Adams
District Chair, Young Children Committee
Scarborough, Maine Kiwanis Club
New England and Bermuda District