December 2023 Young Children Newsletter

December 2023 Young Children newsletter revised

Good morning fellow Kiwanians!

I am the New England District Chair for YOUNG CHILDREN. This program focuses on the needs of young children with an emphasis on infants and youngsters ages 0 to 8.

I have been your District Chair for 13 years, and I am passionate about educating new parents to promote optimal health and brain development in their babies along with preventing trauma in their lives.

This month I am focusing on materials available from:

KIWANIS PEDIATRIC TRAUMA INSTITUTE (KPTI) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. You may have heard that Tufts Children’s Hospital has ended its trauma services. This is true BUT the Kiwanis Foundation of New England’s trauma prevention and community education programs continue this year. Tufts’ administrators indicated that the programs offered through KPTI are valuable and necessary so a contract has been signed to continue services through

KPTI   through September 30, 2024 and possibly longer. The Early Childhood Injury Prevention Kits, Bike Rodeo materials, Cubby Bears, Bike Helmet program, and other printed educational materials will be available to Kiwanis Clubs in our District.  Research will also continue at Tufts with grant money from KFNE.  Your Club may continue to order materials without interruption. And I encourage your Club to continue its Annual Gift (of $12 per member) to KFNE as well as purchasing Red Jackets  as these actions  pay  for KPTI’s programs. 

To learn more about KPTI and  order materials and Red Jackets go to

A valuable project available from Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (KPTI) in Boston is:

First Aid/ CPR Chart

This chart is provided by the American Association of Pediatric available  to  KPTI. One side provides Choking/CPR for INFANTS UNDER ONE YEAR and another section covers CPR/CHOKING for children ONE TO EIGHT YEARS. The First AID/CPR Chart is a large 11″ x 17″ wall chart includes first aid guidance on one side – choking/CPR guidance on the other. Topics include burns, scalds, fractures, sprains, head injuries, poisons, skin wounds, stings and bites, and infants/child CPR. For Kiwanis clubs to be distributed to pediatrician’s offices, parenting groups and also can be handed out at club events to  the public.


Another project available to all clubs;

EARLY CHILDHOOD INJURY PREVENTION KITS (available from Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute, KPTI,)include Bath  Safety Duck to test water temperature, Car seat information sticker,  Car seat and seat belt information card, Shaken baby information card, “Keeping the Promise” window safety brochure, Burn prevention brochure, Home safety checklist booklet, Electric outlet covers(24 pk)

These materials are available to ALL Kiwanis Clubs and need to be put together in a plastic bag which is also included with the materials. Then the Kits need to be delivered. Possible distribution to: Day Care Centers, Day Care Homes, Mother’s Groups,  Hospitals with Birthing Centers, Health Clinics,  Pediatricians’ offices, Obstetricians’ offices or any facility that provides prenatal classes or care  for expectant mothers. This is a perfect project for ALL Clubs…large or small! I encourage your Club to complete this project which can save lives and prevent traumatic injuries to infants and toddlers.



For more information go to and click on Community Programs tab (order form available)

Many more materials are available online at under Community Programs and an Order Form is also available on this website.

I am YOUR District Chair. Please feel free to contact me with questions. And please share with me any Young Children projects you are doing this year.

Finally, I hope to see you at Convention and other District happenings in the near future.

Ava Adams,  District Chair Young Children  Committee

Scarborough Maine Kiwanis Club New England and Bermuda District of Kiwanis

email: [email protected]