Community Family Centers

September and October e-Newsletter

 

Hello 

When we work together to help children and adults build skills, we create a positive cycle as one generation passes them on the next.

                                                                                                  -Dr. Frecia Todd, Ed.D.

 

Youth Services Program

The Youth Services parent intervention educator, Ms. Terry de los Santos, started her new parent group at Edison Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. The parents received the positive action curriculum to help them with life skills building and communication skills so that they can implement them with their kids at home. The children are receiving the same curriculum so they have the opportunity to practice what they have learned at home with the parents.

 

Coffee with the Principal

The Youth Services program from Community Family Centers (CFC) had Coffee with the Principal at Edison Middle School. They introduced the services to the parents participating in the Positive Action program that CFC offers. 

Positive Action is a systematic educational program that promotes an interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students. It works by teaching and reinforcing the philosophy that you feel good about yourself when you engage in positive activities. The effects of the program range from increased academic achievement to reductions in problem behaviors. These results have been replicated in diverse settings. The Positive Action program is a free program for elementary, middle and high school students attending schools both inside and outside of the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

 

Adult Education Program

More than 200 Adult Learners are  attending courses in Southeast Houston and Southwest Houston with Community Family Centers.

CFC’s Adult Education Program took an opportunity to promote family literacy by hosting a family literacy workshop. The workshop was held at the JP McGovern Sports and Recreation Center, and led by Oralia Garza de Cortes, a family literacy consultant and member of the American Library Association. More than 20 individuals participated; the audience included children two to 12 years of age and their parents. Attendees included area educators, East End residents, Adult Education participants, families from Los Niños Early Childhood Montessori Program and others. With the support of Arte Público Press, the Gonzalez Law Group and Sanmore Investments, two sets of 12 children’s books were provided to two families that attended the event.      

 

 

Los Niños Early Childhood Education Montessori Program

   Fantastic “2018-2019 Parent Orientation Night”!

 

Los Niños Montessori Program welcomed parents to its 2018-2019 Parent Orientation on two separate evenings from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Orientation for parents of new clients was held on Thursday, September 27th, and orientation for parents of returning students was held on Friday, September 28th. The meeting began with an overview of CFC’s four programs. Patty Morales, Director of Family Support Services and Miguel De Luna, Director of Programs explained services pertaining to Family Support Services and Adult Education, respectively. Paul Landa, Director of Adult Education was present on Friday evening to inform parents about education classes and work opportunities through the Adult Education program. The Los Niños staff was introduced, and the 2018-19 Calendar of Events was presented. Director Cheri Tucker highlighted the center’s accreditations, nutrition program, daily schedule, and the Maria Montessori philosophy and curriculum. The updated 2018-2019 Parent Handbook was reviewed to ensure parents were knowledgeable about program policies, fees, and procedures. For the last hour, parents engaged with the Lead Teachers for a classroom tour. Parents were shown through various Montessori displays how the uninterrupted work cycle and Montessori Method of teaching and learning are implemented throughout the day. A survey was also given to parents to get their input on the Program’s professionalism, enrollment procedures, educational programming, parent-school communications, topics of interest for future parent workshops, and requests for assistance or referrals from other CFC agency programs. Refreshments were served. 

 

 

 

 

              Los Niños Achieves “Gold-Level” Recognition 

          from the Texas Department of Agriculture

 

On October 9, 2018, Linda Simmons, Nutrition Specialist with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) confirmed that Los Niños Early Childhood Montessori Program had completed the Healthier CACFP Recognition Award (HCACFPRA) Gold-level criteria for Menus, Physical Activity, Child Care Environment and Nutrition Education. Ms. Simmons thanked Director Cheri Tucker and the staff of the Los Niños Montessori Program for improving the health and well-being of preschool children in the East End-Houston community and recognized their work as commendable. Ms. Simmons expressed that the pictures and portfolio of grant activities were loved by the HCACFPRA Committee. In the next few weeks, Los Niños EC Montessori Program will receive an award packet from TDA. The packet contains a letter from Sid Miller, the TDA Commissioner, a certificate, decals for the center, a flag for the Community Family Centers agency to proudly display, and parent letters that Los Niños can share to educate their clients about the Gold-level accomplishment.

  

Family Support Services Program

Community Family Centers wants to thank American Red Cross, Dynamo, and all the volunteers who went out to the community to install 100 fire alarms. The Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them and by educating people about home fire safety.

 The Unveiling of the Mosaics

Fantastic art was created by artist Elena Wortham and the children of Camp Fresh as Community Family Centers unveiled the recently installed Mosaics at the John P. McGovern, MD Community Sports and Recreation Building. We are very proud of our children at Camp Fresh.

 

Elena Wortham conveys the notion of renewal and rebirth in nature. She uses plant materials and incorporates ceramic pieces to show that if one leaves nature alone, it will sprout into new life.

 

 

 

On behalf of everyone at Community Family Centers, we want to thank our special guest, Mrs. Katherine McGovern for the long term support to our community and our families. Her support and that of the McGovern Foundation truly make a difference in the lives of the children, adults, and families we serve.

 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"
                                                       

                                                                                                    -Martin Luther King, Jr.


Community Family Centers is comprised of many leaders. Our employees from our maintenance staff, to our administrative personnel, to our management team, serve this community with passion and dedication.

Sinceramente,
Maritza Guerrero
President/CEO

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Community Family Centers
7524 Avenue E
Houston, TX 77012
713-923-2316
http://www.communityfamilycenters.org