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.
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.
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).
More than 200 Adult Learners are attending courses
in Southeast Houston and Southwest Houston with Community Family
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.
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
Niños Achieves “Gold-Level” Recognition
from the Texas Department
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.
Support Services Program
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
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
McGovern, MD Community
Sports and Recreation Building. We are very proud of
our children at Camp Fresh.
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
persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for
-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.
can also help our children