Summer Meals for Kids Starting June 29

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Keeping up with rising food costs can be a struggle.  Grocery bills are especially challenging for low-income families during the summer months when kids are home from school and unable to access free or reduced meal programs.  The Summer Food Service Program can help!

Community Action and Watertown City School District are the Jefferson County sponsors for the Summer Food Service Program.  Together, we sponsor meal sites throughout the county at which kids eat free!

Beginning June 29 through August 21, kids can get a nutritious meal or afternoon snack at a variety of locations in Watertown and the surrounding communities.  As of right now, 29 meal sites have been confirmed, with more additions expected in the coming weeks.  Click here for full site list.

Summer meals aren’t the only thing served up at Community Action’s Davidson Street facility.  On July 6, the agency kicks off its Summer Activities Program for youth.  Each weekday, between noon and 3:00 PM, children will enjoy a variety of games, activities and crafts, in addition to lunch and an afternoon snack.  The activity program is open to school-aged children.  Children younger than school-age may attend when accompanied by a parent.

Children in Line for WebWant to learn more about the Summer Food Service Program and how it impacts the community?  Call us at 315.782.4900, extension 271 or join us for a big celebration event at Knickerbocker Elementary School, July 7, 10: 00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Local organizations will be on hand to share information and to host activities and games for families.  Participants include Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, Army Community Services, the North Country Family Health Center, and members of the Watertown Bucks baseball team.  Kids will be provided with free lunch, prepared by food services staff of Watertown City School District.  Come join us … bring the kids for lunch … learn more about the Summer Food Service Program … and enjoy some ice cream, courtesy of Stewart’s Shops.  Click here for the event flyer.

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with local promotional support from the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program at Community Action Planning Council.


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Share Your Input on Child Care and Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card

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Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project is partnering with our State network to create a picture of the child care system in New York.  In order to plan for resources and services, we hope to get a broad perspective of what families experience when they need child care.  We are asking parents to share their stories about finding, choosing, and paying for care in our community.

Click here to complete the survey.  If you provide contact information, you will be entered in a late September drawing for a $50 gift card. IMG_6277

Thank you for your time and assistance with this survey.

Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project Awarded Quality Assurance Certification

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Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project was recently awarded certification as a Quality Assured Child Care Resource & Referral Program (CCR&R). The credential comes from Child Care Aware of America, the national association of CCR&Rs, and follows an arduous process of document review and demonstration of Best Practice in our services and policies. This reflects our commitment to serving the needs of children and families, child care providers, and the others in our community. We are pleased with the Certification, and hope it will bring more emphasis to our work and a stronger voice in our advocacy for high-quality child care.

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