Community Action Launches Early Childhood Professionals Discount Program

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Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project, a program of Community Action Planning Council, announces the launch of an exciting partnership with local businesses in support of Early Childhood Professionals. All of those who work in Registered or Licensed child care facilities in Jefferson and Lewis Counties will receive a card entitling them to special discounts and promotions.

ecp-discount-card-image-2For a list of participating businesses, click here … and keep an eye for the window decal displayed at local businesses.  The artwork for the window decal was created by local artist and Knickerbocker Elementary student, Felicity DelGranado.

Director of Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project Cathy Brodeur, reports, “This program is intended to raise community awareness about the importance of quality early learning experiences, and to recognize the commitment of Early Childhood staff ensuring that children in our community are getting what they need in the crucial first years. Quality child care lets parents work, secure in the knowledge that children are developing skills that will help them succeed in school and beyond”.

We sincerely thank those business who have stepped forward in support of the nearly 600 people who are Early Childhood Professionals in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. If you have questions or would like to participate, please contact Emily Cleaver at 315.782.4900, extension 237.

Holiday Angels Program Now Underway

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Holiday Angels is a collaborative effort of human service agencies, businesses, civic groups and individuals in Jefferson County, working together to ensure that children of low-income families have gifts for Christmas.  Families in need may apply for Holiday Angels at the location within or closest to their home community (sites listed below).  Dates and times at which applications are accepted vary by site. Click here for list of sites.  All sites offer a gift for each child in the family (up to age 16); some sites offer assistance with holiday meals.

  • Salvation Army, Watertown
  • Rohde Center, Adams
  • Antwerp Town Hall, Antwerp
  • VEM Food Pantry, Carthage
  • Presbyterian Church, Chaumont
  • A New Life Church, Depauville
  • Indian River Baptist Church, Philadelphia
  • Dexter Presbyterian Church, Dexter

Families are encouraged to apply early.  The child’s first name, along with gender, age, and Christmas wish, are placed on a paper angel.  No other identifying information is included.

Angels are displayed on the Angel Tree at Salmon Run Mall (December 5 – 16) or announced on Tunes 92.5 FM during the Christmas Crusade 4 Kids campaign (November 14 – December 20). Community members are invited to sponsor a child by selecting a name and Christmas wish from either the Angel Tree or Tunes 92.5 FM.  Unwrapped gifts valued at $25 should be returned, along with the paper angel, to the location from which they were selected – either the Angel Tree at (Salmon Run Mall, Watertown) or Tunes 92.5 FM studios (242 Washington Street, Suite 4A, Watertown).  Community Action Planning Council sorts the gifts which are later picked up by partnering agencies for distribution.

Community Action Planning Council coordinates the Holiday Angels program in partnership with a number of community organizations and businesses, including Bernier Carr Group, Catholic Charities, Emerge, Kiwanis, local food pantries, Jreck Subs, Salmon Run Mall, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, Tunes 92.5 FM and Watertown Urban Mission.

Thanks to the efforts of the many partners of Holiday Angels and the generosity of the local community, 2,182 children in Jefferson County received gifts last year.  For more information about Holiday Angels, call 315.782.4900, extension 222.