Helping Hands Nurturing Center Newsletter ~ Includes Toy Selection Guide

December 5, 2017

Here’s the most recent newsletter from Helping Hands Nurturing Center which includes the info about toy selection, copied below: https://shoutout.wix.com/so/aL_sEBFE?cid=96e53053-2fc3-4c57-bd39-697abdec1588#/main

Annual Toy Selection Guide

A website that we at Helping Hands utilize during the holidays is the T.R.U.C.E. annual toy selection guide. This website can help support parents select toys of long-lasting value and show how to avoid toys of no educational or long-term value.

Consider this before you shop… Be thoughtful. Be aware that companies spend millions of dollars on marketing to children to sell their toys, but there are toys to avoid.

CHOOSING TOYS OF VALUE

Toys have a high play value when they…

  • Can be used in many ways.
  • Allow children to be in charge of the play.
  • Appeal to children of more than one age or level of development.
  • Are not linked to video games, computers, TV, or movies.
  • Can be used with other toys for new and more complex play.
  • Will stand the test of time and continue to be part of play as children develop new interests and skills.
  • Promote respectful, non-stereotyped, non-violent interactions among children.
  • Help children develop skills important for further learning and a sense of mastery.
  • Can be used in solo play or play with others.
  • Can be enjoyed by all children, regardless of gender.

Examples of toys that fit the above criteria are: blocks, magna-tiles, Lincoln Logs, Grid Blocks, sand boxes, magnets, balls, bubbles, art easels, dramatic play items like capes, scarves, and doctor kits.

AVOID TOYS THAT……

  • Can only be used one way.
  • Look exciting but quickly become boring.
  • Do the play “for” children.
  • Lead children to spend more time in front of TV or other media.
  • Lure children into watching the TV program or other media.
  • Promote violence and sexualized behavior.
  • Separate girls from boys.
  • Introduce academic concepts at too early and age.

For more information go to the truceteachers.org website.

CSN Partner Meeting on hiatus & Kindness Calendar for December

December 4, 2017

Just a reminder that our CSN Partner meeting is on hiatus in December. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on January 3, 2018!

In the meantime, enjoy the Kindness Calendar for December and other resources from Action for Happiness actionforhappiness.org

Here’s the PDF of the calendar: Action for Happiness-kindness_calendar

Behavioral Health Director, Rebecca Slade, Announces Her Retirement

December 4, 2017

Photo of Rebecca Slade

Thanks to the Friday Memo from the office of County CEO Rick Haffey for this info. Becky Slade was one of our most memorable CSN speakers. She spoke to us eloquently about trauma and trauma informed care, and is very knowledgeable about ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences. She has generously shared her expertise with CSN Partners on many occasions. With thanks and deep appreciation we wish her well in her retirement. Here’s the item from the Friday Memo…

Nevada County’s Behavioral Health Director, Rebecca Slade, has announced her retirement. Becky is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist of twenty-five years and has worked for Nevada County for twelve years, including ten years as the Program Manager for Children’s Behavioral Health and two years as the Behavioral Health Director.

She helped to create an award winning Children’s System of Care, a Latino Outreach program, the Second Step program in local schools, a Suicide Prevention program, and represented the County with dignity and professionalism. She expanded services to children and families and strengthened relationships with both community partners and HHSA Departments.

Most recently, Becky and Behavioral Health staff hosted the Steinburg Institute, a statewide organization dedicated to advancing sound public policy and inspiring leadership on issues of brain health. This visit was a step towards advocating and creating understanding around the policy needs of Behavioral Health departments in rural counties. Thanks to Becky’s leadership in Behavioral Health, “Nevada County serves as an outstanding model of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) spending, amplified by an innovative blend of other revenue streams,” says Maggie Merritt, Executive Director of the Steinberg Institute. “Our thanks to this team whose professionalism and dedication are changing lives every day.”

We’d like to thank Becky for the twelve years she dedicated to Nevada County and its residents.

United Way’s Project Warmth ~ Donate through Dec. 7

December 4, 2017

You can help keep Nevada County residents warm this winter by donating NEW warm hats, gloves & socks for men, women, & children now thru Dec. 7th. Here’s the press release: UW-Project Warmth press release

Items can be dropped off at the following locations: AAA, Walker’s Office Supplies, JC Penney, B&C True Value Home Center, Penn Valley Mini Storage, the Rood Center lobby, Grass Valley City Hall, The Union, Hospice of the Foothills, Training Zone, and the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, or the United Way of Nevada County office.

Here’s the flyer: UW_ProjectWarmth

Info: 530-274-8111 or  email admin@uwnc.org

 Food Access Saturday ~ Dec. 9

December 4, 2017

Thanks to Donna Cobb, Administrative Assistant, United Way of Nevada County for this info.

On December 9th, United Way, in partnership with Interfaith Food Ministry, will distribute food for this 2nd Saturday of the month program. United Way provides a majority of the funding and manpower while IFM will provides the facilities, supervision, volunteers and some additional funding.

The program, Food Access Saturday: Uniting to Support Working Families is specifically designed for working individuals and families who need supplemental groceries. The collaboration encourages those who have been struggling with food insecurity, but due to working traditional hours, have never received supplemental food support from IFM to participate in Food Access Saturday.

  • What ~ Food Access Saturday
  • For ~ Any working individuals & families who need food can participate. Current IFM clients, who are working and find it difficult or sometimes impossible to come during the weekly distribution, are also welcome to participate on Saturday.
  • When ~ Saturdays: December 9, 2017, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
  • Where ~ 440 Henderson Street, in Grass Valley
  • Info ~ United Way at 274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org

Upcoming dates…

  • January 13, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • March 10, 2018
  • April 14, 2018

Quick Links ~ December 5, 2017 edition

November 28, 2017

“Quick Links” allows us to fit more info into the CSNNC e-news and keep upcoming events on the radar.  E-news content is pulled from our website News page, so you can find all recent items here: http://csnnc.org/news/.


This “How To” guide tells how CSN can help you share information, and includes submission guidelines for CSN e-news: csn_how-to_guide-for-speaking-inquiries-info-sharing. It’s also posted at the bottom of the home page on our website: csnnc.org


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Current Newsletters from CSN Partner organizations


The Community Support Network of Nevada County is a First 5 Funded Partner

KARE’s “Santa’s Christmas Shoppe” ~ Dec. 2

November 26, 2017

KARE Xmas tree

Thanks to Lynn Woerner, Executive Director, KARE Crisis Nursery, for this info. Here’s the flyer: KARE – 2017 Christmas Shoppe flyer – CSN

FOR ~ Children ages 3 to 10

WHAT ~ Children can shop for parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends. Each child: bring your list of up to 8 items. All items are 25 cents each. Fun provided by the KARE Crisis Nursery and Sierra Presbyterian Church.

WHEN ~ December 2, 2017. As always, doors will be open early (9:00 am) for children served by CSN agencies & organizations or any other families in need.  At 10:00, the general public is welcome and Santa’s Christmas Shoppe is open until 1:00 pm.

WHERE ~ Sierra Presbyterian Church, Ridge Road, Nevada City

INFO ~ 530- 265-0693

Quick Links ~ November 28, 2017 edition

November 26, 2017

“Quick Links” allows us to fit more info into the CSNNC e-news and keep upcoming events on the radar.  E-news content is pulled from our website News page, so you can find all recent items here: http://csnnc.org/news/.


This “How To” guide tells how CSN can help you share information, and includes submission guidelines for CSN e-news: csn_how-to_guide-for-speaking-inquiries-info-sharing. It’s also posted at the bottom of the home page on our website: csnnc.org


New info…


Previously posted info…


 


Current Newsletters from CSN Partner organizations


The Community Support Network of Nevada County is a First 5 Funded Partner

Quick Links ~ November 21, 2017 edition

November 14, 2017

“Quick Links” allows us to fit more info into the CSNNC e-news and keep upcoming events on the radar.  E-news content is pulled from our website News page, so you can find all recent items here: http://csnnc.org/news/.


This “How To” guide tells how CSN can help you share information, and includes submission guidelines for CSN e-news: csn_how-to_guide-for-speaking-inquiries-info-sharing. It’s also posted at the bottom of the home page on our website: csnnc.org


New info…


Previously posted info…



New newsletters this week…


Current Newsletters from CSN Partner organizations


The Community Support Network of Nevada County is a First 5 Funded Partner

NEO Light the Way Campaign ~ November

November 14, 2017

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Here’s a note from NEO Co-Founders & Directors Lynn Skrukrud & Halli Ellis…

Dear Friend,

This month is our annual Light the Way Campaign. It’s the time of the year when we turn to you for support. We need your help to continue to Light the Way for youth for years to come. By becoming a monthly donor, you help create a stable ongoing funding base to support the NEO Youth Center.

With the expansion of the Youth Center, planned for this summer, we need your help more than ever. The expanded site will enable us to serve more youth in a more meaningful way. However, with more space comes more expenses. We are asking you to please become a monthly donor today to help us create a truly amazing new space!

Donors can pledge anywhere from $5 to $500+ per month, to ensure a safe and supportive environment where local young people can continue to play, explore, learn, and grow, through the help of their peers and a network of adult mentors.

These tax-deductible donations also help cover the basic Youth Center operations, add more staff to serve our growing number of youth, and increase the number of enriching activities that we are able to offer.

We count on individuals like you to meet our operating expenses. Please be as generous as you can to help NEO continue to serve our amazing community.

With warm regards,

Lynn Skrukrud & Halli Ellis
Co-Founders & Directors

To learn more visit www.ncneo.org/give or call Lynn at 530.263.7742

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More info about the expansion in this item: http://csnnc.org/neo-youth-center-is-expanding-coming-august-2018/