Leadership Scholars, A Division of Children, Inc.

Children, Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of Leadership Scholars. Similar to Children, Inc., Leadership Scholars is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to building a better future for children by working with parents in our community.  The organization offers an eight week program designed to empower parents, or any significant adult in a child’s life, with proven strategies and tools to support strong academic, social & emotional development of their children. With the ultimate goal of helping their children attend and graduate college, it offers methods to lend support at home, in the classroom, and for parents to interact with their child’s school. Over the past four years, Leadership Scholars has graduated over 1,350 adults from their program.

Children, Inc.’s COO, Shannon Starkey-Taylor commented, “Our vision with this acquisition is to grow our two generational approaches to child care. By employing experts such as the staff from Leadership Scholars, and continuing to use their proven methods, we are hoping the families we serve will become stronger.”  This acquisition will strengthen Children, Inc.’s vision of all children being prepared for school and life by giving caregivers the tools they need to build lifelong success for their families.

Dr. Pat White of Leadership Scholars said, “We are thrilled to become part of a steady, mission-driven organization like Children, Inc. Their long term dedication to children and families in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky was a strong motivator in us moving forward with this partnership.”  The current class structure for caregivers will remain the same as prior to the acquisition.

Interested in a Career in Early Childhood? Consider Children, Inc.

Preschool teachers do it all; tie shoes, wipe faces, guide children in learning skills needed for elementary school, and so much more, all while keeping these little humans safe and happy.

Children, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has over 10 early learning centers in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati combined, and is still growing. Their goal is simple, keep children safe and happy all while helping them learn and be prepared for school and life.

There are many childcare/preschool centers in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati that have and need good teachers, but may not share the same values as Children, Inc. Working for a Children, Inc. center is about more than just watching the children play all day, it’s about fostering their personalities, guiding them in learning new concepts, and preparing them for their futures. “As an organization they seem to have a strong influence on professional development,” said Adam Keesee, Children, Inc. preschool teacher, “they seem to care about people who want to do this work versus just getting bodies in.”

In the state of Kentucky it is required that childcare workers and preschool teachers have 15 hours a year in training. Children, Inc. goes beyond that, they are NAC Accredited and to maintain that honor infant, toddler, and preschool teachers are required 20 hours a year in training and directors are required 30 hours a year. A benefit to Children, Inc. employees is that they have their own training and professional development department. According to Sheila Hughes, the Director of Human Resources, employees are paid for their training time.

Children, Inc. offers competitive benefits, such as, medical insurance, a pension plan, paid time off, and more. “Our health and dental insurance is evaluated once a year,” said Hughes, “we want the best possible insurance for the lowest cost for our employees.” CEO, Rick Hulefeld, believes in families and that’s why Children, Inc. wants to give their families, including employees, the best they can give. All of these benefits, including paid time off start with in the first month the employee works. “The first 30 days an employee earns 10 hours paid time off, that’s 120 hours within the first year,” said Hughes, “basically you can schedule three weeks off, paid, the first year.” These benefits are for a full time employee.

Amberly Culwell a Children, Inc. preschool teacher has worked for Children, Inc. for 15 years. “The benefits just keep going,” said Culwell. Children, Inc. cares about their families, the ones that they serve and the employees that serve the families. Children, Inc. knows that personal issues happen in life, “There is more flexibility, caring, and understanding of personal situations,” said Culwell. Children, Inc.’s paid time off (PTO) includes sick days and vacation days but if an employee does not have enough paid time off, Hughes says that they figure out how to help their employee in the best way they can. “We’ve even had staff donate hours to a person that had a serious illness and ran out of PTO,” said Hughes.

Children, Inc. looks for teachers that already have a Child Development Associate (CDA), associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. “We want credentialed staff,” said Hughes. If an employee is hired with no credential they encourage the employee to continue their education by first enrolling in the CDA program.

Along with these benefits, working in a Children, Inc. center and working with the children is rewarding, many of the families become friends. “I love the connections you make with the children and families,” said Culwell. Fostering the children’s growth and education is a plus too. “It’s all about watching them grow and learn,” said Culwell, “the ah-ha moments.”

Being a preschool teacher at a Children, Inc. center gives children a soft place to land while in school. Children with behavior issues need even more love and attention, “I like helping children through that,” said Keesee, “I like to be a support system for children who might not have one.”

Spots are available for a career with Children, Inc. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team please contact Elizabeth Fricke at efricke@childreninc.org

Now Hiring Teachers

Employment

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Full Time Early Learning Center positions:
  • Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

Full time positions offer competitive pay and generous benefits.

Full time employee benefits include:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Paid Holidays (9-11 per year)
  • Paid Time Off for vacation or illness (3-4 weeks per year)
  • Paid Workshops and Training Classes
  • Pension Plan
  • Extended Illness Bank (EIB) after one year

For full time center positions, submit resume to:

Email: Phyllis@childreninc.org

Fax: (859) 431-5217 Attn: Phyllis

Mail :

Phyllis Berry
Children, Inc.
333 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY  41011

*some conditions apply

 

Review of the 2016 Grandparents as Parents Conference

Grandparent’s Offered Support by Children, Inc.: Second Annual GAP Conference

Life Learning Center, Covington, KY – Grandparents raising their grandchildren and professionals gather together the morning of October 21, 2016 at the second annual Grandparents as Parents (GAP) Conference to help one another, learn from one another, and support one another in their journey of raising their children’s children.

According to the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau, in the state of Kentucky an estimated 62,260 children under the age of 18 were being raised by their grandparents. Children, Inc. hosts this event to ensure these caregivers are given the resources they need to continue their support of these children.

The conference taking place through the afternoon offered the grandparents resource booths from different businesses, organizations, and legal advice. Followed by their welcoming, guests went to their first workshop session, heard from family matters expert, and former parent and family life columnist with the Kentucky Post, Gayle Holten,  then were served lunch while listening to a panel discussion, and after attended their second and final workshop session.

Covington Mayor Sherry Carran, who at 28 years-old gained custody of her brother in-laws three children shared her story with guests, the children were 13, nine, and five at the time. Carran says her and her husband have no regrets taking on the children, “It’s the best thing we’ve ever done.”

Guests broke up into workshops, they could choose from three different ones: St. Elizabeth RN Stacie Nance covered the heroin epidemic, Sarah Zawaly covered toxic stresses, and Carol Lapin covered caring for the caregiver. “Finding the resources is hard,” said conference attendee and Grandmother Amy Campbell, “I’ve been googling this and here it was.”

The rise in relatives raising relatives correlates very closely with the rise in the heroin epidemic. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy’s “2015 Overdose Fatality Report,” Kenton County, KY has the third highest rate of overdose deaths involving heroin in the state, with a staggering 72 heroin related deaths. Many guests were eager to hear from RN Stacie Nance about addiction in the workshop, “When Addiction Visits Your Home.”

Nance described this battle with drugs affecting every part of a family dynamic. She says it affects the stability, causes mental and financial stresses, it brings shame, and so much more. Not only is it affecting family dynamics it’s affecting friendships as well, “if they’re not dealing with it, they just don’t get it,” said Nance. She puts addiction in a different light than most; she describes it as when “addiction” visits your home. “When addiction visits your home you have to find people to be close to,” said Nance.

According to Nance it takes three to five years for a person’s brain to heal from opiate use. Nance believes that this is a life long journey for the person addicted to drugs. “This isn’t an event that’s going to come and go, it’s a life-long event,” said Nance. She does not agree with the term “addict,” she says that those that are addicted to a drug are so much more than just an addict. “You have to remind yourself that this is just a disease that you have,” said an agreeing audience member.

Nance went on to explain the roles both the person addicted and the family members play. She explains that though they are very different roles they are still similar in a way. “Family members get just as sick,” said Nance. This opened up conversations for the audience members that are raising their grandchildren because they have an adult child that is addicted to a drug or drugs and seemed to be therapeutic for them.

This took the conversation to a place about caring for yourself while caring for your family. Keynote Speaker, Gayle Holten, echoed this in her speech about parenting and child development. “It’s the best gift you can give your family, to take care of yourself,” said Holten. Audience members became emotional while talking about this. “Knowing you’re not the only one out there,” said Campbell referring to what the best part of the conference was.

Those that weren’t able to attend may be interested in attending the GAP Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. “Based on the success of the conference we know that it is a valuable resource,” said Rebecca Hollis, GAP Conference Planning Committee, “planning has not yet started for GAP 2017.”

For more information and resources caregivers can call the Kinship Support Hotline at (877) 567-5608. They are also encouraged to attend the monthly “Relatives Raising Relative” support group held by the Kenton County Extension office.

We’re Hiring for 2016-17 School Year

We’re hiring full and part time positions for the 2016-17 school year at our STAR rated centers and after-school programs.

Full Time Early Learning Center positions:
  • Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

Full time positions offer competitive pay and generous benefits.

Full time employee benefits include:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Paid Holidays (9-11 per year)
  • Paid Time Off for vacation or illness (3-4 weeks per year)
  • Paid Workshops and Training Classes
  • Pension Plan
  • Extended Illness Bank (EIB) after one year

For full time center positions, submit resume to:

Email: Phyllis@childreninc.org

Fax: (859) 431-5217 Attn: Phyllis

Mail :

Phyllis Berry
Children, Inc.
333 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY  41011

 

Part time School Age positions:
  • After-school program Site Directors
  • After-school program Site Assistants

Children, Inc. after-school programs pay $11.00 an hour plus 6 payed holidays. The position operates from school dismissal until 6:00pm and follow school calendars. Ask about our limited positions for before-school programs that operate from 6:30am-8:00am. Paid professional training is offered to all Children, Inc. employees.

“Working for the after school program at Children, Inc.  was the perfect job for me while I was attending NKU.  The experience was great and the work schedule was a huge benefit.  I work Monday-Friday from 3-6 every week.  When my school load was lighter I was able to work and additional 2 hours a day in the morning at one of Children, Inc.’s morning programs.  It was very easy to plan my classes around my work schedule each semester and I had weekends off.   It allowed me to maintain a job while completing my undergraduate and graduate degree.  I’d recommend it to any college student.”

– Josh Hatton, Director of Evaluation, Children, Inc.

 

School Age Service positions provide great hands-on experience for college students!

  • Program Management & Leadership Skills
    Plan, promote and manage an after school program
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
    Work directly with children, parents, school administrators, & co-workers
  • Education & Teaching Skills
    Implement cutting-edge practices & curriculum for the School Age Child such as
    Social Emotional Learning Environments; Kidz Lit, Kidz Math, Kidz Science, Physical Fitness and more
  • Business/Financial Skills
    Manage a petty cash budget, responsible for tuition records, ledgers and such
  • Administrative Skills
    Enforcement of State of KY Licensing & STARS Quality rating system
  • Professionalism
    Learn and practice what it means to be a professional

For part time School Age Services After School Programs, submit resume to:

Email: cindy@childreninc.org

Fax: (859) 431-5217  Attn:  Cindy P.

Mail :

Cindy Pfirrman
Children, Inc.
333 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY  41011

 

 

Consider becoming a certified Family Child Care Provider:

Providers offer child care from their home while earning an income and being with their own children.  Family Child Care Providers are independently employed and maintain a close affiliation and working relationship with Children, Inc,.  Supports from Children, Inc. at no cost to provider include reimbursements on a regular basis from the state, USDA and United Way; home visits and resources from trained staff; monthly dinner meetings with training and networking opportunities; and countless other resources.

For more information, call the Family Child Care Program at (859)431-2075 or email pam@childreninc.org.

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Golf Outing to Benefit Children, Inc.

Thank you for your interest in Children, Inc.’s first annual golf outing to raise money and support for children and families throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Children, Inc. is the largest provider of high quality child care for low income families in the region and we need your support to provide these services. We hope you can join us for a day on the links where we’ll have a great time with a bunch of games; including the standard longest drive, longest putt, closest to the hole, etc. but we’ll also have some new and fun opportunities to test your skills on the course. Bring your friends, make some new ones and we’ll see you at Twin Oaks Golf Course on Thursday, June 23!

Play Golf!
Foursome ——— $350
Individual ——– $90

Price Includes:
18 hole scramble, cart rental drinks on the course, silent auction, games & raffle prizes, swag bag, breakfast & lunch!

Register and Pay
Online click here: https://childreninc.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/ChildrenIncGolfOuting

Send by mail: Deadline is June 9th
Send the names of teammates, contact info, and payment to:
Children, Inc. Golf Outing
ATTN: Elizabeth Fricke
333 Madison Ave.,
Covington, KY, 41011

Send questions to:
efricke@childreninc.org
859.431. 2075, ext 129

Contributing Sponsorship
Title Sponsor – $5,000 (Exclusive opportunity available for One company)
Children, Inc. Annual Golf Outing presented by YOUR COMPANY printed on all materials and       communication. Color logo included
Four sponsored foursomes for golf outing
Company representative to present commercial during afternoon program
Large logo featured on large poster during registration and afternoon program

Titanium Sponsor – $2,500 (Available for two companies)
Two foursomes for your employees, friends and clients
Includes one sponsored hole and two sponsored carts
Company commercial featured during afternoon program
Logo featured on large poster during registration and afternoon program

Lunch Sponsor – $1,000 (Exclusive opportunity)
One foursome for your company or group
Two signs at lunch station with company logo
Logo featured on large poster during registration and afternoon program

Breakfast Sponsor – $1,000 (Exclusive opportunity)
One foursome for your company or group
Two signs during breakfast with company logo
Logo featured on large poster during registration and afternoon program

Drink Station Sponsor – $1,000 (Three stations available for sponsorship)
One foursome for your company
Sign with company logo at drink station
Logo featured on large poster during registration and afternoon program

Hole-in-One Sponsor – $1,000 (Exclusive opportunity)
One foursome for your company
Sign with company logo at Par-3 hole-in-one opportunity
Logo featured on large poster during registration and afternoon program

Hole Sponsor – $500 (Up to 18 opportunities, one sponsor per hole)
One sponsored foursome
Company logo on sign at one hole during outing
Logo featured on large poster during registration and afternoon program

Cart Sponsor – $250 (Up to 36 opportunities, one per cart)
Two golfers included
Company logo on one cart
Golf Outing flyer and registration

Growing Sound & KANDOO Partnership

GROWING SOUND partners with KANDOO KIDS to bring songs for social-emotional development to families!

Link: http://www.kandookids.com/free-music-downloads/

Free Music Downloads from Kandoo and Growing Sound

We are excited to announce our partnership with Kandoo!

Growing Sound creates award-winning, fun and interactive music to foster childhood development.

Together we’re offering our consumers 3 FREE MUSIC DOWNLOADS.

3 free song downloads with Kandoo and Growing Sound

How Music Empowers Kids

Research findings are clear – teaching young kids social and emotional skills like confidence, courage, belonging, self-awareness, self-regulation and self-control will set them up for success later in life.

But how do you start teaching young kids important lessons like this?

That’s where Growing Sound comes in.

Growing Sound uses the latest child development research to create practical and entertaining products (like music) for teachers, parents and kids.

With song titles like The Poop Song, I Can Do It, and I Get Angry, Growing Sound helps kids internalize a positive dialogue about themselves while also practicing emotional control skills and even learning empathy.

And helping them learn to poop on the potty doesn’t hurt either.