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Playgroups and Book Buddies:

Playgroups and Book buddies have ended for the summer. Please watch for starting dates. Just to let you know how much we appreciate you and how many lives have been touched…. 1,149 children have attended playgroup since August 2016. 771 families have been touched by playgroups and 95 playgroups have happened this year. 223 children children have attended book buddies, 171 families and 18 sessions have occured. Thank you for your support this year. Exciting things are being planned for 2017.


Start the Talk about Underage Drinking

? July 29, 2014 / ? SAMHSA / ? Alcohol, Children, Community, Community and Recovery Support, ONDCP, Prevention, Substance Use

By: Frances M. Harding, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Lemonade by the pool, the smell of fresh cut grass, relaxing with friends and family. Summer means all these things, but, unfortunately, it can also mean a time of increased risk for youth. In June and July, the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks.1 Every day in the month of July, an average 11,600 young people take their first drink.

SAMHSA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are working together this month to make parents and caregivers aware of these summertime risks. To encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their children about alcohol and give them the tools they need to have this conversation, SAMHSA launched “Talk. They Hear You.” This national public awareness campaign emphasizes earthat:
•Drinking puts youth at risk for problems now and in the future,
•Parents have a significant influence on young people’s decisions about alcohol use, and
•By not talking about risks of underage drinking, parents unintentionally send a message that alcohol use is okay.

SAMHSA, ONDCP, and other federal and national “Talk. They Hear You.” partners urge parents and caregivers to talk with children as young as 9 years old about alcohol. The Campaign features an evidence-based, online tool that gives adults practice in having direct, honest, and effective conversations with young people.

Summertime activities, like cookouts, ballgames, and working in the yard, bring parents and children together and provide natural opportunities to talk about underage drinking. Then, when a child asks to go to a summer pool party or a sleepover, parents and caregivers have already expressed their disapproval and given their child the skills he/she needs to avoid underage drinking.

Visit SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” webpage for more tips and information about starting the conversation about alcohol.

Job opening




Healthy Families Program

Family Support Worker

PT 20 hrs/wk. BSW or related field pref. Experience serving culturally diverse families & child development knowledge required. Infant mental health endorsement level I or II ideal. Some p.m. hrs. EOE. Submit resume by 12pm 4/28/17 to Vickie


No playgroups this week (3/27/17-3/29/17) due to spring break. Thank you.

Tell Your Congressional Delegation To Support Reauthorization Of The MIECHV Program

Tell Your Congressional Delegation To Support Reauthorization Of The MIECHV Program

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program supports families with millions of home visits that strengthen families and communities across the United States. Without reauthorization, these necessary services will be cut for families in need and programs will be unable to reach more families.

Congress must extend the MIECHV program for five years with incremental funding increases until the program reaches the funding level of $800 million per year to ensure stability for families, effectiveness of programs, and expansion of resources.


Stewards of Children:

Help children stay safe from sexual predators

“Increase your awareness to Prevent child Sexual Abuse”

Free workshop for parents, staff, and volunteers advocating for children

Thursday, March 2, 2017

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Martha Dwyer Community Center

1417 North A Street, Richmond, IN 47374

The Stewards of Children program will increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change

child-protective behaviors. This program is for any responsible adult who cares about the

welfare of children. It is also appropriate for youth-serving organizations and personnel.

This training is being offered free of charge thanks to the support of Wayne County Foundation.

Topics Covered:

? Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse

? The types of situations in which child sexual abuse might occur

? Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse

? The importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults

? The signs of sexual abuse so that you might intervene and be able to react responsibly

What Outcomes You Can Expect:

? Increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse

? New skills to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse

? Individual commitment to action via a personal prevention plan

JACY House

P.O. Box 2195, Richmond, IN 47374

Please Register: Office: 765-962-9043 Fax: 765-962-9044


Register by March 1, 2017 as class space is limited.

Hosted By: Sponsored By:


Interested in becoming a Birth to Five family?

We have some immediate openings if you are interested in taking advantage of our home visiting program? Just give us a call.

Thank you to Reid Health Community Benefit


Thank you to Reid Health Community Benefit for your incredible donation and support to Birth to Five for the Healthy Families program. Reid Health is such an amazing partner for youth and families in our community. Thank you Reid Health for being a part of Birth to Five’s last 25 years of service to Wayne County Families and for supporting the next 25!

Have you read to your child today?

How frequently are you reading to the children in your lives? According to Dr. Rachael Reavis’ recent research: children in the Parents As Teachers program in Richmond are read to more often and for longer periods than children nationally. Take time today to read to the children in your lives.