Spotlight on FRC Programs
Welcome to the New Family Resource Center page!
Please check this space often for important resources, programs, and information.Valley Cottage Family Resource Center
Julie Kassel, Coordinator
Speaks Some Spanish
Phone: (845) 353-7291
Hours: Mon-Fri.: 9 - 3pm
WELCOME TO THE VCE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
Please feel free to call the Family Resource Center if you have any questions, concerns or would like community resource information.
Parent involvement in school has been shown to be an important factor in academic success. The Valley Cottage Elementary School Family Resource Center offers many programs and services for children and families. We invite you to stop in anytime!
- Preschool Story Hours
- Free Books
- 5th grade Girl's Circle/Boy's Council
- Parenting workshops
- Give and Take Books
- Family Fun evening programs
- Drop in Support
- Connections to school and community resources
- Health and Wellness programs and information
- Kindergarten readiness programs
DONATION STATION is a service provided by all Nyack Family Resource Centers to help families with specific items in times of great need or crisis. For example: school supplies, clothing, book bags, and furniture.
This project is aimed at matching specific needs anonymously.
The way it works is this: when the Family Resource Center hears about a child or family needing something, it will send out an email to all parents who have volunteered to be on this list. Whoever has the needed item, will hit “reply all” and let everyone know that they’ve got it covered and bring in the item to the Center.
Please feel free to contact the Center if you either need donations or if you would like to be on the list. Please email me at email@example.com
Julie Kassel: Coordinator - Telephone (845) 353-7291
email: - firstname.lastname@example.org
Estación de Donación
El objeto de este proyecto es para ayudar las familias con necesidades específicas - de una forma anónima.
La forma en que funciona es así: cuando el centro de recursos de la familia oye acerca de un niño o una familia que necesitan de algo, se envía un mensaje de correo electrónico a todos los padres que han ofrecido estar en la lista. Quien tiene el elemento necesario, golpea "responder a todos" y así todos saben que estar solucionado.
No dude en ponerse en contacto con el centro si usted necesita donaciones o si le gustaría estar en la lista por favor, enviarme un correo electrónico a email@example.com
Julie Kassel - Coordinadora Telefono - (845) 353-7291
Coordinador del Centro de Recurso Familial
How FRCs Help Families
- Advocacy and Support
- Information about community resources including summer camps, support groups, health insurance, and much more.
- Translation services
- Free books, available at all times outside FRC.
- Informal Drop-in time for parents and children
- Info and Referral
How Families Help Families
Some of the ways you can help:
- At the beginning of the school year, purchase an extra backpack and school supplies for a student in need.
- Holidays: Instead of giving baskets of canned foods, our goal is to give families the opportunity to make their own food choices. To this end, we collect monetary donations in lieu of food. The donations will be used to purchase supermarket gift cards.
For School Age Students:
- Girl's Circle and Boy's Council: A resilience building workshop to help students to express themselves through verbal sharing and activities. Designed to promote students' natural strengths and abilities and create opportunities for the development of strong, healthy relationships.
- 5th Grade Puberty Talk: An opportunity for students to learn about body changes during puberty and to ask questions in a safe, comfortable environment. Facilitated by FRC staff and teachers.
- Lunchtime Drop In: Some students go through periods when they need extra support. They can come to the FRC to spend a little time with FRC staff, talking, drawing, helping with FRC projects.
Family Support Programs:
- Holiday Giving: A coordinated effort to raise funds for families in need at VCE.
- Coffee and Kleenex: First couple of days of school, Kindergarten parents can meet, have coffee, ask questions and cry on someone's shoulder if necessary.
- Parent Drop In: Parents are welcome to stop in to the FRC with questions, problems, needing referrals or just to talk.
Family and Community Engagement:
- Welcome Night: An opportunity for families to meet with Principals, Superintendent, FRC Coordinators, and other staff! Lots of great resource info, pizza, childcare, and translators available. Co-sponsored with Nyack Center.
- Back to School Night for ENL families: An hour long session before the school-wide Back to School night to go over important topics related to ENL families and including important school topics. - in spanish and creole
- Fuel Up to Play 60: Annual Health Fair with activities, resources and healthy snacks
Early Childhood Development Programs
- Cuentos, Canciones y Artesania: A collaboration with Nyack Library, we offer stories, songs, arts and crafts in both English and Spanish. Held at the Nyack Library Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm from September 20th - November 9th.
- Kinderprep: An evening of dinner and typical Kindergarten activities for incoming Kindergartners and their families.
- UPK Info Session: Held in February, this is an opportunity for parents to learn about Universal Pre K and how to apply for it.
- The Rockland 21C is a non-profit organization, founded in 1996, that provides best practices, professional development and FRC coordinator support and training. The Rockland 21C supports FRC programs in Rockland’s eight school districts, Rockland BOCES, teacher centers, colleges, government and business leaders, as well as numerous public and private agencies. The Rockland 21C is the very first organization in the nation to develop a county-wide 21C model.
NYACK FRCS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
- The results of a 2016 United Way focus group on growing and emerging needs in education, income and health in Rockland County identified the Family Resource Center as a SOLUTION to the barriers that prevent Rockland County residents from having their needs met and/or accessing existing services!
- Nyack FRCs rank 1st in the county with the number of basic needs and social service requests answered, reflecting the strong relationships they have built with the community.
- Nyack FRCs lead the county in family and community engagement programming, welcoming parents and encouraging involvement in their children’s learning.