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YFS Child Care Now Enrolling For Infants And Toddlers

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Brianna

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Youth & Family Services Child Care has opened a new infant and toddler care classroom. The new classroom is allowing YFS Child Care to serve 10 additional children between the ages of four weeks and three years in the Rapid City area.

YFS Child Care infant and toddler classrooms provide a warm and welcoming environment, small class sizes to ensure quality care, nutritious meals and snacks planned by a registered dietitian, standard diapers, wipes, and formula, as well as baby cereal and food.

Children enrolled in YFS Child Care’s infant and toddler classrooms benefit from a wide variety of activities and experiences in an excellent facility and are cared for by a teacher with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  In addition, each child will receive a free developmental, social, and emotional screening upon enrollment.

“We are very excited to be expanding our services,” stated Amanda Moriarty, YFS Child Care Director. “For years we have received inquiries about the availability of additional infant and toddler care and we’re very excited to be able to help meet that need in Rapid City.”

YFS Child Care is located at 120 E. Adams Street in Rapid City. Its hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to enroll your infant or toddler, please call (605) 342-4233.

YFS Child Care Art Show This Week!

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Brianna

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The Youth & Family Services Child Care Annual Art Show is open Monday, April 14 through noon on Friday, April 18 at 120 E. Adams St. The show features more than 200 works of art which have been created by children enrolled in the program. The works of are were created using a variety of mediums.

All of the artwork on display is part of a silent auction that will raise money to help cover the costs of summer excursions to various places in Rapid City and the Black Hills for the YFS Child Care Summer Adventure Club. All visitors are invited to place bids on the artwork.

For more information or questions, please call (605) 342-4233.

YFS Receives Hundreds of Backpacks and Tablets for Head Start Children

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Brianna

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In late December, Youth & Family Services received a generous and exciting donation from Foundation 4Life, that consisted of 300 backpacks filled with school supplies, 300 messenger bags, and 300 VTech educational tablets.

Foundation 4Life is based in Sandy, Utah. The organization focuses on educational initiatives to better the lives of low-income students across the globe, originally contacted the National Head Start Association who referred them to South Dakota Head Start Association. The SD Head Start Association referred Foundation 4Life to Youth & Family Services. Foundation 4Life believes education has the power to elevate a child out of poverty and their hope is to provide children with an opportunity to grow and reach their full potential as a productive contributor to society.

Throughout the month of January, the backpacks, bags, and tablets were distributed throughout Youth & Family Services Rapid City Head Start and Rural Head Start programs. YFS Rapid City Head Start and YFS Rural Head Start are federally funded, comprehensive early childhood education programs for low-income children from birth to age 5 and their families. These programs, free to families who qualify, are designed to enhance children’s physical, social, and emotional development, and support parents in fulfilling their roles. During the 2012-2013 school year, 677 children and their families in Rapid City and across eight western South Dakota counties benefited from the YFS Head Start programs.

The estimated value of Foundation 4Life’s donation to YFS is in excess of $20,000. The backpacks, messenger bags, and tablets will be used to promote school readiness.  The Vtech tablets will also help promote emergent literacy skill development. The tablets are being used in every YFS Rapid City Head Start classrooms as a fun, hands-on instructional tool. YFS Rural Head Start staff members are also using the tablets as fun learning tools when they work with children and their families in their homes throughout western South Dakota.

Connie Olson, YFS Development Director stated, “These resources will be extremely helpful to supplement the direct service programming that children enrolled in YFS Head Start programs currently receive through their classroom and home visit experiences. We are very grateful that Foundation 4Life partnered with YFS to help ensure the academic success of hundreds of children living in western South Dakota.”

Youth & Family Services Parenting Series Begins January 30, 2014

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Brianna

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The YFS Counseling Center will begin the next series of Love and Logic Parenting classes on Thursday, January 30.

This nationally-recognized program is offered to parents and caregivers who would like to learn how to better communicate with their children and build healthy, respectful relationships within their families. These courses offer the tools and techniques needed to make parenting more fun, fulfilling and less stressful.

This constructive approach to parenting is designed to enable adults to teach children to be responsible for their actions and decisions, and prepare them for life in the real world. Adults are instructed to first use empathy to convey to children that they are loved and then use logic to determine solutions to problems. Adults replace anger and empty threats with enforceable statements and hold children accountable for solving their own problems by offering them choices within limits.

This Love and Logic session will kick off on January 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. Classes will be held at the YFS Counseling Center located at 202 E. Adams Street in Rapid City. Cost is $76 per individual, or $95 per couple. Scholarships and sliding fee scale adjustments are available. Classes will take place every Thursday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  For more information, please call 342-4789.

EAFB and Employees of United States Postal Services Help Make Magical Memories at YFS Child Care

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Brianna

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Ellsworth Air Force Base’s 28th Operations Group returned to YFS Child Care to carry out a special holiday mission Thursday, December 19.

The 28th Operations Group, which includes the 28th Operations Support Squadron, 34th Bomb Squadron, 37th Bomb Squadron, and 432nd Attack Squadron, once again brought Santa and Mrs. Clause to Youth & Family Services Child Care facility and delivered toys that squadron members collected over the last several weeks for children enrolled in the YFS Child Care program. This was the seventh year the 28th OG collected and donated gifts to infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children enrolled in the program.

During the month of November and early in the month of December, YFS Child Care staff provided the names and ages of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children in their program to squadron members who then purchased and wrapped gifts for every child. Squadron members delivered more than 160 gifts to the youngsters in the YFS Child Care program.

Approximately 12 squadron members arrived with Santa on the bitter Thursday afternoon.

The idea of a toy drive started among members of the 28th OSS who wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer to an organization in the community, and make a difference in the lives of children and families.

That spirit of giving soon spread to the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons, whose members and families enthusiastically began adding to the growing pile of presents for YFS children. The 432nd Attack Squadron, a new addition to EAFB, joined in the festivities this year as well.

 

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Santa was also able to distribute gifts that were donated to the school-aged children enrolled in YFS Child Care. Gifts for these children were purchased, wrapped, and donated by workers of Rapid City’s local United States’ Postal Service office.

Each year, workers at the post office purchase gifts for all the school age children at YFS Child Care and deliver them the morning that Santa comes to visit the kids. This year, Jeffrey Kurz, USPS Mail Carrier, and retired USPS Mail Carrier, Robert Orelup, braved the blizzard-like conditions and used their day off to come unload a truck full of gifts for the children.