Girls Inc. Members Dance The Night Away At 6th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm by Brianna

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Thursday, April 17, Youth & Family Services Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City and the YFS Fatherhood First program collaborated to host the 6th annual Father/ Daughter Dance.

For the past six years, YFS Girls Inc. and YFS Fatherhood First staff members have worked together to provide YFS Girls Inc. members and their  fathers or father figures with a memorable evening filled with food, fun, and dancing. This year, more 30 girls were able to participate in the event with their fathers or father figures at the Candy Land themed event.

The special evening began with a grand march where each of the attendees were formally announced and given a carnation. The lovely young ladies were escorted by their fathers or father figures down a runway that was prepared especially for them, and at the end of which they were able to get their pictures taken together. Next, the attendees were seated at beautifully decorated tables and served a delicious sit-down dinner that was provided by YFS’ Nutrition Services. After dinner, the fathers and their daughters made their way out to the dance floor to spend some time having fun with each other.

“This is a great, one-of-a-kind event where a father and his daughter(s) can enjoy each others company and strengthen their bonds for one another,” said John Gordon, YFS Fatherhood First Director. “This event was, without a doubt, one of the top experiences I have had as a human services professional. It is always great to see such positive memories being made for both the dads and their girls.”

For any questions regarding the YFS Fatherhood First program or YFS Girls Inc., please contact 342-4195.

Midcontinent Foundation Gives Gift To YFS

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 7:52 am by Brianna

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On Tuesday, April 8, Youth & Family Services received a generous donation from the Midcontinent Communications’ Foundation.

Rick Haupt, Regional Sales Manager at Midcontinent Communications presented a check to Connie Olson, YFS Development Director, in the amount of $1,000 to help Youth & Family Services’ Maintenance Department purchase computers.

“The equipment this donation will be helping the YFS Maintenance department purchase will be tremendously helpful,” stated Mike Smith, YFS Facilities Director. “YFS Maintenance staff will be able to use the computers for day to day work, project research, and for handling work requests.”

Midcontinent Communications has been an avid supporter of Youth & Family Services for many years. Their continued partnership is greatly appreciated.

YFS Child Care Now Enrolling For Infants And Toddlers

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm 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 April 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm 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 January 29, 2014 at 11:02 am 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.”