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November 19, 2010

Active Parenting Now

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Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that Active Parenting Now classes will begin in Belfast on Wednesday December 8th at the Captain Albert Stevens School. Classes will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. This new curriculum offers 6 two-hour sessions and has been shown to improve parents’ confidence and ability.

Active Parenting Now is a video-based education program targeted to parents of 5 to 12-year-olds who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building the child’s self-esteem, and creating a relationship with the child based upon active listening, honest communication, and problem solving. It also teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors.

These parent classes will be open to all parents and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983. Each year over 2000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs. Broadreach has over a quarter of century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First, Guiding Good Choices, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting Now, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Patrick Walsh at 207-338-2200 ext 109 or e-mail pwalsh@brmaine.org.

November 16, 2010

Midcoast Children’s Services Open House Event

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 8:33 am

Mid-Coast Children’s Services, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, will be hosting an Open House showcasing our early childhood education preschool programs on Thursday, November 18 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., at 272 Park Street in Rockland. All our classrooms will be open, including the two new classrooms in our new building! Teachers and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program, our curriculum and our commitment to preparing preschoolers for success as life-long learners. Refreshments will be served and sample “centers” will be open for children and families to explore. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please call Sandy Billington at 594-8474, x. 301 or send an email to sbillington@brmaine.org.

November 10, 2010

Broadreach welcomes Carrie Horne, LCPS as Behavioral Health Services Director

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 2:27 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services has recently hired Carrie Horne, LCPC to be the director of the agency’s Behavioral Health Services Program. Broadreach coordinates essential services for individuals with developmental and mental health diagnoses, and assists families in accessing supports and advocating for their children. Broadreach is licensed as a mental health agency by the State of Maine and provides Case Management and other critical support services to children, teens and adults throughout Waldo and Knox County.

Ms. Horne comes to Broadreach with over 15 years professional experience as an administrator, clinician, and trainer. Prior coming to Broadreach, she served as Children’s Program and Training Director at the Alliance of the Mentally Ill in Augusta, Maine. Her duties included developing and implementing training and education programs for service providers and professionals, consumers, families, school special services, and employers throughout the State of Maine.

Ms. Horne will lead the agency’s dedicated behavioral health staff in delivering critical services to make a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of children, youth and adults each year. In addition to providing Behavioral Health Program, Broadreach provides individuals and families throughout Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties with a comprehensive array of education, intervention, health and support services. Broadreach is proud to be recognized as one of the top ranked early intervention and social service agencies in Maine. In 2010, the agency was voted by Waldo County residents in Village Soup’s Annual Best of the Best, as both the Best Preschool and the Best Childcare Program in Waldo County. Broadreach was also been selected the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award for 2010 by the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Broadreach Behavioral Health Program, you may reach Carrie at 338-2200 x Ext 117 or email mentalhealth@BRMaine.org

Midcoast Children’s Services participates in Ronald McDonald House Charities breakfast event

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Mid-Coast Children’s Services (MCCS), a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, would like to send a special THANK YOU to the 30+ volunteers who helped spruce up our playground, gardens, accessibility ramp and MORE on a chilly Saturday, October 23rd! Our “Early School”, early childhood education program, at 272 Park Street in Rockland was chosen by Ronald McDonald House Charities as a “Breakfast Makes A Difference Day” recipient in conjunction with the national Make a Difference Weekend. McDonalds’ corporation provided each volunteer that day with a delicious breakfast, T-shirts and snacks!

Broadreach Family & Community Services ready to implement “Get Up and Go” in classrooms

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Broadreach Family & Services has received an award of $8000 from Maine Ronald McDonald House Charities to increase health for preschoolers at its early childhood centers in Belfast and Rockland. The Get Up and Go! project will provide young children with increased opportunities to be physically active and make healthy food choices while attending Broadreach early childhood centers, while at home and while in the community.
The obesity epidemic in mid-coast Maine mirrors that of the rest of the state and the nation. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of overweight children has tripled in the last three decades- today more than one in three children in the state is overweight or obese. Overweight children are at greater risk for many serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and asthma.
Stemming the epidemic rate of childhood obesity has become a local and national health priority. The heart-breaking truth is that obesity is a largely preventable health conditioner. It is critical to begin prevention efforts early in childhood because obesity in adolescence is the strongest predictor of obesity in adulthood.
With the support of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Broadreach will implement new school-based and family outreach strategies to address key early childhood recommendations outlined by public health experts. Get Up and Go! strategies will focus on supporting children and families to increase daily physical activity, eat more fruits and vegetables, and reduce their use of television, video games and other screen time.
Broadreach has been making a positive difference in the lives of children and families since 1983. Broadreach serves children, teens, families and adults throughout Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties with the following comprehensive array of services, including the provision of rich and varied learning opportunities for young children and assists families as they develop skills to lead healthy and productive lives. Broadreach is proud to be recognized as one of the top ranked early intervention and social service agencies in Maine. In 2010, the agency was voted by Waldo County residents in Village Soup’s Annual Best of the Best, as both the Best Preschool and the Best Childcare Program in Waldo County. Broadreach was also been selected the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award for 2010 by the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce.

November 9, 2010

Fabulous Food benefits Broadreach programs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vicky @ 11:42 am

Broadreach Family and Community Services recently hosted Fabulous Food of the Midcoast, a delectable food gala in which the evening’s proceeds were to benefit children, families and teens throughout Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties. The gala was held at Point Lookout in Northport, and served up a myriad of samples from local restaurants and caterers throughout Knox and Waldo counties.

Along with the Fabulous Food of the Midcoast, there were silent and live auctions featuring famed auctioneer Eric Sanders, in which many engaged in a friendly challenge to outbid each other while supporting a great cause.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency. Its programs and services have been making a positive difference in the lives of children and families since 1983. For more information, visit brmaine.org.