June 27, 2013

Active Parenting Now: An online class for parents of 5 to 12 year olds

Filed under: Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 3:46 pm

While an online parent education class may not meet everyone’s needs, Broadreach’s Active Parenting Now class does seem to help those who are ready, and who are too busy to attend a standard classroom- based class. Some comments from parents who have completed: “This course met my unusual scheduling needs and was quite informative. I liked the scenarios and the helpful ideas/activities which I plan to rely upon routinely.” Another parent told us that “I really enjoyed the course, and felt like I got a lot out of it. I’ve been sharing info with other parents/friends who have talked to me about struggles with their kids at home”.

The class confirms for some parents that their parenting practices are sound and others find areas where they might improve, like the parent who told us: “I can think of several times now after watching these videos that I was unknowingly disrespectful to my son. Now that I am aware of this I will watch what I say to him and the tone I use when speaking with him.” Another parent shared: “I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this course. It opened my mind to new ideas and gave me confidence in handling difficult situations with my child”.

A couple shared that although they had not been able to complete all of the 6 lessons in the online class in the allotted 60 days “We are actually implementing most of the program, and it has transformed our parenting almost completely. We were pretty desperate and feeling pretty out of control when we met you, and sometimes we still feel that way, but mostly we are empathic with our kids, and we hold family meetings to make decisions. One of the most significant learnings for me was to remain calm and loving with our oldest, though his behavior is really challenging and he doesn’t respond to many traditional parenting techniques.”

Because of grant funding from the Maine Children’s Trust, Broadreach is able to provide this class for free and there are incentives available for those who complete the program.

If you are a parent residing in Waldo or Knox County and are interested in learning about whether participating in this free online parenting class could benefit your family, contact Patrick Walsh, Broadreach, 338-2200 ext 109, or pwalsh@brmaine.org. If you do not currently have Internet access, we may be able to help you find a location to complete the class.

NASA Awards Grant to Broadreach

Filed under: Youthlinks — Sue Dirosario @ 12:44 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay has announced the award of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funding. The$2500 grant will benefit young people participating in Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program and will place special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities.

The NASA grant will benefit both the summer Youth links’ Farm Camp Program and create an Astronaut After School Program. The Farm Camp will include Summer of Innovation (So I) hands-on learning opportunities about healthy ecosystems, agriculture, plant life, and soil biology. Campers will be able to make stronger connections between science, planet earth, and the world beyond them. It will help students in grades 5 through 7 gain critical science and math skills.

The Astronaut After School Program will be a 6-week after school program offered free of charge to six-graders. Participating students will meet once a week after school for a two-hour interactive learning session. This new pilot program will begin in September 2013. The program will include Train Like An Astronaut and Food for Thought lessons. Students will be able to take on mission assignments and set their own physical training and nutrition goals while creating Mission Journals.

In partnership with the White House Let’s Move! Initiative, NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut program aims to increase opportunities in and out of school for students to become more physically and mentally active. The program uses the excitement of space exploration and astronaut training to challenge, inspire, and educate young people. The activities were developed in cooperation with NASA scientists and fitness professionals who work directly with astronauts.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a not-for-profit agency that has served mid-coast Maine since 1983. Broadreach delivers critical social, educational, and health programming. Youthlinks, a Broadreach program, serves middle and high school age students in RSU #13 with after school and summer learning activities. There is no charge for the Youthlinks Program which is supported by grants, private foundations, and private business and individual donors.

For more information about the Youthlinks Summer of Innovation or Astronaut After School Program, please contact Amie Hutchison, Program Director at (207) 594-8474 at extension 402 or at ahutchison@brmaine.org.

Classroom Openings – Now accepting applications for Fall 2013

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 9:57 am

Now accepting applications for Fall 2013

Located in Belfast on Mill Lane

Part time openings. Preschool program for children 2.5 to five years of age.

In a fun, safe and active setting your child will:kids
>develop school readiness skills
>be taught by certified teachers
>meet other children and expand self-confidence
>experience a wide variety of activities related to language & problem solving
>have healthy snacks
>be in a safe and nurturing learning environment that encourages and supports each child as a unique individual.

Tuition assistance may be available…SPACE IS FILLING FAST…..

 Call Vicky at Broadreach TODAY:  338-2200 (ext. 100)

—Get your child off to a GREAT START!—

June 21, 2013

Fall (PreK) and Early Childhood Education Openings at Stockton Springs Elementary School

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 10:48 am

RSU #20 Superintendent Brian Carpenter and Broadreach Family & Community Services Executive Director,  Kate Quinn Finlay announce a collaboration to bring an Early Childhood Education Program and  PreKindergarten(PreK) to the Stockton Springs Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year.  Children from Stockton Springs, Searsport, Prospect, and Frankfort are eligible to attend.  Parents are encouraged to enroll their children at their earliest convenience as available openings are limited.

The PreK Program serves four-year olds (4 by October 15) with a full-day schedule from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  This free program provides learning and enrichment opportunities for school readiness to successfully transition to kindergarten.   Classes will be held Monday through Thursday and follow the RSU #20 school calendar.  The program uses active, hands-on participatory learning.  In addition to literacy and language skills, Broadreach also introduces Numbers Plus to teach math skills at a preschool level.  Maine Early Learning Guidelines and the High Scope curriculum are utilized by experienced, certified professional teachers.    Breakfast, lunch, healthy snacks and transportation are provided to eligible children.

The proposed Early Childhood Education Program would serve 3 – 5 year olds with a maximum capacity of 16 children in the program. Families do not have to reside in the RSU #20 school district. Hours would be Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  There is a weekly tuition for this program.  The High Scope Curriculum and developmentally appropriate learning enrichment in all areas of development is provided by certified teaching staff. Breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks are offered.

All Broadreach Early Childhood Programs provide an inclusive setting that honors the individual learning of each child.

Openings are also available for other school-based RSU #20 PreK programs and preschool sessions.  For more information about the Stockton Springs programs or those available in other towns, please contact Vicky Nickerson at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 100.

Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Grant Helps Fund Youthlinks’ Summer Camp

Filed under: Youthlinks — Sue Dirosario @ 10:42 am

summer_campers_1The trustees of the Agnes M. Lindsay Trust have notified Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Youthlinks Program that a $2,000 award is being made to help send young people to summer camp.  Youthlinks serves students age 11 – 17 with after school programs during the academic calendar in Knox County, and farm and sailing camps in the summer for midcoast youth.  The day camps are free of charge and registration space fills quickly each year.  In 2012 forty-three young people participated in a free week-long day camp experience.

This summer Youthlinks Farm Camp is held in partnership with Headacre Farm in Owls Head and operates Monday through Thursday.  Transportation to and from Youthlinks in Rockland and lunch and snacks are provided free of charge.  The students work with local farmers and learn how to plant, harvest, cook, and eat what is grown.  Campers also participate in games, scavenger hunts, and crafts.  Afternoons include a wide variety of activities including art projects, hiking, swimming, and exploring midcoast Maine on “Fieldtrip Thursdays”.

The Youthlinks Sailing Camp is offered in conjunction with the Apprenticeshop.  Every day campers rig sailboats, launch from the dock, zoom around sheltered Rockland harbor, explore, and learn nautical skills, such as tacking, jibing, and tying knots.  The Apprenticeshop is located in downtown Rockland and provides sailing courses for both youth and adults.  The Apprenticeshop has been dedicated to inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea since 1972.

The Agnes M. Lindsay Foundation was established in 1939 two years after the death of philanthropist Agnes M. Lindsay of New Hampshire.  The Foundation works with non-profits in Northern New England that help provide for health, welfare, and dental needs, recreational and camp scholarships, and  scholarships for higher education.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, not-for-profit agency assisting children, youth, adults, and families develop critical skills needed to lead healthy and productive lives.  The agency serves people in Knox and Waldo counties with care management services for individuals with behavioral health or developmental diagnoses, early childhood and special education programs, collaboration with schools, pre-kindergarten education (Waldo County), prevention programs such those that strengthen families, provide positive youth development and parent education, and help prevent child abuse and substance abuse.  Broadreach is a United Mid-Coast charity and a United Way of Eastern Maine agensummer_campers_2cy.

The Youthlinks Program, located on Broadway in Rockland, serves middle and high school students year round with a variety of programs that help participants gain positive life skills through focused service learning and enrichment programs, and meaningful community and school-based activities.  For more information about the Youthlinks programs, contact Program Director Amie Hutchison at 594-2221 extension 402 or at ahutchison@brmaine.org.


CedarWorks Donates Playset to Broadreach Family & Community Services

Filed under: Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 10:22 am

frolic_14Rockport, ME – CedarWorks owner, Barrett Brown has provided one of his company’s largest outdoor playsets for the children’s services programming operated by Broadreach Family & Community Services at their Rockland Mid-Coast Children’s Services location.  The Frolic Series-14 “Mountain” provides a 24’ by 20’ set made from splinter-free, chemical-free Northern White Cedar.  A dedication of the playset donation will occur later this summer on a date to be announced for 272 Park Street in Rockland.  The public will be invited to attend.

June 10, 2013


Youthlinks Summer Campers

Youthlinks Summer Campers

Youthlinks is gearing up for another summer of free day camp for Rockland area youth. There are exciting schedule changes and program offerings this year.

Thanks to a new collaboration with Headacre Farm in Owls Head, Youthlinks will be offering four weeks of Farm Camp. Camp runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00pm beginning July 1st. The program is open to current 5th- 8th grade students. Pick up and drop off for the program is at Youthlinks in Rockland.

Mornings on the farm will include games, scavenger hunts and crafts. In the afternoon we will hit the road to continue our summer camp adventure. We’ll work on art projects, play games, hike, swim and have a blast exploring Midcoast Maine. Thursday is field trip day; trips could include beaches, museums and parks.

There are limited spaces available for this free summer camp. Register right away www.youthlinksonline.org or contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks, 594-2221.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information or to register, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.