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October 9, 2018

Career Opportunity- Early Interventionist (Ed Tech III)

Mid-Coast Maine’s premier early childhood education provider, Broadreach Family & Community Services, is currently seeking qualified conscientious applicants to fill a part time Early Interventionist position in Belfast. As an Early Interventionist, you will be responsible for providing classroom support to children to meet their IEP goals, conducting one-on-one or small group instruction, performing classroom management, completing daily data collection and documentation in a literacy rich, inclusive early childhood classroom under the direction of the classroom teacher and Special Education Services Coordinator.

Successful applicants will possess:

  • A current Maine Ed Tech III certification or provide documentation that they have at least 90 college credit hours and are eligible for Maine Department of Education certification as an Ed Tech III
  • Satisfactory results of criminal history records check
  • Current CPR/ First Aid certification
  • A minimum of two years’ experience working with preschool aged children
  • A pleasant and helpful demeanor
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including clients, employees, board members, regulatory agencies, and the community at large
  • Exceptional communication skills, including oral, in writing, and presentation skills
  • Exceptional decision making, problem solving skills, time management, organization and prioritization skills.

Behavioral Health Professional Certification is required within one year of hire. We would prefer that you have a degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and experience providing inclusive developmentally appropriate practices, special education expertise in early intervention, and familiarity with High Scope Curriculum and the CDS system. Benefits include earned time off, paid holidays, professional development opportunities and more. Broadreach offers competitive pay commensurate with experience. Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please send resume and three letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane Belfast, ME 04915
Email: vnickerson@brmaine.org
fax: 338-1652

June 26, 2018

Career Opportunity- PreK Teacher

As a Broadreach PreK teacher, you will be responsible for implementing and supervising the daily operation of a nationally accredited, literacy enriched, inclusive four year old classroom in Waldo County. This program is a collaborative program with Regional School Unit 71.

Applicants must be eligible for birth through five 081 Maine Teaching Credential. A 282 Early Childhood Special Education endorsement is preferred.

Experience and Skill Requirements:  The following experience and skills are considered essential:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience teaching preschool-age children.
  • Emergent literacy training preferred.
  • Knowledge of Waldo and Knox County and their populations helpful.
  • Must have a pleasant and helpful manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including patients, employees, board members, regulatory agencies, and the community at large.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including oral, in writing, and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional decision making and problem solving skills.

Education Requirements:  The following education requirements are considered essential:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education or related field.
  • Preschool 081 endorsement mandatory and 282 endorsement eligibility preferred
  • Maine Department to Education (MDOE) fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check (CHRC)
  • Maintains current certification in CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens & with TB/other health standards and provides training verification for Personnel Files

Experience in special education and experience with High Scope Curriculum, literacy education and supervision are preferred.

Rate of pay is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915
e: vnickerson@brmaine.org
f: 338-1652

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

April 10, 2017

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

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The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.  It is a reflection of hope, health and safety – what we desire for children throughout Waldo County and Maine.

January 18, 2017

Broadreach to offer free Active Parenting Education Program

Most parents would like their children to learn to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; and to succeed in school. Active Parenting, 4th Edition, offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children ages 5 – 12, to help their children meet those goals.  Active Parenting 4th Edition, classes will be held in Belfast on Wednesday, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, & 8th at the Belfast YMCA. Classes will be held from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm. This FREE program offers 6 two-hour sessions, childcare and food will be provided at no cost to the participants.

Active Parenting 4th Edition is a video-based education program targeted to parents and caregivers of children ages 5 – 12, 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 responsible children, who are able to resist negative peer pressure.  Over the course of the six session, parents/caregivers will learn non-violent discipline techniques, plus effective communication and encouragement skills, to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years.

This parent class will be open to all parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 12 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 2,000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs.  Broadreach has over a quarter of a century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First Program, Active Parenting First Five Years, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting 4th Edition, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Janna Swift at 207-338-6675 or e-mail jswift@brmaine.org.

July 28, 2016

BROADREACH EARNS NATIONAL NAEYC ACCREDITATION

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Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

 

Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education Programs located in Belfast and Unity have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

 

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Jayne Crosby Giles, Broadreach Interim Executive Director.   “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.”

 

During this accreditation process Broadreach has been working to add the SPROUTS Program to its preschool services.  According to Deb Hensley, Director of Early Childhood Services, “Broadreach PreK and SPROUTS early childhood programs are collaborative programs with the High Scope curriculum (a nationally recognized early childhood curriculum) intertwined with rich opportunities for all children to experience nature both inside and outside of the classroom.  SPROUTS programs are full day, full year programs where children will spend the majority of their time in outdoor learning spaces. The children will have repeated and regular access to the same natural space.

 

“Children’s learning is guided by state certified teachers who have been trained in providing a place-based nature education which is designed to meet all children’s developmental and academic needs.  The teachers will provide an authentic, meaningful nature experiences infused with literacy, numeracy, science and social skills.”

 

“There are many benefits to nature education programs. Children in these programs often experience reduced behaviors, healthier appetites, less illness and better sleep habits.  Children who make a positive connection with nature at an early age often carry this connection with them throughout their lives.”

 

“SPROUTS will also provide children and families with opportunities to connect with and explore their communities through forays to local sites, such as; swimming at the Y, visit to farms, farmers markets and parks.  The SPROUTS programs will also invite people from the community to visit our site and share their knowledge with our children.”

 

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Broadreach went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

 

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

 

“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and Broadreach Family & Community Services should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Broadreach’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”

 

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

 

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers, and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

 

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.   For more information about Broadreach or the SPROUTS program, contact (207) 338-2200 or visit broadreachmaine.org.

May 4, 2016

Broadreach to offer new nature-based, full-time, year round Early Childhood Education program this fall!

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SPROUTS – Early Education Where Nature Meets Nurture

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

Aristotle spoke these words over 2300 years ago and today Broadreach Family & Community Services is launching a new early childhood experience for children in the 21st century.  The program called “SPROUTS,” harkens back to the  world where children are in tune with our surroundings – Where Nature Meets Nurture.

Debuting in Belfast and Unity, Broadreach is opening affordable, nature-based full-day, full-year, early childhood education programs for children ages 2 and a half years old to five years old.  SPROUTS will begin this fall in both locations.  To register contact Broadreach by phone at 338-2200 or visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

Both programs, with activities based outdoors in natural settings, are open to children of all abilities.  There are no residency or income guidelines.  Programming is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.

SPROUTS offers rich, nature based  educational experiences infused with language, literacy, numeracy,  social skill development, music and arts.  SPROUTS teachers are certified by the state of Maine.  High/Scope, our research-based, nationally recognized curriculum, supports all children through active learning, including those with special needs and those at-risk for developing learning difficulties.

SPROUTS nurtures the skills young children need to become masters of their own learning.  Tuition rates for 2016 will be $170 per week for a full-five day week at SPROUTS.  Some children’s tuition may be covered by a third party, such as Child Development Services (CDS).  Broadreach offers families an easy automatic payment option and a tuition discount for those who enroll in this auto-bill pay plan.

For more information about Sprouts contact Vicky Nickerson at 338-2200 or vnickerson@brmaine.org.  To learn more about how SPROUTS compliments the full range of services that benefit preschool children with special needs, contact  Broadreach’s Special Education Services Coordinator Shelly Wilbur at 338-0029 or swilbur@brmaine.org.

Broadreach began as Waldo County Preschool over thirty-three years ago to provide early childhood education.  It now serves people of all ages striving to reach their full potential in through programs such as early childhood education, behavioral health services and case management, after school services for middle and high school students and family-strengthening programs.

 

 

April 12, 2016

Broadreach Children’s Art Show at Belfast Free Library, Sing-A-Long This Saturday

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Works from the Broadreach Family & Community Services Children’s Art Show at the Belfast Free Library.

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child, artwork from children in Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education classrooms in Belfast, Brooks, Liberty, Morrill, Swanville, and Unity are currently on display at the Belfast Free Library in the Children’s Area on the second floor and in the Abbott Room.  The colorful and imaginative works were accomplished with a variety of mediums and represent the work of many of the area’s three to five year old artists.

 

The Week of the Young Child will culminate in an hour long Sing-A-Long on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 am – noon in the Abbott Room.  This free family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature fun, interactive songs that children and adults will enjoy.

 

For more information, contact Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 and visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

March 30, 2016

Broadreach Celebrates Week of the Young Child with Art Show Culminating with Children’s Sing-A-Long Fest on 16th

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Broadreach Family & Community Services is celebrating the Week of the Young Child with a family Music Fest on Saturday, April 16th from 11 am to noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Children, their families, and the public are invited to attend this free, interactive music and sing-a-long fun.  The Music Fest will be the culmination of the  April 9 – 16 Children’s Art Show with exhibits of the Broadreach Family & Community Services’ children’s creations to be shown in the library lobby, the Abbott Room, and the Children’s Area.  Supplies needed for the event were sponsored in part by Maine Roads to Quality through the University of Southern Maine.

 

This is the second year of the combined Sing-A-Long Music Festival and Art Show to celebrate the The Week of the Young Child™  which is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  Broadreach offers early childhood classrooms in Belfast, Swanville, Morrill, Liberty, and Unity with children attending from across the Waldo County region.  For more information about Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education program and registration for the fall, please visit www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

May 11, 2015

Broadreach Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

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April 28, 2015

Broadreach to Hold Fine Fiber Fair on May 30th

Yarn Diane The Kind-Hearted Little Girl

Calling all fiber artisans!  Here is a chance to purchase some of the finest materials for your projects.  On Saturday, May 30th from 11 am – 2 pm Broadreach Family & Community Services will hold a Fine Fiber Fair to benefit Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education Program and Services.  The items for sale come from the studio of fiber artist Diane Brott Courant who is making the donation to help support early childhood programs.  Diane will be at the event for the first hour to say hello to attendees.

Broadreach’s Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “This is a wonderfully generous donation from Diane Brott Courant.  We included some of Diane’s items in our Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair last September and those items quickly sold out to people looking for high quality materials.  We are excited to be able to offer an entire sale of Diane’s beautiful fibers and related items.  This is a must-attend sale for fiber artists, whether novice or highly experienced. “

For more information about the sale, contact Broadreach at 338-2200, extension 201 or Sue diRosario at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public.  Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks out-of-school hours programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services.  More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

 

 

April 9, 2015

Broadreach Hosting Children’s Art Show and Free Children’s Musical Event

Broadreach Children's Art Show 2015

 

Broadreach to Host Family Musical Event on April 18 and Children’s Art Show Beginning April 12

 

Kate Quinn-Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services is announcing to area families with young children, “Come join us for a wonderful time with award-winning children’s entertainer Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams.  This free event will take place in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library on Saturday, April 18th from 11:15 am until noon.  This fun family time is the culmination of our celebration of National Week of the Young Child.”

 

Deb Hensley, Director of Early Childhood Education at Broadreach shared that businesses throughout Belfast will be displaying the artwork during this time period of children attending Broadreach’s Early Childhood programs in Waldo and Knox County.  “We are excited that the Belfast Free Library (in the Children’s Room and the Abbott Room) and so many businesses have agreed to showcase the children’s art in such a special way.  We encourage everyone, including the children’s families, to check out the displays at Belfast Framers, Eat More Cheese, Coyote Moon, The Good Table, The Green Store, All About Games, and Vinolio’s.”

 

According to the EarthJams.com website, “Matt is a folk singer/guitarist specializing in playful, funny songs about ecology and being green.  Join him as he works his musical magic in this interactive and fun music show.  Inspired by Matt’s incredibly dynamic voice and charismatic performance style, participants will sing, play, and dance along as this musical wizard pulls giggles out of his guitar.”

 

This event is hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services, Maine Roads to Quality, and Many Flags.  For more information about this free family event, contact Sue diRosario at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.

 

 

 

April 2, 2015

Adverse Childhood Events Summit April 17th

WALDO, Maine — An informational meeting on findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, particularly strategies to build resilience, will be held Friday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast.

 

The study is one of the largest conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well being. The summit is intended for area educators, social service providers, law enforcement personnel, clergy and parents. Topics include: implications of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood and adolescent development; possible long-term ramifications of ACE over a lifetime; ways to promote resilience in parents, children and professionals; and the importance of building relationships. Scheduled guest speakers are Sue Mackey-Andrews, co-facilitator of the Maine Resilience Building Network, and Chris Trout, founder and president of Strengths in Focus.

 

Sponsors are the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Maine Families program, Broadreach Family & Community Services, and Belfast Adult Education. The program is free; a $10 donation is suggested at the door to assist with expenses. Registration is available at brmaine.org/summit. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Wesley Neff, 207.255.3345,ext. 1021, 800.287.1426 (in Maine).

March 31, 2015

Thanking DHHS-Rockland Child Protective Workers

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“Today, we delivered a gift basket of mini-whoopie
pies from Wicked Whoopies to the Child Protective
unit at Maine DHHS in Rockland. We expressed our
thanks for the important and difficult work that
they do. This recognition is part of our observance
of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April)”.

– Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services,

Broadreach Family & Community Services

March 12, 2015

April 10th is Wear Blue Day

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Friday, April 10th is Wear BLUE Day in support of April as Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Awareness Month.  Spread the word and wear blue to show your commitment to the children of Maine.

March 3, 2015

Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit Hosted by Broadreach, UM Cooperative Extension & Belfast Adult Education

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit, to be hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services, the University of Maine Extension Service, and Belfast Adult Education will be held on Friday, April 17th from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Guest Speakers will be Sue Mackey- Andrews, Co-Facilitator of Maine Resilience Building Network – www.maineaces.org (go to site and explore) and Chris Trout, Founder and President of Strengths in Focus at                   www.strengthsinfocus.com.

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • The implications of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood and adolescent development
  • Possible long-term ramifications of Adverse Childhood Experiences over a lifetime
  • Ways in which we can promote RESILIENCE in parents, children and professionals, and in our own lives
  • The importance of building relationships

This summit is free ($10.00 donation at door to assist with expenses appreciated)

 

REGISTRATION – https://brmaine.org/summit/

 

Questions? Please contact one of the following individuals:

Wesley Neff- Maine Families, UMaine Cooperative Extension 800-287-1426 x 1021

Patrick Walsh- Broadreach 338-2200 x  109

Laura Flagg- Belfast Adult Ed 338-3197

 

February 24, 2015

Write in Your Vote for Broadreach Today!

This is the last week to vote for your favorite non-profits in Bangor Savings Bank’s 2015 Community Matters More!  Please write in your vote for Broadreach Family & Community Services under the Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc & Waldo Counties section.  We need your vote!  Please ask your family, friends, and colleagues to vote for Broadreach, too!

A total of 68 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the Community Matters More ballot and to the top 20 write-in recipients. The organizations in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000. So, make your vote count!

To vote for Broadreach and up to two more of your favorite nonprofits, visit Community Matters More or stop by any of the Bangor Savings Bank’s 56 branches statewide or you can copy and paste the following link in your browser and click for the Bangor Savings Bank voting site:

https://bangor.com/Community-Support/Community-Matters-More.aspx

Thank you!

 

August 21, 2014

Stashbuster Fundraiser for Early Childhood Education Seeking Donations

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Broadreach Family & Community Services is preparing for its next event to raise funds for its Early Childhood Education Program – a Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Each day calls are being fielded and deliveries are being arranged for skeins of yarn, yards of fabric, smaller bundles for quilting and other projects, and fiber arts equipment and supplies – from knitting needles to patterns to bias tape.

 

“We have been receiving some beautiful and high quality items that we expect will sell out quickly at the fair.  All items will certainly be a great deal for the buyer and we will be sure to have inventory for both the serious and casual fabric artists of all ages”, shared Sue diRosario, Broadreach’s Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations.

 

“A special thanks goes out to our sponsors of this event, Heavenly Sock Yarns of Belfast, WORKS of Searsport, The Purple Fleece of Stockton Springs, Fiddehead Artisan Supply, and Good Karma Farm & Spinning Company, both of Belfast.  We know these are wonderful local resources for the fabric artist and we are thrilled that they are our sponsors.”

If you have items to donate, please contact diRosario by September 20th at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, its Youthlinks after school and summer program for middle – high school youth in the greater Rockland area, and Prevention Services such as parenting classes and programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach services please call 338-2200 or visit the website at www.broadreachmaine.org.

July 28, 2014

Broadreach to Host Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fundraiser in Belfast

Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair Requests Donations from Local Fiber Crafters

 Calling all knitters, sewers, weavers and crafters! Here is a chance to turn your unused stash of yarn and fabric into gold to support high quality learning experiences for Waldo County’s youngest learners. It is also a chance, come September 27th, to stock up on materials for new projects and support a great cause.

A Fiber & Fabric Fair will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. The fundraiser, which will support Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Program, will feature a wide array of yarns, fabrics, and supplies for the fiber craftsperson. Broadreach is asking all those fiber and fabric aficionados who have yarn, wool, fabric, patterns, and other supplies they wish to contribute to contact Broadreach at 338-2200 extension 201 to arrange a donation. Local businesses such as Heavenly Socks Yarns, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, WORKS, Good Karma Farm and Weaving, and Purple Fleece will be donating door prizes for this exciting fiber event.

The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public. All those who knit, weave, sew and quilt, or those who would like to become involved in these crafts, are encouraged to attend. There will be people of all skill levels in attendance and fiber creativity will be free-flowing.

Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “September is the perfect time of year to stock up on your yarn and fabric supplies. Just as the first crisp days of autumn begin, we start to think of our holiday and winter projects. Whether you are an accomplished fiber artist or a beginner, there will be something for everyone at this Fiber and Fabric Fair and all the proceeds will help support Early Childhood Education.   We encourage those who wish to contribute some of their accumulated supplies to contact our office to arrange the donation of their materials for this first-time event. ”

For more information, contact either Sue diRosario or Deb Schilder at 338-2200 at Broadreach Family & Community Services. Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services. More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

 

 

June 30, 2014

Calling All Knitters, Sewers, Weavers, and Crafters for Fiber & Fabric Fair Fundraiser on September 27th

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Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair Requests Donations from Local Fiber Crafters 

 

Calling all knitters, sewers, weavers and crafters!  Here is a chance to turn your unused stash of yarn and fabric into gold to support high quality learning experiences for Waldo County’s youngest learners.

A Fiber & Fabric Fair will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  The fundraiser, which will support Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Program, will feature a wide array of yarns, fabrics, and supplies for the fiber craftsperson.  Broadreach is asking all those fiber and fabric aficionados who have yarn, wool, fabric, patterns, and other supplies they wish to contribute to contact Broadreach at 338-2200 extension 201 to arrange a donation.  Local businesses such as Heavenly Socks Yarns, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, WORKS, and Purple Fleece will be donating door prizes for this exciting fiber event.

The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public.  All those who knit, weave, sew and quilt, or those who would like to become involved in these crafts, are encouraged to attend.  There will be people of all skill levels in attendance and fiber creativity will be free-flowing.

Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “September is the perfect time of year to stock up on your yarn and fabric supplies.  Just as the first crisp days of autumn begin, we start to think of our holiday and winter projects.  Whether you are an accomplished fiber artist or a beginner, there will be something for everyone at this Fiber and Fabric Fair and all the proceeds will help support Early Childhood Education.   We encourage those who wish to contribute some of their accumulated supplies to contact our office to arrange the donation of their materials for this first-time event. ”

For more information, contact either Sue diRosario or Deb Schilder at 338-2200 at Broadreach Family & Community Services.  Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services.  More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

 

 

April 11, 2014

Broadreach to Host Mid-Coast Mom Prom on May 10th

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The third annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom is being hosted this year by Broadreach Family & Community Services on Saturday, May 10th from 7:30 – 11:30 pm at the Boathouse in Belfast.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program.  A national event, each Mom Prom is designed for “Moms and Those Who Mother” to enjoy the camaraderie of others while raising funds for a local charitable cause.  The tickets for this year’s Las Vegas-themed event, which can be purchased online at www.broadreachmaine.org are priced at $30 and cover the cost of the Prom and refreshments.

DJ Ryan Albert will once again be donating his services for the event with a lively mix of danceable numbers.  Women are encouraged to bring their female family members and friends to this annual spring event.  Prizes will be given for categories such as Most Glitzy, and the Mom Prom Queen will be crowned with a fitting tiara.  A “Step and Repeat” backdrop will be set up for red carpet “prom photos” for each lady attending the event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, including a cash bar.   Attendees must be 21 or older.  All designated drivers will receive a special token of appreciation.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties.  Services include Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Youthlinks after school and summer programs for middle and high school students, and prevention services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services or the Mid-Coast Mom Prom, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

April 4, 2014

Broadreach to Host Mom Prom at The Boathouse on May 10th

 

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Make Plans Now to Attend This Ladies Only Event! It’s a Night of Glitz and Glamour Las Vegas Style! Sparkle At the Third Annual Mom Prom! Saturday, May 10th 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm The Boathouse in Belfast All proceeds benefit Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program

$30 ticket covers Prom and refreshments.  Cash bar available. Fun Prizes!  Prom Queen, Most Glitzy, and More! Make plans to attend!  Bring family and friends!*  Treat Mom for Mother’s Day!   For more information or find out how to get involved, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org *Must be 21 or over.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.broadreachmaine.org

 

 

February 24, 2014

Broadreach PreK/Early Childhood Inclusive Program Enjoy Stockton Springs Community Library Story Time

Broadreach classroom at Stockton Springs Community Library 2-2014

The Broadreach PreKindergarten/Early Childhood Inclusive Program struck a vein of pure gold when the Stockton Springs Community Library began offering its preschool participants a monthly story time.  Since December, two classrooms have ventured from the former Stockton Springs Elementary School, now home to preschoolers, to participate in the lively, interactive, and exciting story time activities.  At the conclusion of each story time craft activities are also sent with the children that they can complete back in their classroom and at home with their families.  Each child also leaves with a mini-book of the story and a participation award.   Miss Pat, a retired kindergarten and special education teacher, is joined by an enthusiastic group of fellow volunteers to provide unique, educational and fun theme-related activities.

 

Visiting “Mary’s Room” at the SSCL on February 12th, eighteen children and their two teachers, Ron Provencher and Amber Stanhope and Education Jeff Ryan, E.I. III from Broadreach Family & Community Services were treated to Miss Pat’s Three Little Pigs story time complete with puppets, theme-related activities and snacks.  The theme even extended to a Saturday story time telling of the “wolf’s side of the story”.  Miss Pat showed the children the many books the library had in the children’s room of the The Three Little Pigs and even shared her own hand-crafted book of the title, showing the children that they could create their own story with a picture book.  “Mary’s Room” is named in honor of Mary Staples, a retired local school teacher.  Steps leading to the room read one word at a time vertically on the risers, “Climb the stairs to Mary’s room.”  For participants needing assistance with stairs to the second floor there is a motorized lift chair in the building.

 

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is one of many organizations that Broadreach Family & Community Services collaborates with to bring a broader range of programs and opportunities to those it serves.  Broadreach works collaboratively with RSU 20 to provide Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Inclusive Education Programs and Services to area children.

 

SSCL is unique in that it is operated completely by volunteers including those participating in the story time:  Pat Bradley, Pat Curley, Library Director, Debbie Harris, Board Vice-President, Susan Henkel, Board Secretary, Susie Kraeger, Donna Parks, and Robbie Pendleton, Board Treasurer.  In the summer the number of library volunteers increases to twenty-four as the number of library patrons  multiplies during the summer months.  The all volunteer library was founded in 2001 and is housed in the Colcord House which it shares with the Stockton Springs Historical Society.  One of the rooms, the parlor, which is preserved in its original state with period furniture is normally cordoned off and may only be viewed and not entered but at the annual Library Tea Party, the guests are invited into the parlor for a 19th century tea.

 

For more information about SSCL activities, including the Dr. Seuss celebration on Saturday, March 1st from 9:30 – 11:00 am call 567-4147 or go online at www.stocktonspringslibrary.org.  For more information about the programs of Broadreach Family & Community Services in Waldo and Knox counties, call 338-2200 or go online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

October 30, 2013

Click for Babies Campaign

Sometimes it seems young babies will cry inconsolably no matter what a parent tries to soothe them.  Parents try feeding, changing, holding, and checking for any signs of illness but nothing seems to help.  There is a term for this period of an infant’s life, the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  PURPLE is an acronym for P- peak of crying, U – unexpected, R – resists soothing, P – pain-like face (a crying baby may look like they are in pain even if they are not), L-long-lasting, and E – evening.  Babies may cry more in the late afternoon or evening.  Infants can reach a peak with their crying, often at two months, and then crying begins to taper off as they increase in age.

Recognizing that this can be a confusing and stressful time for parents, the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome developed a “Click for Babies” program to help educate parents about the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  Each state and province works with local organizations, including hospitals, to disseminate information to new parents along with little purple infant hats hand-knit by volunteers, either individually or as members of knitting clubs.

Broadreach Family & Community Services, along with many generous local knitters will be delivering the purple hats to parents of newborns at Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center during the months of November and December.  Each one comes with a special tag with a message for the new baby, such as “From a Knitting Grammie” or the name of the knitting circle.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach shares, “In the past we often attributed those infants who cried a great deal in their early months as colicky babies.  While every child and parent’s experience is unique, research shows us that this spike in crying in infancy is normal and it reduces over time.  We want to get the word out to parents that this is a temporary situation and to understand that this phase is a typical part of infancy and will pass.  While not all babies will experience this period, many will.  We so appreciate the caring knitters that help us convey this important message to parents of newborns.”

Maine, through the Maine Children’s Trust and the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Councils has been sponsoring the “CLICK (the sound of the knitting needles) for Babies” campaign since 2011.  In the first year the program collected five times their goal of purple knitted hats.  Maine is one of several states and Canadian provinces that participate in the program.

For more information about the “Click for Babies” Campaign, please contact Patrick Walsh at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 109 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

October 24, 2013

Maine Children’s Trust Awards Funds to Broadreach Family & Community Services

Filed under: Child Services,Prevention Services — Sue Dirosario @ 9:57 am

Kate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services has announced that a grant in the amount of $9,860 has been awarded to the organization by the Maine Children’s Trust.  The funds will be dedicated for a parent education program entitled “Raising a Thinking Child”.  Project activities including staff training and coordination with schools and other service providers will begin in January.  Classes for parents will begin in April and will be delivered at several sites throughout Waldo County.

Ms. Quinn-Finlay shared, “We are grateful for this grant which will allow us to serve families through the highly regarded “Raising a Thinking Child” Program.  This parent education model has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Strengthening America’s Families Project and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.”

This free program provides six two-hour parent sessions geared for parents of children enrolled in Broadreach programs or referred by other organizations.  Instructors will be early childhood educational professionals.  “Raising a Thinking Child” is an evidence-based, research supported program.  It was previously offered from 2005 to 2009 by Broadreach in collaboration with Waldo County Head Start but had been discontinued due to insufficient funding.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services and the Child Abuse and Neglect Council Director for Waldo and Knox counties, noted, ‘Raising a Thinking Child’ program developer and professor emeritus of Drexel University Dr. Myrna B. Shure has agreed to work with Broadreach to support the delivery and evaluation of the program.  She has agreed to provide her expertise at no charge to Broadreach or for the program.  This is a tremendous honor and we feel very fortunate that we can pass this direct knowledge on to the parents and families in our region.”

“Raising a Thinking Child” is designed to build on both family and community strengths.  The program emphasizes strong parent-child bonding and positive communication and discipline.  The overall goal is to positively impact the healthy development of children and help prevent anti-social behaviors.

The program helps parents teach their children problem-solving language and helps guide them in thinking and talking for themselves, to recognize and be sensitive to their own and others’ feelings, and to develop alternative solutions to everyday problems.  “Raising a Thinking Child” helps build confidence in parenting skills and parents’ own abilities to solve day-to-day family problems.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving Waldo and Knox Counties with family strengthening services, case management for people of all ages, middle and high school programs in Knox County, and early childhood education programs throughout both counties.  Broadreach works collaboratively with a number of community organizations and schools to deliver quality programs in the region.  For more information about “Raising a Thinking Child” contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 extension 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.

 

June 10, 2013

FREE SUMMER CAMP

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.

February 4, 2013

Oceanside High School Students Enjoy the Outdoors Through Youthlinks After School Program

Oceanside High School students Josh Morehouse and Nick Smith take a break and enjoy the view while hiking up Mount Battie during Winter Adventure Team.

Sometimes the best way to ward off the winter blues is by getting out into the elements. For a few Oceanside High School students that’s exactly what they’ve been up to every Friday through the after school Youthlinks program, Winter Adventure Team. Students who participated hiked local hot spots like Merryspring and the face of Mount Battie in Camden, Beech Hill in Rockport, and the Breakwater in Rockland. Each week students bundled up and hit the trail, all the while learning important principles of Leave No Trace as well as proper group hiking etiquette. Youthlinks was fortunate to have Katie Schick of Lincolnville volunteer as a guide and co instructor along with Program Manager, Josie Gates. Schick currently attends Unity College and is working on completing a Bachelor of Science in Adventure-Based Environment Education. Through volunteering with Youthlinks she was able to complete a community service requirement for the semester. A new session of Winter Adventure Team starts Friday February 15th.

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

January 30, 2013

Rockland Middle School Students participate in RASA Cooking Matters class

The Rockland After School Alliance Cooking Matters class

For the past seven weeks middle school students who participated in the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) program Cooking Matters have been cooking up a storm. Each week, the participants worked with Chef Nancy Wood to create delicious healthy m

 eals and learn food preparation, safety and cooking vocabulary. After each class participants went home with the ingredients for the day’s recipes to prepare at home with their families.
Students also worked with FoodCorps volunteer and nutritionist Genna Cherichello to make sense of the nutritional value of the dishes that they were preparing as well as become better acquainted with how to read food labels and make healthy food choices. Cherichello helped the students put their math skills to the test with the “Blubber Burger” project. During the exercise students selected a fast food restaurant meal and added up the total grams of fat. Students converted grams into teaspoons and measured the total amount in shortening, which they then spread on a hamburger bun. Thankfully the sandwiches were not eaten but they did provide a powerful visual reference for the students who might think twice about ordering their favorite fast food meal. The students went home with the recipe and ingredients for baked sweet potato fries.
A highlight of the Cooking Matters program was the students’ field trip to the Rockland Hannaford for a grocery store tour. At Hannaford the students learned the difference between buying by the pound verses buying by the package, and why cereal and other preserved packaged food is kept in the center aisles and fresh produce and meat are kept along the perimeter of the store. Each student went home that day with their favorite piece of fruit plus donated reusable grocery bags from Hannaford.

Students prepare a salad for their Extreme Food Makeover challenge

The Cooking Matters program is sponsored on a national level by ConAgra Foods and Walmart.  The Good Shepherd Food Bank and Hannaford sponsor the program in Maine and have helped bring the program to RASA. Nancy Wood and Genna Cherichello volunteered their time each week to plan and teach the program alongside Youthlinks Program Manager, Josie Gates. 
RASA is a program of Youthlinks offered in collaboration with RSU 13 supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant from the Maine Department of Education. 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 concerning the Rockland After-School Alliance, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA.

August 21, 2012

Broadreach Family & Community Services announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

Filed under: Child Services,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Vicky @ 9:55 am

Broadreach Family & Community Services of 5 Stephenson Lane Belfast, Maine 207-338-2200 announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals are available at no separate charge to all enrolled participants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  For further information on participating centers, contact the above institution.

 

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

Eligibility Scale For “FREE” Meals

 

Family Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,521

1,211

606

559

280

2

19,669

1,640

820

757

379

3

24,817

2,069

1,035

955

478

4

29,965

2,498

1,249

1,153

577

5

35,113

2,927

1,464

1,351

676

6

40,261

3,356

1,678

1,549

775

7

45,409

3,785

1,893

1,747

874

8

50,557

4,214

2,107

1,945

973

Each Additional Family Member

5,148

429

215

198

99

 

Eligibility Scale For “Reduced-Price” Meals

 

Family Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,665

1,723

862

795

398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

Each Additional Family Member

7,326

611

306

282

141

 

Please Note:  When determining income at the monthly level, please use the following criteria:

Weekly Income x 4.333 weeks  Bi-weekly Income x 2.15 weeks

February 23, 2010

Kids First Supports Parents, Benefits Kids

Filed under: Child Services — Sue Dirosario @ 10:42 am

By Broadreach Family & Community Services
Feb 22, 2010 –

 For the last 11 years, Broadreach Family & Community Services has been providing a valuable education program called “Kids First” to parents experiencing separation, divorce or child custody conflicts. A one-time, four-hour program held on a Saturday morning provides parents with some valuable information about the effects of adult conflict on their children. Experienced male-female teams who have professional backgrounds in education and mental health counseling, and who have personal experience with family conflict, present the classes.

As one recent participant said in their evaluation at the end of the class, “I think that we will be able to work on our problems and deal with them in a well behaved manner”. Another parent offered “I need to let go. My child in the end is the one who gets hurt the most”.

Most parents come to the program as a result of a strong recommendation or an order from the Court where action related to the family is being discussed. One parent summed up the feeling of many parents, saying “I’m very glad that it was mandatory; I enjoyed the program”. Parents who want to attend voluntarily and who may not have yet filed for divorce or custody, can benefit from the program, have the opportunity to ask questions and to learn from the experience of others.

The Kids First curriculum was developed by the Kids First Center in Portland and Broadreach operates its program through an agreement with them. Each class participant receives a parent handbook that outlines the research and philosophy used in developing the curriculum. Most of that research was conducted by Dr. Judith Wallerstein and colleagues in California who had a long history of providing family counseling in divorce cases. The researchers followed those families periodically over a more than 25 year period and published their findings in installments covering 5 year periods. The most recent book is titled the “Unexpected Legacy of Divorce”, published in 2000.

Some financial support for the program comes from the Family Division of Maine’s Administrative Office of the Courts, and this support makes it possible to offer partial scholarships to parents who qualify as a result of low income.