Champions for Children’s FRANC Program was featured on WTSP Channel 10 News Tampa Bay this past Saturday. Boot Camp for New Dads uses veteran fathers to orient “rookie” dads expecting their first babies.
Check out the video here:
We are proud to be dedicated to child abuse prevention and family education in Tampa Bay!
If breastfeeding is so easy and natural, why don’t more women do it? Lack of support is one big reason, and the Baby Café Breastfeeding Support service at Champions for Children is trying to fix this. Here is one mom’s testimonial;
“(the Baby Café)….was a one on one, hands on, uplifting and educational experience. I didn’t feel rushed and I left feeling like I was provided with enough information to accomplish the goal of breastfeeding our baby…..I, like many women, was on the brink of giving up when my Mom told me to contact them. I can honestly say with the help of this program I was able to successfully breastfeed our baby.”
The Baby Café meets once every week, at two locations, in Hillsborough County. This free drop in service is open to all nursing women and their babies. The Baby Café provides the highest quality services from two IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) and one CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor).
To learn more about Baby Café and other program offerings, please visit the ABC Program’s webpage!
Overseen by Dan Berman, Who’s the Man?! is a program for fathers funded by Allegany Franciscian Ministries and is held in partnership with the Children’s Board Family Resource Center in East County. We are proud of the education Berman continues to provide to the community and grateful Plant City started offering the class in the fall. Below, read all about Who’s the Man?! at the Children’s Board Family Resource Center – East County that appeared in the Plant City Observer newspaper.
By Catherine Sinclair | Staff Writer on December 26, 2014
“Nurturing” is often a word associated with a mother. But it’s just as important for fathers to spend quality time with their babies. And dads can do just that at a new program offered at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County’s East County Center.
The program called, “Who’s the Man?” is run by Dan Bergman, of Champions for Children Tampa Bay. Though Bergman leads the class at three Bay-area locations, Plant City started offering the class in the fall.
“Our goal is to promote the bonding between father and child,” Bergman said. “The research is so clear that that first year is so important.”
For one hour each Thursday, dads can take their babies (one year to 18 months old) to the Children’s Board for developmental playtime. Dads can expect plenty of games and activities involving trucks, balls and even a parachute. And it’s not just their children that dads will be getting to know.
“It’s really a chance for them to interact with other parents — other dads who are going through the same thing, so they feel more comfortable,” Bergman said.
Of the three locations where “Who’s the Man?” is offered, Plant City is the only location with a Spanish interpreter on site. This Children’s Board staff member is always at the class. Spanish-speaking fathers do not need to notify the board in advance of their attendance.
With a master’s degree in early childhood from Vanderbilt University, Bergman is an authority on the subject. Though many fathers prefer to wait until their babies are old enough to run and jump to spend significant time playing with them, it is better to start bonding early, Bergman said.
“We’ve gotten tremendously positive feedback,” Bergman said. “Right now, the key is getting them through the door. … We’re still fighting things in society that say dads aren’t an important part of this time in their kids’ lives.”
Champions for Children is an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and educating families through hands-on training. Its abuse treatment programs are a direct response to the number of child abuse cases in Hillsborough County, which is among the highest in the state.
Bergman said the goal is for “Who’s the Man?” to eventually become an extension of the prenatal program, a “bootcamp” for new dads offered by Champions for Children.
For dads and moms with children over the age of 18 months, Champions for Children offers a similar but age-appropriate playgroup called “Baby Bungalow.” Children up to age 5 are welcome.
“Who’s the Man?” is free and does not require advance registration. There also will be free gifts for children and their fathers who attend multiple times.
IF YOU GO
When: Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, East County Center, 639 E. Alexander Street, Plant City
Contact: (813) 673-4646
Contact Catherine Sinclair at email@example.com.
On December 23rd, the Tampa Bay Lightning honored Olga Joanow as a Lightning Community Hero. To recognize Olga’s commitment to our community and the important work she helps support at Champions for Children, the Lightning played a tribute video in her honor during the Bolts game against the Pittsburgh Penguins last Tuesday evening. In addition, the Tampa Bay Lightning will award $50,000 to a non-profit of Olga’s choice. Champions for Children is honored and very grateful that Olga chose to designate the grant to Kids on the Block, our educational puppeteer program designed to teach third and fourth grade children how to stay safe!
Olga is a passionate leader of the work our agency does and we are happy to welcome her as our incoming Board President this year. Thank you, Olga, for being a true champion for children in our community. And congratulations… we couldn’t think of a more deserving person to receive this kind of recognition.
To see the tribute video they played in honor of Olga Joanow at the game, please see below:
In honor of this year’s “Make A Difference Day,” 10 News recruited more than 50 volunteers to help organize and landscape Champions for Children’s newest location in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood; our Community House. The beautification and preparation of the site was a critical step CFC needed to take to get the site ready and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the 10 News team. Volunteers planted flowers, cleaned the outside of the building and even assembled furniture. The generosity continued as Elliot Wiser, General Manager of 10 News, presented CFC with a $5,000 check from the Gannett Foundation. Mayor Bob Buckhorn stopped by to show his support, reminding everyone that programs like our Community House help change lives and offer help to families in need. Lowe’s donated the flowers and plants for landscaping while IKEA donated furniture for the inside of the building. Community Coffee and Sonny’s BBQ was there to help keep the hard working volunteers fueled up with some coffee and good eats. All in all, it was a great collaboration of efforts, planning and kindness that made this event such a success for everyone involved.
Community House will continue to provide assistance to families and residents of the Sulphur Springs neighborhood. It is right across the street from CFC’s Layla’s House program, which is located on Eskimo Avenue in Tampa. Once opened, the site will house CFC programs such as its Fathers Resource and Networking Center (FRANC) and Family Involvement Connections (FIC.)
“Make A Difference Day,” started by USA Weekend Magazine, is the largest national day of community service. It’s an opportunity for people to come together, inspire others and make a difference while doing something nice. Click here to learn more.
Last week, USF’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) hosted its 9th Annual ”Dare to Be” Fall Symposium event. CFC Executive Director, Brian McEwen, was in attendance to see Elizabeth Fowler being honored as the 2014 recipient of the Community Leadership Award. According to USF’s WLP, the Community Leadership Award goes to an individual who showcases excellence in leadership through outstanding initiative, impact of work and inspiration to others.
Champions for Children congratulates Elizabeth Fowler on this honor. She is a longtime friend and supporter of this agency, which means we know, first-hand, how much of a champion to our community she truly is.
Pictured below: Brian McEwen – CFC Executive Director, Elizabeth Fowler – Director of Triad Foundation, Jessica Muroff – Executive Director of Frameworks, Inc.
Champions for Children’s Layla’s House program was recently mentioned in the Florida Blue Foundation‘s newsletter. As you’ll see below, the Foundation was citing examples in how the Embrace a Healthy Florida Initiative and Childhood Obesity Community Coalition made a difference in neighborhoods within our community. Layla’s House was mentioned in the section talking about the Sulphur Springs area. To view the entire newsletter, please click here or on the image below.
Champions for Children is the proud recipient of a $3,000 Brighter Tomorrows Grant, which was awarded to our agency to help support our Kids on the Block program.
We’d like to thank Brighter Tomorrows for this generous support and for being constant champions of our mission and the work we do in our community. Click here to learn more about Brighter Tomorrows and its mission.
Earlier this week, Commissioner Sandy Murman gave a County Commission proclamation for Infant Mental Health Day. “Infant mental health” is a term commonly used to represent the topics of social and emotional development of children in the early years of life. For more information on infant mental health, visit the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health website.
Pictured below is Commissioner Sandy Murman’s “Headlines from Hillsborough” email communication that featured Executive Director, Brian McEwen, and other colleagues who joined Commissioner Murman for the proclamation.