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Child and Family Awareness Month

The 30th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month

April 2017 will mark the 30th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month, a month-long celebration of children and families!!  The theme this year is 'A Family is the Sunshine in my Day' created by Kaitlyn, a student from Seton Catholic School and the 2016 Grand Prize Winner of the Poster/Slogan Contest.  There are a wide array of community events and professional activities scheduled throughout the month ... see all event details below.  Please join us ... as we raise awareness on the important issue of child abuse and neglect prevention.

A special thank you to all the local agencies, organizations, businesses and group who helped to underwrite a printed piece or sponsor an event being held as part of the 30th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month.  Click here for a complete listing of supporters and sponsors.

Click here for an April 2017 Family Activity Calendar ... it suggests simple and easy activities you can do with your children each day in April. 

Click here for a Reading Resource Guide ... it includes lists of suggested book you can read to your children, or your children can read to you.

Click here for the 30th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month general brochure ... it lists all events details and information.  Feel free to share it with others!

For event details, please click on any of the links below (or scroll down the page).

Creative Contests Awards Ceremony
Close-Up on Immigration in Summit County
Child Abuse & Neglect Training for Churches
Family Expo
Wear Blue
Early Childhood Professional Development Training #1
Parent Training Event #1
Early Childhood Professional Development Training #2
4th Annual Family Fun Walk
Parent Training Event #2
8th Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast

March 25 – 12-2 p.m.
Creative Contests Awards Ceremony
Summit Artspace, Akron
Sponsored by the Summit Artspace, Greenleaf Family Center and Summit County Children Services

Winners of the Creative Contests held at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels will be recognized.  The winning entries will be on display at Summit Artspace throughout the month of April.  This event is by invitation only.

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April 4 – 8 a.m.-Noon
Close-Up© on Immigration in Summit County
St. George Fellowship Center, Akron
Sponsored by Child Guidance & Family Solutions and Summit County Children Services

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the decade between 2000 and 2010, the Akron metropolitan region gained 9,415 people, with more than 54 percent of the growth due to immigration. In Summit County, the immigrant population rose 17 percent between 2007 and 2012.  This year’s Close-Up will look at immigration in Summit County and what is available to our newest population, and how we, as service providers can collaborate to assist with the transition to western society while still preserving the rich customs and culture our newest community members bring with them.  Keynote speaker for the morning, Elaine Woloshyn, Executive Director of the International Institute has said “immigrants are attracted to the Akron area because of the quality of life, including good schools and reasonably priced housing."  Local experts in the field of immigration and refugee resettlement will share what tools are available to bridge the cultural gap in our work with our resettlement populations, and will provide some direction for future planning including what changes we can expect in the area of immigration on a national level.  Local agencies and organizations will participate in a Resource Fair. 

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April 6 – 6-9 p.m.
Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Churches
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tallmadge
Sponsored and Summit County Children Services and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Title:  Protect Your Church, Protect Your Children: Complying with Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Laws

This three-hour training is specially designed to help church leaders and lay members have a better understanding of child abuse and neglect precautions.  Participants will view the “Reducing the Risk” DVD, learn about the indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting and how to prevent child abuse, and also share current procedures, challenges and successes.  It is an engaging training with interactive lessons. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIREDClick here for an event brochure.

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April 8 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Family Expo
Akron-Summit County Public Library, Downtown Akron
Sponsored by The County of Summit ADM Board, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Summit County Juvenile Court, County of Summit DD Board, Summit County Children Services and the Akron-Summit County Public Library

 Join us for a fun-filled day of great entertainment that is free for the entire family!  Children are invited to play a life-size game of 'Candyland' in the Children's Library throughout the day, meet the Little Mermaid, Rapunzel and Captain America look-alikes, and win special bags of 'Candyland' candy.  Plus, families can enjoy musical entertainment from Zobapago and learn about available community resources.  Click here for an event flyer.

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*Wear Blue is April 12th*
Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in this state-wide program to help raise awareness of child abuse prevention. Click here for an activity flyer.

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April 13 – 6-8:30 p.m.
Early Childhood Professional Development Training #1
County of Summit DD Board Administration Building, Tallmadge

TitleSensory Experiences Trainers:  Erin Pemberton, County of Summit DD Board and Brooks Collins-Gaines, Child Guidance & Family Solutions

In this professional development program, participants will take a closer look at what sensory processing disorder is, both signs and symptoms, and how it may be identified and treated.  Participants will then have the opportunity to move through a series of tasks to experience firsthand what having a sensitivity to sensory input may feel like.  Activities include activities that children are asked to participate in on a daily basis. Click here for an event flyer.

Credit: In-service, Ohio Approval pending
Registration: Register online at registry.occrra.org.  Registration opens March 13.

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April 13 – 6-7:30 p.m.
Parent Training Event #1
Summit County Public Health, Akron
Presented by Akron-Summit County Public Library, Child Care Connection and Summit County Children Services

Title:  Young Children Can Have BIG Emotions:  Strategies for Creating Calm Out of Chaos in Your Home
Trainers:  Kandi Novak, Child Care Connection and Shannon Brown, Child Guidance & Family Solutions

All children have a variety of emotions.  It’s what they do with their emotions that matter.  Parents and children will get to visit a variety of learning stations that teach about feelings and demonstrate strategies for learning to cope with feelings.  Parents will gain a better understanding of what to expect about their child’s emotional development and receive tips for channeling their child’s emotions.  Click here for an event flyerThis event is FREE; space is limited to 30 parents and 20 children.  Children must be 3 years or older.  To make a reservation to attend, call Summit County Children Services at (330) 379-2089.

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April 20 – 6- 8:30 p.m.
Early Childhood Professional Development Training #2
Child Care Connection, Akron

Title:  Brain Building Moments Are Everywhere
Trainers: Kandi Novak, Child Care Connection

Participants will gain a basic understanding of how brain development happens in children ages birth to five.  Behavioral research will be presented to illustrate how the quality of everyday experiences impacts brain development.  Participants will explore strategies to engage families in supporting their child's brain development through quality experiences and a research-based tool called Vroom.  Click here for an event flyer.

Credit: In-service, Ohio Approved/Step Up to Quality
Registration: Register online at registry.occrra.org. Registration opens March 20.
Child Care Connection is providing this training at no cost to participants expressly for the 30th Annual Child & Family Awareness Month.

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April 22 – 9 a.m.
4th Annual Family Fun Walk
Akron Zoo
Sponsored by the Akron Zoo, Beech Brook and OMNOVA Solutions Foundation

Bring your family for a morning walk through the Akron Zoo!  Families will enjoy stations set-up along the walk route including face painting and motion activities – including Tai Chi, a free carousel ride, door prizes and those who attend the participate will receive a  goodie bag.  Admission is FREE up to the first 500 people who enter, prior to the Zoo’s official opening time.  NOTE:  Event will be held regardless of weather.  Click here for an event flyer.

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April 27 – 6-7:30 p.m.
Parent Training Event #2
Children's Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Downtown Akron
Presented by Akron-Summit County Public Library, Child Care Connection and Summit County Children Services

Title:  Getting Ready for School Begins Early:  You Have What It Takes to Build Your Child's Brain
Trainers:  Kandi Novak, Child Care Connection and Laura McFalls, Akron-Summit County Public Library

There are 2,000 days from the day a child is born until they go to Kindergarten.  Every day counts.  Join us to learn how to make everyday moments with your child into brain building moments.  You and your child will have fun visiting stations where they will get to experience rhyming, reading, math, talking about feelings and more! Sharing these moments with your child will help shape their growing mind.  Click here for an event flyerThis event is FREE; space is limited to 45 parents and 30 children. Children must be 3 years or older.  To make a reservation to attend, call Summit County Children Services at (330) 379-2089.

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April 28 – 7:30-9:30 a.m.
8th Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast
Hosted by the Citizens’ Advisory Committee of Summit County Children Services
St. George Family Center, Akron

This Appreciation Breakfast is a “salute to those who care,” as a way to honor organizations, agencies, businesses, civic groups, families and individuals who have supported the children and families served by Summit County Children Services over the past year.  Special recognition will be given to selected “Champions for Children” whose accomplishments have significantly contributed to the well-being of children and families of this community. This event is by invitation only.

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For additional information about any program listed, please call Summit County Children Services, the coordinating agency for Child & Family Awareness Month, at (330) 379-1994 or visit summitkids.org.