After-school programs receive high marks
FIVE OF THE state's after-school child care programs were honored recently for their creative curricula, sensitivity to children's needs and dedication to the day care profession. The first Governor's Salute to Excellence Awards recognized five outstanding programs in family and center-based day care.
The recipients of these awards are:
* The Open Door of Hunt Valley, which provides before- and after-school care for more than 1,000 children at 21 locations in the city and Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties;
* The Arthur-Slade Edu-Care Center in Glen Burnie;
* Sabra Isom, a family provider in Cumberland;
* Dianne Abdullah, a family provider in Capital Heights;
* Lucille Methany, director of the YMCA of Allegany County, cited as "outstanding director."
The awards were given at the third annual Governor's Conference on School-Age Child Care sponsored by the state's Child Care Administration and the Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families.
Centers and providers were judged on initiative, imagination, program content, sensitivity to the emotional and development needs of children in their care, dedication to the profession and parent involvement.
Anyone considering adoption is invited to a two-session workshop that looks at the legal, financial and emotional aspects of private adoption. Sponsored by Families for Private Adoption, a volunteer parent-support group dedicated to non-agency adoption, the workshop will cover home studies, advertising strategies, relations with biological parents and financial considerations. Speakers will be attorneys, social workers and biological and adoptive parents. The sessions are at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Oct. 25 at The University College Center of Adult Education at College Park. The fee is $85 per couple for members, $100 for non-members. Advance registration is encouraged. For more information, phone (202) 722-0338 for a recorded message.
Literacy celebrates a silver milestone this week with the 25th anniversary of the Reading Is Fun program. A gathering of children's authors and illustrators have put together a new book, "To Ride A Butterfly: A Celebration of Children's Literature," to mark the event. There are pictures, poetry, songs, short stories and folk tales in the collection, which goes on sale this week for $17. All proceeds will benefit RIF, a national program that brings books to children and helps parents help their children to be readers. RIF has given away more than 100 million books since it began in 1966.
A few reminders
* Friends of Mercy, a support group for people who are single again, will hear social worker Fred Schneider speak about dealing with the loss of a spouse at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercy High School. A meeting for people interested in learning more about this group will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a member's home. For more information, phone 337-2740.
* Me, Too!, a support group for children whose parents, grandparents, siblings or friends have died, is starting a six-week session Oct. 22. Children from kindergarten through middle school are welcome. The group lets children talk about their feelings and offers activities, such as art, films and books, to help them understand those feelings. Sponsored by the Stella Maris Hospice Care Program, the sessions will be held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Towson from 6 to 7:30 p.m. weekly. For more information, phone Allyson Nugent at 252-4500, Ext. 294.
Family Forum welcomes items of interest to families. Notices about events must be received two weeks in advance. Send them to: Mary Maushard, Family Forum, The Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Box 1377, Baltimore 21278.