In this Issue
"Pro Action works to build a community of resilient individuals and families who can meet their basic needs, overcome adversity, and prosper."
"Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other."
United to Promote Quality
Let's increase quality awareness in New York! The Early Care & Learning Council and Child Care Aware® of Steuben and Schuyler has launched a new campaign, United to Promote Quality, to encourage New Yorkers to support high quality early learning experiences in their communities. Click HERE to learn more about the campaign and how you can work to promote quality.

Quality involves more than simply the custodial care very often associated with "babysitting".     


Join us for a fun-filled ladies' night out, a fundraiser to benefit the CHAMP Program:
Mom Prom 2017!

Click HERE for details and ticket purchase.

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Pro Action  Update


The 2017-2018 school year is just around the corner, and while it can be an exciting time, it can also be very stressful. From back to school shopping for supplies and getting the right clothes to fit in with peers, to costs around extracurricular activities and field trips, etc., the back to school season can be challenging. Many low-income families struggle even more than usual around this time of year, but it doesn't mean that they care any less about their child's education, or even their own involvement in their child's learning and activities.

Follow our Poverty Myth and Fact campaign below for more information on parental involvement in education. Join our mailing list, and share the contents to help us educate and combat the misconceptions and misunderstandings of poverty, as we feature a new myth and fact within each edition of our newsletter.

Learn more about the your local back to school drives and distributions by dialing 2-1-1, or by visiting their website.

Understanding Poverty: Separating the Facts from the Myths   

Myth : Poor parents aren't involved in their children's learning because they don't value education.

Fact : Low-income parents hold the same attitudes about education that wealthy parents do. Low-income parents might be less likely to attend school functions or volunteer in their children's classrooms - not because they care less about education, but because they have less access to school involvement than their wealthier peers. They are more likely to work multiple jobs, to work evenings, to have jobs without paid leave, and to be unable to afford child care and public transportation.

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An important part of Pro Action's work is to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and conditions of poverty. Visit our website to learn more about how Pro Action is building deeper understanding about the experience of poverty. 

Toxic Stress in Children  

With the increasingly demanding society we live in, stress has become more of a central focus. When left overlooked, toxic stress can cause damaging effects on learning, behavior and health of a child. Education focusing on the 3 R's (reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic) is no longer enough, the 4th R ( RESILIENCE) is a central focus for education in Head Start programs.
Resilience is the ability to overcome adversities. Pro Action Head Start strives to develop resilient children, families and staff through implementing the Conscious Discipline philosophy. This skill is developed through the context of safe environments and meaningful relationships. Once safety and connections have been established, the brain is equipped for problem solving. Conscious Discipline strategies are based on the brain based approach for responding to stress and activities, provide opportunities to unite, disengage stress, connect, and commit.

The Pro Action Head Start Program Staff assist children in feeling safe and connected by establishing customs such as a "Welcome Ritual" and "I Love You Rituals". Children are met with a special handshake or greeting to welcome them back into the classroom or at the start of a home visit.  Throughout each day or during a home visit, I Love You Rituals are done to further make connections with each child individually, and the children also do these with each other to develop connections with their peers. Staff share information about the Conscious Discipline philosophy and methods of its use with Parents and Caregivers in order to also encourage strong relationships in the home. This ultimately helps children to optimize their brain for success at both school and in life.

To learn more about our Head Start Program,
call: 607-776-2125, and visit our website.

Recent Community Events: 

Congratulations to our community partner: Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, on a successful turnout of over 150 participants to the 2nd Annual Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse, held on July 29, 2017. The purpose of this walk is to raise community awareness that it takes everyone in our community to prevent child abuse! Providing activities, knowledge and supports, to help reduce the risk of child abuse and build family resilience.
See more images from the Color Walk event and learn more about Prevent Child Abuse Steuben by visiting their Facebook page, and the Youth Bureau website.

Want to be a part of next years event? Please contact Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Chair, Bill Caudill at: 607-664-2119 or email at:
Three of Pro Action's programs (Early Head Start; W.I.C.; and the Bath Area Family Resource Center) partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension on August 2, 2017, for Early Childhood Day at the Park.

View Pro Action's Facebook page for more images from the event, and learn more about programs and services offered by visiting our website.
Pro Action was honored along with 10 other organizations, with a Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award, on August 4, 2017, as our W.I.C. program hosted a celebration of the Bath Baby Café at the Dormann Library. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us, and to all of the vendors who set up with information.

Pictured left to right: Laura Vetter, St. James Mercy Hospital; Holly French, Rite Aid in Bath, NY; Samantha Testani and Carla Hibbard, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.; with Kristin Stone of the Pro Action WIC Program

Congratulations to all of the award winners this year!: ServU Credit Union (Painted Post); Michael's (Elmira); St. James Mercy Hospital; Lowe's (Hornell); Universal Health Network; Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.; Rite Aid (Bath); Wegman's (Corning); Wal-Mart (Hornell); Steuben Rural Electric Company; Campbell-Savona Elementary School.

To see more images of the Baby Café Celebration, visit Pro Action's Facebook page, and visit our website for more information about programs and services offered.

Featured Employment Opportunities for Pro Action   

Certified Teachers for UPK/Head Start Classrooms

Pro Action is looking for Certified Teachers for Universal Pre-K/Head Start Classrooms located in Hornell, Jasper-Troupsburg and Canisteo-Greenwood School Districts.  Help preschool age children develop a lifelong joy of learning and attain the skills they need to be Kindergarten ready!  Implement Pre-K curriculum meeting the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and New York State Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core.
Requires New York State Certification in Early Childhood Education or Special Education, Birth - Grade 2, prior experience working with preschool children and excellent organizational/time management skills.  Teaching positions are full time, 37.5 hours per week, based on the school district calendar and are eligible for full benefits.

**For a full description and application instructions for this position and other open opportunities, visit our website.**


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