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Wheels to Succeed
Kid's Bike Event & Fall Fun Bike Ride
McMains Children's Developmental Center hosted our 9th Annual Kid's Bike Event on October 7, 2017. Hurricane Nate visited us with some rain soon after the first group took off for their ride. We cancelled the event for the w ell-being of our families, volunteers, and staff. 

We adore hosting bike events for our Capable Kids, so we scheduled a Fall Fun Bike Ride at the Center on November 11th to make up for our cancelled Kid's Bike Event. We were glad to be greeted by a gorgeous, sunny morning, and the kids had a blast!

The best part of our Fall Fun Bike Ride was that Noah took home his very own Wheels to Succeed adaptive bike! Like all of our bikes, it was custom fit by our physical therapists to match Noah's height and ability. This brings us to a total of 143 bikes given to children in our community!
Capable Kids Campaign
Fall 2017
Capable Kids Campaign
This fall we launched our inaugural Annual Fund Campaign, the Capable Kids Campaign. Our Annual Fund Campaigns will replace the Developing Dreams Breakfast as our fall fundraiser.  

We have a group of dedicated individuals working on our behalf to make sure our first campaign is a success. Our Capable Kids Campaign Committee members are:

Jason Blanchard
Campaign Committee Chairman

Angela Adolph
Nancy Broyles
Dana Drelick
Gina Dugas
Gil Dupre
Tracy Eaglin
Jenny Hebert
Karen Lackie
Bradley Lowe
Emily Mayo
April McCormick
Jay McMains
Mike Sorrells
Melissa Wallace
Thank you  to the donors who have joined our campaign. We are humbled by your support and appreciate you.
How to Get Involved:

It is not too late to be a part of McMains Children's Developmental Center history! Visit  to make your contribution.

Our campaign aims to get everyone involved, and we have giving levels that make everyone comfortable.

If you have any questions, please email our Director of Development, Aimee Frierson, at

5th Annual Sips & Suds 
Save the Date- March 22, 2018
   We're doing Sips & Suds at the Stables this year! For 2018 we are hosting Sips & Suds at Live Oak at Cedar Lodge Events Center (6300 Jefferson Highway).

Our 5th Annual Sips & Suds will feature some of the best culinary minds in Baton Rouge, live music, exciting auctions, wine, beer, and a bit of bubbly. Guests will get an intimate look at our programming and an awesome party. We want to see you there, so mark your calendars!

Upcoming Community Events 
Support the Center while you're out and about!
#GiveBR - Now through November 28th
On Giving Tuesday everyone can be a philanthropist! If you have never given to the Center and would like to jump in this is a great way to begin. Whether you can give $25 or $5, you can make a difference. 

Be a part of a global, interactive day of giving by joining our local campaign, #GiveBR! Gift scheduling is open NOW, so if you know you will be busy on the 28th you can schedule now on our #GiveBR profile.
Talbots Fashionable Fundraiser - November 30th
There is nothing more fashionable than giving back! Meet us at Talbots in Towne Center for a Fashionable Fundraiser on November 30th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Kendra Gives Back - December 5th
Support our precious kids by picking up some semi-precious stones at Kendra Scott! Kendra Scott in Perkins Rowe is hosting a Kendra Gives Back Party benefiting McMains Children's Developmental Center on December 5th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Donuts with Santa - December 13th
Red Stick Moms Blog is hosting their second annual Donuts with Santa, and they have chosen us as their charity of choice. They will have two events, so purchase tickets for the 9:00 am or the 11:00 am on their website.
Trash & Treasures - March 2-4, 2018
We will be participating in the 2018 Inner Wheel Trash & Treasure Sale! Be on the lookout for notice when collections open at the Center.
We will have lots of volunteer opportunities, so email  if you would like to join us.
For more information, please visit the Inner Wheel Facebook page.
Past Community Events 
Red Stick Mom's Blog Spooktacular Playdate

On October 11th  Red Stick Mom's Blog hosted their 2nd Annual Spooktacular Playdate and selected the Center to be the Charity of Choice. Local parents showed overwhelming generosity and donated TONS of art supplies for our therapists. Thank you Red Stick Mom's Blog !

Our Communications and Marketing Manager, Janel, was all smiles leaving the Spooktacular Playdate.
Our entire conference room table was filled with donations!

Ruby Slipper Cafe Grand Opening

New Orleans classic, The Ruby Slipper Cafe, opened a Baton Rouge location on July 26th and chose the Center to be their opening partner! The Ruby Slipper Cafe raised over $2,800 for the Center during their opening weekend, and our Executive Director, Anne Hindrichs, participated in the ribbon cutting. Our Capable Kids in occupational therapy created a beautiful portrait of a ruby slipper to present as a token of our appreciation. The owners were delighted, and the artwork now hangs in the Ruby Slipper Cafe. We were so honored to be chosen as opening partner.
Our Social Worker, Autumn, and Communications and Marketing Manager, Janel, at our outreach table.
Our Executive Director, Anne Hindrichs, presenting the owners of the Ruby Slipper Cafe with their own little piece of the Center.

The artwork created by our Capable Kids in Occupational Therapy. How cute is that egg heart??
Therapy Tidbit

tidbitTrip to the Texture Zoo -  Input from our Occupational Therapists

Our occupational therapy department was inspired by our Halloween theme (the zoo), and created this multi-functioning activity that they used to for sensory exploration and our speech therapists used for matching and articulation. Each square represents a different animal and has a different texture.

Why are textures so important? 

" We often explore the world around us with touch. A sensory board like this one allows kids to explore and process new textures with their hands. In therapy we call this "tactile input", meaning the input from the environment that we receive through the sense of touch. Putting the sensory board on a vertical surface encourages kids to use their motor skills to stand, look, reach, and point. When we pair new experiences (in this case, textures) with language, kids can begin to make new connections  about the world around them," explained Kristin Eldridge, an occupational therapist that has been with the Center for four years.

You can make your own sensory board at home and tailor it to your child's interest and developmental level.  Check out Pinterest for hundreds of DIY sensory board ideas!
Board of Directors
Karen B. Young | President
Linda Spain | Vice President
Bradley T. Lowe | Secretary
Michael McNulty |  Treasurer
Emily Mayo | Foundation President
Angela Adolph
Sebastian Alvarez
Stephanie H. Anderson
Shaune Berthelot
Cindy Bishop
Dr. Laura Boudreaux
Mary Kay Devillier
Gina Dugas
James Ellis 
Jenny Hebert
Karen Kennedy
Jay McMains
John Pastorek
Mike Sorrells
Troy Villa
Anne Hindrichs  Executive Director

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