Meeting to focus on services for young children

Aaron Krause • Oct 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Community members will discuss existing services for young children and try to identify gaps in services during a meeting presented by the Huron County Family and Children First Council.

The meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at Camp Timberlane, 13408 Green Road, Wakeman.

Any adult involved in the lives of children ages birth to age 5, or interested community members, are invited to attend.

After learning of the community's perceptions of available services and learning about existing gaps, the council will launch a plan during a Nov. 9 meeting. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at Huron County Job and Family Services, 185 Shady Lane Drive.

The Oct. 19 meeting, which will include a continental breakfast, will feature a facilitated discussion led by an employee from WSOS, a community action commission based in Fremont.

Council coordinator June Ginther said more than 100 people have so far been invited to the Oct. 19 meeting.

Results from the meeting will, among other things, help the council's early childhood committee focus its work.

The council is comprised of people working with area social agencies to provide joint services for Huron County families. State law stipulates that each county have a council.

Those who wish to attend the Oct. 19 meeting are asked to register by contacting Ginther at familyfirst@accnorwalk.com.

"All community members who work with or for children ages birth to 5 are encouraged to attend, including parents," said Carol Robinson, of Huron County Help Me Grow.

Help Me Grow (HMG) is Ohio's birth to 3 system that provides state and federal funds to county Family and Children First Councils to be used in conjunction with state, local and other federal funds to implement and maintain a coordinated, community-based infrastructure that promotes trans-disciplinary, family-centered services for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers and their families, according to the HMG website.

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