The Southern Illinois Coalition for Children and Families and Child Care Resource and Referral at John A Logan College are happy to announce the launching of a new partnerships between sifamilies.org and SIMOMS. SIfamilies.org is a website and outreach initiative designed to educate and empower families with information while connecting them to important community resources and programs.
SIMOMS is a social networking group whose primary platform is Facebook. Unlike previous generations – when moms were often isolated and alone during the first weeks and months of life with a new baby – women today with access to a computer can take advantage of limitless opportunities to connect and SIMOMs helps make that happen. Moms can make new connections and friends, share experiences, coordinate and participate in local playgroups, and get support and advice from others. The site is designed specifically for mothers. Moms also share local resource and event information.
In this new partnership sifamilies.org will promote SIMOMS to moms throughout the region as a great place to connect, network and share information. Events collected through SIMOMs will be shared with sifamilies.org and placed on the sifamilies.org events calendar. Further down the road, the Coalition and CCR&R hopes to provide some financial support for SIMOM sponsored activities.
In reverse, SIMOMs will be promoting sifamilies.org as an important source of parent education, new information, access to resources and a comprehensive calendar of events. By working together both groups hope to strengthen one another’s efforts and help build strong families throughout southern Illinois.
For more information about sifamilies.org or SIMOMs contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/simoms/
The next meeting of the Building Communities to Strengthen Families Network is scheduled for September 24th at 11:30 am at the John A Logan College Conference Center. The Network is an actively engaged and committed group of educators, social service providers, child welfare representatives and community leaders who meet on a regular basis to network, learn and share information with the intent of strengthening their work and promoting better outcomes for southern Illinois families.
The group is open to anyone interested in attending, but registration is required. For more information call 1-800-548-5563.
September 1, 2015
Families are encouraged to check out the Coalition’s new and improved family website, http://www.sifamilies.org. The website is designed to provide families with local information about events and resources in the communities . In addition it highlights articles and tips designed to educate families about child development, parenting and family management. Community members are encouraged to contribute to the website and can submit events and press releases for posting. For more information go to www.sifamilies.org
The Coalition is happy to announce that Cally Mooneyham of Herrin Illinois has been hired as a full time Family Engagement Coordinator for the Williamson County Innovation Zone. Cally is a recent graduate of Blackburn College and a lifelong Williamson County resident. She has experience in working in multiple child care centers, one of whom achieved an ExeleRate Circle of Quality rating.
As Coordinator, Cally will be working closely with the county’s early learning programs and the community programs to coordinate efforts that support young children and their families. In addition she will facilitate education and empowerment of families so she can be more involved in their children’s education. Welcome Cally- we are excited to have you on board!
Knock Hunger Out of the Park
Southern Illinois Coalition for Children & Families Presents Knock Hunger Back to School Bash on August 12th, 2015 at 7:05 P.M. at Rent One Park, 1000 Miners Drive Marion, IL. 62959
Marion, Illinois: The Southern Illinois Coalition for Children & Families is proud to announce our August 12th Southern Illinois Miners Knock Hunger Out of the Park Back to School Bash beginning at 7:05 P.M. at Rent One Park. Donations and a $500 monetary contribution will be made to Crosswalk Community Action Agency serving Franklin County, Illinois. Non-Perishable food items will be collected at the gate at Rent One Park beginning at 6:00 P.M. The first 250 fans to donate 10 non-perishable items or $10 at the gate will receive a free custom Game Night T-Shirt! The first 100 kids through the gate will receive a sling bag filled with school supplies. Visit KnockHunger.com/SI-Coalition for more information.
About Southern Illinois Coalition for Children & Families:
The Southern Illinois Coalition for Children and Families represents over 70 agencies across 15 counties in Southern Illinois. The Coalition’s mission is to engage families and communities for stronger beginnings. We continually work to develop a community infrastructure that supports the health, development, and well being of children and families by coordinating active involvement from an array of disciplines and organizations from both the public and private sectors. Working together in a coordinated manner and with a unified voice and mission, community coalitions play a critical role in improving the lives of young children and their families as they travel down the path to success. Learn more at SouthernIllinoisCoalition.org
Coalition members will host a Community Systems Development Listening Session sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD), the Department of Human Services, and the Illinois State Board of Education . The session, which is by invitation only, will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Kokopelli in Marion. The purpose of this meeting is to open up a dialogue on the state’s vision for early childhood and how the state can most effectively support community collaborations in their efforts to carry out this vision. This dialogue will build on the recommendations from the Community Systems Development State Plan, which was drafted in 2014 with stakeholder and community input; we encourage you to review the plan prior to our meeting. Community collaborations and those who are involved in collaborative efforts from entities including the AOK Networks, CCR&Rs, CFCs/LICs/Early Intervention, Head Start grantees, Innovation Zones, MIECHV communities, and School Districts are among the invitees. State level representatives will also present plans (to date) for rollout of targeted regional hubs and welcome community collaborations’ recommendations, concerns, and questions regarding the regional hub structure. ,