Together We Grow Times

 

Newsflash

Together We Grow’s Oceanside site was featured in a recent issue of the North County Times.  Reporter Ruth Marvin Webster focused on the compassion, acceptance and respect for others children learn in our inclusive environment, which brings medically fragile and typical children together.  To read this article, please click here.

 

Military Funding

The military has opened new financing avenues through the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) for National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited child care centers serving families with at least one active duty parent.  An NAEYC accreditation is a nationally acclaimed mark of excellence and quality in early childhood education.  Only a select few child care centers in the United States have earned this honor.

 

In addition to being NAEYC accredited at both of our sites, Together We Grow has been recognized by NACCRRA, in conjunction with the Department of Defense-sponsored program, Marine Corps Child Care in Your Neighborhood, as a facility that exceeds the standards necessary to participate in these new financing options.

 

The military funding comes from three main sources – Marine Corps Child Care in Your Neighborhood, Exceptional Family Member Program and Medi-Cal (as a secondary payor to TriWest).  These resources are available to qualified families and apply to medically fragile children as well as their typical siblings.  For complete information on the NACCRRA funded child care programs available, please contact Together We Grow or click here.

 

Our Shining Star: Austin

AustinA brand new kindergartener this fall, Austin recently graduated from Together We Grow, after 2 ½ years at our Oceanside center.  Austin’s mom, Rebecca, found out about Together We Grow from a neighbor.  After learning of our inclusive program and the close proximity of the center to the Oceanside police station, where members of her family worked, Rebecca decided she wanted to enroll Austin.  Austin came to us a little shy, but we soon saw the sweet and friendly boy we came to love. 

 

Austin loved his friends and teachers at Together We Grow and often showed it.  Oceanside Center Director, Janet, notes that Austin, a typical child, was always one of the first kids to offer to help his peers, both medically fragile and typical.  Well-liked, he was surrounded by his friends as they ran up to greet him on a recent visit to the center with his mom.  A busy kindergartener now, when Austin is not at school, he enjoys riding his scooter, running around, going to the park, playing with his friends and even doing his homework packets.  Rebecca says she knows Austin was better prepared for kindergarten because of his time at Together We Grow.  A few weeks into school, Austin’s teacher has already informed Rebecca that he is way ahead of the expected class level. 

 

Rebecca credits Together We Grow with helping to shape Austin into the boy he is now.   She appreciates the way he was handled with care and understanding, noting that the staff would provide her with constant honest and positive feedback, helpful hints and book referrals to help with Austin’s specific needs.  One of the main reasons Rebecca wanted Austin to attend Together We Grow in the first place was to help him understand and feel compassion for others.  She is grateful Austin had the opportunity to be around all types of children while attending the center, saying he learned to not look at children who are a little different as being strange, but to instead look at them just as being kids.   

 

Getting to Know Together We Grow: Laurie Cannon

LaurieLaurie works behind the scenes at Together We Grow.  While families may not see her as often as our nurses and teachers, her role is integral.  An employee for nearly two years, Laurie has the demanding task of billing for all medically fragile and typical children.  Dedicated to the children at Together We Grow, Laurie works with parents and Medi-Cal, YMCA, San Diego Regional Center, Military payors, Child Development Association, Childcare Resource Services and the County of San Diego to make sure all our attending children are supported.  Laurie plays a significant role in getting children Medi-Cal approved.  She cites seeing the Treatment Authorization Requests (TARs) approved and children getting into Together We Grow as the most rewarding part of her job.  Being at a company with a close-knit, family like environment is what Laurie likes best about Together We Grow, saying she loves being employed by owners Terry and Joe and that they are “great people to work for.”

 

A native San Diegan, Laurie spends her time with her near-by family, including her parents, daughter and cousins.  A woman of many interests, Laurie has a degree in Interior Design and consults on the side.  She also enjoys cooking, dancing, working out at the gym and plays on a local church softball team.

 

 

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A Quick Family Treat - Peanut Butter Balls

With school starting and hungry mouths to feed, these quick and easy peanut butter balls are the perfect treat.  Kids can help make them and have an excuse to play with their food as they roll them up.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup creamy or chunky style peanut butter*
  2. 1 cup powdered milk
  3. 1 ¼ cups confectioner's sugar**
  4. 1 cup honey
  5. Optional shredded coconut or chopped peanuts

Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, powdered milk, sugar and honey.  Pull off walnut-sized pieces, roll into balls and set on waxed paper.  Refrigerate until firm or roll in shredded coconut or chopped peanuts before chilling.  Makes 24 to 30 balls.

* Soy nut butter and sunflower seed butter can be substituted for those with peanut allergies.
** For a healthier option, substitute more powdered milk for the confectioner’s sugar.
Recipe from www.familyfun.com

 

Did You Know?

In our last two years of children graduating from our preschools into kindergarten, 92% of our graduating class was academically and socially prepared to go to their neighborhood typical kindergarten instead of a special education program, including our medically fragile children.  This gave them an ability to succeed to their highest potential and realize a future where they are more likely to be self-supporting adults.

 

Referral Process

We do everything we can to make our referral process as simple and straightforward as possible.  If you have a child in mind for any of our programs, all you need to do is call.  We have a friendly, highly trained and knowledgeable case manager at each site who will work with you to establish the child’s eligibility and the best sources for financial aid.  If you are uncertain that a child will qualify, please do not hesitate to call; we take a wide variety of children with skilled nursing needs and look at each case individually.  To refer a child, please contact us at 858-751-0506 (San Diego) or 760-751-6031 (Oceanside).

 

San Diego

5055 Viewridge Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 751 - 0506

Oceanside

3815 Mission Avenue, Suite 107

Oceanside, CA 92058
(760) 757 - 6031

 


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