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Family Day 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

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Father Fest

Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Coping With Middle School Creatively

Saturday, May 5, 2018

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Stars Over Stuart – A Teen Talent Show with a Message!

Friday, May 4, 2018

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S.P.L.A.S.H. Registration Begins May 1, 2018.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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Florida Daycare Add Oral Hygiene To Its Curriculum

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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Family Movie Night in the Park

Friday, February 9, 2018

The East Stuart Youth Initiative Presents Family Movie Night in the Park

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Elementary Student Art Show

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Family Movie Night in the Park

Friday, January 12, 2018

Family Movie Night in the Park

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New Funding Opportunities for Early Learning and Development

Friday, December 15, 2017

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Summer Learning

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Community Early Childhood Education Summit

Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Monday, May 1, 2017

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October News

Monday, October 31, 2016

October Newsletter

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Every School Day Matters

By JenniferAhern
YourNews contributor
MARTIN COUNTY— Last week, parents flooded Facebook and social media with pictures of their children
dressed up and ready to embark on their first day of school.
It is the end of summer: late nights, sleeping in, beach, pool, fun with friends and vacations. Day one of
school turns those lackadaisical summer habits into nights of homework, studying, early bedtimes and a
regimented routine for the next 180 school days.
For students to achieve a high level of academic performance, attendance is crucial, even in the preschool
years. Research indicates that attendance is directly linked to academic performance; chronic absence in
preschool and kindergarten is associated with lowered proficiency in reading and math and increased
retention. Chronic absences in the early years of schooling often set a pattern of absenteeism that continues
into later grades.
When a student misses 10 percent or more of the school year or misses 18 or more days, we call that chronic
Hedy Chang, founder and director of Attendance Works, says that chronic absenteeism is a red alert that a
student is headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school. According to
Attendance Works, one in 10 students will miss more than 10 percent (18 days) of school each year.
We often think that as long as the absences are excused and the children can make up their work, then a
child’s learning will not be affected. But research tells us otherwise. Students can make up assignments and
tests, but they cannot recover what is most valuable: the questions, activities and the explanations from the
Jennifer Ahern
The Everyone Graduates Center, a research program of John Hopkins University, reports three reasons that students usually miss school:
■ Students who cannot attend school due to illness, family responsibilities or housing instability
■ Students who will not attend school to avoid bullying, unsafe conditions, harassment or embarrassment
■ Students who do not attend school because they, or their parents, do not see the value in being there and
nothing will stop them from skipping school.
How do we as a community address chronic absenteeism?
The Children’s Services Council realizes chronic absenteeism is a community- wide problem and does not
fall strictly on the shoulders of the school district. Parents, students, educators, administrators and political
leaders can all help combat this issue. Parents can establish and stick to basic routines for homework, bedtime
and morning time. Getting your child to school on time every day unless they are sick is something that you
can do to ensure your child has a chance to succeed in school. Students need a good night’s sleep.
The most recent national poll shows that more than 87 percent of U.S. high school students get far less than
the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night.
Policy makers can ensure school districts are tracking and analyzing absentee data and patters. Health care
providers can take preventative steps to keep children from getting sick.
Schools need to ensure that children feel safe and secure in their school environments.
School administrators need to communicate the importance of school attendance to students and to parents.
Teachers and administrators should create incentives and rewards for students with good attendance records.
Every school day counts for students to achieve their highest academic potential.
The Children’s Services Council of Martin County invests approximately $2.5 million a year in education
programs targeted towards school readiness, youth development and academic support. Those programs help
foster a culture of learning, school attendance, parent engagement and academic achievement.
To learn more about the Children’s Service Council of Martin County, log on to https://www.cscmc.
org, friend the council at www.
facebook.com/cscmc or call JenniferAhern, the manager of outreach and communications, at 772-288-5758,
ext. 102.
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August Newsletter

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Back to School!
The summer days are coming to an end and before we know it our roads will be full of bright yellow buses carrying children to and from school. Drop off and pick up times can be dangerous for school children; it’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.
According to the Department of Transportation, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location.
Here are a few safety tips:
  • Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school
  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risk

Mark You Calendar for August 27th!
Barnes and Nobles in Jensen Beach is hosting a Book Drive to benefit Martin Reads!
Meet Pete the Cat from 11:00- 11:30
Play with Legos from 12:00-1:00
Receive a FREE book when you complete a
Summer Reading Triathlon Journal
Download Here!
Books available for purchase to benefit 
Martin Reads!
Mention Martin Reads! or the Children’s Services Council of Martin County at checkout and a portion of your purchase will benefit 
Martin Reads!

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Summer Matters!

Pencils are down, the books are packed away and children are celebrating because school is out and long summer days are ahead of them.  Camps, vacations, pools and anything fun and playful are what most children look forward to over the summer. For others, especially families with lower incomes, it’s a time of struggle and hardship trying to find and afford food to eat and a safe place to be.

Children from lower income families are also at risk to loose many of the achievement gains they’ve accomplished over the previous school year. This learning loss is known as the Summer Slide, which is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate.

The Children’s Services Council along with our partnering agencies have been working to prevent the Summer Slide by keeping kids active, engaged and reading during the summer months.  Research shows that kids who don’t read over the summer lose reading skills and will be two years behind classmates by the end of 6th grade.

There are many community summer reading programs aimed at keeping our children reading this summer.

The Martin County Library System is offering…..
On Your Mark, Get Set…READ! The program offers materials, activities and events geared towards preventing the dreaded “summer slide.” Kids can earn free books, prizes and an invitation to a special party! Visit MCLS for more information.

Barnes and Noble is offering kids a free book this summer if they complete a reading journal. Find out more at BarnesandNoble.com

Need a book? Visit one of the Little Free Libraries housed in over 75 organizations in Martin County.

Summer Learning
Matthew Boulay, Board Chairperson for the National Summer Learning Association, shares his
Top 10 “Easy Summer Learning Tips” for Parents

1.Read, Read, Read! Encourage your child to read anything and everything.

2.Have Fun with Numbers. Find creative ways to practice math. Ask your child to help tally a bill at the grocery store or help measure ingredients for dinner.

3.Turn off the TV and Devices– Limit the screen time.

4.Make Art! Kids love art projects, let them draw, paint or produce a play.

5.Experiment! Do Science! Play with magnets, collect rocks or plant a garden.

6.Eat Smart. Eat Healthy. Keep plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables around for children to snack on.

7.Get Outside. Take a hike, go for a bike ride, play in the sun or visit a park.

8.Go to a Museum. Find a local museum and visit or go online for a virtual visit.

9.Read a Poem. Google “Funny Poems for Children” and see which one your child enjoys.

10.Finally…… Go to Sleep! Keeping a bedtime routine is important, even if bedtime is a little later during the summer.

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SPLASH, created by the Children’s Services Council of Martin County stands for

Swimming Provides Learners with Aquatics Safety & Health!
Every Martin County child who qualifies for free or reduced lunch at school or Florida Kid Care (Medicaid) is eligible to participate in SPLASH. The FREE entry- level lessons are being offered at Sailfish Splash Waterpark and YMCA in Stuart and Indiantown.
Parents/guardians MUST also attend a water safety class to ensure children stay safe & have fun!
Eligibility Forms are available beginning May 16, 2016 at the following locations:
Boys and Girls Club of Martin County
Hobe Sound – 772-545-0054
Indiantown – 772-597-5088
Palm City – 772-220-9160
Port Salerno – 772-283-5900
Stuart – 772-888-9070
Building Bridges to Youth (772) 781-8300
Early Learning Coalition (772) 220-1220
Martin County Healthy Start Coalition
(772) 463-2888
Treasure Coast Food Bank
Whole Child Connection Program
(772) 463-2168
YMCA in Indiantown
(772) 597-3700
Children must wear a swimsuit to participate in SPLASH!

Martin Reads!
As we finish up another school year and begin to make our summer plans, the Children’s Services Council of Martin County would like to encourage parents, students and our community at large to keep reading! Only 53% of 3rd grade students in Martin County are reading at grade level.
Research has shown that 75% of students who struggle with reading in third grade never catch up. In fact, those students are four times as likely to drop out of high school.
Martin Reads! is part of the national Grade Level Reading Initiative designed to educate and engage local communities to tackle the growing achievement gap and to highlight the importance of grade level reading by the end of a student’s 3rd grade year.
Please visit www.cscmc.org for more details on Martin Reads or a list of organizations hosting the Little Free Libraries in Martin County.

Keep Our Teens Safe this Prom and Graduation Season
The end of the school  year is approaching and it is always an exciting time for High School students and graduating seniors. While we want our students to have fun and celebrate these milestones we also want them to understand the risks involved with parties, alcohol and drug consumption and the innate dangers of driving under the influence.
During Prom and Graduation season the numbers of traffic deaths are higher for teens than any other time of the year according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).Here are a few safety tips for Parents:

  • Require adult supervision at every celebration your child attends.
  • Know who will be driving your child to and from the party.
  • Remind your children that, under any circumstances, you will be there to pick them up or help them.
  • Ask questions and keep in contact with your child while they are out.
  • Set a curfew and give your child rules that they must follow.

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Martin County Schools Art Exhibit

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016 over 150 elementary school students along with their parents converged on CSC for the annual art exhibit. The event, organized by Martin County Elementary Art Teachers, focused on highlighting the students’ creativity and passion for art.

This year’s art exhibit showcased several genres, including clay, watercolor, and mixed media displayed in a variety of mediums such as collages, sculptures, and prints.

The community is welcome to visit the Children’s Services Council office located at 101 S.E. Central Blvd in Stuart to view the remaining student artwork that is proudly displayed in the lobby and community board room.

Schools represented include:

Hobe Sound Elementary

Jensen Beach Elementary

SeaWind Elementary

Citrus Grove Elementary

Bessey Creek Elementary

Pinewood Elementary

Palm City Elementary

Crystal Lake Elementary

Felix Williams Elementary School

Warfield Elementary School

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State of the Child Symposium a Success

Friday, January 8, 2016

State of the Child Symposium 2016 Deemed Success

Martin County’s child advocates, educators, business leaders and community volunteers recently attended the 2016 State of the Child Symposium at the Blake Library in Stuart to learn about the challenges affecting Martin County’s children and families.

While the Symposium touched on many issues facing the community, the central message was the unveiling of Martin County’s Grade Level Reading (GLR) initiative; the community action plan developed to address the following challenges: early language and literacy, chronic absence and summer learning loss.

Conceived by the Education Steering Committee of the Shared Services Network of Martin County*, the GLR initiative gave birth to the Martin Reads! campaign a grassroots effort to educate and engage the community on the importance of early literacy, school readiness and the importance of speaking with children early and often.

“We are encouraged and excited by the wonderful turn out and appreciate the energy of the participants and the feedback regarding  the Martin Reads! campaign and the Port Salerno Talks/FLIP programs,” said David Heaton, Executive Director of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County.

As mentioned at the Symposium, according to the Florida Department of Education, in 2014 nearly 50% of Martin County’s 3rd grade students were not reading at grade level. The long-term consequences attributed to this crisis include increased likelihood of not graduating high school and increased probability of future prison stays.

“The cost of doing nothing is too great. It is time to move forward with an aggressive grade level reading campaign to ensure that Martin County’s children are positioned for success in school and life,” stated Jenn Salas, Director of Martin County Library System.

The steering committee is currently planning the county-wide marketing effort around GLR that will focus on the importance of school readiness, consistent school attendance and summer learning.

*Shared Services Network is a consortium of local funders, service providers and government agencies, including Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Martin County Library System, United Way of Martin County and the Martin County School.

For more information about how to be a part the Martin Reads! campaign, please contact Jenn Salas at jsalas@martin.fl.us.

The State of the Child 2016 was proudly brought to you by the Martin County Library System, Shared Services Network Executive Roundtable, The Children’s Services Council of Martin County and the United Way of Martin County.

The Campaign for Grade Level Reading addresses three challenges:

School Readiness

A disproportionate number of children from low-income families begin school unprepared to learn, as they are more likely to hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their middle-income peers before reaching kindergarten.

The Attendance Gap

(Chronic Absence) Research has found that 10% of kindergarten and first grade students nationwide misses nearly a month of school each year. These students can ill-afford to lose time on task; especially in the early years when reading instruction is a central part of the curriculum.

The Summer Slide

(Summer Learning Loss) Research shows that children from low-income families lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills over the summer. By the end of fifth grade, they are nearly three grade levels behind their peers.

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2016 State of the Child Symposium

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the State of the Child Symposium will be held on Friday, January 8th at the Blake Library in Stuart, Florida. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the event starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 12:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to communications@cscmc.org by January 5, 2016.

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David Heaton Celebrates 25 years with CSC

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Children’s Services Council of Martin County is honored to celebrate David Heaton’s 25 years of service. His dedication and commitment to the children and families of this great community is evident in the growth and success of targeted support programs.

We are thankful for all he does and look forward to his continued leadership. 
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Have you seen a Little Library?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Have you seen a Little Library throughout Martin County? We have distributed approximately 60   throughout the community.

If you have books you would like to donate to this program, designed to get families growing their home libraries so everyone can get reading, please add them to a Little Library near you or drop them off at the Children’s Services Council office, 101 SE Central Parkway in Stuart.

    Thank you to the businesses that are helping with this community-wide effort!

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Rock & Roll Reading Program kicks off!

Friday, June 12, 2015

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2014-2015 Annual Report released!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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Check Out New Training Resources!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Are you looking for opportunities to learn more ways to help children and families in our community? The Children’s Services Council of Martin County tracks these training events and updates our Provider Agency Resources page frequently! Click here to see!

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From the Heart: Jan/Feb 2015 is out!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Happy Holidays from CSCMC!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Thank you, Martin County!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Martin voters support Council overwhelmingly reauthorization!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Martin County voters reauthorize Children’s Services Council
       STUART – Overcoming the greatest challenge to the dedicated funding source for children and family programming in its 26 years, the Children’s Services Council of Martin County has been reauthorized Tuesday by voters.
       Nearly 77% of registered voters in Martin County agreed to continue the existence of the Council, which was created by voter referendum in 1988 and returned to the ballot for the first time this year.
       “This work has always been about the well-being and health of children andfamilies in Martin County, and we are honored to continue serving our community in this way,” said David Heaton, the executive director of the Council. “We are so thankful for the overwhelming support from our neighbors and have appreciated the opportunity to talk with so many caring Martin County residents about the work we do on their behalf.”
        After state legislators decided to bring the local funding agency back to the ballot in 2010, the Council shifted from the behind-the-scene support and oversight of 20 local not-for-profit agencies to working collectively with agency representatives, small business owners and community leaders to educate homeowners about the work done on their behalf over the years.
        On voting day, it was clear that Martin County voters understood the importance of having a local, independent agency designed to keep children out of politics and supported on a path to success. The Stuart News editorial board, Martin County Taxpayers Association, Florida Tax Watch, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Stuart Commission all also formally supported the Children’s Services Council.
         With the reauthorization approved, the Council will continue to prioritize programs that focus on healthy children, strong families, safe communities and success in school and life.

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Florida TaxWatch Endorses CSCMC!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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From the Heart: October 2014 FAQs is available!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Stuart News endorses reauthorization!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


THE ISSUE: In Martin County: “The Children’s Services Council of Martin County is an independent special taxing district approved by Martin County’s voters in 1988 to enhance the health and well-being of Martin County’s children. Shall the Children’s Services Council of Martin County be reauthorized to fund services for Martin County’s children, unless dissolved by the County Commission or special act of the Legislature provided by law?”

In St. Lucie County: “The Children’s Services Council is an independent special district approved by voters in 1990 and since that time has provided preventative, development, treatment, rehabilitation and other services for children in St. Lucie County. Shall the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County be reauthorized to continue in existence, unless dissolved by either the Board of County Commissioners or by a special act of the Florida Legislature?”

HISTORY: The wording of the referendums to be voted on Nov. 4 by the citizens of Martin and St. Lucie counties may differ, but the issue is the same. Voters are being asked whether they want to continue supporting their respective Children’s Services Councils which voters had previously authorized years ago.

The referendums are being required as a result of legislation sponsored by state Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart in 2010 to give voters an opportunity to weigh in on whether they believe in the work that has been accomplished through taxes raised by the special tax levied in each county for its Children’s Services Council.

While some counties help to finance programs for children and families through the general fund of their counties, those counties that created special councils believed an independent, nonpolitical body with financial and operational oversight of agencies receiving money would be more effective.

And, those agencies getting financial assistance are closely monitored by the Councils and must document proof of their success.

In Martin and St. Lucie counties, the agencies supported by their Children’s Services Council have produced an admirable track record of improving the quality of life for children and enhancing their future potential. And, according to some statistics, $1 invested in such preventive programs saves taxpayers about $7 in later costs.

Without support from the Council, programs such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and many others might not exist. And, without them, their communities would be far less than they should be.

In each county, improvements have been made in areas such as reducing teen pregnancy, reducing juvenile justice intervention, and better preparing children for school.

And, that is accomplished with pennies a day from taxpayers. In Martin County, 35 programs are funded with taxes that amount to $37 a year on a home valued at $150,000 with a homestead exemption. In St. Lucie County, about 50 programs are funded with taxes that amount to about $49 per year for the same home in St. Lucie.

About 90 percent of all funds raised go directly to agencies served by the Councils.

ENDORSEMENT: Children’s Services Councils in Martin and St. Lucie counties are making great strides in improving life for children in their counties at a relatively modest cost. They provide a vital service.

We strongly recommend a “yes” vote on reauthorization in each county.

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MC Taxpayers Association Forum 10/9

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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From the Heart: Kids Week Wrap Up!

Monday, September 1, 2014

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KIDS WEEK: Champions for Children announced!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Representatives with the Children’s Services Council of Martin County had a fantastic time surprising the award recipients during Kids Week! We are so happy to honor those in the community making a difference in the lives of our community’s children. It takes a village to support families and help children reach their full potential. The 35 programs funded by the Children’s Services Council make a measurable difference, and so do the people honored this week. Congratulations!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Are you a healthy adult who works out at Planet Fitness, Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness or one of the Martin Health System’s Wellness Centers? Then changes are you saw one of our volunteers educating you and your neighbors about the work funded by the Children’s Services Council to help keep our youngest residents healthy, safe and on a path to success! We hope you scored one of the cool foldable water bottles, too!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Wow! More than 30 local businesses with changable marquees have agreed to participate in Kids Week 2014 by changing their sign to read “Martin County Loves Our Kids”! Check out some here:

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy Kids Week 2014! The Children’s Services Council of Martin County wants to kick off this fun-filled week with a new informational video! Enjoy!


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Healthy Summer Habits in the latest From the Heart!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Learn some healthy summer habits encouraged by the Children’s Services Council of Martin County

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Do you know a Champion for Children?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Children’s Services Council of Martin County is proud to announce our first-ever Champion for Children Award! Do you know someone who makes children a priority here in Martin County? We want to honor them! Please fill out the form and return it to us by July 21st! Good luck!

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SPLASH water safety lessons a priority this summer

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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2013-2014 Annual Report Released!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Children’s Services Council of Martin County is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Annual Report is released! To read how YOU are providing a foundation of  support to Martin County’s Face of the Future

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From the Heart: Improving Reading Levels is out!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Read more about how the programs funded by the Children’s Services Council of Martin County complement a national campaign to encourage adults to read aloud to children for at least 15 minutes every day!

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Quarterly Student Art Exhibit Apr. 15th!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Honor the young artists in Martin County at the Children’s Services Council of Martin County’s quarterly student art exhibit opening on Tuesday, April 15.

Meet the featured artists from The Pine School’s elementary school and Stuart Middle School, who will be on hand along with classical guitarists Taafkab Etalia and Joette Giorgis. Refreshments will be served.
The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 15th at the Council office, 101 S.E. Central Parkway in Stuart. It is free and open to the public. For questions, call (772) 288-5758 ext. 102.

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From the Heart: Expanding our Reach — see the true reach of Council funding!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

By contributing to the Children’s Services Council through ad valorem taxes, Martin County homeowners are supporting 34 programs run by 20 not-for-profit agencies. But residents may not realize their reach expands to academic help, arts enrichment, alternative therapies and physical fitness that improves health and increases success in school and life for our youngest residents.

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Priority Area: Success in School and Life — learn more now!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Focus on Priority Area: Safe Communities

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Children’s Services Council of Martin County is continuing its outreach efforts regarding the new strategic plan for 2014-2019, which was approved by the Council at the end of last year. This important document helps to document a two-year effort by Council staff to gather data and analyze research to identify what has worked in Martin County, what needs work and what the emerging issues are in our dynamic community. To read more, click here: https://www.cscmc.org/strategic-plan/

This month, From the Heart is focused on the third of the four funding priority areas, which arose from the strategic plan. This month, we look at Safe Communities, a focus that speaks to the ever-reaching benefit for residents of all ages of creating a foundation of support for children and families in our community. Learn about what Council-funded programs are doing to support this effort toward safety and what we will be tracking on behalf of all Martin County homeowners

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Focus on Priority Area: Strong Families

Thursday, January 2, 2014

To continue explaining the Children’s Services Council of Martin County’s new strategic plan for 2014-2019 — and its complementary, undated funding priorities — From the Heart will continue to focus the next few issues on specific topics the Council-funded agencies hope to impact in the next five years. To read our strategic plan and learn more about the methodology, click here: https://www.cscmc.org/strategic-plan/Last month, we looked at the Healthy Children funding priority.

Last month, we looked at Healthy Children, the first funding priority. This month, From the Heart looks at how Council-funded programs support Strong Families and why that’s so important in creating a foundation of success for our youngest residents. To read the latest issue, click here:https://www.cscmc.org/images/contentfiles/Newsletter1.14.pdf

Have more questions? Feel free to call us at (772) 288-5758 ext. 102 and our public education coordinator is happy to help.

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Focus on Priority Area: Healthy Children

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Children’s Services Council of Martin County has recently approved the strategic plan for 2014-2019, which includes new funding priorities based on data and research that demonstrates the ever-changing dynamic of need and success in our community. To read our strategic plan and learn more about the methodology, click here: https://www.cscmc.org/strategic-plan/

To explain our four new funding priorities, we are dedicating the next few issues of From the Heart to a specific topic. This month, it’s a look at Healthy Children, and what the Children’s Services Council of Martin County is doing to make a difference. To read the latest issue, click here: https://www.cscmc.org/images/contentfiles/Newsletter12.13.pdf

Have more questions? Feel free to call us at (772) 288-5758 ext. 102 and our public education coordinator is happy to help.

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See how Martin County helps our special needs children!

Friday, November 1, 2013

The From the Heart newsletter is now available on our Web site, and November’s issue features the programs that area funded by the Children’s Services Council of Martin County that help our special needs children.

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What is Martin doing to keep kids healthy?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The October issue of From the Heart is now available! Learn what the Children’s Services Council of Martin County is doing to help provide a foundation of good health for our youngest residents.

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School’s Back in Session! Are kids ready?

Sunday, September 1, 2013

School has been back in session for just a few weeks, but some children have already fallen behind. That’s because of a phenomenon known as the “Summer Slide,” where kids from lower socio-economic households lose academic ground over the summer. The Children’s Services Council of Martin County is committed to helping all children learn throughout the year so they can graduate on time and reach their full potential.

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July/August Newsletter is out!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Our latest From the Heart newsletter is out! Learn about how the Children’s Services Council of Martin County is encouraging strong, supported families through fatherhood involvement!

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Our NEW Annual Report is now available!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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The Childhood Connection released!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

In collaboration with  The  Whole Child Connection and other funders, the Children’s Services Council of Martin County is proud to announce the findings of a comprehensive community-wide strategic assessment. Entitled The Childhood Connection, this document is designed to be a catalyst for funding agencies and decision-makers in Martin County to determine what is working and what needs work, as well as identify emerging issues. It’s clear from the research that the work we are doing collectively is making a dramatic difference in the health and well-being of our community – but more work is needed.

This year-long project included intensive data collection from focus groups, a telephone survey, questionaires, interviews with community leaders and in-depth analysis of current research and quantitative data. Together, this methodology presented a clear picture of the emerging issues facing the residents of Martin County today. It also offered opportunities for further research, funding priorities and targeted focus to create a unified approach to reaching the goals we all seek for a healthy, safe and vibrant community.

The Childhood Connection is available in full online here, but this month’s From the Heart focuses on the newly determined Priority Areas that can provide a foundation of support for children and families in Martin County.

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Read May’s From the Heart on Childhood Literacy today!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Read Today: April’s From the Heart focused on children in poverty

Thursday, March 28, 2013