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Directly Speaking

I want to thank all of you who celebrated Peninsula’s 40th Birthday on Sunday, September 18.  Despite a little rain we all had a wonderful time.  I want to thank the Jr. League of Portland, staff and Board members for volunteering their time in helping us set-up, clean-up and staffing the activities. We also want to thank Adidas for donating a variety of new shoes for the raffle.  The party was so successful that many of you have requested that we have a 41st birthday party for Peninsula next year.

  We still have openings in some of our classes, and we feel that you are our best spokespeople.
  We could use your help in recruiting new students.  As a thank you for your efforts we will continue
  to offer a referral and enrollment incentive: $100 tuition credit for YOU, and a $100 tuition credit
  for YOUR FRIEND if they enroll for at least one month.


  If you can’t think of any friends, neighbors, or co-workers who could use our programs, please  
  consider these other ways of helping us. If you have any ideas of where we can post flyers, let us
  know. We also have business profiles on popular review sites. Please leave a review about us by
  following any or all of these


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Lastly I want to remind you and your friends that we will open our new part day preschool class later this month. We need
to recruit one more student to get it going. We are now also recruiting students for an after school Pre K classroom.
Children who attend Pre K at Beach, Sabin, Boise Eliot and other neighboring elementary schools are welcome.
Contact Natalie (natalie@penchild.org or 503-280-0534, ext. 33) for more information and to arrange a tour.


Notes from Sue, Education Director

The Importance of Early Language and Literacy Development

As parents, we all want our children to grow up and be successful. We realize the importance of educational success to our c hildren’s future.  What many people don’t realize is that school success and literacy development begins at birth. Overwhelming research has shown that children’s academic success at ages 9 and 10 is closely related to the amount of talk they hear from birth to age 3. This is because these early social language experiences help shape the architecture of children’s developing brains. So it’s important to talk to children, a lot, from birth on.
 
Another way parents and teachers can help insure children’s future success is by reading to them regularly and sharing social literacy experiences with them. Book sharing increases the amount and richness of language children hear, builds their vocabulary, and the amount of spoken language they understand. When a child, even as young as infancy, sits in their parent’s lap and experiences looking at, talking about, or hearing a book read, something magical happens. We know that in the brain, “neurons that fire together wire together.” This means that when parents and children share books together the child’s love for their parent becomes associated with a love of literature and reading they carry forth to the time when they begin learing to read and write themselves.
 
One way we promote early language and literacy development at Peninsula is through participating in Multnomah County Library’s Raising a Reader program. Each week you will find a red book bag in your child’s cubby. These books, provided by the library, are for you to take home and read together. The following week you will return them and get a different book bag. We hope every family will take advantage of this opportunity to build your child’s language, literacy and future success. Please ask your child’s teacher what day the red book bags in your class will come home and what day they need to be returned.

For an interesting article on the importance of early language and literacy development go to www.zerotothree.org/child-development/early-language-literacy/earlyliteracy2pagehandout.pdf

School Age Site Notes

Hello again from the school-age programs at Boise-Eliot and Sabin!  We have come to the end of our first month of school and are enjoying settling back into our routines with many returning students as well as many new faces. The month of October is Fire Safety Month, and we have been talking with the children about the safe use of candles and fire as a prevention for unwanted fires in their homes and neighborhoods. This is especially important during the Halloween season when many families put up displays that include candles or oil lamps.

Kirsten Landau, Site Director at our Sabin program, will be working through this Friday, October 7th, and then going on her maternity leave. She will be at home with her family through Thanksgiving and then will return to Peninsula. We wish her the very best as she welcomes her new baby into the world! Jordan Baran will step in as the interim director in Kirsten's absence.

Join us for Peninsula's Fall Festival!

Please join us for a center-wide opportunity to enjoy the season of autumn. Come to Peninsula Children’s Center 2011 Fall Festival Open House on Friday, October 28th, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at our Maryland Site. We will have fun children's activities, a snack and a chance for the kids to show off costumes (costumes are welcome as long as they are not scary). This is a great time to spend a little extra time hanging out in the center with your child and other Peninsula Families. If you would like to volunteer in any way please contact Natalie at  503-280-0534, ext 33, or natalie@penchild.org.


Energy Assistance Resources from our Family Advocate Natalie Mitchell

Here are the three primary programs that offer financial assistance to qualifying limited and fixed-income energy customers. You must meet the income guidelines listed below.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This federally funded program distributes one-time annual grants to help eligible households pay their energy bills in winter.
To be eligible, you must meet income guidelines (see chart below), but you do not have to have a shut-off notice from PGE. Assistance levels vary depending on the type of energy used for your primary heating source, the number of people in your household and whether you currently receive subsidized housing. Special outreach is provided to seniors, the disabled and households with young children under six. This program opens to the general public in December.

Oregon Energy Assistance Program (OEAP)
OEAP is funded by a state-mandated electric meter charge. This is a year-round assistance program funded by a state-mandated electric meter charge. All PGE customers pay a monthly meter charge to support this program. To be eligible, you must meet income guidelines (see chart below) and priority is given to customers who may be in danger of disconnection.

OregonHEAT
This private nonprofit organization helps low-income customers in crisis situations pay their winter utility bills. Oregon HEAT, which is funded by PGE and other utility companies, as well as donations from PGE customers, distributes one-time grants through a number of community nonprofit organizations. Eligibility is based on income and need.

LIHEAP, OEAP & Oregon HEAT use the following income guidelines to determine program eligibility

Household size Gross household monthly income
1 $1,860.08
2 $2,432.42
3 $3,004.75
4 $3,577.08
5 $4,149.42
6 $4,721.67
 
Add $107.33 for each additional family member after six.

The following organizations accept applications for assistance for LIHEAP, OEAP and/or Oregon HEAT funds to qualifying limited and fixed-income residents. This is the current list; participating organizations may change annually.
County Organization Phone Number
Clackamas        Clackamas Co. Social Services 503-650-5640
Marion/Polk      Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action
Toll-free number outside of Salem
503-588-9016
866-299-4216
  The Salvation Army* 503-585-6688
Multnomah      Self Enhancement Inc., NE Portland 503-240-0828
  Human Solutions, Gresham/East Multnomah County 503-405-7877
  IRCO − Asian Family Center, All of Multnomah County 503-235-9396
  Impact NW, SE Portland 503-988-6020
  Native American Youth and Family Center, NE Portland 503-972-2463
  The Salvation Army, Multnomah County 503-239-1264
  Snow CAP, East Multnomah County (Oregon HEAT only)*      503-674-8785
  Neighborhood House, NW/SW Portland 503-246-1663
Washington      Community Action, Beaverton/Hillsboro 503-615-0771
Yamhill Community Action, McMinnville (YCAP)
Toll-free number
503-472-0457 x140
800-945-9992 x140

Calendar of Events

Date: Oct. 10th, 2011
9:00-11:30am
Event: Junior III and Preschool II Field Trip to The Pumpkin Patch
Date: Oct. 17th, 2011 Event: Junior II Field Trip to The Pumpkin Patch
Date: Oct. 18th, 2011
9:00-11:30am
Event: Preschool III Field trip to The Pumpkin Patch
Date: Oct. 22, 2011
9:00-11:00am
Event: Junior League of Portland's VIP Day http://www.crowdrise.com/VIPDay2011Peninsula
Date: Oct. 28, 2011
4:30-6:00pm
Event: Peninsula's Fall Festival at our Maryland Site
Date Nov. 11, 2011
All Day
Event: Peninsula Sites closed for Staff Inservice