Imagine the fear, grief and trauma of a child who is suddenly displaced from all they know, their home, their family, their pets, their belongings in the event of abuse, neglect and unsafe or dangerous conditions. Many children from newborns to teens experience an emergency removal from their home and often this occurs late at night. The Department of Children and Families without the time to gather any or only minimal belongings take them into foster care as emergency placements. Many of our children will experience multiple placements, in some cases as many as four to six foster homes. Clarendon aims to support the Department of Children and Families by providing Comfort Kits for Foster Kids to children entering our program as emergency placements.
Our Comfort Kits will provide both items needed for daily care and comfort items to help reduce the extreme stress of the emergency placement. The kits can then accompany the child as they transition to another foster care placement or return home. They are designed to meet the needs of different ages and genders. Contents of Comfort Kits will be contained in durable bags. Depending on age, the kits may include underwear or diapers, socks, sweat pants and t-shirt, toothbrush, soft toy, a book, a cozy blanket, pacifier, crayons and drawing pad. Seasonally appropriate items like hats and mittens will be included as well.
Children need to know that they are wanted, that they matter, and that they are loved before healing can begin. Our Comfort Kits will help children to feel safe and will remind them that someone cares.
Serving Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators and children daily.
For 41 years we’ve helped families to access high quality , affordable childcare while helping to build successful careers for licensed Family Child care educators in Massachusetts.
Our Mission and Values
To provide quality, culturally sensitive and affordable child care services.
To promote small business opportunities for women and men in the Mass. Family Child Care industry
To promote quality of care and to enhance professionalism in Early Childhood Education
We strive to provide excellent services following the highest standards of security and privacy for your family’s safety and peace of mind
Nutrition - Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Clarendon is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency that sponsors the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Care/ for providers participating in Clarendon’s Child Care Systems across the state as well as independent Providers. The CACFP provides many benefits for providers and children including, nutrition training, free nutritious meals for children and financial reimbursement for provider’s meal service costs. Massachusetts Department of Education http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/ provides oversight for all sponsors of the CACFP in MA.
Clarendon is a staunch advocate for the continuation of Federal funding for the Food Program and works tirelessly with The Food Research and Action Center http://www.frac.org/. FRAC is the leading National Organization dedicated to the integrity of the CACFP and the welfare of America’s hungriest children.
Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc. provides quality child care services to children from birth to 13 years, supporting families from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds.
Clarendon’s philosophy is based on the knowledge that children learn through positive interactions with caring adults who understand how children develop and provide opportunities for meaningful hands-on learning experiences. Children learn best through activities that engage their senses and need individual support as they explore and discover themselves, others and the world around them in the context of their families and cultures. Safe, healthy environments with a robust nutrition program set the stage for improved outcomes in school and in life.
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