Smith Hill Early Learning Center Playground Dedication
The sun even showed up for the dedication of the new playground at the Capital Community Center’s Smith Hill Early Learning Center in Providence. Funded largely by the CharterCARE Foundation as part of the “Eat Well/Play Well” grant to fight childhood obesity, the new play area features a climbing wall, water trough, painting station, balance beam, slides and much more. In addition, there are container gardens where children plant and care for flowers and healthy vegetables, all part of the Eat Well education initiatives. Executive Director Paula Iacono officially cut the ribbon on June 8 as swarms of children shrieked with delight. After presenting flowers and thank you cards from each of the classroom groups, the children were eager to show off their new activities.
CharterCARE Foundation partners with Thundermist Health Center
Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket is launching a pediatric mental health pilot program, thanks to the CharterCARE Foundation’s Behavioral Health Grant for Children & Families. Funds will provide psychiatric counseling, certified nursing assistance, and electronic medical record documentation for over 300 children ages 3-18. This underserved population in one of the poorest RI communities is experiencing an alarming increase in the need for children’s mental health services, due to adult and child drug use, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, unemployment, and challenging family dynamics. This grant will help eliminate the 6-8 month waiting period for mental health services offered at out of area facilities, by providing these services in an environment already familiar to and accessible by the patients in most need.
Northern Rhode Island Children Benefit from Oral Health Grant
CharterCARE Foundation recently awarded a Pediatric Oral Health grant to WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care in Scituate to purchase a panoramic xray and desktop computer, serving low income pediatric patients in Northern Rhode Island. Area residents largely rely on well water, which is not fluoridated. Last year WellOne served over 1400 patients under the age of 18, with the need consistently rising. This critical diagnostic tool will help to alleviate expensive, untreated oral health issues in these patients.
“Walking” School Bus
Launched in January by Family Service of Rhode Island’s Walk to Wellness, the Walking School Bus (WSB) intiative connects 22 families at two of the four WSB elementary schools in Providence with healthy food and daily family exercise. Made possible through a generous “Eat Well, Play Well” grant from the CharterCARE Foundation, Walk to Wellness deepens the impact the WSB has on these two school communities by enhancing its current work of walking students to school every day, on time.For the 2017 pilot year, the Walk to Wellness program is serving the Mary E. Fogarty and Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary schools in the Lower South Providence and Washington Park neighborhoods. Both schools have families in need of comprehensive food programs, including many immigrants and refugees. Walk to Wellness addresses their needs by connecting them with local fresh fruits and vegetables from Farm Fresh RI, preparation tips and recipes, sneakers for those who need them, and support in walking to school and building a deeper connection with the school community. This partnership between Family Service of Rhode Island, the CharterCARE Foundation, and Farm Fresh RI makes Walk to Wellness possible by knitting a tighter bond between the people in South Providence and the larger RI area.
The Chartercare Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 community foundation and is not affiliated with Prospect CharterCARE LLC, CharterCARE Health Partners, or any of their affiliates.