"Dedicated to providing year-round programs
and educational support to enrich the lives of children in need."

About Our Workshops

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for supporting our decision we made back in 2004 to make mandatory workshop attendance part of our program. Participants have found their time spent in the classes to be well-invested.  Many have told us that it has given them the information they needed so that they no longer require our help. This is the type of success we'd hoped for!

Our decision to encourage financial responsibility by providing educational resources to our program participants enticed many of our previous donors back after having been away from the program for the past few years. Requiring participation in these workshops reinforces the fact that we are trying to help families and children reach a level of financial stability.  

All returning parents to the Christmas Is For Kids program receive an initial mailing from us. The mailing explains that in order to be eligible for the program, they must attend 4 workshops out of nearly 20 available to them. The response has been terrific and we are glad to help all of those who joined us for the workshops.  For parents in the program for over 4 years, 6 workshops are required.

In addition to the classes, there are many other methods to receive credit to remain in the program.  Please see details below for further information.

Requirements & Schedule to Participate in the Christmas is for Kids Program

Christmas Is For Kids 2018
Council Office:  508.226.2336

 

Requirements:

 

  • Participants in the program less than 4 years:  returning parents need to do 4 classes (8 hours) or 20 hours of volunteering
    (click here to download volunteer log sheet)
     
  • Participant in the program 4 or more years:  above requirements plus ADDITIONAL 2 classes (4 hours) that must be on financial education

**If there is an issue, don’t wait to contact us!! Let us know what is happening.  Don’t wait until the last minute to do the requirements!!                

 

Ways to Fulfill Your Requrements:

 

1. ATTEND PARENTING WORKSHOPS AT THE ATTLEBORO PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Attleboro Public Library is offering 3 free parenting workshops in the coming months that may be of interest to you.  You can sign up for these workshops by going to www.attleborolibrary.org, hover over the “events” tab on the home page & click on “EVENT REGISTRATION”. You will be taken to a list of all the Library’s current programs . Scroll down until you see the program you are interested in & then click on the “Register Now” button. Fill in the required information. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once the registration is approved.

The following topics are being offered--

 

1. Thursday March 8 @ 6:00-7:00
The Value of Routines and Play

Learn how play helps your child master skills in all areas of his/her development, and how your everyday routines (bathing, cooking, cleaning) can include great learning experiences.

 

2. Wednesday April 4 @ 6:00-7:00
Smooth Transitions to Kindergarten

Explore the social-emotional, developmental, and practical challenges presented by the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Discover how to develop concrete strategies to help both you and your child prepare for this transition, including how to say goodbye to their current program.

 

3. Thursday May 23 @ 6:00-7:00
Seeing Language and Literacy Everywhere!

We see Environmental Print everywhere, we see logos and signs in our daily lives, but as adults we don’t consider it real “reading”. However, Environmental Print is the first print a child learns to “read”. How many times have you driven by a McDonald’s restaurant with your child in the car and he has shouted “Look! McDonald’s!”? When children are excited about reading, and print holds meaning for them, they will learn much faster and begin to make connections to the world around them. In this workshop, parents will learn about some fun activities to do with their children anywhere, even during their daily commutes to bring language and the written word alive! Download pdf flyer for this class, here.

 

2. ATTEND A CLASS AT BRISTOL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • The Council For Children will be running several classes later this year. Fall dates for classes will be announced in August. Stay tuned!

 

3. VOLUNTEER AT A NON-PROFIT

Volunteer a minimum of 20 hours for a non-profit organization.

  1. Fill out a volunteer hour sheet (click here to download)
  2. The non-profit organization must write a letter on their letterhead confirming that you volunteered
  • Include both of the above with your CIFK application

 

4. FINISH YOUR HiSET (high school equivalency exam)

  • Include copy of completion with your CIFK application

 

5. TAKE COLLEGE COURSES

  • Must be from spring or summer sessions in 2018
  • Must have a passing grade of 70% or higher and include copy of transcript with your CIFK application

 

6. TAKE ONLINE COURSES / CLASSES

Requirements for online courses:

  • Recieve a passing grade of 70 or higher*
  • Provide a certificate of completion with your CIFK applcation

Important Information:

 

Online Courses at Attleboro Public Library

  • You need to have a library card to participate
  • From the Attleboro Public Library home page:
  • Click on the "Elibrary" tab,
  • Ten select: "Online Resources" link
  • From the "Online Resources" page, click on the
    "
    Test Prep / Career Skills" link
  • From the "Test Preparation / Career Skills" page,
    scroll down and click on the "
    Universal Classes" link
  • Or just click here to get to the Universal Classes web page
  • If you have already created a username and password, click the “sign in” button
  • Check this list to see if class is acceptable; call our office if you are not sure
  • Ccomplete course with a passing grade (70% or higher)
  • Must be .8 cu or higher
  • Print certificate and include with application

 

Online Courses at Richards Memorial Library, North Attleboro

  • You need to have a library card to participate
  • Click on the LYNDA.com link on the home page
  • Click the link on the LYNDA page
  • Type in your library card number and pin number
  • Check this list to see if class is acceptable; call our office if you are not sure
  • Complete course with a passing grade (70% or higher)
  • Must be .8 cu or higher
  • Print certificate and include with application

 


PUBLIC LIBRARY ON LINE COURSES
(download on-line course list here)

ANY CLASS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS
WILL BE ACCEPTED:

Accounting

Entrepreneurship

Special Education

Business

Finance

Web Development

Career Training

GED Training

Writing Skills

 


NONE OF THE CLASSES IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS
WILL BE ACCEPTED:

Alternate Medicine

Arts and Photography 

Cooking

General Education

History

Home Schooling

How To/Do It Yourself

New Age

Performing Arts

Personal Care

Pet and Animal Care

Real Estate

Reference

Religious Studies

Self-Help

Spiritual Studies

Teacher Tools

Test Preparation

New Course

Reference

 

 


 

The following topics have some individual classes that will not be accepted. All other classes within the topic will be accepted for credit.

TOPIC 

THESE CLASSES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR CREDIT

Computer and Tech  

Image Editing; Photography

Health and Medicine

Advocacy for Elderly Patients
Classes 2, 6, 8, 9, 13 under Safety 

Language Arts

Writing Improvement

Law/Legal/Criminal

Basic Law and Criminology
Human Resources
Small Business

Mathematics

Home Schooling Strategies, Teacher Resources

Medical Billing

Therapy & Treatment

Office Skills

Legal Studies

Parenting and Families

Classes 1, 2, 8, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 34, 41

Psychology

Classes 17, 20, 21, 25, 27

Science

Animal/Bird Studies, Environmental Issues, Teacher Curriculum

Social Work

Classes 2, 3, 9, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26

            


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4 Hodges St, Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: 508-226-2336
E-Mail: info@councilforchildren.org

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