Children's Consortium
2122 Erie Blvd. East
Syracuse, New York 13224

Phone: (315) 471-8331
Fax: (315) 475-2622

 

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Success Stories

AmberAmber's Success Story

Amber is 22 years old and came to work with the Children’s Consortium when she was 20, shortly after the birth of her daughter. Amber did not finish high school and desired her GED. The decision to drop out of school was a burden for Amber and after having her daughter two and half years ago, she decided she needed more education in order to properly provide for her daughter. She completed her GED with the Even Start program in about a year, coming with her daughter to the program consistently since she was 6 weeks old.

As well as getting her GED, Amber thrived from the parenting component of the program. She learned about her daughter’s developmental milestones and how to set firm boundaries for her daughter’s discipline as she got older. Amber is a great mom, but was able to use the agency as a support for her parenting, especially when times got harder than she expected. Amber lives off of public assistance and food stamps and desires to not have to do that for much longer. She wants to support her daughter on her own without help. Her daughter is a well developed, very smart two year old. Amber could not be more proud of her baby and the family they have created.

Even though Amber finished her GED she continues to work with the Children’s Consortium through the Parents as Teachers Program. Amber enjoys receiving a home visitor once a week from the program to help her adjust to her child’s growth through toddlerhood. Amber is aware of the importance of having more educational activities available at all times for her daughter’s growth and success in getting ready for her own educational journey. She seeks ideas and information from her home visitor to make this easier for her to do and have. Amber has recently made the decision to further her education so she may get off Public Assistance and Food Stamps. She is in her first semester of an associate’s degree for Medical Assisting at Bryant and Stratton College. Amber is doing well and hopes to finish the semester with high marks. When she struggles with an assignment she asks for help from professors and her family educator. She has stated that she would never have had the courage to move on with her education if it were not for the support she received from the Children’s Consortium and their Even Start and Parents as Teachers programs.

 

Mildred's Success Story

Mildred Grainger is a dedicated daycare provider in the City of Syracuse. Every morning, Mildred opens up her home to children of low-income working parents. She wears many hats during the day: teacher, mother, referee, coach, and chef. Mildred was looking for some new daycare programming ideas when she contacted the Children’s Consortium to find out more about the Magic Bus daycare training program. She enthusiastically signed up for the 10-week program and learned a variety of topics, including fire safety, nutrition, preschool crafts, childcare safety, etc. during each one hour session.

Each week, the Daycare Trainer would bring her “bag of tricks” for the children, while addressing one of the training topics. What is in the “bag of tricks”, you ask? It could be books, puzzles, craft supplies, puppets, songs, and finger plays, all built around a theme in the Book of the Week. During one weekly session, the children had a picnic with plastic fruits and vegetables and learned about the new nutrition pyramid. They read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and played with the felt board story pieces. Then they enjoyed a fruit salad for snack! Mildred said “I found the Nutrition unit the most informative because it gave me updated information about the new food pyramid and a 'cooking for children' cookbook. I will use these when preparing healthier meals for the children in my care.”

The Magic Bus program is FREE to participants, who receive ten hours of daycare training that they can use towards their recertification. This is a HUGE program benefit, but most of all, the children benefit from new ideas being brought into their daycare environment. When asked what the most “memorable moment” was during Magic Bus training, Mildred responded, “I liked the day we did the exercises with the children. There was a lot of movement and dancing and singing. The energy in the room was amazing. That was awesome and I will do it again with them!” Mildred’s dedication to the low income children in her neighborhood shines through each and every day as she now picks out a Book of the Week and builds her weekly theme around it.

Danielle's Success Story

Danielle is a single mother of a five year old boy.  She and her son started their journey with the Children’s Consortium back in 2007 by joining the Even Start Family Literacy program.  Danielle was having trouble with her studies.  Between our Adult Educator and her Family Educator through Even Start, they had her evaluated and found that she simply needed some accommodations.  Once this was realized, Danielle began progressing along toward her goal.  Danielle has completed the External Diploma Program and will walk the stage in May.   Danielle is currently enrolled in ERT and taking non-credit courses in order to prepare herself for college level courses at Onondaga Community College.

Her son was a happy and healthy baby but was displaying some developmental delays as well as some behavioral issues when he first started with Even Start.  The Family Educator pointed this out to Danielle and she took immediate action.  She started working on activities at home with her son.  She became very involved in Even Start home visits. When her son was of the age to start attending pre-school, she searched for the best program to meet his needs.  Her son will be starting kindergarten in the fall. 

Even Start’s goal is to help families recognize the importance of literacy and to become self-sufficient.  Danielle and her son are a perfect example of this. It’s amazing to watch a family learn and grow right before your own eyes.