MRI’s Our Voice Through Art has allowed Olivia to gain confidence, make friends and think outside the box. Through the class, she has been able to explore various materials, which has shown her how to look at the world differently.
Olivia’s communication skills have also improved as she becomes more comfortable asking for help, sharing materials and complimenting others’ work. She even carries on conversations with her peers as they complete their artwork.
But most importantly, her mom explains, “she feels a part of something. She feels important.”
When MRI Kid’s Connection Coordinator, Jessica Gremo, first met Hayden and his family five years ago, Hayden’s mother, Nichole, was working at KFC and was having issues finding childcare. No daycare in the area would take Hayden because he was tube fed. Nichole thought she was out of options. She contacted Kid’s Connection, a program for children of all abilities, to see if she could enroll Hayden.
At that time the MRI Kid’s Connection did not enroll tube fed children; the cost was extensive and there were no staff trained to assist. However, in order to meet the needs of the community and the families we serve, MRI changed the policy. The MRI nurse trained staff on tube-feeding so Hayden could enroll in Kid’s Connection.
Hayden has flourished at Kid’s Connection through companionship from his staff and his peers.
“Hayden is a happy active young man. He has been enrolled in Kid’s Connection for 5 years. He is still tube fed on occasion but he is also able to eat by mouth now.”
-Jessica Gremo, Kid’s Connection Coordinator
With the support of Kid’s Connection After School and Summer Care, Nichole was able to not only keep her job, she was able to go back to school. She is now a nurse, and can work, knowing her son is well cared for at Kid’s Connection.
For more information on the MRI Kid’s Connection Program, click HERE.
Julie and Andrew’s son, TJ, is enrolled in Discovery Depot Child Care Center at MRI Independence Pointe. Julie and Andrew’s older son, Landric, is a former Discovery Depot participant and is currently in Kindergarten. Landric’s kindergarten teachers were impressed with how prepared he was when school started. Julie believes, “this is because of lessons and work ethic that was instilled in him through the teachers at Discovery Depot.”
Landric and TJ were able to prepare for the structure of kindergarten with Discovery Depot’s similar daily routine. At 3 years old, the brothers began learning to sit quietly and wait for instruction, line up while keeping bodies and hands to themselves and follow directions. They were also given daily jobs to enhance social skills, like calendar helper, weather watcher and line leader. Landric and TJ have also become accustomed to being away from Mom and Dad all day, which can be an issue when entering Kindergarten. When Landric and TJ first learned to sit up, then crawl, and eventually walk, the staff were just as excited as Julie and Andrew.
“There is no place that we trust more to look after and teach him the lessons and social skills that will be needed throughout his childhood.” –Julie Cox
Discovery Depot Child Care Center serves up to 69 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years full-time and accepts children of ALL abilities. Discovery Depot emphasizes communication with the parents on the child’s daily milestones and growth by preparing journals of their music, play, art, and social activities throughout their time with us. The caring staff creates impacting ways to teach hands on discoveries that promote curiosity, self-help, joyful learning and positive self-esteem.
For more information on MRI’s Discovery Depot Child Care Center, click HERE.