ChildWatch Bus Tour
"2010 ChildWatch Bus Tour - Enhancing Parents, Enhancing Children"
On Saturday, May 1, 2010 the doors of the bus opened and there began a quest to learn how parents’ and children’s lives can be changed by early childhood education activities in which the Junior League of Atlanta is involved. We learned about the place-based initiative in raising a child from Gayle Gellerstedt, President of the Board of Whitefoord Community Center; the importance of childhood literacy and obtaining a FERST Library card from Robin Ferst, Founder & President of Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy; how the call center and first steps programs impact lives of parents and children from Shelley Page of Prevent Child Abuse; how JLA volunteers are training parents and children with the JLA Journey to Literacy Events and Parenting Cafés from Dawn Haynie and Mary Elaine Haden, leaders of JLA League Initiative Committee; the importance of puppetry arts in the lives of children with a demonstration by Alan Louis, Director of Museum & Education Programs and master puppeteer at Center for Puppetry Arts; how play therapy can be used to strengthen the relationship between parents and children and be utilized to discuss difficult topics by Andrea Flowers, Counselor & Play Therapist of Creative Counseling Services, LLC; and the Learning is Power teacher training program, the Annie E. Casey initiative in Georgia, and the importance of reading on grade level by 3rd grade from Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School.
Because of the passionate work these presenters do in the community we are all able to enhance our skills to work with, teach, and love the children of our community. Thank you to all who participated.
To learn more about these organizations please click below:
Whitefoord Community Center
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
Prevent Child Abuse
JLA League Iniatiative for Early Childhood Education
Center for Puppetry Arts
Creative Counseling Services, LLC
Atlanta Speech School