Living in Clarkstown all these years, I’m often barraged by organizations with initials: PTA, CYO, PBA, CEF, CAF, CFRC. I decided that I wanted to look into a few of these. If I am unsure what they are, there must be other Clarkstown residents who feel the same way.
I decided to start with the CFRC or Clarkstown Family Resource Center.
Their official mission is “To ensure the successful development of every Clarkstown child and to encourage parents to be partners in their child’s education by linking family and school.”
So how do they do this?
CFRC runs programs throughout the year. You probably know about some of them, but don’t realize they are part of the CFRC. One of their biggest is the Kindergarten Transition program. They have set up preschool playgroups in all 10 elementary schools for children entering kindergarten within the next two years. This gives the kids a chance to make new friends and to start to feel comfortable in the building. It’s also a great way for parents to meet other parents they will be with in elementary school.
The organization is also a presence at Kindergarten Registrations and each spring holds Orientation Workshops for parents of incoming kindergarteners, where they will hear from teachers, school psychologists and other panelists.
CFRC holds pre-school yoga classes, parent-child cooking classes, music and movement classes and other workshops for the younger children.
They also provide enrichment for our elementary-age children. Several elementary schools offer their students various after school classes, including Young at Art, Cookie and Cake Decorating, Create with Clay, Yoga, Chess Wizards and other choices. Four of the Clarkstown elementary schools have CFRC-run Homework clubs. These programs all have a small fee, but are subsidized by the CFRC.
Each month, the CFRC hosts a parenting workshop. They are free and deal with topics such as “Pre-teen and Teen Stress” or “Disciplining Your Preschooler.” The next one is November 10th and on “Homework Strategies for Elementary Students.” The organization also sponsors EPIC Parenting Discussion Groups (“Every Person Influences Children”) on issues like “Fostering Self-Esteem,” and “Sibling Rivalry.”
All of these programs cost the CFRC money. Public funding is very tight these days, so the CFRC will be holding several fundraisers. The next one is this Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage. For $10 your child will have 30 minutes of use of the trampoline park. To register, you can go to www.bounceonit.com and indicate you are jumping for the Clarkstown Family Resource Center. You can also call 845-268-4000. All proceeds from the day will go directly to the CFRC and you get to explore this new indoor trampoline facility.
In addition to the Bounce! Fundraiser, on January 27th Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog Band will have its 4th Annual Benefit Concert at Link Elementary School.
In additional to all of the programming, families can always call the CFRC if they have questions, need advice or assistance on something. They really are a resource and can point you toward other organizations that may be able to help.
For more info on the Clarkstown Family Resource Center and all of its wonderful programs, you can call (845) 639-5619 or e-mail Lisa Cohen at clarkstownfrclcgmail.com.