Childcare and Education
In the News
In order for the mothers living in our Hope Residence to succeed in their own treatment, they need to know that their children are being cared for and nurtured. The Childcare and Education programs at Eva’s Village allow mothers to focus on their own recovery while still being able to keep their family intact.
Child care is provided Monday through Friday, with extended morning and evening hours to accommodate the mother's schedules. The childcare program at Hope Residence provides multi-sensory activities, including manipulatives, arts and crafts, pretend play, outdoor play, snacks and rest time. Evening hours include snack, story time and quiet play. Evening childcare services allow mothers to attend required group meetings and counseling sessions, which is an integral part of their recovery. The childcare program incorporates the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers to assure that the program meets the correct staff/child ratios.
For school-aged children, educational support is provided through an after-school program consisting of daily homework monitoring, remedial tutoring, computer applications, educational and cultural enrichment through field trips and social value and recreational activities. The after school program is provided Monday through Friday from 3pm – 5pm. With the mother’s permission, the child care coordinator will liaise with each child’s teacher to ensure that they understand any specific educational areas that need special attention, and will participate in phone calls and/or school meetings as requested.
In addition, a Summer Program is offered Monday through Friday from 9:30 am – 5 pm for 8 weeks during the summer. A full range of educational, creative, and recreational activities is planned each year including field trips to parks, museums, farms and zoos, hands-on arts and crafts projects, swimming, dance and movement lessons. Special activities designed for moms and their kids provide opportunities for mother-child bonding.
Referrals and therapeutic interventions for children of our clients help to address development needs and issues of abuse and neglect. The children learn to demonstrate appropriate techniques of anger management and socialization, to set proper boundaries and to verbalize effective ways of communicating with adults and their peers about painful issues.
For homeless children and children from addictive families, who are arguably the most vulnerable segment of those from disadvantaged backgrounds, the chance to live, study, and play in a safe environment that fosters educational success greatly increases their chances of breaking the cycle of poverty.