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August 7, 2019

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In This Issue:

  • 5th Annual Baby Café Family Celebration
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Understanding Poverty
  • Employment Opportunities

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5th Annual Baby Café Family Celebration

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Public Health and partners hosted the 5th Annual Baby Café Family Celebration! Held on August 2nd at the Dormann Library in Bath, NY, attendees were able to participate in games and face painting, learn about lead prevention and gain information on other available community resources, engage in a car seat check, and free lunch was offered to those age 18 and under.

Participating Partners for the event included: Steuben County Public Health, Healthy Families Steuben, Finger Lakes Community Health, Dormann Library, Mega Bubble Man, Health Navigation, Arnot Health, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the following Pro Action programs: WIC, Bath Area Family Resource Center, and Head Start. (click on the collage image above to view our Facebook posting about the event)

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Good nutrition is essential for healthy child growth and development. Pro Action’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program ensures that all moms and their young children can access good nutrition, even when money is tight and buying healthy foods is a stretch. The program also provides education and guidance on health and nutrition. What’s more, by reducing the stress of food insecurity, the WIC program helps moms create the kind of low-stress environment that will get their babies off to a great start in life! WIC isn't limited only to moms, and can offer assistance to caregivers of children under the age of 5, including dads, grandparents, foster parents, and guardians.

If you or someone you know currently struggles to purchase nutritious and health-supporting foods, let them know about this FREE financial aid program in the state of New York. Some of the most common questions we see about WIC services include:

Q: If I receive food stamps, Medicaid, or another form of government assistance, will I qualify for NY WIC in Steuben County?

 

A: Yes, if you receive other forms of financial assistance, you will likely qualify for WIC.

Q: Does the state limit WIC approved purchases?

 

A: Yes, you must purchase eligible goods at participating retailers to receive the benefits.

Q: Does the program offer more than financial aid?

 

A: In addition to WIC checks, our participants can take advantage of breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, health care referral support and other services at no cost.

Contact our WIC office at: 607-776-2125 ext. 220, and visit our website to learn more about the WIC Program and all services at Pro Action.

 

Tour the WIC Strong website to find a WIC office near you, and for additional details including Farmer's Markets, Mobile Clinic Locations, Healthy Pregnancy tips, start your WIC application and more.

Understanding Poverty

Separating the Myths and Facts

Myth: The WIC Program is only available to out of work mothers.

Fact: The WIC Program isn't limited only to moms, and can offer assistance to caregivers of children under the age of 5, including dads, grandparents, foster parents, and guardians. Working families might be eligible for the program, if they have income at or below their state issued income guidelines.

Learn more about:

An important part of Pro Action's work is to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and conditions of poverty. Visit our website to learn more about how Pro Action is building a deeper understanding about the experience of poverty.

Employment Opportunities: Work With Us

Head Start Multi-Site Support Staff:

Pro Action’s Head Start Program is seeking applicants for Multi-Site Support Staff to work in Head Start/UPK classrooms in Steuben and Yates Counties. This is a 37.5 hour per week position, based on the school-year calendar. Benefits of this position include:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • 403B retirement plan with employer contributions
  • Generous paid time off, sick leave, 13 paid holidays per year

Responsibilities: Classroom Support Staff have daily, direct interaction with children and assist other classroom staff with implementing activities. Support Staff will maintain a clean environment and prepare food.Must adhere to Head Start Performance Standards and New York State Day Care Regulations.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a High School diploma and experience working with children. Experience in a preschool classroom setting is preferred.

This position requires travel to different classrooms within specific service areas; a valid driver’s license meeting agency standards and consistent, reliable transportation are requirements of this position.

EOE

**For a full description and application instructions for this position and other open opportunities, visit our website.**

Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.

117 E. Steuben St. Bath, NY 14810

607-776-2125

www.proactioninc.org

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