Current News & Media
June 5, 2020
Give, Care, Share
-VIP Destin Magazine
"It all started with a young boy named Tyler when he, his mother, and brother were attending an evening program at Point Washington United Methodist Church and he captured the attention of a volunteer, Tricia."
April 16, 2020
Grant from Helping Hands Foundation of All In Credit Union
"Children's Volunteer Health Network recently accepted a grant totallying $35,000 from Helping Hands Foundation of the All In Credit Union. These funds will go towards a second mobile dental unit to focus on restorative dental care in the Okaloosa and Walton Counties"
In April we celebrated the lives that have been changed through our mission to provide children in need the opportunity to flourish by facilitating health and wellness services in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
Thank you to our staff, board, supporters, donors, sponsors, event attendees and volunteers!
Teacher & Parent Resources
Below you will find resources that can be easily integrated into classroom teaching and utilized by parents to teach children in the comfort of their own homes.
An outbreak can affect the entire family, and special attention to the needs and stressors of children during this confusing and uncertain time is crucial. Below is a set of expert-recommended resources with practical strategies for parents and other caregivers who are communicating with children about the coronavirus and preparing for family disruptions and challenges. These include specific tips for caregivers on recognizing and validating young people’s underlying concerns about safety and daily life, acknowledging our own anxieties and self-care needs, and discussing information in calm and age-appropriate ways.
Resources for Young Children
Caring for Each Other
In response to the unprecedented uncertainty facing young children and families, Sesame Workshop's Caring for Each Other initiative marks the beginning of a commitment to support families throughout the COVID-19 health crisis with a broad variety of free resources.
Projects + Activities
This DIY coping skills box is a fun and simple way to help children learn and implement coping skills into their routine. This can help reduce temper tantrums, lessen anxiety and sadness, and boost self-esteem. It can also pave the way for self-care techniques they can take with them into adulthood.
These super cool squishy balls are perfect for fidgeting, anxiety and probably every child we know. They stretch, squeeze are so much fun. It only takes a few simple supplies and you’ll have your own DIY stress balls.
FREE Mindfulness Apps
Kids of all ages can reap the benefits of meditation and mindfulness using technology. Meditating even only a few minutes a day has proven to reduce stress, boost immunity, aid memory and concentration, decrease depression and anxiety, and even make you more compassionate. These tools will guide kids through the process and help them relax and ground themselves.
Click here for a list of meditation + mindfulness apps for all ages from Toddlers to Teens.
(Source : Common Sense Media)
HERE Meditation App // FREE for iOS and Android –
The HERE mobile app is designed to help rapidly relieve stress & anxiety. It works by pairing interactive exercises (staring/swiping), with breathing, music and/or guided meditation to stimulate the relaxation response and promote executive functioning. This game-like approach can be used by the whole family, and may help calm cabin fever, or provide a mental break in between homeschool activities.
Communication + Resources for Parents + Caregivers
Coping: https://childmind.org/article/anxiety-and-coping-with-coronavirus/ (ChildMind.Org)
Mindfulness: https://childmind.org/article/how-mindfulness-can-help-during-covid-19/ (ChildMind.Org)
Communication: https://childmind.org/article/how-to-ask-what-kids-are-feeling-during-stressful-times/ (ChildMind.Org)
Communication // All Ages: https://www.cstsonline.org/assets/media/documents/CSTS_FS_Finding_Right_Words_Talk_Children_Teens_Coronavirus.pdf (Center for Study of Traumatic Stress)
Communicate with Age Appropriate Messaging + Video Links for Younger Kiddos: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus (PBS.org)
NEW Back to School: https://youthfirstinc.org/returning-to-school-top-10-tips-for-mental-health-success/ (Youth First Inc)
Back to “Normal": https://youthfirstinc.org/going-back-to-normal/ (Youth First Inc)
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