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St. Mary's School for the Deaf Annual BPO Holiday Concert

December 2, 2019

St. Mary's School for the Deaf Annual BPO Holiday Concert

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 was the 33rd Annual BPO Holiday Concert. It is the BPO's kickoff for their holiday season series. The Children's Guild is proud to be a grant sponsor of the many Therapeutic Recreational programs offered at St. Mary's School for the Deaf. In attendance was Andrea Wilkie; Administrative Assistant for The Children's Guild Foundation.  It was truly and magical and festive concert!

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to Heritage Christian Services for the Free to be Me/Club Adventure

September 30, 2019

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to Heritage Christian Services for the Free to be Me/Club Adventure

Heritage Christian Services (HCS) is a nonsectarian human services agency that supports over 2,000 children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) from across Buffalo and Rochester, NY through a multitude of programs including respite care, community habilitation, employment supports, residential programming, and recreational activities. The agency was incorporated as Heritage Christian Home in 1980 and opened its first home for nine children with developmental disabilities in 1984. In 2003, Heritage Christian Home changed its name to Heritage Christian Services, to more accurately reflect the range of programs now offered.

 

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to Gateway-Longview for Interaction Therapy for Preschool Aged Children with Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities

September 30, 2019

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to Gateway-Longview for Interaction Therapy for Preschool Aged Children with Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities

With this project, and working through our commitment to solution-focused and trauma-informed approaches, the hope is to incorporate evidence-based, dyadic behavior intervention modalities specifically designed for children who struggle emotionally, socially, developmentally and behaviorally at home, at school, and in the community. Student’s behaviors, which are often related to a developmental, learning, or intellectual disability, can be challenging for families to understand and navigate at their child’s young age.

To that end, Gateway Longview’s Early Intervention Learning Site looks to introduce the complimentary approaches of Teacher-Child Interaction Therapy (TCIT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), both of which are evidence-based observation and live feedback techniques. Specifically, through the incorporation of TCIT and PCIT, we look to:
1) Increase parental, teacher, and student confidence, resulting in greater participation in life and learning opportunities, wellness skills, and overall independence,
2) Increase positive functioning of children in public settings, resulting in expanded student and family participation in social activities,
3) Increase knowledge and ability to utilize technology available, resulting in enhanced interventions and assessments that are specific to each child’s needs.

By consistently reinforcing positive behaviors at school, at home, and in the community, the project aims to equip both parents and educators with proven supports to ensure strong building blocks for successful integration for the children in their care into various aspects of the communities around them.

The Children's Guild of Buffalo has awarded a grant to The Arc of Erie County for the Green Acres Pre-School Playground

September 30, 2019

The Children's Guild of Buffalo has awarded a grant to The Arc of Erie County for the Green Acres Pre-School Playground

This project, an ADA-approved inclusive special needs playground, along with other therapeutic outdoor equipment is located on the property of The Arc's Preschool Education program located at 205 Yorkshire Road in Tonawanda. This equipment will play a crucial role in the physical and occupational therapy plans contained in the Individual Education Programs for more than 260 children daily. The intent is not only for this equipment to serve as a therapeutic tool for the students but also to promote inclusiveness with all of the community members, parents and kids. Parkitects, Inc., a highly respected playground/equipment installer has completed numerous projects for public sites and programs like the Green-Acres Playground. 

In addition, the organization has partnered with Jason Evchich of Mason’s Mission, a local Foundation dedicated to constructing inclusive programs in Western New York. Jason has agreed to serve as the project’s chairperson and liaison with Parkitects. Jason has two children currently enrolled at Green Acres.

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to  SABAH, Inc. for The Children's Guild Foundation's Summer Athlete's Gold at Heart Program

September 30, 2019

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to SABAH, Inc. for The Children's Guild Foundation's Summer Athlete's Gold at Heart Program

SABAH provides adaptive physical education over the summer months to children challenged by disability and economic disadvantage.  The turf-based physical education program provides a curriculum for children challenged by disability in the region's schools.

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to Rock Autism Inc. for Rock Autism Multimedia Vocational Program

September 30, 2019

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to Rock Autism Inc. for Rock Autism Multimedia Vocational Program

The Children's Guild Foundation along with The Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation have helped make the Rock Autism Multimedia Vocational Programs become a reality.

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to MDA of WNY for the MDA Summer Camp 2019

September 30, 2019

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to MDA of WNY for the MDA Summer Camp 2019

MDA's annual summer camp at the Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush, NY is open to children anywhere, but primarily serves children in Western and Central NY, including the counties of Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany, Wyoming, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Broome, Tompkins, Tioga, Chenango, Otsego, Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Sullivan, and Delaware.

Currently, they know of 180 children in the 34 counties their office serves who are eligible to attend MDA summer camp in 2019. 44 of these children are from our eight focus counties. In 2018, 57 campers from the total region attended the summer camp in Rush, NY. 16 of these children were from our 8-county focus area.

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to EduKids Buffalo Promise Neighborhood for Safe Zone:  Helping Children Overcome Trauma Therapy Rooms

September 30, 2019

The Children's Guild Foundation of Buffalo has awarded a grant to EduKids Buffalo Promise Neighborhood for Safe Zone: Helping Children Overcome Trauma Therapy Rooms

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood in partnership with EduKids and Gerard Place are providing trauma therapy rooms in order to provide a safe, nurturing private area in our early childhood centers for children who are learning to cope with the burden of trauma. They will build each child's capacity to function safely in a classroom rather than continue the cycle of suspension, parental job loss, and remedial academics. Their mission is to impact the lives of children and help them achieve their highest potential. They will focus on proactively supporting teachers and children through these challenging moments with research-based tools, curriculum, and staff development. This safe, nurturing space filled with materials and tools to support social emotional health of their young children could have prevented four preschool expulsions in the last year and over fifty one day suspensions. By devoting a space in each Academy (2) to the social-emotional health of the children in their care, they will strive for their children to be able to express their emotions in a safe, productive manner.


Since 2016, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood has partnered with EduKids to bring quality child care to infants, toddlers, and Preschool children in the University District neighborhood. Their mission is to empower schools, students, and families because they understand that learning and opportunity are intrinsically connected. Their Two Generation programming is integrated within the early childhood program to ensure the support and success of the whole family. As they move into their third year, opening a new Children’s Academy at Gerard Place, they are proactively considering the high social-emotional needs of the children in their care. Before the age of four, over twenty-five percent of children in America experience or witness trauma and over eighty percent of these events occurred at home by the children’s own parents (HHS 2015).