University of Rochester
Community Service Activities 2003-2004

Preschool Children

Children of Divorce Intervention

Programs of the Children's Institute are preventive, school-based programs designed to help children cope with the emotional and behavioral difficulties which often follow parental divorce.
Web/contact: 295-1000
JoAnne Pedro-Carroll

Creative Workshop Art Classes

The Memorial Art Gallery offers for adults, teens and children as young as two and a half. Creative workshop scholarships are administered by the Rochester City School District.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3056
Lawrence Merrill

Finger Lakes Regional Poison and Drug Information Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center

The Poison and Drug Information Center provides emergency management of accidental and intentional poison ingestions as well as drug and lactation information services to over 28,000 callers from the Finger Lakes region each year. The Center also provides poison prevention literature, resources, and facilitator training for child care providers, parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, and health professionals who work with pre-school children. The Center, which serves a 12-county area, offers an Occupational and Environmental Toxicology Clinic available by primary care physician referral. TTY and translation services are available. Speakers for professional organizations or agencies are also available. The poison center has recently been awarded a grant to address special needs of some populations which allows for presentations specifically regarding deaf and migrant worker populations.
John Benitez, M.D., M.P.H., Managing Director/Assoc. Medical Director, Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., Medical Director

Hematology/Oncology Education Liaison Program (H.E.L.P.)

H.E.L.P. evaluates children (from infants to teenagers) with cancer and blood disorders for cognitive/academic difficulties related to treatment, monitors educational performance and programs, advocates for patients and families within the educational system, and educates patients, parents, and school districts on the neurocognitive/academic effects of cancer therapy, as well as conducting school re-entry visits for classmates prior to a student's return after cancer diagnosis.
Kathryn Wissler, Georgia Beyer

Immunization Outreach Program

The Highland Hospital Family Medicine Center monitors the immunization status of newborns brought to the center until the age of 2 and contacts parents when vaccinations are due. The program has produced a 96 percent immunization rate.
Carol Dillon

Mt. Hope Family Center

Mt. Hope Family Center is a national leader in the treatment and prevention of child maltreatment and the promotion of positive development. The Center offers a variety of services to help children of all ages in developing resilience and building coping skills and works with children and their families to help break the cycle of abuse and neglect. Its services include:

  • Parent-Child Attachment—An intervention program focused on improving the parent-child relationship.
  • Parenting Skills Group Meetings—A program designed to provide parents with child development information and strategies to enhance their relationships.

Mt. Hope Family Center

MusicMAKERS (Eastman School of Music)

Designed for three and four year old children, without parental participation in classes. Opportunities for playing instruments, with demonstrations from visiting musicians.
Donna Brink Fox

MusicTIME (Eastman School of Music)

Unique program for a parent and infant or toddler (four months to two years) featuring music activities and guidance for parents on musical development in young children.
Donna Brink Fox

MusicTIMES Two (Eastman School of Music)

Continuation of the MusicTIME program for a parent and child (two to three years) featuring more independent music making, with development of rhythmic and vocal skills.
Donna Brink Fox

Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC)/Child Advocacy Resident Education (CARE) Kids Cafe Volunteer Program

Partnership with FoodLink, medical and undergraduate students host local after-school programs that offer children a safe and easily accessible place to receive homework assistance, recreational opportunities, nutrition education and a hot supper. These programs attempt to lessen the impact of childhood hunger through a collaborative community effort. The goal of Kids Cafe program is to increase the nutritional intake of children by introducing them to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the children are educated about the importance of making healthy eating choices.
Sandi Tu

Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) Programs

PLC is now entering its eighth year of teaching pediatric residents, medicine-pediatric residents and medical students about community-based health care and nurturing their advocacy for the health of children in Rochester. Each resident has the opportunity to visit 16 -20 community-based organizations during a PLC two-week block rotation.
Web/contact: / 273-3737
Jeffrey Kaczorowski, M.D., Laura Jean Shipley, M.D.

Preschool Family Workshops

The Memorial Art Gallery offers hands-on art workshops for children ages two to five accompanied by an adult.
Web/contact: 473-7720 x3056
Lawrence Merrill

Rochester Early Enhancement Program (REEP)

The Center for Community Study, a division of the Department of Clinical and Social Psychology, participates with 18 community agencies in this program. REEP offers support to pregnant women, and families with children through the age of nine in Southwest and Northeast Rochester.
Web/contact: 295-1000 x224
Deborah Johnson

ScienceStart! Program and Professional Development

Early childhood educators, home day care providers, and parents learn to collaboratively implement ScienceStart!™, a new science-based preschool program, as it is introduced and field tested at several local sites. The program capitalizes on children's natural curiosity about their surroundings to introduce them to a simple scientific inquiry method and to expand their pre-literacy skills to prepare them to perform better in school.
Lucia French, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Secret Santa Program

This program, sponsored by the Simon Volunteers organization of the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, works with Family Service of Rochester to provide Christmas presents for children in the South Wedge community. Families are identified by Family Service and members of the Simon community — students, faculty, and staff, raise funds which are used to purchase presents for needy families.
Stacey Kole, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Vaccinating High Risk Children: The Primary Care Outreach Program

Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong participates in a project that attacks the problem of under-vaccination of children. Pediatricians and family practitioners at inner-city medical offices are participating in a project to create a vaccination registry and to provide outreach services to preschool children attending those practices. The registry is used by a cadre of paraprofessional outreach workers stationed at community health centers and hospital clinics through Rochester. If medical records at these sites indicate the children are under-vaccinated, they receive the appropriate vaccinations.
Peter Szilagyi, M.P., M.P.H.

The Warner School Center for Professional Development and Education Reform

The Center supports the development, implementation and research of innovative approaches to education reform. This work focuses on professional development and systemic reform and is undertaken in collaboration with other community partners. The Center is currently working in the areas of literacy, early childhood, evaluation, mathematics, history, inclusion, counseling, and technology. The Center works with K -12 schools, community counselors, institutions of higher education and corporate foundations.
Judy Fonzi, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

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