Sunday, September 12, 2010

Family Learn & Play Day...Great FUN in spite of the rain!

We had a wonderful time at the Family Learn & Play Day yesterday in spite of the yucky weather, which did finally let the sun break free for at least a bit of our time at World's Fair Park! We are so grateful for the invitation from the Knox Area Home Visitation Coalition to participate and loved getting to meet the faces behind the wonderful services they provide...some very fun and lovely people! To learn more about some of these family focused services, visit Healthy Families East Tennessee.

Additionally, we met lots of other AMAZING local people who's focus is helping support families and encourage healthy development of children, and they live this out through the services they provide. It was so exciting and inspiring to see the huge network that exists right here in our own backyards! I wanted to mention a few that I had the specific pleasure of getting to know even more.

YouthVillages - YouthVillages offers a variety of healthy, family centered programs including intensive in-home services, foster care support and adoption. I love their simple and clear mission statement, "Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully".

Littlebug's Learning Leaf - This family run daycare offers a fresh face to traditional childcare, with a heart to treat your children the way they want theirs treated! In addition, they are making deliberate and gradual steps to create a more eco-aware facility. LOVE IT!!! I had a great time getting to know this mother/daughter team!

Art for Asperger's - Anne, the heart behind this beautiful program is such a gentle and artistic person. She embraced every person, that stop by her table with tenderness and complete acceptance. She believes and demonstrates how art really is a window of opportunity for your child. My girl's and I loved being set up next to Anne!

There were loads of other great supporters too like KnoxMoms, Lisa Ross Birthing Center, The Boys & Girls Club and the always popular Knoxville Zoo! We also enjoyed the entertaining puppet show and face painting of the family team behind Creative Expression. All in all, it was a super fun, family event that we are so happy to have been a part of....and we're already looking forward to next year!

Thank you again to the Knox Area Home Visitation Coalition for hosting this fun family event and for truly caring for the children and families in our community!

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