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Jersey Shore Family School Resource Guide 2014



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publisher’s note Spring is just around the corner but it doesn’t feel like it! After the brutal winter we’re having we all need a little sunshine and happiness. This issue is sure to put you in the mood for Spring. You will find fun things to do with the family to get you out and about this March, April and May. You will also find our Annual School Resource Guide. As parents we know how important it is to make the right decision for your child’s education. Our goal is to help make it easier by providing a list of the best schools in the area—Jersey Shore Family Approved! Find out more about a new Preschool on the block and read about an inspiring young women who turned her survival story into a blessing for other children. Also, do you have a “difficult” child? If you answered, yes, then you will find the article on behavior problems and the resources with it very helpful. Drop me an email and tell me how we are doing or even what you would like to see in the next issue. If you’d like to see more school listings you can check out last years 2013 School Resource Guide on our website JerseyShoreFamily.com.



Garden State Academy.......................... 4

School Directory............................... 5-8

9 Shannon’s Room for Hope................... 10-11 Spring Events................................. 12-15 Summer Camp Directory.........................

Parenting Young Children with Behavior Problems........................... 16-17 Bayada Celebrates Nurses............... 18-19

20-21 Jersey Shore Family Marketplace........... 22 Jersey Shore Celebrate Earth Day.....................

P.O. Box 96, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 PublisherS, Pam Joseph and Sherrii Brentari To place an event listing e-mail information to pamela.jsf@gmail.com


Congratulations to all of our “Hot Shot” Photo Contest winners! Natalia, Isabella, Jonathan, Laileigh and Caelan all met up with Photographer Larry Berman at the Mays Landing Library to pose for this year’s JSF School Resource Guide! We thank Larry for taking his time to help us make these little guys stars for a day and of course the staff at the Mays Landing Library for allowing us to stage the cover photo in their special Children’s Section!

www.JerseyShoreFamily.com Visit our site often for information on the next JSF Photo Contest and your child chould be featured on the next cover of Jersey Shore Family!

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT PAM pamela.jsf@gmail.com

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Garden State Academy Offers Creative Curriculum and Home Away from Home Environment by Matt Usher There is a preschool in Galloway that is in a league of its own. The Garden State Academy of the Arts had its grand opening this past September. They opened solely by word-of-mouth and have quickly set themselves apart from local schools, offering a unique service in the area. Tracey House, owner and operator of Garden State Academy Preschool of the Arts, is an adjunct professor at Stockton with a master’s degree in early childhood education. As a mother, she felt a need to bring the caliber of preschools found in areas like California and the NYC metropolitan area to southern NJ. “We are not a daycare, but a school with teachers that are ready to teach our high level learners and boost our students that need extra support,” said Tracey. The building is new, the staff is not. All the teachers at Garden State Academy are certified with degrees; a team of qualified teachers who have


The first experience in school only happens one time. Teachers in preschool can really affect how a child learns and their love for learning. —Tracey House

worked together in the past. A Creative Curriculum is followed with a teaching strategy heavily influenced by the Montessori and Reggio Emelia educational philosophies. The school operates from September through June and offer a summer enrichment program. There is a big emphasis on a low child to teacher ratio. A ratio of 6 to 1 ensures high quality instruction provided by teachers that are really good at what they do in a “home away from home” environment. They move at each individual child’s pace and each child has their own portfolio. There are parent/teacher conferences twice a year. Children must be 2 ½ years old to enroll in the program. The rooms are small and the walls are all neutral colors to calm the children and help them get into a creative state for learning. The facility is fully stocked with an art studio, a sensory room, a health and science room, a blocks and manipulatives room and a dramatic playroom that has all the amenities: a play kitchen, doll houses with dolls and dress up clothes. There is a large room with many windows that is used for music class, literacy, reader’s theater and yoga for the children to relax on days when they are cooped up inside due to inclimate weather. Everything is play-based with lesson plans for every week. They even have a holistic health coach who writes their health and wellness program. Each week they help the children make an organic snack. Last week they made almond butter cereal bars, then sent the children home with the recipes. The hands on experience of making the treats makes them more inclined to try them and excited to show their parents what they’ve learned. I can say from a new father’s perspective that I will be personally checking out Garden State Academy for my daughter. The focus on nurturing the children’s creative learning in a fun, hands on approach is, in my opinion, precisely what our educational system needs more of.

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School directory Club Z! Tutoring Service Beginners First Academy 501 Butter Road, Palermo

609-390-5717 [main #], 465-0062, 625-8559, (800) 708-8867 www.clubztutoring.com

Tutoring one on one in home or public library, all grades and all subject. Qualified/ Certified teachers, Serving all of Atlantic, Cape May, and Ocean Counties.

Absecon Nursery School

1201 Boulevard Route 50 Weymouth, NJ 08330



Discovery Learning Center 5100 Harding Highway, Mays Landing



100 Pitney Rd. Absecon



Assumption Regional Catholic School 146 South Pitney Road, Galloway

(609) 652-7134


Atlantic Christian School 391 Zion Rd. Egg Harbor Township



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Garden State Academy Preschool of the Arts

Highland Academy

5 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway

“Soaring to Excellence” 600 E. Moss Mill Rd., Galloway



Garden State Academy Preschool of the Arts is a new program offered in the Atlantic County area. Our highly qualified, Master level teachers are excited to work with children in a small group in a “home away from home” environment teaching through best practice techniques. Children are taught at their own pace and embrace a variety of learning domains, including health and wellness.

Highland Academy recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child. Established in 2001, the schools primary mission is to foster a love of learning in each student. Our curriculum skillfully weaves artistic and practical disciplines into everyday academics. Students learn to follow their curiosity, to think creatively, and to work both independently and cooperatively with others.



www.purplecrayonec.com info@purplecrayonec.com

Educational Preschool Program for Children Ages 2 1/2 - 5

OUR PROGRAM • State Certified Teachers • Half day, Full day, and Extended Hours • Weekly focus on literacy, math, sciences, and foreign language • Enrichment Classes including Yoga, Cooking, & Music • Half day Kindergarten Enrichment Program • Exciting Summer Camp Program

We have moved to a brand new facility! 303 Central Avenue, Suite 5 Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 609-365-8877


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Kid Academy Learning Center

Little PALs Preschool and Kindergarten Plus

609-646-3435 • www.kidacademy.com

609-646-9586 • www.ehtpal.org

101 Morton Avenue, Absecon

2594 Tilton Road, EHT

KidAcademy Child Care & Learning Center Pilgrim Academy in Washington Twp, NJ has been providing early childhood education in New Jersey for 301 W Moss Mill Rd., Egg Harbor City over 25 years. Programs for ages 6 weeks 609-965-2866 www.pilgrimacademy.org to 13 years of age. Summer programs, flexible schedules, lunch programs. Full Providence Pediatric and half day schedules.

Kiddie Korner

Medical DayCare

35 S. Annapolis Ave., Atlantic City

3156 Fire Rd, Egg Harbor Twp 609-345-2340 • www.PPMD.com (609) 569-1600 • www.KiddieKornerEHT.com Preschool, Birthday Parties, Open Gym, Drop and Play, Mommy and Me Classes

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St.Vincent de Paul Regional School

400 S.Chew Road, Hammonton

(609)567-3321 • www.readpreschool.com

5809 Main St., Mays Landing

R.E.A.D. Preschool has been meeting the educational needs of children in the Hammonton community for over 30 years. Our approach to learning is built on a core principle of understanding where individual children are developmentally in order to help them reach their full potential. We build a foundation of care and support for each child in order to foster creativity, encourage social development, promote exploration, and cultivate a love for learning. Areas of study: Language Arts, Science Discoveries, Math Skills, Creative Arts, Health and Physical Education, Music, Cultural Fridays: Children play games, cook food and create art projects that teach about nations and cultures from around the world.


609-625-1565 • www.svdprs.com

The Purple Crayon Enrichment Center

303 Central Ave., Suite 5, Egg Harbor Township

609-365-8877 • www.purplecrayonec.com The Purple Crayon Enrichment Center is an educational preschool program for children ages 2-5, which focuses on handson learning.

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CAMP LISTINGS Great Times Day Camp 23 Ehrke Rd., Waterford Works

609-567-2166 • www.greattimesdaycamp.com

Toddler Town, LLC

425 South Egg Harbor Road Hammonton • 609-561-7300 A state licensed child care center that accepts children 6wks-6yrs. Hours of operation are M-F, 6:30am-6pm. Very reasonable rates and will accommodate flexible schedules.

Trinity Learning Center 7004 Ridge Ave. EHT • 609-653-9001 www.trinitylearningcenter.org

Great Times is the perfect answer to your summer childcare needs. Our staff consists of state certified teachers who provide a safe and caring environment for our campers, ages 3 to 15. Campers are provided daily swim lessons in our 2 in-ground pools, as well as art & crafts, horseback riding, and a full sports program. Also included at NO extra charge, door to door transportation, hot daily lunches, weekly field trips to exciting places, and extended hours options. Give your child the summer experience they will never forget at a price you can afford.

CAMP TUSCALOOSA 400 S. Chew Rd., Hammonton

609-567-3321 • www.camptuscaloosa.com Daily activities include archery, dance, swimming, arts & crafts, golf, paddle tennis, dodge ball, fun themed days and much more. Children 3 1/2 to 14. 3 sessions available. 2, 3, 4, or 5 day programs available.

Jersey Shore Gymnastics Academy Summer Day Camp 5101 Oakwood Blvd., Mays Landing

609-829-2184 5101 Oakwood Blvd, Mays Landing

Register for Summer Day camps today!!! Buy One Get One 1/2 off! Register one child for 2014 Camp or class & get the 2nd child 1/2 price! Vaild until June 2nd, 2014 • One per customer


609-829-2184 www.JerseyShoreGymnastics.com Make your summer fun, exciting and active at Jersey Shore Gymnastics! Enjoy our 12.000 square foot air conditioned facility equipped with in ground trampolines, tumble tracks and pits. Here at Jersey Shore Gymnastics there is something for everyone!

Highland Academy Summer Camp at Stockton College

101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway

609-652-9500 • www.HighlandAcademy.org

Highland Academy’s Summers’ Cool Camp was established in 1996. Our Register for 8 weeks camp provides every camper with unique of Summer Camp opportunities to learn through play. Activities & receive 30% off! Vaild until June 2nd, 2014 and challenges vary by age, interest, and One per customer Thats a $576 value!!! individual talents. We offer a safe fun ***NOT TO BE COMBINED WITH (based on daily rate) ANY OTHER OFFER*** loving environment that encourages new friendships, sportsmanship and personal growth. Our programs are age appropriate Jersey Shore Family School Resource Guide 2014 and allow flexible scheduling and pricing.

30% OFF


There Is Always Room for


“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

helping children in hospitals (from newborns to 18 year olds) create a more comfortable atmosphere while at the hospital. The first four years were specifically geared toward room designs. This began in Virtua Hospital by Matt Usher in Voorhees, NJ. Her Non-Profit Every once in awhile we come into Organization (NPO), then known as contact with miraculous people with Shannon’s Dream, raised $12,000 that miraculous stories. This past week I had allowed them to fully redesign 2 rooms the pleasure of speaking with Shannon in the hospital to be more homelike and Hartey. Shannon was diagnosed with comfortable for children. They continued Leukemia when she was six years old. to raise funds to expand the services they She spent nearly 3 years in a hospital as could provide. she battled bravely and survived her early After high school, Shannon attended encounter with the disease. The memories Rowan University. At Rowan they of countless nights in the hospital stayed embraced Shannon’s idea in her Public with her into her adulthood. Relations class, her classmates shared her In 2006, when she was 16, she went to enthusiasm and their senior PR plan and the hospital for a regular check-up. She business project became helping Shannon passed by a hospital room that looked fullfill her dream. Students came up exactly like what she remembered from with the idea of a welcome package for her experience nine years prior in 1997. qualified children that includes a gift This was the “aha” moment that has been basket (gender specific pillows, blankets, guiding Shannon ever since. Why couldn’t books, movies, kid’s soaps for bubble the hospital rooms be more friendly and baths, etc…). Even the children’s parents homelike? were to receive VISA gift cards, restaurant Since that day Shannon has been gift cards and neck wraps. One of the girls



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Room For Hope was formerly known as Shannon’s Dream and in 2011 donated $12,000 to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees NJ for their new hospital. The treatment and tub rooms were both designed and decorated for future patients.

that worked on the project at Rowan is now a secretary for the company. In 2012, Shannon’s Dream became Shannon’s Room for Hope. They are a small Non-Profit Organization (NPO) with 3 people on their team: President Shannon Hartey, VP Corrie May (with Shannon since 2008) who is married with 2 kids and Secretary Christina Ciselli (on board since 2013). Altogether Shannon has been working her cause for 9 years and she is only 25 years old! Nemours Alfred I. duPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, DE is the first hospital that picked up the full service with Shannon’s Room for Hope. They are now focusing on getting hospitals in the area on board one at a time. Starting this summer they will be helping 5-10 kids a month! One of their newest ideas is the Go Home Gift. They collect info from the children, seeing what they are most looking forward to going home with. The children then have something they want waiting for them at home when they arrive. Contact Shannon for how to donate! Her contact information is listed on her website: shannonsroomforhope.org Their website is currently undergoing a facelift. There will be a photo shoot coming soon.

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toddler town infant Nursery & Pre-School

“Quality care When you’re Not there” 425 S. egg harbor rd. hammonton



G N I R SP Show your Bank of America credit or debit card and photo ID for FREE ADMISSION to WheatonArts during the first full weekend of every month in 2014. www.wheatonarts.org


March 3, 12pm - 2pm

Dr. Seuss’ 100th Birthday Party

Jersey Shore Gymnastics, 5101 Oakwood Blvd., Mays Landing Games, activities & snacks www.jerseyshoregymnastic.com

Crafts At the Library March 8, 1 pm

CRAFTY SATURDAYST. PATRICK’S DAY Atlantic County Library System/Somers Point, 801 Shore Road Suggested for ages 6-12. Registration requested.

March 11, 6:30 pm

Luck of the Irish Craft Atlantic County Library System / Mays Landing Branch Suggested for ages 5-12. Registration required. Create a perfect St. Patty’s Day decoration.

St. Patricks Day Parades St. Patrick’s Day Parade - North Wildwood March 15 2014 - Parade begins at 12 PM St. Patrick’s Day Parade-Atlantic City March 15 2014 - Parade begins at 1 PM St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Sea Isle March 15 2014 - Celebration starts at 3:30 PM


March 17, 2014 MARCH 17, 6pm

St. Patty’s Day Special - Mist of Ireland Dancers Hamilton Mall

March 22, 12 pm - 3 pm

Kids Fest

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 7004 Ridge Avenue , EHT

A children’s festival featuring arts and crafts, live music, jump houses, princess storytelling, face painting, superheroes, and a chance to win a Disney Vacation! For families with elementary & Pre-K aged children including lunch! $10 Child admission (Ages 2-10) which includes a free adult ticket

MARCH 25, 6pm

Building Block FREE Monthly Parenting Series: Tummy Trouble. FREE CHILDCARE. Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill March 31, 6:30pm-8:30 pm MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Open to all ages. Watch a great family movie featuring your favorite furry monsters. Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing Branch

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p e p nings a H April 1st. BubbleS for Autism Day


Steel Pier’s Easter Egg Hunt


• Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Steel Pier’s • Easter Bunny Breakfast • Smithville • Easter Egg Hunt • Rotary Park , Egg Harbor City


Happy Easter

Easter Bunny will arrive and give away goodies — Steel Pier’s Best Dressed Easter contest begins at 2 p.m. Easter Parade • Smithville

APRIL 27, 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine) 24th Annual Earth Day Festival Haneman Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp www.ACUA.com

APRIL 29, 6:30 PM Mother’s Day crafts AT THE LIBRARY-

Surprise Mom!

Atlantic County Library System / Mays Landing Branch Suggested for ages 5-11. Registration requested. 609-625-2776 X6304 Create a special spring surprise for Mom just in time for Mother’s Day!

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May 10, 1:30 PM


Mother’s Day Tea Party

May 3, 10:00 AM

Mother’s Day Craft

Atlantic County Library System / Pleasantville Branch. Suggested for ages 6-12. Registration requested. Bring out your inner artist while creating a make-and-take Mother’s Day craft that will be cherished for years to come.

MAY 3, 10am to 5pm

Eco Fair WheatonArts

MAY 3 & 4

Smithville Renaissance Faire

Mother’s Day Surprise Craft

Atlantic County Library System / Hammonton Branch. Suggested for ages 8 & older, younger if accompanied by an adult. Registration requested.

historic smithville May 11

Moms Climb Free

May 8, 3:45 PM

Absecon Lighthouse

Atlantic County Library System / Ventnor Branch Suggested for ages 8 & older. Registration requested. Make a Picasso-style collage for Mom.

May 10

Second Saturday Craft Series

MAY 10

Green Living For Your Home, Garden and Family, Enjoy a variety of fun eco-focused, hands-on activities, exhibits, herbs, flowers, entertainment, food and refreshments throughout the day. Admission is FREE

Mother’s Day Collage

Atlantic County Library System / Egg Harbor Township. Suggested for ages 5-12. Registration requested. Bring your mother & enjoy a special day with her!

MAY 13, 10am-5pm

FREE ADMISSION FOR MOMS Atlantic City Aquarium, N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City

MAY 17 & 18

MAYFEST at Historic Smithville


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May 17, 11 AM

Pirate Day parade 26th and the boardwalk, Wildwood

May 18, 11:00 am

Be a Pirate Day Absecon Lighthouse

With The Philadelphia Fight Ensemble $12 for kids, $6 for adults “The Hunt for the Golden Albatross” at 1:00 pm followed by a Pirate Cruise aboard Atlantic City’s ‘Cruisin One

MAY 24, 12 PM

Wildwood International Kite Festival

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May 26 Memorial Day Parades • Egg Harbor City Rotary Club Parade • Cape May Memorial Day Ceremony The ceremony begins at 11:00 AM. • Memorial Day Ceremony - North Wildwood Starts at 10:00 AM at the North Wildwood Veterans Monument • Memorial Day - Sea Isle The ceremony begins at 10:00 AM. • Memorial Day Parade - Stone Harbor The event begins at 12 PM and ends at 5 PM

May 31 - June 01

Free Cold Spring Country Fair

Free admission! Stroll the Village’s shaded lanes where arts, crafts and antiques vendors sell their wares. Visit select buildings and learn about the trades and crafts of the ‘age of homespun’! Take guided walking tours and special discounts at the Country Store!

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s k r o W g n i h t o N When

by matt usher

ildren Parenting Young Ch ms le with Behavior Prob All kids misbehave at times. It’s a constant challenge for most parents to discipline, reward and encourage their children to behave appropriately. At some point every parent questions their own parenting style and tactics, but some children present special parenting challenges that leave their parents frustrated, lost — even hopeless. Perhaps you have a friend with a “difficult” child, or a neighbor with a “bad” kid, or maybe you are struggling with a “spirited” child of your own.These children don’t intend to be disruptive but rather are born with a challenging temperament. What do you do when the “Terrible 2s” and occasional tantrum turn into a pattern of aggressive or disruptive behavior? What do you do when absolutely no strategy of discipline or rewards improves the child’s behavior? When nothing seems to work? “We were absolutely desperate to get help for our 8 year old son Max,” says Sara, a Mays Landing mother of five. Sara explained that although she knew there was a problem with her son’s behavior, she had no idea what to do or where to go for help. “One of the scariest things is how the problem progressed. It wasn’t like one day we woke up and our kid was out of control. It was years of little episodes that slowly grew into a really horrible life for our family,” said Sara. “The whole family was walking on eggshells waiting for the next explosion. Pretty much every area of our life was controlled by Max’s behavior.” After years of Max’s escalating negative behavior, countless broken toys, and daily verbal threats of violence Sara began to fear for the safety of all of her children including Max.Things were spiraling out of control with no help in sight. “Admitting we couldn’t handle the problem ourselves was just the first step, finding help was just as difficult and when we found organizations that offered help there was a terrible fear of losing parental rights.” Many parents of children with extreme behavior problems are hesitant to actually seek professional help.


Not only is there a stigma attached to admitting you’ve lost control of your child, but there is the very real fear that the authorities could step in and remove the child from the home. If after all attempts to curb undesired behavior are exhausted and the child is in danger of harming themselves or others, even the most loving and attentive parents need help. In the world of emotional and behavioral health there are many options for parents seeking assistance for their troubled child including inpatient, outpatient and in-house therapy. If a family is not in immediate crisis, In-House Behavioral Therapy is an option and is typically less stressful and possibly more effective in some cases than the more commonly known state run programs and other on-site services. Calling upon a certified therapist is often less intimidating and is especially appealing to parents who may not be ready to turn to a state run organization for help. A qualified In-House Behavioral Assistant can help to identify problems, make recommendations for treatment and begin therapy with a child in his own environment. “I wish I had known about in-home services years ago,” said Sara. “That would have been a much easier call to make, we would have gotten help so much sooner.” Atlantic City resident Diana Garces is a certified Behavioral Therapist who offers the unique service of in-house therapy to children ages 5 through 17. She is a women who genuinely cares about others and has a passion for helping people. Diana knew she wanted to be in the field of helping others since High School, it was something she was naturally good at and she found it deeply rewarding. Diana received her bachelors degree in psychology from Kean University and she is currently pursuing her masters degree. She has been working in the field as a Behavioral Assistant with a local agency for over a year and has already helped many children with behavioral problems. “Having a professional therapist come to our house to work with our son has made a huge difference in his life. He was much more comfortable in his own home and quickly began to trust Diana, his BA (Behavioral Assistant),” said Sara.

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What are the benefits of in-house therapy as opposed to other options? For one, the parents are there to see what is going on and have the opportunity to learn from the experts how to be a proactive part of the solution. “House calls are more effective because otherwise you do not get the opportunity to see what is really going on in the home,” said Diana. “When you go to an office, you don’t see the same results as you do seeing the child in the home environment. Most of the time the child is home when the behavior that needs addressing occurs.” Typically, the children see their therapist twice a week. It is invaluable for the parents to be on board with the therapy, it helps them to set and maintain goals in the child’s progress and the therapist has the opportunity to see the child’s behavior both with the parents and when the parents are not there.With the in-house therapy the whole family has the ability to learn together how to deal with situations that they normally wouldn’t know how to handle. “The best part is I get to help the parents too,” said Diana. “We show the parents multiple skills, tools and strategies to deal with issues when they arise, at that moment.”

Diana is always on-call and gives the parents the option to contact her at any time to immediately handle any situations that arises. For more information contact Diana directly (201) 245-8343 • garces.diana@gmail.com There are many local organizations that offer support for families who have children with emotional and behavioral challenges including: Atlantic Cape Family Support Organization, Inc www.acfamsupport.org Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) HOTLINE: (877) 652-7624 Psychiatric Intervention Program (PIP) AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center HOTLINE: (609) 344-1118 Family Service Association www.fsasj.org AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH) 1-888-569-1000 The Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program (CIEBP) Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) 609-677-7850

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BAYADA Pediatrics Celebrates Nurses In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year. However, it would take another 29 years before the nation’s skilled and compassionate nurses received a day of their own. President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation designating “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982. Over a decade later, The American Nurses Association’s Board of Directors designated May 6 - 12 as permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in 1994 and in all subsequent years. “May 6 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing,” explained Mary Kleva-Chelednik, Director of the BAYADA Pediatrics office serving children in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. “Florence Nightingale devoted her life to the service of others, a dedication that is shared by the extraordinary nurses who provide care with compassion, excellence, and reliability to our clients each and every day. While the nation shines the spot light on nurses during the second week in May, we express our appreciation and gratitude to them every day,” she shared. “Without our skilled team of home health care nurses, there would be so many children who would be forced to live in facility-based care, instead of being able to stay in the comfort and safety of their homes, where they want to be.” At BAYADA, employees are treated as the company’s greatest asset, and a host of recognition programs drive this point home. These include: Hero on the Home Front program: This recognition program bestows accolades to registered nurses and licensed practical nurses for their outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in serving their patients. Heroes are chosen at the local, regional, and national level. National heroes


are honored in front of thousands during the company’s annual awards weekend. Career tracks and ASPIRE program: These mentoring programs help nurses grow professionally in their career. Nurses can choose to become an expert in a clinical specialty, help establish quality standards across the company and even become a business director. Education, mentoring, and support: BAYADA Pediatrics offers educational opportunities through classroom and oneon-one instruction, self-directed learning modules, mentoring, and access to BAYADA University online course offerings. BAYADA Presidential Scholarship program: BAYADA provides an annual scholarship fund to recognize individual employee achievement and support education in health care. Talent Scout program: If an employee refers a friend, both will be rewarded with a bonus once the eligibility requirement is met. BAYADA Bucks program: BAYADA Bucks are vouchers that can be redeemed for items such as Tiffany & Co. jewelry, GPS devices, apparel, designer handbags, and much more! Employees receive BAYADA Bucks in recognition of perfect attendance, call-out coverage, employee referrals, Hero nominations, years of service, educational achievements, or for receiving special praise from a client. Companywide recognition contests: Opportunities are available to participate in fun contests designed to honor hard work and commitment. Perfect attendance, callout coverage, heroic deeds, or Talent Scout referrals are all examples of how employees can earn chances to win valuable prizes. At BAYADA Pediatrics we feel that nothing in life is more important than a child’s health and welfare. BAYADA Pediatrics has a special purpose – to help people have a safe home life with comfort, independence, and dignity,

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despite illness or disability. Our goal at BAYADA Pediatrics is to provide the highest quality home health care services available. We believe our clients and their families deserve home health care delivered with compassion, excellence and reliability, our BAYADA Pediatrics core values. We call our nurses Heroes on the Home Front, because they provide skilled, caring, and reliable service every day, and are the type of nurse we recruit and honor. Our “Heroes” take responsibility, assume accountability, and act professionally. For more information on employment opportunities or about our services, please call our office directly: BAYADA Pediatrics: 609-601-2200 and visit www.bayada.com. Submitted By:

Mary Kleva-Chelednik Director of the BAYADA Pediatrics office serving children in Atlantic and Cape May counties


This is the first job that I can truly say that I love! Being able to provide one-on-one care allows me to give the kids I care for all of the time, attention, and love that they need. At BAYADA you don’t go unnoticed. It’s a really good feeling to be appreciated for what I do! ~ Nicole White, LPN, BAYADA Nurse

The best thing about working in home care is the flexibility that allows you to schedule around your family and their needs.

~Marjorie Smith-Gale, RN, BAYADA Nurse

The smiles on the faces of my patients are hands-down number one! ~ Jessica Gurdgiel, RN, BAYADA Clinical Manager

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Celebrate Earth Day with ACUA Atlantic City Electric, South Jersey Gas and a variety of other sponsors are partnering with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority for an Earth Day celebration not to be missed! This year’s 24th annual celebration has many exciting events in addition to traditional favorites. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 (rain or shine) at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.  There are lots of free fun, educational activities for everyone. Over 100 vendors, crafters and exhibitors will be part of the celebration. “There are exciting sustainable environmental initiatives happening right here in Atlantic County,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “We want to encourage everyone to think globally and act locally,” Dovey added.  “The Earth Day celebration not only entertains those who attend, but also helps educate participants about the importance of protecting our environment and how easily we can all do our part,” said Dovey. At this year’s Earth Day celebration, the ACUA will be recognizing the 23 Atlantic County Schools which participated in the 2013 national recycling competition, “Recycle Bowl.”  Earth Day offers the perfect opportunity to recognize the great work of our school leaders.

Free Workshops

Workshops will be held every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the amphitheater. Topics include Worm Composting, Native Plants, “Earth-friendly Eating: A Delicious Discussion”, Rain Barrel Construction and Entomophagy (insects as food). Leeds Avenue School Monarch Butterfly Project


Learn from an expert educator who has traveled to the Monarch’s winter migration destination in Mexico about this beautiful native species and how we can support them right in our own yards. Pledge to make part of your yard a butterfly habitat and receive a free packet of milkweed seeds!

Wind, Solar and Wastewater Facility Tours

The public is welcome to take tours of New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm. Participants will be shuttled to and from the wind farm from the Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township beginning at 10 a.m. (last shuttle at 3:15 p.m.) This will feature tours of the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility, solar project and green roof.

Eco Hayrides

Eco Hayrides, a perennial favorite, take visitors to the top of the landfill for panoramic views of the area, including Atlantic City and the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm.


The ACUA will be giving out a mixed variety of tree seedlings, as well as seed packets for spring planting.


There will be live entertainment throughout the day on two stages. Valerie Vaughn will be performing songs of NJ culture, history and environment.  Bash the Trash will be performing their ‘Family Bash’ to entertain and educate audience members with their trademark mix of science, environment, music and humor.   Woodford Cedar Run will be on stage with their Raptors and Reptiles program

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and will have a table exhibit with live birds of prey and reptiles. Bill Kerwood will be performing “The Magic of Recycling” an interactive variety show featuring comedy and magic!  Don’t miss the Turtlesinger, an interactive program and where you will learn about, touch and feed live turtles. Live animal shows will also be featured by the Cape May County Park and Zoo. Other highlights include games, live music, a puppet show, pony rides and pictures with Supercan.

Wildlife, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Also coming is the Wetlands Institute, which will feature an interactive touch tank display and Oakhill Alpacas will be here with alpacas to meet and have your picture taken with!

Colors of the Earth 5k Fun Run

Join us for our very first Colors of the Earth 5k Fun Run. This new run is an untimed event that emphasizes fun over competition. Earth Day Wood Craft It is open to all runners and is limited to the first 200 participants.  Runners will be with Home Depot Join Home Depot and make your own nature given white t-shirts and sunglasses as part of their registration fee.  As you run the wood craft (while supplies last!) course you’ll pass through four color stations Exhibitors/Vendors where volunteers will blast runners with Part of the celebration includes exhibits by dyed cornstarch.  Please register online (premany community and environmental groups registration required). including: the St. Francis Avian Rehab Center, Visit www.acua.com/earthday for details. Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, Defenders of

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