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Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services assists thousands with new Education & Technology Center

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services assists thousands with new Education & Technology Center

The Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) has recently opened a new Education & Technology Center, Demonstration Garden and Recreation Area to improve service delivery to thousands of Sacramento-area families. The facility is located at 3308 Third Avenue in Oak Park, across the street from SFBFS’ existing facility. 

The new Education & Technology Center includes expanded Adult Education, Parent Education (formerly Mother-Baby) and Youth Education (formerly Computer Clubhouse, Youth Academy and PlayCare) programs. These programs had reached capacity in SFBFS’ current building.

The new Education & Technology Center is 22,500 square feet (vs. 7,000 square feet in the original facility), houses 120 computers (vs. 40 computers) and 11 classrooms (vs. 5 classrooms).

Smile Keepers Promotes Healthy Teeth Program For Pre-Schoolers

Smile Keepers Promotes Healthy Teeth Program For Pre-Schoolers

Sacramento -- Smile Keepers' volunteers greet dozens of families needing information about providing proper dental health care at SCUSD's recent School Readiness Fair at The Serna Center.

Specializing in pre-school age children, Smile Keepers says parents must be aware that "baby" teeth are very important for developing proper speech, maintaining spaces and gaps for adult teeth and, of course, chewing food. Baby teeth that decay and become infected can damage the growth of adult teeth, often resulting in crooked teeth needing braces. Smile Keepers is funded by tobacco taxes through the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

For more information, contact www.first5oralhealth.org or call 916-876-5875. Smile Keepers reminds parents that if their children have Medi-Cal, Healthy Families or Healthy Kids insurance, they likely have dental care coverage.

School Readiness Fair A Big Hit At SCUSD

School Readiness Fair A Big Hit At SCUSD

Sacramento -- Fun activities abound to assist parents with preparing their children, as well as themselves, for healthy beginnings in the Sacramento City Unified School District. The Serna Center was filled with representatives from many elementary schools, pre-schools, resource centers, the Crocker Art Museum and the Girl Scouts. Dozens of volunteers dedicated time on Saturday to assist parents and children with information ranging from car seat safety to proper nutrition to early learning development. Children engaged in fun stuff such as story telling, a puppet theater and face painting. A recent change in district policy now permits open enrollment in elementary schools, which encourages parents to shop for the best school meeting each child's learning and social needs. The Sacramento Public Library had its "Wanderer Bookmobile" available with a variety of children's books enticing reading.

Sacramento READS! Third Grade Literacy Campaign

Get to know Sacramento READS! Third Grade Literacy Campaign, a ten year initiative to ensure all children in Sacramento can read at grade level by the end of third grade.

Sacramento Valley Concussion Care Consortium Protects Student Athletes

Sacramento Valley Concussion Care Consortium Protects Student Athletes

Four Sacramento area hospitals and care providers have joined forces to protect student athletes.  This collaboration was announced today at an event at John F.

Croup: What parents can do and when to worry

Croup: What parents can do and when to worry

If you’ve ever had a child with croup, you know that telltale, harsh, barking cough well. It’s unnerving and unmistakable. And usually, the worst of it happens at night, when you’re bleary eyed, exhausted, and full of worry.

Parents primarily want to know what they can do for their child in those midnight hours and if they should be worried and take them in to be seen.

Before I give you some tips on how to ease your child’s cough, let’s first determine if it is, in fact, croup you are dealing with.

Does my child have Croup?

Croup starts out like a regular run of the mill cold; with runny nose, congestion, and fever. The fever can be quite high. 104 F in some cases. Soon after, you’ll hear it…that “is there a seal barking in my living room?” cough. Then, you’ll know…yes, my child has Croup.

Why/How did my child get the Croup?