Dallas Single Mom has created a firm commitment to support those charities in North Texas that provide help to single parent families. Based upon our mission statement, we strongly advocate and support an organization that you may not have heard of but that touches upon early child development services to young children living in local homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and transitional housing programs. Vogel Alcove is a Childcare Center for the Homeless and is one of the few non-profit agencies in the country that is specialized in providing child development services to partner soical service agencies in the area. Many of the families that Vogel Alcove helps are single parent families and so the mission of Vogel Alcove falls nicely in line with the readers that Dallas Single Mom targetsas well as our mission to inspire single mothers.
Research on the effects homelessness has on early childhood development
Countless research studies have shown the impacts of stressors such as homelessness on the development of young children. Over 30% of all homeless are single mothers with two children under the age of 5 and it is believed that up to 50% of all homeless are families. The National Education Association cites numerous studies that support the success of early childhood programs that included:
individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program ultimately earned up to $2,000 more per month than those who were not. Young people who were in preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school, to own homes, and have longer marriages. Other studies also showed that . . . .Children in quality preschool programs are less likely to repeat grades, need special education, or get into future trouble with the law.
According to the American Psychological Association the effects of homelessness can impact children in their later development by exposing them to a greater risk for several negative outcomes such as poor academic achievement, school dropout, abuse and neglect, behavioral and socio-emotional problems, physical health problems, and developmental delays. This gets compounded as these families encounter barriers to accessing proper physical and mental health care.
Vogel Alcove addresses the gap needed for quality childcare for North Texas families
Vogel Alcove‘s main focus is to provide free childcare and case management for children and their families referred by 21 local emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, housing programs and organizations that serve homeless families. Some of the key things they provide are family support services. There is an on-site mental health clinician that works with children and families addressing mental health concerns and providing support once children leave Vogel Alcove. Parents engage in parent education programs to learn child development and effective parenting techniques as well as access to employment counseling and support specialists. Children at Vogel Alcove get well-child checkups, immunizations, treatments, referrals, vision and hearing screenings and dental care. They do all this in collaboration with the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.
North Texas Giving Day
Vogel Alcove is participating in North Texas Giving Day this year and I encourage you to participate and lend some of your donations to this valuable organization. North Texas Giving Day is an annual online and offline event that rallies North Texans to support non-profit organizations in our communities. It’s a way that you can get to know organizations such as Vogel Alcove and other charities. In 2013, 75,000 donations were made totaling to about $25.2 million dollars total donated and benefiting 1,350 non-profit organizations. On September 18, 2014, donations can be made from 6 a.m. to midnight with special events and prizes for donations $25 or more. To donate to Vogel Alcove during North Texas Giving Day, click here!
Vogel Alcove’s facility is located at 1738 Gano St in Dallas, TX at the former DISD Old City Park school. The beautiful campus has an amazing playground and outdoor learning environment called “The Backyard. For this year’s NTX Giving Day, all proceeds donated on September 18 will go into the creation of a “Bloom and Grow” Wildlife Habitat and a “Look and Listen” Sensory Garden areas. You can read more about this project on their blog, “Vogel Alcove encourages North Texas Giving Day participants to help fund the creation of a Wildlife Garden in The Backyard.
For more information about Vogel Alcove, please visit VogelAlcove.org or call them at 214-368-8686. You can also visit them on Social Media at:
Mission: Vogel Alcove’s mission is to provide the youngest children of homeless families with the foundation for success. Our vision is that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family, and a pathway to success in school.
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