Birth To Three
Birth To Three Newsletter
For Parents, Alumni and FriendsEarly Summer 2010
Photographers Help Birth To Three
As part of the Lane County Children's Photo Contest, three professional photographers gave us $25 from each of their February photo sessions.
 At the awards ceremony for the non-beauty contest, we received a check for $975! Read about the photographers and the winners, and plan to participate in 2011!
Our Volunteers   are Great!
Our volunteers help Birth To Three offer programs and keep the organization running smoothly. They gave 3,900 hours of service this year! At a May luncheon, we gave special recognition to:
 
     Volunteer of the Year - Gerri Couper, who donated 85+ hours preparing our financial statements and tax returns while working full-time at Jones & Roth CPAs and while pregnant with her second child!
 
     Cirque de Famille Support - Fran Curtis, Andy Moore and Donna Moore
 
     Institutional Support - Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Levi Strauss and Eugene Kiwanis Club
     Rebecca Paschall - 53+ hours as one of our community volunteers
 
     Ambassador Award for recruiting new volunteers - Breanna Cline, Oregon Community Credit Union; Lindsay Ferreira, Marist High School; Raina Jewell, UO student
 
     Legacy Award for Birth To Three babies who volunteer as young adults - Dayna Klute and Russell Arkin
 
Thank you, everyone!
Biodiesel and Birth To Three
Next time you fill up or buy something at SeQuential Biofuels, mention Birth To Three for the "Driving Change" program and we'll receive a donation! Thank you - and thanks, SeQuential!
Greetings!

From babies to volunteers, fathers to photographers, this newsletter is all about the people who make Birth To Three what we are!
Ways to Cope with a Crying Baby
 
Babies cry to get the attention they need for survival. Sometimes, Crying babyhowever, caregivers get overwhelmed or frustrated by the sound. Most adults and children get through these times without incident but in some cases, a caregiver might be tempted to shake the child. In fact, cases of shaken baby syndrome have jumped during this recession.
 
One of the best ways to cope with crying children is to remember that crying is the way babies communicate their needs. It helps to understand the developmental Period of Purple Crying. We also offer these 12 helpful tips to get everyone through the tears. Our free, confidential Parent HelpLine is available for support, as is a 'fussy baby' national phone line. Most importantly, take a few moments to calm yourself if you are not ready to hold the child in a safe manner.
 
Please share this information with others!
Check This Guide to Your Child's Development
Here's a handy way to learn about children's developmental stages from birth to age 5. Please remember that every child develops individually. If you have any questions, talk to a pediatrician or family practice doctor.
 
In Honor of Fathers

Father Feeding Baby

Fathers - and father figures - come from every background imaginable. Father's Day is a good time to honor dads and all they do to help children thrive.
 
An involved, nurturing father can make a huge difference in a child's life. Read Birth To Three's column about the roles fathers play.
  
Hooray for dads!
We're Part of the Duck Race!
                          Once again, Birth To Three is a recipient agency in Duck Race logoThe 2010 Great Rotary Duck Race. We're very honored and appreciative!       
     Our goal is to sell 60 books of tickets. You may buy raffle tickets for $5 each or a book for $125. Any purchase makes you eligible for great prizes, including a 2011 Hyundai Sonata.
     By July 1, tickets will be available at our office, 86 Centennial Loop.
     Read more about the Duck Race, including the prizes and directions to Birth To Three's office. Then, plan to stop by to buy some tickets as gifts or employee appreciation rewards - and for yourself!
 
 
Connect with Birth To Three
Become our Find us on Facebook fan and stay informed about Birth To Three and parenting. You may also visit us at our website. Contact Birth To Three by calling (541) 484-5316, e-mailing us at birthtothree@birthto3.org or using our e-mail form.
 
Use our Parent HelpLine (541-485-5211; toll-free in Lane County,
1-888-485-5211) to get your parenting questions answered. It's confidential and free!
 
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