WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS ONTO THE COALITION’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County is so proud to announce that Palm Beach County School Board Member, Marcia Andrews of District 6 and Dr. Grace Kolbe, Director of the Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education from Palm Beach State College are both new members of our Board of Directors. With their amazing backgrounds and dedication to education, we know they will be great additions to our Board. We look forward to working with them.
OUTREACH DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. (AVDA) and Young Women Committed to Action (YWCA) are two amazing agencies that the Coalition has the opportunity to work with throughout the year. The Coalition would like to congratulate AVDA on their capital improvement grant; received from the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence in June 2013 to rebuild their emergency shelter building and increase the capacity to shelter victims of domestic violence. They continued fundraising for the remaining cost of the shelter which hosts 8 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms, a state-of-the-art commercial grade kitchen with two cooking stations, a quiet room/library, three laundry rooms, a children’s playground, and new staff offices. The shelter capacity increased from 41 beds to 63 beds (44% increase), which allows AVDA to meet the increased demand for services they have experienced over the last five years. The new shelter opened on June 30, 2015 and they continue to work on the campaign.
The Coalition joined State Representative Lori Berman as she informed the community about the prevention of domestic abuse with a well-informed panel which included Nicole Bishop – Division Director of Palm Beach County Victim Services, Alexcia Cox – Assistant State Attorney, Erick Domingues – Sergeant of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Eisinger – Chief of Felony Division from the Public Defender’s Office, Jennifer Rey – Program Services Director of AVDA, and Nina Zollo, Legal Counsel from the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Several years ago the State of Florida passed House Bill (HB) 7165, which gives priority to children of both domestic abuse and homelessness. We are working with local agencies throughout Palm Beach County to ensure mothers and fathers dealing with domestic violence can receive child care without having to fear for their own safety.
Facts About Domestic Abuse:
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. ("Violence Against Women, A Majority Staff Report," Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 102nd Congress, October 1992, p.3.)
There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters. (Schneider, 1990).
Three to four million women in the United States are beaten in their homes each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, or male lovers. ("Women and Violence," Hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, August 29 and December 11, 1990, Senate Hearing 101-939, pt. 1, p. 12.)
One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991).
The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County was so thrilled to participate with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s “Read for the Record” again this year. Our own Krystal Wallick, Program Assurance Manager read to children in the Lake Worth area. We want to also take this time to thank all the providers who signed up as a participating site. This is a great way to encourage our children to read! To learn more about our the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County check them out here! @ www.literacypbc.org