PCDC Monthly Newsletter


Parent Child Development Corporation

Our Mission

The mission of Parent Child Development Corporation is to empower families to improve the quality of their lives through educational and self-help programs, family support services, and advocacy activities in partnership with the community.

Our Vision

The vision of Parent Child Development Corporation (PCDC) is to be a leader in comprehensive preschool programs, child care services, and family support services in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula. PCDC will provide direct services, coordinate regional and inter-agency service delivery systems for children and families, and advocate for programs and services which promote the welfare of all children and families in the community, state and nation. PCDC will forge partnerships with communities and organizations to effectively and efficiently utilize human and financial resources, both public and private.

From Interim Executive Director

Happy, happy Spring!

Has anyone told you how awesome you are, lately? Well, I will! You deserve an AWESOMENESS award! We couldn't operate without you. Please know just how important you are to this team!

Your hard work does not go unnoticed.

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Union is Strength!

Teamwork is powerful and you make it happen! We are stronger together! Let's finish this year in the best way!
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"A positive mindset brings positive things!" -- Philipp Reiter


I'm looking forward to our PCDC end-of-the-year event! I can't wait to have an opportunity to chat and laugh with you! Gay, Jessica, and Taty are working hard to make this an enjoyable and fun event! More details to come!


Happy Birthday to You - most popular version

Happy Birthday to You!

Tammy Ball - March 4th

Ruth Hill - March 8th

Teana Northrop - March 13th

Alexia Morgan - March 14th

Ericka McCurry - March 16th

Jennifer Russell - March 17th

Nancy Lambert - March 26th

Laurie Farmer - April 30th

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Nicole Agee - March 2nd - One Year

Nina Carr - April 15th - One Year

Elizabeth Aguilar - April 23rd - Four Years

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Tatyana Gresham - USDA Coordinator

Breanne Bruner - Fiscal Administrative Clerk

New Hires

Dawn Davis - Lead Teacher/Charles City

Morgan Dorrion- Floating Teacher Assistant/Mathews & Middlesex

Tracy Tate - EHS Family Advocate

Betsabe Santiago - Secondary Caregiver

Lorie Bowman - Smart Start Substitute Teacher

Laura Shoup - Smart Start Site Manager

Sharon Williams - Kitchen Manager/Classroom Aide (as needed) - April 25th


PCDC wishes the following employees the best of luck in all of their future endeavors:

Ashland Christian

Nancy Lambert

Job Announcements:

Fiscal Manager

Family Advocates (West Point, King William, Gloucester, EHS)

Lead Teachers (West Point, Gloucester)

Teacher Assistants (Gloucester)


Find COVID-19 guidance for your community

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As we are inching our way closer and closer to the end of the school year, don’t let yourself get too distracted by the beautiful weather and promise of summer.

Remember to stay on top of CORs, add samples/pictures to portfolios, complete PALS, finish your Performance Appraisals, and start preparing for closing out your classroom.

If you need help or have questions, PLEASE let me know. I’ll do my best to help out as I can.


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Do You Need a COVID-19 Booster Shot?

Most people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are relatively well-protected from serious illness and death from COVID-19. But even highly effective vaccines often become less so over time. Getting another jab of the vaccine several months after the first round, called a “booster shot,” can help supercharge the vaccine’s effectiveness.

But different vaccines may call for different booster timing. For example, research from the CDC shows that the Pfizer vaccine remains 91% effective at 4 months but drops soon afterward to 77%. The Moderna vaccine, on the other hand, appears to remain 92% effective even almost 5 months after vaccination. Both Pfizer and Moderna are mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

The CDC recommends booster shots for fully vaccinated people. The timing depends on which vaccine you receive at first.

Pfizer-BioNTech. After you’ve got the two jabs required for the primary series of the mRNA vaccine, people 12 or older are eligible for a booster shot 5 months after the last dose.

People 12-17 years old may only get a Pfizer booster. Everyone else can get booster shots from either Pfizer or Moderna.

Moderna. After the first series, anyone 18 or older can get a booster shot 5 months after the last dose.

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. Those 18 and over are eligible for a booster shot, preferably from either Pfizer or Moderna, 2 months after the first dose.

Additional Boosters

The CDC recommends an additional booster shot for certain people to amp up their immune system against potential COVID-19 variants.

If you have a weakened immune system or are 50 or above, you’re eligible for a second mRNA booster shot 4 months after your first booster.

If you got the J&J Janssen vaccine as your first vaccine and first booster dose, the CDC recommends a second booster using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. You may get this at least 4 months after your last dose.

What Else Does Research Say About COVID-19 Boosters? Boosters are a type of vaccine, and scientists already know that vaccines are currently the best defense against COVID, especially its most serious effects. That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated right away if you qualify, as most people 12 and older do.


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I would like to welcome Tracy Tate to our team as the EHS Family Advocate. Tracy has been working hard at getting to know her families. Thank you Tracy for being a great addition to our team.

The Family Advocates have been working hard to prepare for the End of the Year Celebrations. Family Advocates have also sent out Child Abuse Prevention literature along with Child Abuse materials for the families. Family Advocates have been working hard at completing intakes with potential parents in order to fill our vacant spots. Thank you Family Advocates for all that you do for our children and families. You are the best:)


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Self-Care & Self-Care Fatigue

The topic this month is Self-Care. But what exactly is self-care, or more so, what ISN'T self-care? We've been hearing a lot about self-care over the last two years as the pandemic turned our lives upside down, and while practicing self-care in and of itself is incredibly beneficial to our lives, it is not and was never meant to be a "quick fix" to a much bigger problem.

"Self-care fatigue occurs when these messages about self-care keep coming, but our reality is not changing around us. When that happens, we can sometimes even have the opposite reaction to these messages. While we may be worn out on self-care messaging, we don't want to undermine or minimize the importance of the message itself. This is our reality. The situation hasn't changed, and the value of self-care hasn't changed either.

We tend to dwell on what we cannot control. That is human nature. But we run the risk of missing the opportunity to focus our time and energy on the things that we can control, and that's our behaviors and our choices. That is the major intent of self-care messaging. It is a grounding exercise meant to give people that two-minute pause and the ability to self-reflect and refocus their energy. " (What to Do About Self-Care Fatigue, Columbia University Irving medical Center).

The full article can be read here: https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/news/what-do-about-self-care-fatigue-conversation-lourival-baptista-neto-md

How To Create An Individualized Self-Care Plan: https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/SUN-Self-care-Plan.pdf


“Why is it important to eat vegetables?” You might ask.

Vegetables provide great health benefits!! When including more vegetables into your diet, it can actually reduce the risk of some chronic diseases such as hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease, and even stoke. Vegetables carry many, many nutrients. These nutrients include potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C. For more information about vegetables, please visit www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/vegetables.

I also understand that sometimes it’s hard to eat vegetables, maybe because of the taste or maybe even the texture. With that being said, I have included a Cucumber Yogurt dip. This might help give your vegetables a little more pizazz!

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P.S. - Thank you all so much for accepting me as your new USDA Coordinator! I appreciate each and every one of you, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!


"Keep Calm & Carrot On!"