PCDC Monthly Newsletter
Parent Child Development Corporation
Location: 602 Main Street, West Point, VA, USA
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.
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 the Interim Executive Director
Happy Holidays, Everyone!
What a wonderful time of the year! Feelings of joy, love, compassion, and giving surround us. I am very grateful for the PCDC team and all you do for children and families. You are a member of an admirable profession. It's not just a job... it's heart work! Please know you are appreciated and make a difference in so many lives.
A heartfelt thank you to the holiday party committee for an amazing staff event and for hosting Santa! We saw so many smiles... and tears that day! I cannot go without saying this team is truly special!
I wish you a safe and happy holiday, and a Happy New Year. Here's to new beginnings!
Enjoy a Fun Read!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!
Gretchen Mandley - December 6th
Alyssa Harrison - December 11th
Amy Inabinet- December 12th
Tatyanna Gresham (Taty) - December 20th
Brenda Cooke - December 27th
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED YEARS OF SERVICE TO PCDC AND YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE TEAM!!
Ruth Hill- December 27th - 1 year
Teana Northrop - December 27th - 1 year
Welcome Our New Hires! We are thrilled to have you join the Team!🎉
Amanda Arnett - Primary Caregiver
Paris Morrow - West Point Substitute Teacher
Stevie Tanton - West Point Substitute Teacher
Anissa King - King William Teacher Assistant
Laine McDowell - Charles City/ New Kent Floating Teacher Assistant
Jasmine Skyberg - New Kent Teacher Assistant
Ashlee Bristow - TCW 2 Teacher Assistant
Substitutes - Various locations
Mental Health Coordinator (PT)
Assistant Education Manager
- Please call out approximately 2-hours before the start of your shift to allow for proper coverage.
- All PTO must be approved by your Immediate Supervisor for scheduled days off.
- Dress is business causal. Jeans are allowed on Friday. Please make sure all clothing is free of holes and tears at all locations (jeans included).
- Please send a copy of all completed training certificates and professional development workshop sheets to HR.
Family Service Department has been busy recruiting!
Family Advocates and Parents are attending the Parent and Family Engagement Conference in Dallas, Texas!
Winter break is finally here!
While you are away from work during your time off, you may want to do some of these suggestions to reconnect to a happier and more relaxed version of you!
1. Leave all devices at school, walk out the door and do not go back to retrieve anything!
2. Slip on some nice warm cozy pajamas, snuggle under a nice blanket and watch some of your favorite holiday movies (even the awful ones).
3. Go on a day trip that provides a much needed change of scenery.
4. Make a list of wonderful things about yourself that starts with “I Am.” Then read the list every time you have a down moment when the new year begins as a reminder.
5. Invent or create something. It can be whatever makes you happy. Stretch those creative juices.
6. Finally, you may want to do “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL!”
The Education Department would like to wish you and your family a happy, safe and blessed holiday season!!!
Important Message: Masking
The Office of Head Start will announce in the near future the removal of the mask mandate. Until then, please continue to mask.
December is Depression and Mental Health Screening Month.
I wanted to share this resource that provides screening tools for various mental health conditions, including depression: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools/
Common symptoms of depression include:
- not enjoying the same hobbies or interests that you once did, or not getting the same amount of pleasure from these activities
- not being able to focus for very long
- losing your appetite regularly
- losing an abnormal amount of weight at one time
- feeling weak or exhausted with no clear cause
- feeling overwhelmingly guilty
- feeling like you’re not worth anything or are inadequate
- feeling anxious or irritable
- losing feelings of hope for the future
- crying without any specific cause
- not being able to sleep well at night
- having dramatic mood swings
- having thoughts about death
It is also worth noting that symptoms of depression can differ between men and women. Some differences are hormonal in nature, including menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Other differences are connected to societal norms. For example, in the United States, men have historically been expected to present as tough, and may be less likely to share how they are feeling. This tendency can cause both men and women to express their feelings of depression differently based on what they believe is socially acceptable for them to do or say.
Symptoms of depression in men may include:
- showing anger
- blaming the people around them
- picking fights
- turning to destructive habits like drinking
Symptoms of depression in women may include:
- showing sadness
- blaming themselves
- turning to unhealthy habits like emotional eating
However, everyone experiences depression differently, so you may find that your symptoms aren’t easily lumped in any one category.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or notice a change in your own thoughts or behavior, please reach out to someone- this may be someone close to you, myself or another coworker, or your primary care physician.
Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables:
There is an array of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season during the cold months. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that are currently in season: apples, beets, cabbage, collard greens, grapefruit, kale, leeks, oranges, pears, pomegranates, Swiss chard, and winter squash.
Each Month I will be highlighting a special fruit or vegetable during these next few cold, winter months.
This month we will be discussing the Importance of Pomegranates: Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells. They are also known to potentially be effective in preventing cancers, such as prostate, breast, lung, and colon (www.webmd.com/diet/healthbenefits-pomegranates).
Here is a recipe that incorporates pomegranates into a lovely Feta Salad:
From the Assistant Executive Director
As we near the end of 2022 let’s resolve to make 2023 even better. I know you’re thinking “I’ll make a resolution but I won’t fulfill it.” Keep in mind that the best resolutions are the ones that you can actually maintain. Well, here are some ideas of resolutions that are sustainable.
· Adopt an attitude of gratitude!
· Spend 5 minutes a day cleaning!
· Call parents/siblings/grandparent more!
· Pick a bedtime and wake up time and stick to it!
· Try something new!
· Take more frequent breaks!
· Make time for self-care!
· Take a 24-hour break from social media every month!
· Take time to appreciate your accomplishments!
None of these resolutions require financial contributions but the gains you will get from them will be priceless. Remember the little things you do often have the biggest impact on you and your family. Looking forward to great things.