PCDC Monthly Newsletter

August 2021

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.

Message From the Executive Director

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It's a new year (thank goodness) filled with hope and excitement! My personal thanks to all the staff at Parent Child Development Corporation. Each department has done an exceptional job during these uncertain times. The vaccinations have arrived, giving us hope that we may soon transition back to our normal way of life. We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The past twelve months have been especially difficult and challenging for our staff and the families we serve. We take our precautions, assess risk and reward, and move forward. We strive every day to create a culture of safety. A safe environment for all staff and families we serve allows them to feel secure, confident, and able to reach for the stars!

Everything we do is because of the support we have from you. By whatever manner you have done so, you found us, trusted us, and continue to support our mission.

We are looking forward to full in-person classroom learning this program school year, Fall 2021. Our programs will continue to grow in response to the needs of our community, staff, and families.

We continue to embrace the excitement of another year as we have done so for 50 years. You are all a dedicated and talented team. I hope this newsletter inspires you the way your support has inspired and transformed the lives of others. Onward to another successful year of making a life long impact in the lives of the families we serve!

With Heartfelt Gratitude,

Ms. Mack


HR Announcements:

I am pleased to announce that Carol Dodson has accepted the position of Family Advocate Manager, effective June 21, 2021.

I am confident that Carol will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the PCDC team. Carol Dodson will be located in Administration Bldg. and can be reached at 804-843-2289 or cdodson@pcdcva.org.


I am pleased to announce that Alexis Morgan has accepted the position of PreSchool-Lead Teacher, effective June 21, 2021.

I am confident that Alexis will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to Smart Start Center/PCDC team. Alexis Morgan will be located in Smart Start Center and can be reached at 804-843-4869 or amorgan@pcdcva.org

Please join me in welcoming Carol and Alexis to PCDC.

I am pleased to announce that Ashland Christian has accepted the position of Family Advocate, effective June 22, 2021. Please welcome her back to the PCDC Team. Ashland will be located in Administration Bldg. and can be reached at 804-843-2289 or achristian@pcdcva.org.


It is to inform you that Angel Falcon, Facility Maintenance Assistant and Evelyn (Bea) Adkins, Floating Teaching Assistant have resigned with the resignation effective June 29, 2021.

We wish both of them the best of luck for all there future endeavors.

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Happy Birthday!

May your birthday be the start of a year filled with good luck, good health and much happiness.


Shadora Ball

Lyzbeth Ortiz

Ethel Ward-Wake

Lisa Greer

Mollie Nelson

Sharlunda Johnson-Holmes

Taylor Muse

Joslyn Taylor-Harris


Hope Arrowood-Moore

Nina Carr

Darlene Jarosz

Pamela Reed

Kristie Taylor

Happy Birthday to You - most popular version

Current Openings:

Facility Maintenance Assistant (PT)

EHS Secondary Caregiver (12 Mths)

EHS Primary Caregiver (12 Mths)

Family Advocate

Floating Teaching Assistant


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"A great employee is like a Four Leaf Clover, Hard to find & Lucky to have." Tammy Cohen

Aixa Aklan

​​HR Manager

Parent Child Development Corp

PO Box 799

West Point VA 23181

Phone: 804-843-2289

Fax: 804-843-2308

Smile! Sparkle! Shine!

What We're Up To!

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Meet The Partners

Parent Child Development Corporation is so fortunate to be able to provide services for families across seven different cities! One of the reasons we are able to do this is the wonderful Early Head Start services provided by our partners! We want to take a minute this month to introduce you to them and highlight the work they do each day!

We are thankful for the service of all of our amazing partners! Thank you all for allowing us the opportunity to serve even more EHS children and families across the area. You are all appreciated and play a valuable role here at Parent Child Development Corporation!


Kiddie Korner Love!

Have a Terrific Year and be safe!

Reducing Stress Through Deep Breathing

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Hello coworkers!

Hope this newsletter finds you with healthy mind and spirit as we gear up for another school year. Your role in families and children’s lives is enormous. In order to care for others, you must first care for yourselves. Take time in this day to relax, put your mind in order and consider how you want this school year to begin. If you have healthy routines now think of how effective, you will be at work. Simple changes to your daily routine can benefit you greatly. To be proactive in taking charge of your mental health and wellness is the first step to a healthy balanced life. You are a great example to others. As a suggestion for easy changes, using essential oils can be an easy way to make changes in your environment. Please enjoy the attached article about the benefits of essential oils. Looking forward to seeing y'all in person!


Aromatherapy- Do essential oils really work? www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/aromatherapy-do-essential-oils-really-work

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Calling All Advocates!

Things are getting busy at PCDC! We are enrolling students for the new term.

We have invited all of the advocates who can make arrangements to do so, to return to work on August 2nd. We appreciate everyone for whatever availability that they are providing. Big thanks to the Family Services Team for your efforts to support enrollment!

We are welcoming back one of our own, Ashland Christian. We are excited to have Ashland back and continuing to serve our families and support the advocacy team!

We will also be saying goodbye at the end of the week to one of our own, Carla Marr. She has worked all summer to assist with getting intakes completed and adding families to our programs. Her hard work has been noticed and appreciated. She will be moving to be close to family and we all wish her the best. She will be greatly missed.

Carol Dodson

We are now accepting enrollment applications for the 2021-2022 School Year for our Bridges Head Start (income eligible children 3 and 4 years old) and Early Head Start programs (income eligible children ages 6 weeks to 3 years). We provide FREE comprehensive preschool services for children and their families. Let’s Soar Together. Please contact a member of our family advocate team at (804) 843-2289 for more information.

Great News!!

Great News!!

The United States Department of Agriculture is joining a global coalition focused on improving the nutrition, health, and education of vulnerable children and adolescents worldwide! “The United States recognizes that increased international investment in school feeding programs worldwide is key to reducing food insecurity, improving nutrition for vulnerable children and their families...” Dr. Vilsack said. The USDA looks forward to being part of a coalition that has the potential to bolster global food security, build resilience to future shocks, and foster multilateral collaboration in supporting the nutritional, health, and educational needs of children and adolescents worldwide!

Don't forget to also check out the USDA calendar to join in on all of the fun National Holidays this August such as National Watermelon Day, National Chocolate Chip Day, National Fajita Day, World Plant Milk Day, National Potato Day, National Banana Split Day, and so much more! As the Summer continues, enjoy these Summertime ideas, new recipes, and a little video to share with families to encourage their scholars to try new foods at home! Why not try new foods and enjoy the rest of Summer while you can!


Encourage Children to Try New Foods | USDA-FNS

Team Nutrition’s Mealtimes With Toddlers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) materials assist CACFP operators in meeting meal pattern requirements and creating positive mealtime environments for children 1-2 years.



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Some Summer Fun!

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Welcome Back, from Fiscal!

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Welcome Back!

Monday, Aug. 9th, 9am

PCDC Main Office

EHS training begins August 23rd. See you then!
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Message From the Assistant Executive Director

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Glad you are here!

Wow! It's August, and what a thrilling time of the year-- the air around PCDC is filled with excitement and enthusiasm for what’s to come. It’s my favorite time of the school year because we have an opportunity to get to know one another, bond, and team build! The management team has been hard at work this summer preparing a fun and motivating pre-service training for everyone. We hope to inspire you and create new and long lasting relationships as we return back to classrooms. As a united team, we will make an impact on many lives. I must say, we have the best job!

I have a feeling this will be the greatest year, yet! Let's do this, team!


We Appreciate YOu!

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