Cape Regional Ten Towns Council – C.R.T.T.ers Council
COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT
Formed in 1996, our Council works to guide activities funded through a combination of MA Dept. of Early Education and Care grant, Children’s Trust grant, and other funding. Programs use the Strengthening Families strength-based approach. We support families with children birth to age 8 years and beyond. We collaborate with organizations, agencies, and individuals to nurture the Five Protective Factors in local families: Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development, Concrete Supports in Time of Need and Social & Emotional Competence.
If you have never attended, we want YOU to join the CRRTer Council – Parents, teachers, organizations/agencies that work with families and young children, childcare providers, people working with families and young children, local school staff, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and community members committed to supporting families! You have great ideas and we want to hear them! We are a fun, welcoming, collaborative group of people committed to supporting families with children in our region (Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown). You can join us at any meeting for refreshments, friendship, collaboration, problem-solving, support, and the chance to make a difference in your community!
When and where does the Council meet?
The CRTTers Council meets at 6:00-7:30 PM the third Wednesday evening of every month from September through June. Dates are subject to change.
We need your input and suggestions! Council meetings are a great opportunity to find out who’s doing what for families in the ten towns including Dennis, Yarmouth, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown, and to share your own ideas. Council meetings will focus on different topics of current importance to particular individuals or groups – parents, directors, teachers, playgroup leaders. Please send your ideas and suggestions to Meghan Kemp at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come and submit them at any meeting. This Council can be as useful as we all make it, so step up and make it work!
The Council supports the following grant-funded programs: Dads group, Family Road Shows, Family Support consultations, Family Fun Fair, Babies 1st Year, Play and learn groups, Workshops & discussions for parents and early childhood teachers and caregivers.
COUNCIL MEETING DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS
CRTTer Council meetings throughout the year so go ahead and add them to your schedule:
- 6 – 7:30 pm – November 15, January 17 & April 25 (All held at Snow Library in Orleans)
Dennis-Yarmouth CFCE Subcommittee – (Please contact Mary Wilson at email@example.com if you’d like to join)
- 6 – 7 pm -November 8, January TBD, & April TBD – (M.E. Small Elementary School in the upstairs Staff Room adjacent to the Cafeteria)
Lower/Outer Cape Early Childhood Council Subcommittee (Please contact Meghan Kemp at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join)
- 6 – 7:30 pm – October 18, February 14, March 21, & May 16 – Meets at Nauset Middle School (please take this survey to let us know about time preferences)
Monomoy Early Childhood Council Subcommittee (Please contact Lucy Gilmore at email@example.com if you’d like to join)
- 6 – 7:30 pm Meetings alternate between Harwich Community Center Playroom (100 Oak Street) and Eldredge Public Library (549 Main St, Chatham)
Thursday, September 7 – Harwich Community Center playroom
Thursday, October 5 – Eldredge Public Library Downstairs rear meeting room
Thursday, November 2 – Harwich Community Center playroom
Thursday, December 7 – Eldredge Public Library Downstairs rear meeting room
Thursday, January 4 – Harwich Community Center playroom
Thursday, February 1 – Eldredge Public Library Downstairs rear meeting room
Thursday, March 1 – Harwich Community Center playroom
Thursday, April 5 – Eldredge Public Library Downstairs rear meeting room
What do the letters stand for?
CFCE – Coordinated Family and Community Engagement; Combining previous CPC and MFN funds and services.
CT – Children’s Trust; public-private state agency funding parenting education and family support programs; provides our MFC grant.
DCF – Department of Children & Families; provides support for families and intervenes on behalf of children who may be affected by child abuse or neglect; coordinates foster care placements.
EEC – Early Education and Care; state department that licenses and regulates childcare centers, family daycare homes, and afterschool programs that are not school-sponsored.
EI – Early Intervention; program operated by Cape Cod Child Development in Hyannis, paid for by the federal government; provides services for eligible children aged birth-3 years.
FC – Family Center grant; funds parent education and support programs for families with children aged birth-6 years.
NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children; an organization that provides quality standards and accreditation for centers and classrooms serving young children.
WIC – Women, Infants, Children program; provides nutrition information and healthy foods to pregnant or breastfeeding women and families with children up to 5 years.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & CARE
Cape Cod Children’s Place strives to provide exceptional and enriching programs to support the crucial early learning years. We believe in building a strong foundation in social emotional development of children
Cape Cod Children’s Place recognizes that parenting is the most important job, and at times, the most challenging one any of us can embark on. Our family support uses a strength-based approach to support all families
Cape Cod Children’s Place believes healthy families are a reﬂection of strong communities. We partner with our local schools, libraries and other community businesses and agencies to oﬀer free early literacy