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Children's Medical Daycare
Resource Family Support
Mercer County Children’s Medical Daycare welcomes children with special healthcare needs under the oversight of the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). The center provides foster parents and Special Home Service Providers with direct consultative guidance from a team of pediatric health care professionals, pre-service and ongoing intensive training and infant/child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. In addition, we provide a range of services for foster children with special medical needs. We ensure that children are kept safe from abuse and neglect and receive adequate medical, mental health, and educational services.
Teenage Parents Support
Many teenage parents face substantial obstacles to future success: unsupportive home environments, social isolation, long-standing poor school performance, lack of role models from whom they can learn parenting and other life skills, and struggles over child care. Mercer County Children’s Medical Daycare assists teenage parents who struggle with providing a continuum of medical care for their children.
Developmentally Disabled Parents
Mercer County Children’s Medical Daycare welcomes parents with developmental disabilities who struggle with the healthcare maintenance of their children. We assist the participants with obtaining skill necessary to function independently in daily living as responsible parents and provide families with a network of services and support by providing linkages to other organizations that serve the developmentally disabled. The program provides a safety net for the children of developmentally disabled parents by ensuring that the child’s needs are met and that their family receives the services that address their particularized needs.
A Free Bread Program was developed by the center for the families of children enrolled in the program. Each Friday, approximately 12 flats of bread products are brought to the center and distributed to each family at the end of the day. Some of the bread products that are distributed are: wheat, white, and potato bread, English muffins, blueberry muffins, assorted bagels, assorted cakes, and pita bread. Assorted rolls such as kaiser, hamburger, hot dog, poppy seed, and sourdough are distributed to the families each week.
Toy Drive Program
Each year, families of children enrolled in the program are the recipients of an annual toy drive. As holidays are important to children, it is vital that the program’s children are offered the same opportunities to celebrate the holidays. Volunteers are utilized to deliver the needed items to the families.
Oral Hygiene Program
In an effort to decrease the incidence of early childhood dental caries, Mercer County Children’s Medical Day Care endeavors to ensure that all participants with teeth have oral hygiene as a part of their daily activity. The center has partnered with The Central New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium to provide appropriate oral care to the children enrolled in the program. The program’s Oral Hygiene Guidelines require that every child brush their teeth at least once a day while in the daycare.
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