CNY Community Foundation awards Jowonio $20,000 grant

The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded Jowonio a $20,000 performance management capacity building grant.

The funds will be used to help document Jowonio's model of inclusive education for sharing with other organizations, to more clearly define measurable indicators of success and to develop a database to track the progress of students and families. The grant will help Jowonio ensure the continuation, vibrancy and expansion of its programming. It will also help build competencies and confidence of parents, early educators and child care providers in addressing the increasing number of children with high needs.

Currently, the inability of early childhood providers to cope with behavioral and other concerns is resulting in children being excluded from inclusive programming and/or being punitively managed. Jowonio is known for successfully working with diverse needs and is often the first referral for children that are asked to leave other centers.

For more than 40 years, Jowonio has been transforming the lives of Central New York's young people and their families. There is an abundance of information to support the fact that both children and families have very positive and sometimes life changing experiences from being a part of the Jowonio Community. This grant will help Jowonio improve its ability to communicate specific evidence based elements of the Jowonio model and how its impact will further increase our capacity for assisting those caring for young children with challenges.

Jowonio School knows importance of field trips

With the help of a $15,000 grant from the John Ben Snow Foundation, a $3,500 grant from the Green Milstein Foundation and countless personal donations, the Friends of Jowonio have purchased two new 12 passenger vans for field trips.

The rich curriculum at Jowonio is enhanced by the opportunity to take field trips as often as every other week. Field trips provide an opportunity for children to learn about and make sense of the world around them, build vocabulary and share adventures with friends. They also broaden each child's view of the world, while incorporating experiences that are new and exciting.

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