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October 25, 2011
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October 25, 2011
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I have volunteered on several committees with the Wyoming Valley Children's Association, and the degree to which the board members, committee volunteers, and staff care for the developmentally-challenged kids in their facility is simply astounding. It is a great organization to be a part of, and all involved tend to greatly care about the health of the organization and are receptive to new ideas and involvement.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been to many of their fundraising events and have been a volunteer on two commitees.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Focus more time on their social media outreach.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 25, 2011

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October 24, 2010

I am humbled and proud to be part of Wyoming Valley Children's Association Board of Directors. The staff is comprised of some of the most dedicated and caring people I have met, who truly demonstra... more

October 25, 2011

Wyoming Valley Children's Association continues to be a wonderful organization providing therapy and education to children ages 0-5 for early intervention. The organization also provides education to typical children ages 0-5.

It is always a pleasure to tour the facility and see the great
efforts of the staff at work. It is remarkable to observe the children and see the fruits of all our labors, in a caring and thriving environment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Various event planning and Board of Directors capacities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more exposure to who we are, what we do, and how well we do it!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

My past King's college professor and mentor.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Improve mental and physical development for special needs children ages 0-5.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To grow our programs and offerings to positively affect more children and families in our area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 24, 2010

I am humbled and proud to be part of Wyoming Valley Children's Association Board of Directors. The staff is comprised of some of the most dedicated and caring people I have met, who truly demonstrate the heart and soul of the organization. Our parents and volunteers are committed and dependable. They are instrumental in growing the organization and educating the community about the many great services we offer. The Board is a diverse group of professionals who tirelessly work together to ensure the organization continues to thrive in all facets. Don't take my word for it. Take a tour; our doors and arms are open!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting with fundraiser events, developing a marketing plan for the organization and contributing to various projects.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help to better build our awareness in the community.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

I have been working at the Wyoming Valley Children's Association as a volunteer for the past few months. I am also the parent of a special needs child. My daughter did not have the good fortune to be impacted by the services WVCA offers. I truly wish she would have been able to have the experience that this organization offers its clients. I see a dedicated, caring staff of teachers and therapists interacting with children on a daily basis. I have told parents with young special needs children to research what Wyoming Valley Children's Association has to offer. They are truly making the difference in so many childrens' lives.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Just watching what the staff does - how caring and vested they are.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes I would make.

October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

Wyoming Valley Children's Association has made a huge impact on my son's life & ours. My son started attending preschool there for alittle over a year for speech therapy. He went from only saying a few words to now forming sentences and answering questions. :c ) He loves going to school and he also loves to show me what they did in class when he gets home. His speech teacher sends home his personal notebook where she writes in daily progress and suggestions. When he was evaluated before entering, I was teary eyed b/c I thought that my son wouldn't be up to "par" with the other kids when it was time for him to go to Kindergarten. But now, I am fully confident that he'll be ready ...he'll fit in just fine! :c ) My son would come home singing the words to nursery tunes, or counting or showing off his "good job" stickers from school. I am so grateful that he gets to go to Wyoming Valley Children Association preschool and not only take speech classes but he also gets the opportunity to interact with his peers. He has learned so much in this past year...physically & mentally. We are so very proud. My husband & I cannot thank his teachers & WVCA enough for helping my son. Thank you to the speech teachers, Mrs. Theresa (my son's favorite) & Mrs. Donna (my son's new teacher for this year). We thank you so very much for helping us in my sons time of need..with open arms!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son has been taking speech therapy at WVCA for about a year now. And what a huge impact it has made for extending his vocabulary. He has learned so much just by taking speech class & being able to interact while learning with others in his regular class. We feel so fortunate that my son was blessed with a organization that helped him in his time of need.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes....teachers are awesome. The school is clean & organized. Everyone has such huge hearts there!

October 23, 2010

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October 23, 2010

I have worked at WVCA for 9 years as a Speech Therapist. I choose to work there because I believe in WVCA's mission and am proud to be part of carrying out that mission each day. The staff goes above and beyond to insure that each and every child has the finest opportunity to grow and develop. I have never seen such dedication at any other place I have worked.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a parent of a graduate of WVCA's preschool. Even though my son does not have special needs, he was given the same amount of attention as the other children. All the children are treated equally. My son has a firm sense of compassion and a comfort level with all people because of the foundation he built at WVCA. They taught him not only academics, but a sense of confidence, independence, self worth, & compassion for others. He would not have been better prepared for school anywhere else.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see improvements in the physical building - a cafeteria, gym, etc. I would like to see an increase in financial support and awareness in the community. Implement programs for staff development. There needs to be a Parent Organization and training/development/support programs for parents.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Dedication of staff is unlike any other. They are truly there for the kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 21, 2010

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October 21, 2010

The teachers and therapists that work with the children at Wyoming Valley Children's Association are the absolute best there are, bar none. As they go to and from their different therapy sessions children have casual conversation with their therapist. That is the best part. When kids are most relaxed is when they express themselves the most and to hear it is sometimes funny, other times it tugs at your heart. As children begin each new school year, they learn the basic classroom rules. By the second week, they are "old pros" and can, to name a few, pour their own drinks, wash their own hands, select and put away their own "works". These teachers are amazing, and the children in no time learn to be independent and thrive in their environment. The fact that the preschool is all inclusive is the icing on the cake. The typical children learn empathy and that not all children are the same, and the special needs children try to do what the typical children do. To watch the typical children assist the special needs children is proof that inclusion is truly the right way to go.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing it

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

October 20, 2010

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October 20, 2010

I can not give enough praises to the Wyoming Valley Children's Assn for all they do for children with disabilities regarding their education and integration. The compassionate and unselfish staff reflects the goals of the organization in what they strive for and are able to accomplish. I only wish they could have been involved further in my child's education process, but the transition to the public school system was extremely streamlined, and knowing our child was prepared for this move, our anxious feelings quickly changed to peacefulness and fulfillment.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child was a student in the school for 4 years.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope to provide them with increased funding so that they can provide services for more children with disabilities.

October 20, 2010

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October 20, 2010

Navigating the world of parenting a child with developmental delays can be a challenge--finding the support you need, people you can trust, people that will believe in your child, recoginze the strengths and develop the weaknesses was the part made easiest for us. Living in Luzerne County the choice was clear-Wyoming Valley Children's Association. WVCA is more than a school, they are family! A group of professional, dedicated and caring individuals who are energetic and innovative. Small class sizes, support staff, new facitiles and expert administrative oversight of programs and services ensures quality care and a conducive learning and growing environment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child progressed from significant speech and language, fine and gross motor delays at age 2 to finding her voice, engaging in conversation, expressing her opinion, to leaning how to ride a bike, cut out shapes, follow a maze, color in the lines and write her name! She devloped kindergarten readiness skills and successfully transitioned to KDG. reading sight word vocabulary and identfying shapes and patterns and one digit addition.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not believe any changes need to be made at this time. WVCA is a foward thinking organiztion and simply needs the continued support of donors, families and the community to get obtain the up to date resources needed to get the job done.

October 19, 2010

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October 19, 2010

Family is the first word that comes to mind when I think about the Children's Association. The staff is small, with many of the employees only ever working for the Children's Association. There is a spirit within this group of educators, therapists, administrators, and support staff that is unique and contagious. Children are their passion and it is the teamwork between the child, family, and staff that allows the children to blossom. This association is helping to change culture through their inclusive preschool program. Children learn acceptance,understanding, and sharing as they interact with children with various special needs.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I had the opportunity to shadow one of the physical therapist while in college. The creativity of the therapist was amazing. She interacted with the children in their school environment and individually. I have also watched the evolution and growth of the preschool program. The Children's Association has been able to incorporate various educational models and standards due to it's corporate independence.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a fee for service schedule, regardless of financial status. The WVCA has provided free services to the community's children for decades and relies on donations, grants, and subsidies to carry out its passion.

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