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CHILDHOOD QUALITY MATTERS INC
September 5, 2010

I have been listening to Rona Renner's show since it began around 2002 or so. At the time I had two boys, and basically just enjoyed the various topics about parenting, plus learning about other areas such as children and disabilities. What I liked best was the format of hearing from experts in the field, and then hearing from the callers who are just parents like myself. I think this combination works extremely well for this type of show. Childhool Matters went off the air for some time, and I missed it. Several years later, I gave birth to identical twins boys. When my twins were 4 yrs old, my marriage fell apart just around the time I was trying to convince my husband that something wasn't right with them. It was such a difficult and emotional time. I remembered one of Rona's shows from years before because I remembered how interesting it was: about Autism. I did my own computer research and decided "that's what my twins have!" and this eventually led to a successful diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Since they are high-functioning, it looked like just a language delay and difficult behavior, but finally I was relieved to know it was a real disorder and that I could now work on the treatments. I was working with Contra Costa Child Care Council and went to one of their events one day, and there was Rona at a booth. I went over and met her, and my tears just wouldn't hold back because it was due to her show that I realized as a parent, I should follow my gut no matter what everyone else said. Basically I was the only one show believed there was something wrong with my twins. And I give that credit to Childhood Matters, because this show really advocates for children. It was because of this show, that I even suspected Autism. Before that, I knew nothing about this disorder. I have been an avid listener, and when I can't listen to the show live I listen later on podcast. I have also been a regular participant because I feel with my experiences I have a lot to offer. This show is truly about giving valuable information to caregivers (not only parents) in our community. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and Childhood Matters is exactly about bringing us all together for that purpose. To me, this show is a valuable resource and has touched on so many topics that are relevent to my family.

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

Childhood Matters is an important resource for families, and form myself it has been an education each and every time I listen to the show.

Ways to make it better...

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

be sure that more people were aware of this organization. It's too valuable not to.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful format that included both experts and parents. I love the community involment in each show, because we learn from each other. It's wonderful morning coffee time, while enjoying discussions that involve our children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All of the staff members are wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be a national show versus a small radio show.

Ways to make it better...

this show always has something valuable to offer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Exposure. We need more exposure so the community is aware of this important resource offered by Childhood Matters.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Rona Renner is wonderful, but what makes this show is the interaction of Rona, the experts she has on the show, and the community involvement. We are all working together for the benefit of our children, and that's why Childhood Matters is so important.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I am a single mother of 4 boys, two with special needs.