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5 Ways to Protect Your Teen From Sexual Predators

Sadly, the statistics on sexual abuse of children and teenagers continue to grow.  It is every parent’s worst nightmare.  In light of this danger, are there steps you can take to keep your teen safe?  Absolutely.  And the time to do so is now.  Here are 5 tips to begin a dialogue with your child…

10 Ways Parents Can Support Teachers

Teaching can be a rough job. And more than likely, you’ve heard the complaints: long hours, poor pay, and no respect. But you can help make it better. While you might not be able to give your child’s teacher a raise or smaller class sizes, the following are some ways you can support them. 1….

Back To School Night Will Benefit Children Served By Kids First

Allegro and ComForCare are hosting a Back To School Industry Night to gather school supplies for children who are served by Kids First of Florida. The event takes place Thursday, August 1, from 3 pm until 6 pm at Allegro, 3651 US Hwy. 17 in Fleming Island. Ernie Cohen, Kids First Community Liaison, said Kids…

3 Factors That Grow Your Toddler Into a Reader

Some parents may underestimate their role in their child’s academic future. They may expect that once the child gets to school, that’s when the learning will begin. This is a dangerous assumption because schools do not necessarily succeed in growing each child to grade-level literacy. Here are three essential factors that will ensure your toddler…

Stress Can Make It More Difficult For Students To Learn

Exams. Pop quizzes. Speaking in front of the class. School can be a pretty stressful experience for students. What comes to mind when you think of the word “stress”? Often, people will think about just the negative aspects of stress. They’ll think about how they personally feel when they are stressed and how it impacts…

Foster Parent Appreciation Week – The Mancosh Family

If there were photos in the dictionary next to “Foster Parent”, Mary Jo and Don would have earned that spot! Their home has a revolving door with placements over the years,  but they make relationships with each child. To this day, they still stay in contact with earlier children whom they fostered, and have even…

Foster Parent Appreciation Week – Introducing April Williamson

April Williamson fosters two siblings; one is a toddler and the other came into her care as a newborn.  Ms. Williamson always keeps KFF staff up to date on how the children are doing and takes the children to all of their doctor appointments. The toddler is always happy and laughing in her care and both…

Foster Parent Appreciation Week – Celebrating the Schilkofskis

Meet Donna, David, and Lauren Schilkofski The Schilkosfkis have been licensed for about four years and historically provided respite (short term care) for children. Numerous children have been in their home and each were cared for as their own. Just within the last year they made the decision to keep a placement long term. They…

Foster Parent Appreciation Week – Introducing the Watfords

Craig and Tracy Watford are veterans of our foster parents program in Clay County. They are also licensed as medical Foster Parents. Craig and Tracy take each child into their home knowing their complexity and never lose sight of their role. Many doctor appointments, insurance road blocks, sleepless nights, and other challenges accompany each child…