Rural Outreach Center earns grant for Babies ROC pilot program
The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit based in East Aurora, helps the rural poor transition to self-sufficiency through a variety of programs. Rural Outreach was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York.
The Health Foundation is an independent private foundation that advocates for improving health and health care by investing in the people and organizations that serve young children and older adults.
Funds will support Babies ROC, a social/emotional pilot program that is modeled after the Rural Outreach Center’s successful ROC U program for adults and Kids ROC program. Babies ROC is being developed for kids up to the age of five. The program will be weekly parent and child “theraplay” sessions. The sessions will use normal activities to enhance child-parent attachment and promote sensory stimulation and motor development.
“For infants to children three years of age, we envision a program where participants will attend supervised “Parent and Me” play time twice a week. Where desired, an additional theraplay session will also be scheduled,” said Frank Cerny, executive director of the ROC.
“For children three to five years of age, ROC will provide access to local preschool programs through scholarships, and allow for additional theraplay sessions to be scheduled.”
For more information on the Rural Outreach Center, located at 730 Olean Road, please visit www.theroc.co or call 240-2220.