Young Children Priority One
Young Children Priority One (YCPO) is an ongoing community service program of Kiwanis International that addresses the needs of children 0-5. All clubs are encouraged to carry out at least two YCPO projects per calendar year, though many clubs are able to do more—serving children, families, and communities.
Young Children Priority One focuses on four key areas:
• maternal and child health;
• child care and development;
• parent education and support;
• safety and pediatric trauma.
This year, the Kiwanis Club of Middletown is partnering with the Agri-Business Childcare Development Center at the Academy Avenue School. They serve migrant worker children ages 0-5 by providing them with a program that will serve to educate the teachers, parents and the children in the areas of nutrition and the importance of exercise to prevent childhood obesity.
The Middletown Kiwanis Club brings Santa Clause to 5 child care programs in and around Middletown. They are the Middletown Day Nursery, the Head Start Program, the AHRC program, The Liberty Street School (now located at the Goshen Christian school in Goshen) and the ABCD program. Along with the staff of each program, we try to bring a little joy to every child attending. This year we expect that we will reach a total of almost 400 children.