For more than four decades a somewhat quiet, but strong advocate has had the backs of Queen Anne’s County families. That group, the Children’s Council, formally known as the Queen Anne’s Council for Children and Youth are looking to this new year as an opportunity to further their commitment and welcome new volunteers.
The Children’s Council plans and executes a variety of annual activities, and events including their recent holiday party at the Community Services Building in Centreville. “The holiday party is a favorite for both the Children’s Council and our guests,” says Judy Corchiarino, chair of the holiday party committee. “We are grateful to the many individuals and donors that help make it happen, including key donors like the Centreville Middle School Chapter of the. National Junior Honor Society, Kmart, Nancy Hammond Editions, and the Kiwanis Club,” she adds.
Last year’s activities also included supporting the Safe Sleep Campaign with the county Health Department, participating and supporting the March of Dimes, Eastern Shore, assisting the Judy Center’s start of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library promoting early literacy, and advocating at the legislative level for children and families. The Council also exhibited at Centreville Day, served 100 children by supplying Back to School Back Packs, hosted more than 100 adults and 71 children and youth at the annual holiday party, and raised $4,000 from civic groups and $550 from community members.
“The Children’s Council always welcomes individuals who are interested in the well-being of our children of all ages and their families. This group has been very fortunate in its sizeable number of members who are passionate about our mission and advocacy while being very active in our sub-committees. Its decades’ longevity attests to the caliber of our council advocates,” says Jacki Carter, chair of the Council.
The Queen Anne’s County Council for Children and Youth, also called the Children’s Council, was formed in 1980 to serve children up to age 21 and their families. In 1995, the Council established a subcommittee to focus on the ages of birth to 8, called the Early Childhood Committee.
The Children’s Council works to identify the met and unmet educational, health, and social needs of Queen Anne’s County children and their families, support the development of community resources to meet those needs, and act as an advocate for children and their families.
The Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month, September through June, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Board of Education building in Centreville. Individuals or representative of organizations are welcome to join. To learn more, please contact Jacki Carter, Queen Anne’s County Department of Community Services, at (410) 758-6677 or JCarter@qac.org.
Photo: The Children’s Council’s annual Holiday Party is a favorite for area families. In addition to enjoying foods, children get to pick out gift items from the candy cane tree, a book, enjoy a visit and photo with Santa Claus, face painting, and other games. It is one of many annual activities that the Children’s Council plans and executes. To learn more about the Children’s Council, contact Jacki Carter, Queen Anne’s County Department of Community Services, at (410) 758-6677 or JCarter@qac.org.