Children & Family Urban Movement's Haven Program

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024


Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM)'s Haven program began in the year 2000 as a place for children of all ages in the 50314-area and beyond to have a safe, reliable place to go during out-of-school times where they can grow as individuals and have fun doing it.


Currently, The Haven supports K-5th grade children in their low-income neighborhood as a place to go after school and over breaks for affordable, enriching care. Programming emphasizes S.T.E.A.M. and literacy activities in an effort to expand opportunities for students to build their critical thinking, resilience, and unbridled creativity!


Operating out of the basement of Moulton Elementary School, every time the younger age groups need to wash their hands before and after snack or following more involved, messy activities, they would all have to walk down the hall and upstairs to clean up. This routine often consumed valuable program time, especially when the program finds itself short-staffed.


Now, thanks to a Variety Grant, The Haven was able to procure two in-class handwashing stations. Kids like Zack (pictured) were very excited to try it out, and able to get back to their tables to await the next activity within 45 seconds, whereas had the whole class gone upstairs to wash up, it would likely have taken up valuable attention spans and 10 minutes of potential activity time.


Additionally, CFUM was able to purchase over 140 Summer Bridge book bags! In either English or Spanish for those who are still developing their language skills, each bag contains a variety of different books catering to student’s abilities, along with a workbook to develop both reading comprehension and overall literacy skills over the summer!



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