Norm’s Child Care Challenge

As a long-standing board member and father of two, I have strong feelings about the importance of child cares’ role in a child’s development and the success of the family unit.  You may have heard me talk about my feelings on this before. I strongly believe that if we are able to support one youngContinue reading →

National CACFP week is March 17-23. 

National CACFP week is March 17-23. During National CACFP Week, The Neighborhood Center, a New York State based non-profit sponsor of the CACFP joins with Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, and Fulton family child care providers in acknowledging the many ways our community benefits from the CACFP. Research also indicates that participating in the CACFP isContinue reading →

Yoga and Stress

For centuries, Yoga has been proven to reduce stress and increase joy in one’s life. The benefits of yoga in regards to stress reduction are limitless. Yoga lessens stress on one’s mind, body and spirit.  The timeless teachings of yoga tell us that joy, wisdom, energy, and love lie at the core of our being. Continue reading →

Reflections on 2018 at The Neighborhood Center

As 2018 draws to a close I cannot help but reflect on all that has been accomplished this year.  I think to myself, what do YOU and more than 200 dedicated employees of the Neighborhood Center help provide each year to more than 40,000 individuals in the Mohawk Valley and beyond? I am proud toContinue reading →

Cooking with Children

Cooking with Children Cooking with young children offers a great opportunity for children to learn about healthy eating and to develop important life skills.  As a bonus, when children help make meals, you’ll find that they are more willing to try new foods.  This can have a great impact on a child’s nutrition and makeContinue reading →

Self-care throughout the holidays and the cold winter season~

Self-Care is very important to one’s well-being, mind, body, and spirit.  If one does not take care of themselves they are of no use to anyone else.  All too often, one will put other’s everyone’s needs in front of their own.  An accurate quote from states, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.  TakeContinue reading →

Navigating the Holiday’s without family

Most of us remember waking up Christmas morning and being surrounded by family for the entire day. It’s the season of love and happiness. For those of us who have to face them alone, it can make navigating the Holiday’s without family a little different. Everyone has their own reasons for not being with family.Continue reading →

Holiday Assistance from Operation Sunshine

Holiday Assistance Most of us look forward to the holiday season – a time of gift-giving, delicious family meals, and warm memories. However, for some residents of our community, the holidays are a stressful time.  For many, money concerns often loom over the brightness of the season, but holiday assistance is available. Together as aContinue reading →

Giving Tuesday: Make a difference in your community

Today is Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the first Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving.   But this time of year, across various social media feeds, you’ll see this message: “If you’re thinking about donating to a charity, make sure it is the right one.”   The author’s concern is that some charitiesContinue reading →

The Neighborhood Center Blog

Greetings! I want to welcome you to the Neighborhood Center blog!   As we now live in a world that uses social media as a main channel of communication, we felt it important to ‘jump on board’.  This blog is designed to contain information about many topics that have some connection to the services TheContinue reading →