Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County ensured Thursday that at least 1,500 more children will be able to receive free or reduced-cost swim lessons this summer.
At its monthly meeting, the Council approved an additional $75,000 for the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County for its swim lesson program. The Drowning Prevention Coalition distributes vouchers for swim lessons to families and groups that otherwise could not afford them.
“It’s simple — swim lessons reduce the risk of a child drowning,” said Lisa Williams-Taylor, CEO of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. “Now children who otherwise would not be taking swim lessons this summer can learn to safely enjoy the water.”
The Drowning Prevention Coalition’s vouchers have a $50 value and are good for 6-8 swim lessons at 18 pools throughout Palm Beach County. The vouchers become available Saturday, April 1. Parents or caregivers either can apply online at www.pbcgov.org/dpc or can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.
In other business
Child Abuse Prevention Month: The Council declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, recognizing the need to raise awareness about this important issue. More than 1,500 children in Palm Beach County were victims of verified cases of child abuse and neglect in 2015-16. Although there has been a 7-percent drop in the number of Palm Beach County children removed from their homes and placed in foster care, there still is a major need for foster families to care for them. On April 4, Palm Beach County Unites for Children will hold a forum about child abuse from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hawthorne Suites, 301 Lamberton Drive, West Palm Beach. In addition, Children’s Services Council has distributed 3,000 blue pinwheels to be planted around the county as “pinwheel gardens” to bring attention to child abuse.
Teen Triple P: The Council heard on Thursday from families who have participated in the Teen Triple P program. The program served more than 200 parents in fiscal year 2015-16, providing strategies on how to positively interact their children ages 12 to 18. The program is designed to decrease stress within families and build stronger parent-child bonds. Teen Triple P is funded by Children’s Services Council and provided by the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County and the Parent-Child Center.
Children’s Services Council, a local special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014, provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. To learn more, please visit www.cscpbc.org or contact Shana Cooper, public information officer, at 561.740.7000 ext. 2170.