Helping teach young children the importance of giving back through volunteering, education and fun.
Shari Nacson, President
Tell us about your organization… Caring Cubs engages families with children ages 2 and up in volunteerism activities that benefit our surrounding community while building each child’s self esteem, family engagement, citizen engagement, and physical wellness.
What influenced your decision to become a member of Early Ages Healthy Stages?
I attend because I am a passionate child advocate with an emphasis on early childhood. As board president of Caring Cubs, I am able to build partnerships with organizations that can host us and also organizations whose constituents can benefit from the sweet, handmade goods we donate.
How has your partnership with Early Ages Healthy Stages influenced your organization?
Caring Cubs has been able to share our model with EAHS, which enhances our mission of inspiring families and professionals to include young children in engaged citizenship. In addition, we have identified partners for service projects, having already completed a project with Veggie U.
What have you gained from working with Early Ages Healthy Stages?
I have been inspired by the coalition-building process, which is yielding a meaningful, actionable strategic plan.
Caring Cubs is developing a stronger organizational identity by being part of this child-focused coalition.
Caring Cubs has been able to partner with new nonprofits, which is fun, exciting, and meaningful.
I have been inspired to devise ways for early childhood educators to bring engaged citizenship to their classrooms — as a way to nurture this quality and also to (1) fill the long days more developmentally appropriate social-emotional activities (rather than pushing curricula younger & younger as a way to fill time), and (2) help their school interconnect with the surrounding community.
I have a better appreciation for how many Cleveland children are in care while their parents are at work, which means our community needs to do more to support care providers, as well as parents.
Why should other community organizations get involved with EAHS?
I encourage other community organizations to get involved because it is a functioning hub of professionals who care deeply about early childhood. The work has been meaningful and will yield concrete changes. It is exciting to be part of a burgeoning movement focused on child wellness.