The Shrewsbury Child Development Committee (SCDC) is not a new group in town. ?For nearly 40 years, the SCDC has had the same emphasis – families – volunteering time to create programs and activities for families in the community with young children. SCDC offers programs for new parents, established families and childcare providers. ?For new parents or a family who has recently moved to the area, it can be a lifeline – a map to this strange new world of child development, playgroups and what to do on a snowy Tuesday morning. For established families, the SCDC provides a safe, comfortable network where parents and children can learn and build relationships that will last long after preschool.
Jenn Luke is president of the organization.
“Many people have become life-long friends through SCDC,” she said. ?”This group gives children a chance to meet others their age. Parents get a chance to discuss raising-children issues, which is a big help to know that you are not alone and there is a solution to a dilemma.”
SCDC is not limited to just people in Shrewsbury. ?All activities are open to families in Shrewsbury and the surrounding communities. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome to the planning meetings. There? is no membership, nor annual dues.
The SCDC is constantly evolving. As new babies are born and children grow up, the faces at the events change. The events change also, to suit the evolving needs of the community. ?Some of the events this year include: Mom and Baby Playgroup, Crafts for Kids, Sing and Swing, Monthly Morning Get-Together, Parent's Night Out and the ever-popular Toy and Baby Gear Sale to be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sherwood Middle School.
The key to the SCDC's success is participation. Parents who bring their families to the events, who share their ideas, and volunteer their time – they are the ones who make the SCDC work.