St. Francis Children’s Center Has “Sister School” in Taiwan

Charity Yang, Director of the St. Theresa Opportunity Center in Taiwan, recently visited with our students and staff. She spent the morning participating in our programs, and then shared beautiful gifts that she had brought from overseas. It had been two decades since...

When it Stings the Nose and Bites the Toes: Stay Inside and Play!

As the leaves have fallen and the weather turns into chilly winds and snow, many outdoor activities for our children are curtailed. The great energy release of the outdoors is much more limited, and it becomes important to have indoor activities for the whole family...

Sibshops: Celebrating Siblings of Children with Special Needs!

The typically developing brothers and sisters of children with special needs are a special group too. Though they are unique individuals, they often share a set of concerns and challenges that come with their role. A significant fact sometimes overlooked is that these...

The Importance of Gratitude

Remember way back when you brought your newborn home from the hospital? You were in complete awe with his or her tiny ears, fingers and mouth! You jumped at every new movement your baby made and celebrated it with pictures, and for some of you, probably even posted it...

St. Francis Children’s Center is the Perfect Place for Your Child

As a parent, one of the most important early decisions you make is where to enroll your child in daycare. Finding an engaging and nurturing childcare setting for your little one is crucial for stimulating early brain development, maximizing learning potential, and...

Welcome to Our New Website

Are you noticing anything different about us? St. Francis Children’s Center has a new look! Every day, we hear parents and children remark about the life-changing programs at St. Francis Children’s Center….words like empowering, accepting, supportive and nurturing are...

Advocating For Your Child

Whenever I reflect on my journey as the mother of a child (now a young adult) with special needs, I am sometime surprised, but always grateful for the opportunities and learning experiences that “being Melanie’s mother” has brought to my life. The journey of...

Self-Care for Caregivers

I travel quite a bit, and even though I’ve flown countless times, you will still find me paying close attention to the safety instructions at the beginning of each flight. While other passengers are busy thumbing through their magazines or fumbling with a credit card...

Staycation is NOT a Bad Word!

First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room. It’s completely okay if you choose to stay home over Spring Break. You will not be called a bad parent if you don’t take your children to Disney World or Marco Island when school is out for a week in March or...