2017-09-07 / Top News

Grant ensures ‘Shelter Nights’ can continue

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples has received a $25,000 grant from an anonymous donor to enable the museum to continue its Shelter Nights program through August 2018.

The Shelter Night experience focuses on expanding the behavioral and social skills of children from birth through 12 years old who are living in or receiving treatment from shelters in Collier County. The current program consists of a private evening of play and learning at C’mon for shelter residents, outpatient therapy participants and children dealing with difficult life issues. Additionally, once each month C’mon staff brings educational outreach lessons to partners who have a physical location. During these outreach visits, a more focused social and emotional lesson takes place.

C’mon Shelter Night partners include the Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Youth Haven, St. Matthew’s House and Friends of Foster Children Forever.

C’mon feeds hungry young minds with the building blocks of success called the executive functions, including impulse and emotional control, flexible thinking, working memory, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, task initiation and organization. Research shows that executive function skills are a stronger predictor of life success than intelligence.

For more information about C’mon, visit www.cmon.org. ¦

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