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Serious Fun Musical Theater Camp Begins Today!

We are so excited to begin the Serious Fun 6 week Musical Theater Camp! The Serious Fun Team looks forward to spending the next 6 weeks giving students the opportunity to work with industry professionals and talented artists while collaborating with each other to create a full musical production that is uniquely their own! Serious Fun After School is proud to offer this Musical Theater program for FREE thanks to the generous support of the City of New York COMPASS program @NYCYouth–a partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development #DYCD. For more information, visit seriousfunnyc.org/musical-theater-camp-2022/

Congrats Graduates!

The entire team at #SeriousFun would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to our 2022 graduates! Zelaina Rodriguez Degree Achieved – Master of Public Administration, Metropolitan College of NY Dillon Wiggins Degree Achieved – Bachelor of Music, NYU We recognize it takes a lot of perseverance and determination to achieve this monumental goal, while also providing care and enrichment for the children at Serious Fun. We’re so proud of you!

June is Men’s Health Month!

June is #MensHealthMonth! Support the boys and men in your life by raising awareness about health care for men and encourage them to see their doctor for their yearly visit, and practice healthy living by exercising and eating healthy.

Baby Formula Resources

During these challenging times, we understand that some of our families may be struggling to find resources during the current baby formula shortage and we hope that the below information, provided by the Office of Children and Family Services of New York, might be helpful.

 
 
MANUFACTURER RESOURCES:
Reach a certified nutrition or lactation consultant by phone, text, Facebook Messenger, web chat, or video call, who can help you identify a similar formula that may be more readily available
 
Abbott’s Consumer Hotline: 1-800-986-8540 
Abbott’s urgent product request line: CLICK HERE. Ask your OBGYN or your infant’s pediatrician to submit an urgent product request by downloading and completing the form, CLICK HERE.
 
Reckitt’s Customer Service Line: 1-800 BABY-123 (222-9123) 
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
United Way’s 2-1-1: Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to a community resource specialist affiliated with United Way who may be able to help you identify food pantries and other charitable sources of local infant formula and baby food, or CLICK HERE.
 
Feeding America: CLICK HERE or call your local food bank to ask whether they have infant formula and other supplies in stock.
 
Human Milk Banking Association of North America: CLICK HERE. Certain HMBANA-accredited milk banks are distributing donated breast milk to mothers in need; please note that some may require a prescription from a medical professional. Find an HMBANA-accredited milk bank, CLICK HERE
 
WIC-ELIGIBLE FAMILIES: 
Contact your local WIC office to identify or obtain additional sources of infant formula nearby, CLICK HERE
 
GENERAL GUIDANCE:
Call your OBGYN or pediatrician to see if they have in-office samples or can suggest a similar formula that may be more readily available in stores and is nutritionally similar to your infant’s typical formula. You should NOT water down formula, try to make formula at home, or use toddler formula to feed infants. Don’t discard formula unless it is expired or is part of the recall. Check your formula’s lot code, CLICK HERE to see whether or not it was affected by the recall. 
 
 
 
LÍNEAS DIRECTAS DE FABRICACIÓN:
Gerber’s MyGerber Baby Expert: HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Comuníquese con un asesor certificado en nutrición o lactancia por teléfono, mensaje de texto, Facebook Messenger, chat web o videollamada, quien puede ayudarlo a identificar una fórmula similar que puede estar más fácilmente disponible
 
Línea directa para consumidores con Abbott: 1-800-986-8540
Línea de solicitud urgente de productos de Abbott: HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Pídale a su obstetra o al pediatra de su bebé que envíe una solicitud urgente de productos descargando y completando el formulario – PDF, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ.
 
Línea de Servicio al Cliente de Reckitt: 1-800 BABY-123 (222-9123)
 
RECURSOS DE LA COMUNIDAD:
2-1-1 de United Way: HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Marque 2–1-1 para conectarse con un especialista en recursos comunitarios afiliado a United Way que puede ayudarle a identificar despensas de alimentos y otras fuentes caritativas de fórmula infantil y alimentos para bebés locales.
 
Feeding America: HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Llame a su banco de alimentos local para preguntar si tienen fórmula infantil y otros suministros en existencia.
 
Human Milk Banking Association of North America (Asociación de Bancos de Leche Humana de América del Norte): HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Ciertos bancos de leche acreditados por HMBANA están distribuyendo leche materna donada a madres necesitadas; tenga en cuenta que algunos pueden requerir una receta de un profesional médico. Encuentre un banco de leche acreditado por HMBANA, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ.
 
FAMILIAS ELEGIBLES PARA WIC:
Comuníquese con su oficina local de WIC, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para identificar u obtener fuentes adicionales de fórmula infantil cercanas.
 
ORIENTACIONES GENERALES:
Llame a su obstetra o pediatra para ver si tienen muestras en el consultorio o pueden sugerir una fórmula similar que pueda estar más disponible en las tiendas y que sea nutricionalmente similar a la fórmula típica de su bebé.
 
NO debe diluir la fórmula, tratar de hacer fórmula en casa o usar fórmula para niños pequeños para alimentar a los bebés. No deseche la fórmula a menos que esté vencida o sea parte del retiro del mercado. Verifique el código de lote de su fórmula, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para ver si se vio afectado o no por el retiro.
 
Puede encontrar más orientación de la American Academy of Pediatrics (Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría), HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Para obtener información adicional, consulte esta nueva hoja informativa del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS) de EE. UU. con recursos para localizar fórmula segura, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ.
 
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We hope you find the above information helpful. Please know that you have our support and we are here to assist our community any way we can.
 
Sincerely,
Serious Fun

Happy Provider Appreciation Day!!

May 6, 2022 is Provider Appreciation Day.  We truly appreciate all of the care and dedication of our talented and kind team members. And would like to thank New York State for recognizing our amazing teachers and art professionals for all they do for our families and the community. HAPPY PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY!!!   Governor Hochul issued the attached Proclamation in recognition of child care provider’s on Provider Appreciation Day and to honor the work they do and the valuable services they provide to the children and families of New York.    In addition, the following 14 state landmarks will illuminate red, yellow and blue this evening:  Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Kosciuszko Bridge The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building State Education Building Alfred E. Smith State Office Building Empire State Plaza State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center Niagara Falls The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge Albany International Airport Gateway The Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal   On behalf of the Office of Children and Family Services, thank you and we hope that you enjoy YOUR day!