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September 23, 2018

Entergy Sponsors United Way Book for First Time Parents


OSWEGO, NY – Thanks to the generous support of Entergy’s James A. FitzPatrick plant, the United Way of Greater Oswego County will once again provide first time parents with the must have book, Children Do Come with Directions: A Guide for Parents.

Filled with valuable information, the book provides first time parents with tips and strategies that will help them develop into responsible and effective parents.

Brian Finn of Entergy’s James A. FitzPatrick Plant presents United Way board member Wendy Tetro with a check to cover the printing costs of the book Children Do Come With Directions: A Guide for Parents. Made possible through collaboration between United Way of Greater Oswego County and a number of community organizations and concerned businesses, the book is a comprehensive guide filled with must have information for first time parents.  The United Way is delivering the book to agencies throughout Oswego County where it will be available, free of charge, to parents of newborns.

Brian Finn of Entergy’s James A. FitzPatrick Plant presents United Way board member Wendy Tetro with a check to cover the printing costs of the book Children Do Come With Directions: A Guide for Parents. Made possible through collaboration between United Way of Greater Oswego County and a number of community organizations and concerned businesses, the book is a comprehensive guide filled with must have information for first time parents. The United Way is delivering the book to agencies throughout Oswego County where it will be available, free of charge, to parents of newborns.

Originally published in 2010, the book is a result of a collaborative effort with a number of community organizations and concerned businesses. Widely accepted and well received upon its debut, Children Do Come With Directions: A Guide for Parents is now in its third printing thanks to a grant from Entergy’s James A. FitzPatrick plant.

“This wonderful resource is the result of months of planning and research as we worked closely with many agencies that helped compile the information for this book. Thanks to the financial support we received from Entergy, who graciously paid for the re-printing of the book, we are one again able to distribute thousands of additional copies of the book, Children Do Come With Directions: A Guide for Parents. We couldn’t have done it without them and we can’t thank Entergy enough for providing the funding to pay for the reprinting and distribution of this book,” said Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County.

The book is a comprehensive guide that is filled with must have information for first time parents including:

The different stages of the first five years of a child’s life.

The importance of learning activities in the home before the child enters pre-school or kindergarten.

The meaning behind certain actions a child does.

How a parent / caregivers actions reflect upon how the child grows up to act.

Communications specialist Tammy Holden with Entergy’s James A. FitzPatrick plant in Oswego said that Entergy is pleased to be a part of this project and recognizes the book’s potential.

“We are proud to partner with United Way on this very exciting project. This book is a valuable resource for new parents. One of Entergy’s community focus areas is Healthy Families. We recognize that children need a good start to grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults and Children Do Come With Direction: A Guide for Parents, is filled with information to help new parents give their children that start,” she said.

Designed to aid parents and caregivers, who may find themselves in situations with their child that they don’t know how to handle, the book offers helpful answers to their questions and guides them in the right direction so that they are able to raise a child ready and developed to enter school.

Children Do Come With Directions: A Guide for Parents also contains pertinent information such as:

Important numbers and parent resources.

Pages to record immunizations, and what shots are needed when.

The different stages of development.

Important nutrition concepts.

Literacy development tips.

Health and safety guidelines.

Family life situations, what to do when your child does…

Trexler said that the book has been well-received by parents as well as the county school districts and agencies that offer children’s services.

“We are happy to be able to once again offer this valuable resource. Through our first two printings we distributed more than 4,000 copies of Children Do Come With Directions: A Guide for Parents and are looking forward to distributing many more,” said Trexler.

For more information on book, or to get a copy of Children Do Come With Directions; A Guide for Parents, call the United Way office at 315-593-1900.

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