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Community Programs

CHAMPS

The CHAMPS program is a community-based adaptive sports program for children ages 6 to 20. It operates in coordination with the U.S. Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association and provides children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic and recreational events.

Its overall purpose is to provide both individual sports training and competitive opportunities for athletes with cerebral palsy and other related challenges such as traumatic brain injuries and strokes.

Benefits of participation include:

  • improved balance and coordination
  • increased endurance and strengthening
  • improved balance and coordination
  • increased endurance and strengthening
  • refined fine and gross motor skills
  • improved performance in schoolwork
  • enhanced social skills and relations with peers
  • increased self esteem

For more information, call 216.448.6360

Masterpiece Kids program

Working Artists guide & instruct child participants in four series of sessions that will combine two forms of art. Patients will express their creativity through a combination of dance, arts & crafts, cooking, music & much more.

Does your child like to cook, dance or make things?

The Masterpiece Kids program is seeking to recruit a mixture of children with and without disabilities. There are two classes per session with 10 – 15 participants per class.

  • The Academy Class is offered for children ages 6-10 years old.
  • The Institute Class is offered for 11yrs through young adults.

Classes will be led by artists and staffed by hospital personnel and volunteers.

All classes will be offered on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Masterpiece Kids Hotline at 216.448.6124.

Reach Out and Read Program

The Reach Out and Read (ROR) program is an established national program that addresses literacy in early childhood and makes it part of pediatric primary care. Through ROR, pediatricians encourage parents to read aloud to their children, a practice that promotes enthusiasm for reading in the early years and helps advance school readiness.

  • pediatricians provide books at pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age
  • every child will start school with a home library of at least 10 children's books
  • volunteers in the waiting rooms of our outpatient departments, read to children waiting for appointments and review reading techniques with parents
  • pediatricians counsel parents about the importance of reading with their children and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement