Recent Announcements

Why Do You Parent The Way You Do?

posted Aug 25, 2015, 2:14 PM by Fam Tompkins


Parenting Styles Workshop Series

·     Many factors influence our children and how we parent.

·      Every family, every child is different and unique.

·      Why do we do what we do?

·      Why do we make the decisions we make?


Come together with others to share information

and discuss issues that directly influence

parenting and family life in this

FREE 6- week series, led by Mary Hicks and Megan Redmond

Workshop discussion topics include:

parenting styles and discipline,

child development, cultural influences,

and environmental issues.

When: Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.,

October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 2015

Note: Participation closed after October 20.

Where: Groton Elementary School (Room 43)

516 Elm St. Groton, NY, NY

Call 272-2292 to register.

Call by Friday October 9 for free childcare.

Thriving With Your Spirited Child Workshop Series

posted Aug 25, 2015, 2:12 PM by Fam Tompkins   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 2:13 PM ]

Thriving With Your Spirited Child Workshop Series

Mondays, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015 6:00-8:00pm

at Newfield Elementary School, 247 Main St. Newfield, NY

·        This FREE, 7-week workshop series is for parents and

caregivers who want to learn how to effectively and

supportively raise their spirited child(ren).


·        Learn how to understand a child's temperamental traits, identify clues leading up to challenging behaviors, cope with tantrums and blow-ups, and develop strategies for reducing or eliminating power struggles.


·        Workshop is led by trained facilitators, Judy Burrill and Mark Jasinski [Note: no one may join the class after October 26.].


·        Contact Jennifer Gray at or (607) 272-2292 with questions or for more information.  Call by October 16 for free childcare; space is limited.

Parenting the Hardest Job in the World

posted Aug 25, 2015, 2:09 PM by Fam Tompkins   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 2:23 PM ]

Parenting the Hardest Job in the World

An 8 week series for parents/caregivers.

Parenting Skills Workshop Series  -- PS: It Works! Communication Skills for All

·   A class for every parent

·     Every parent comes out with something new

·    Share your strengths and learn new strategies

·     You are the most important teacher in your child’s life!

Learn to talk with your children using the skills:

Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self-Control and Respecting Feelings.

Facilitators: Kathy Duell and TBA

When: Tuesday evenings, 6 - 8 p.m. for 8 sessions

September 22, 29 October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 2015

Note: New registration closed after September 29, 2015

Where: Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 Court St. Ithaca, NY

Space is limited for this free workshop.
To register: call 272-2292  or email

For free child care register by Friday September 18
Sponsored by Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Sign up today!

Babies Belong at The Library

posted Apr 6, 2015, 5:17 PM by Fam Tompkins

Introducing the Launch of Babies Belong at The Library and
Baby’s First Library Card Beginning April 12, 2015!

ITHACA, NY–The public libraries of Tompkins County and Family Reading Partnership are delighted to announce that beginning the week of April 12th, Baby’s First Library Card will be distributed to new babies and their families. This date coincides with National Library Week and the National Week of the Young Child. The new library card is a Tompkins County-wide invitation to connect babies and their families to the many resources available at their local public library.  
Babies born at Cayuga Medical Center will receive their Baby’s First Library Card in a beautiful red bag that says: Love Me, Feed Me, Read to Me, Take Me to the Library! The bag is part of Family Reading Partnership’s Book at Birth program and has a copy of the book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” as a special gift to the new baby and family, which has been funded by Tompkins Trust Company since its inception in 1995.
Baby’s First Library Card will come with a special invitation for families to Come…Stay…Play! The library card is a special component of a new collaborative initiative to encourage early and ongoing library use, called Babies Belong at the Library!
Families of babies born before April 12, 2015, babies born at home, or families adopting babies are invited to pick up their baby’s library card, along with their Book at Birth and red bag, at their local library.
Partners in this unique and powerful collaborative initiative led by Family Reading Partnership include:
Dryden: Southworth Library
Groton Public Library
Lansing Community Library
Newfield Public Library
Trumansburg: Ulysses Philomathic Library
Ithaca: Tompkins County Public Library
Babies First Library Card and Babies Belong at the Library are part of Every Baby! Every Day! Talk. Sing, Read. Play.

In January 2014, Family Reading Partnership announced a community-wide call to action, Every Baby! Every Day! Talk. Sing, Read. Play., to ensure that all babies in our county are surrounded by words, songs, and stories right from the start.
Babies Belong at the Library
is a strong, systemic answer to that call, and demonstrates a unique collaboration and commitment by Tompkins County’s six public libraries to provide a special welcome to families of babies. The goal is for their local public library to be one of the first places families visit with their baby, to feel encouragement, and support for their special role as new parents. If this habit begins early, families will continue to enjoy the resources and support offered by libraries throughout their child’s life.
With input from the participating libraries, Family Reading Partnership has also developed a list of 50 Great Books for Baby’s First Year. The list will be distributed to families with their Baby’s First Library Card. This collection of carefully chosen, developmentally appropriate books for babies will be available for families to check out at any of the participating libraries.  

In special recognition of welcoming babies and supporting their families, all six public libraries have adopted a policy that there will be no late fines on board books.

Families are encouraged to contact their local library to find out about special opportunities for story times and play times for families with babies.
Every Baby! Every Day! Talk. Sing. Read. Play. It’s never too early to start, and the benefits last a lifetime! For more information, contact Elizabeth Stilwell, Early Childhood Specialist, Family Reading Partnership at
<>., call 607-277-8602, or visit <>.
Family Reading Partnership is a not-for-profit community coalition dedicated to creating a culture of literacy in which all children have early, frequent, and pleasurable experiences with words and stories, as a special part of everyday family life, right from the start.

Liz Kinast
Development and Public Relations Manager

Family Reading Partnership
54 Gunderman Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Do You Need Assistance Connecting with Food Resources?

posted Dec 22, 2014, 6:35 PM by Fam Tompkins   [ updated Mar 17, 2015, 6:50 PM ]

Tompkins County Food Distribution Network is a group of pantries and meal sites that member agencies of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Brooktondale (Caroline)

Caroline Food Pantry
Brooktondale Community Center
522 Valley Road, Brooktondale
5:30 - 7:00 PM 1st and 3rd Monday

Mobile Food Pantry 4th Wednesday 1 – 2 PM


Danby Food Pantry 272-1687 (leave message)
     Danby Federated Church
     1859 Danby Road, Ithaca
     3—6:00 PM 3rd Thursday

     Mobile Food Pantry 4th Monday 1—2 PM


Dryden Kitchen Cupboard 844-8321 (leave message)

Dryden Presbyterian Church
6 North Street Dryden
11—12 noon Mon., Fri. and the last Saturday
5—6:00 PM Wednesdays


Enfield Food Distribution
Enfield Community Building
182 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca
3—5:00 PM 4th Tuesday

     Mobile Food Pantry 2nd Tuesday 1—2 PM


Freeville Food Pantry 844-8760 (leave message)
Freeville United Methodist Church
39 Main Street, Freeville
6—7:00 PM 2nd and 4th Monday


Groton Food Providers 898-3940 (leave message)
Joyce Crouch Benevolence Building
101 McKinley Avenue
10—11:30 AM  2nd and 4th Saturday

    Mobile Food Pantry 1st Tuesday 12:30—2 PM

Lansing Food Pantry 592-4685

1767 East Shore Dr, Lansing NY (The Rink)

4th Monday 1– 3:00 PM

Mobile Food Pantry 2nd Monday 10 – 11 AM

Newfield Kitchen Cupboard 564-7823 (leave message)
United Methodist Church
227 Main Street, Newfield
6—7:00 PM 1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Trumansburg Emergency Food Assistance

Hotline 387-8260
Trumansburg United Methodist Church
Corner of Main & South Streets
1 PM—2 PM & 5:30-6:00 PM Every other Monday


Baptized Church of Jesus Christ  272-1984
412 First Street, Ithaca
10—12:00 PM Wednesdays
10—12:30 PM 3rd Saturday

Immaculate Conception Church
Serves Tompkins County
113 North Geneva Street, Ithaca
1:00—2:00 PM Tuesdays

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard   273-2400
Serves City of Ithaca

            The Salvation Army Building
            150 North Albany Street, Ithaca
            1:30—3:00 PM Monday—Thursday
            1:00 – 2:30 PM Fridays

Southside Community Center  273-4190
         305 South Plain Street, Ithaca
         4—6 PM Monday—Friday Emergency Food Pack

            12—2 PM every 4th Saturday


Rescue Mission 273-6684

            618 West State Street, Ithaca 2—4 PM Mondays

         9—11 AM & 2—4 PM Tuesday through Friday
   Tompkins Community Action 273-8816
         701 Spencer Road, Ithaca NY
         2:30—4:30 PM Monday; 10:30—1:30 PM Tuesday

Community Meals

Everyone welcome -

Loaves & Fishes 272-5457
St John’s Episcopal Church 210 N Cayuga St Ithaca NY
Lunch Mon, Wed, Fri 12 PM & Dinner Tues, Thurs, 6 PM

Rescue Mission - 273-6684
618 West State Street, Ithaca NY
Bagged lunches Tuesday & Thursdays 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Saturday meal served at 4:00 PM

Our Brother’s & Sister’s Table - 273-2400  
The Salvation Army 150 N Albany St Ithaca NY

Lunch Saturday 12:00 PM, Sunday meal 3:00 PM

Dryden United Methodist Church - 844-9861
9 East Main Street Dryden NY

5:30 - 6:30 PM 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesdays


Friendship Donation Network
Food rescue and gleaning. 607-216-9522

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