2009 Award

Governor Joe Manchin, Jenny Selin, Alexis McMillen, Lynn Sobolov,
Pam Dugan and First Lady Gayle Manchin

2009 Red Wagon Award Recipient

Vision 4 Our Children, Monongalia County, West Virginia, is the recipient of the 5th annual Governor’s Red Wagon Award.

The mission of Vision 4 Our Children is to coordinate and share community resources in order to ensure access to quality childcare and afterschool enrichment programs for all children and families in Monongalia County. The key leader in this initiative was Kaleidoscope, which was established in 1998 through a 21st Century Grant. The Director is Lynn Sobolov.

Vision 4 Our Children was established in 2007 to address community needs following the “Quiet Crisis” Childcare Forum held in Monongalia County. The organization received a technical assistance grant from the National League of Cities to develop a community-wide system of afterschool programs and helped the City of Morgantown establish a Platform for Families based on The Five Promises of America’s Promise.

The City of Morgantown declared 2008 the “Year of the Child” and the issue of childcare was recognized by the Dominion Post as one of the “100 Most Influential for 2008.” During the Year of the Child, a new parent website featuring childcare and afterschool programs was completed to provide important information to the community: www.morgantownparentzone.org. A new position was also created through the Board of Parks and Recreation to provide greater opportunities for youth leadership and community service. Through this awareness of child care needs and the WVU President making this one of his top priorities, a childcare center will open in August 2009.

Vision 4 Our Children is committed to addressing the Five Promises of America’s Promise for children and youth in Monongalia County.

Vision 4 Our Children Community Partners:
Board of Parks and Recreation, City of Morgantown, Greater Morgantown Community Trust, Monongalia County Family Resource Network, Monongalia County Schools’ Kaleidoscope 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Early Childhood programs, Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club, Playworks, Presbyterian Childcare and Development Center, Rock Forge Neighborhood House, Scott’s Run Settlement House, The Shack Neighborhood House, The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, West Virginia University Center for Civic Engagement, WVU Child Development and Family Support Services, WVU Child Development Center, WVU Extension 4-H

For additional information:
Lynn Sobolov
Chair, Vision For Our Children
Monongalia County Schools
200 West Park Ave.
Westover, WV 26501
304-291-9288 x235