Since 1999, the Depoe Bay-based Neighbors For Kids (NFK) has been a thriving nonprofit in Lincoln County, giving children a place to express their creativity, learn social skills, and play in a safe after-school environment.
Over the years, NFK has welcomed children ages 6 to 18. NFK organizers introduced the Little Kids Zone in late April to the facility at 634 SE Highway 101 in Depoe Bay.
"The organization has been growing,” NFK’s Executive Director Toby Winn said. “We set a goal to take 20 pre-school aged children for our new Little Kids Zone preschool, and it has taken off.”
The Little Kids Zone pre-school welcomes children ages 3-5 and is designed to provide the children with the opportunity to gain the skills needed prior to entering kindergarten.
“One of our goals is to give the 3 to 5 year-old students the tools to gain social skills, emotional skills, and know the structure of school so that they are better prepared for entering the public school system as a kindergartener,” Winn said.
NFK’s site is an Oregon Department of Education certified childcare center, according to Winn, and offers a family-like environment to meet the developmental needs of children ages 3 to 5 through creative play, and exploration.
“The pre-school curriculum is based on the children’s natural curiosity, and encourages a love for leaning,” Winn said.
Neighbors for Kids Instructor McKenna Warner said she has had a unique opportunity to see the organization through the eyes of a mother, and a staff member.
“My daughter Hudson is a preschooler here in the program, and she has fantastic experiences here, Warner said.
The Little Kids Zone pre-school is $40 for a full day of care, and $25 for a half day.
There are full-day and half-day slots available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Golf Tourney Fundraiser
The Neighbors For Kids (NFK) 9th Annual Kids Zone Classic Charity Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, July 21, at Chinook Winds Golf Resort in Lincoln City. The proceeds will support activities for local youth who attend the Kids Zone Program in Depoe Bay.
NFK welcomes back University of Oregon Alumni and NFL Hall of Fame player Dan Fouts. Golfers can place a bid for the chance to have Fouts on their foursome. Bids will be accepted until Wednesday, July 18.
A Meet and Greet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20 will be held at Chinook Winds Aces Bar and Grill providing an opportunity to meet Fouts, event sponsors, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. There is a Hole-in-One prize, a chance to a 2018 Honda CRV Touring edition, sponsored by Waddell & Reed’s Duane Silbernagel, the car is provided by Sunwest Motors.
The event has an 18-hole scramble format and registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m on Saturday July 21. Entry fees are $100 per player, or $400 for a foursome.
A ceremony will be held after the golf event that will include a luncheon, team prizes, a raffle drawing and silent auction.
Neighbors For Kids appreciates the generous support from their major sponsors, which include North Lincoln Sanitary Services, Samaritan Health Services, River House Inn, Columbia Bank Depoe Bay, Eagle Hydraulics and Chinook Winds Golf Resort.
To play golf with Dan Fouts, e-mail Toby Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, to donate a raffle item or to register to play golf, visit our website at www.neighborsforkids.org or call 541-961-7985.
For more information about Neighbors For Kids, visit the facility at 634 SE Highway 101 in Depoe Bay, or visit the website at www.neighborsforkids.org, or contact Nirvana Clifton, at 541-765-8990.