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The Childhood Language Center will host Charleston’s premiere Mac n’ Cheese Cook-Off April 5 at the Capitol Market to support free therapy services for children.

The event will feature public tasting, kids’ activities and healthy cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. under the Capitol Market Pavilion.

Charleston Daily Mail

The Charleston Police Department and Childhood Language Center will offer a free car seat safety event from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot at the corner of Donnally and Capitol streets. Free ice cream, popcorn and kids' activities will be provided. The Charleston Police Department will help parents check to ensure car seats are properly installed and children are riding in safety. Sept. 15-21 is Child Passenger Safety Week, and the month of September is Child Passenger Safety Month, as designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The City of Charleston has scheduled its “Celebrate Independence” 5K for Friday, July 5 at 7:45 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park to benefit the Childhood Language Center of Charleston.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and prizes will be awarded following the race.

The Childhood Language Center, founded in 1990 by the Scottish Rite Masons, is the region’s only free speech and language therapy clinic for children, providing critical services to West Virginia children with speech and language delays, autism, Down’s Syndrome and hearing impairments.

The Childhood Language Center has received a $1,500 grant from Small Steps in Speech, a national foundation created in memory of Staff Sgt. Mark Small. Foundation director Amanda Charney established the memorial foundation for Sgt. Small, her fiancé who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009. The mission of Small Steps in Speech Foundation is to assist children who have speech and language disorders, through providing grants and donations to service providers and qualifying charitable organizations.

Alumnae members of the Delta Zeta Sorority raised $500 for the Childhood Language Center at its recent West Virginia Alumnae Day to sponsor one day of speech therapy camp.

Located in Charleston, the Childhood Language Center (CLC) provides free speech and language therapy to children from across southwestern West Virginia. The CLC Center also offers a weeklong summer camp each year to all children and families they serve. Each child who attends receives the equivalent of 15 hours of intensive therapy throughout the week.