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Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita

Kohl’s Cares® grant to benefit area parents and parents-to-be
Via Christi Health is partnering with Kohl’s Department Stores to ensure that parents and parents-to-be have the resources they need to be successful.

Funded through a $91,086 grant from Kohl’s Cares® to the Via Christi Foundation, the following Kohl’s Parents Academy programs will be offered this year at no cost to participants:

Kohl’s Family Focus on Teens, an all-new series of spring classes focusing on communications with pre-teens and teens. The classes, which can be taken singly or as a series, will include:

  • "If You Are Not in Charge of Your Life, Who is?” focusing on communication styles, self-awareness, assertiveness and personal growth
  • “Navigating Rough Waters, a Life Raft for Parents,” a parent-focused seminar dealing with setting boundaries, relationship building, self-preservation, benefits of saying “no,” and bullying and being bullied.
  • “Understanding How a Teen Sees the World,” dealing with how a teen’s brain functions and changes with growth, and how to use this knowledge to better communicate with your teen.
  • Boot Camp for Dads, offered monthly by Via Christi Health at various locations around the community. The three-hour program pairs expectant fathers with veteran dads and their newborns for hands-on training. “Rookie” dads receive a training manual, T-shirt and certificate of completion and veteran dads receive a T-shirt and some baby essentials for helping out.

    Happiest Baby on the Block(TM), offered monthly by Via Christi Health. The two-hour program teaches parents the five steps to calming a crying baby by triggering the self-calming reflexes babies already know. Participants receive an instructional DVD and a calming sounds CD.

    The Wichita Community Baby Shower, an annual education program for new and expectant parents sponsored by Kohl’s, Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners, Via Christi Health and other community providers.

    Scholarships for Via Christi Hospital’s interactive, web-based childbirth education program.

    “With Kohl’s support, we’re able to reach out to parents in a variety of ways to help ensure that they have the education, skills and resources they need to successfully parent their children from infancy through the teen years,” said Jim Barber, president of the Via Christi Foundation, which administers the grant. “In doing so, we hope to help create safe, loving environments for all children and a healthier community overall.”

    Since 2006, Kohl’s has donated $385,104 to the Via Christi Foundation to support projects such as the Kohl’s Parents’ Academy, made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, with 100 percent of net profit benefitting health and education for children nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $150 million through this merchandise program.

    In addition to its 160 hospital partnerships, the Kohl’s Cares® program is comprised of:

  • Kohl’s Cares scholarship program, which has recognized more than 13,000 kids and awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships and prizes to date, and is recognizing an additional 2,100 kids in 2011 with prizes ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to a total of $10,000 in scholarships.
  • Kohl’s Associates in Action program, a volunteerism program that encourages associate volunteerism. More than 385,000 associates have donated more than 1.2 million hours of their time since 2001 and Kohl’s has donated more than $35 million to nonprofits throughout the nation.
  • Fundraising Cards, which are sold through schools and nonprofit youth organizations with up to five percent of the total card purchase price going back to those youth organizations.
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    About Kohl’s

    Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl's operates 1,127 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl's has raised more than $180 million for children's initiatives nationwide through its Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit