Keeping the Promise: Jayden and Michael Webb
At The Children’s Aid Society’s Bronx Family Center, 4-year-old twins Jayden and Michael Webb have found a stable and engaging learning environment. As participants in the center’s Early Childhood program, they are laying the foundation for developmental growth and learning success.
Two years ago, the boys were removed from their mother’s care and entered the foster care system. At that time they were showing developmental delays in learning, communication and social-emotional skills. Their foster mother, Nerva Martinez, a single parent who is providing the boys a positive and loving home, was seeking a caring setting that would help speed their development.
Ms. Martinez learned about Children’s Aid last spring during the application process for Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, where her daughter Kailani is now in first grade. She visited the Bronx Family Center and was impressed by the spotless facility and the professionalism and follow-through of the staff. She enrolled the twins last summer.
In just a few months, Jayden and Michael have made leaps and bounds in all aspects of their young lives. They can now write the full alphabet, identify colors and even read The Cat in the Hat. Ms. Martinez reports that both boys are very open and comfortable with their teachers and other students in their class. And she says the twins have become quite independent, able to express their feelings and ask for help when they need it.
Ms. Martinez, who has been driving a New York City bus for nine years, is proud of her boys and pleased with their emerging personalities.
“They are both very lovable boys. Jayden is very funny and enjoys making everyone around him laugh,” she says. “Michael is very attentive and is happiest when he is able to help out.”
Ms. Martinez and the center’s staff will continue to help Jayden and Michael overcome their earlier setbacks and be fully prepared for kindergarten. Ms. Martinez looks forward to providing the twins the best education possible and helping them achieve all the goals they may set for themselves.
Meanwhile, she has also set a goal for herself. Having recently become the foster mother of the twin’s month-old sister, Ms. Martinez will soon initiate the process to legally adopt all three siblings, opening her home and heart to create a new family.