State prisons participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day found children visiting their parents’ workplaces across the state on April 23.

CCWF K-9 passive dogs demonstrated their skills for the children.

CCWF K-9 passive dogs demonstrated their skills.

CCWF had 41 young visitors

By Lt. Brian Davi, AA/Public Information Officer
Central California Women’s Facility

The Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) participated in the annual event with 41 boys and girls visiting areas of the institution outside the secure perimeter.

The children received a shuttle tour of all areas surrounding CCWF including the Support Warehouse, Mailroom, Fire Department, Entrance and Administration Building and watched live demonstrations from the Investigative Services K-9 Unit, Crisis Response Team (CRT) and CCWF Fire Department. Following the demonstrations, children received hands-on training consisting of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), fire extinguishing and negotiations management.

Warden Deborah K. Johnson, who was referred to as the “boss” by many of the children, was impressed by the enthusiasm and level of attention the children displayed throughout the event.

“Our focus was on educating the kids and providing an understanding to their parent’s commitment to CCWF,” Warden Johnson said.

Some of the children who were hesitant to leave when the event ended asked Warden Johnson, “Can I come back next year,” which she replied, “Yes.”

California Medical Facility K-9 Officer Brian Pyle and his partner Drako demonstrated Drako’s contraband-sniffing talent.

CMF, CSP-Solano host kids

By Lt. Marlaina Dernoncourt, AA/Public Information Officer
California State Prison, Solano

California State Prison, Solano, and the California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville hosted children and some grandchildren for the event.

The Vacaville Reporter newspaper was on hand to cover the event.

“We’re very thrilled to be able to participate,” CSP-Solano Warden Eric Arnold told the newspaper. “It’s a really good opportunity to do that and see what their parents do.”

CMF officials agreed.

“We love to be able to bring the kids in,” said CMF Warden Robert Fox. “Parents usually go to work to put food on the table … but correctional officers, you’re contributing to public safety.”

A Sacramento Police Department K-9 greets kids at CDCR Headquarters.

A Sacramento Police Department K-9 greets kids at CDCR Headquarters.

CDCR Headquarters hosts dozens of children

By OPEC Staff

Family members of CDCR staff visited headquarters in Sacramento where they saw CDCR K-9 demonstrations, heard from staff and participated in some hands-on activities.

They were welcomed by Kelly Harrington, Director of the Division of Adult Institutions, and met Secretary Jeffrey Beard. The children also had milk and cookies with Undersecretary of Operations Scott Kernan and met other law enforcement agencies, including a Sacramento Police Department K-9.

Later, Correctional Officer Thomas Valles, whose story is one of those recounted in the Disney film “McFarland USA,” spoke to the families.

Gariella, 8, visited her grandmother and said she had fun.

“I made new friends and we had donuts for breakfast,” she said. “I also got to see three (CDCR K-9) dogs and it was very fun.”

CHCF hosts first event

By Lt. Lee Herron, AA/Public Information Officer
California Health Care Facility

The California Health Care Facility hosted its first “Bring Your Child To Work Day.”

More than 50 children visted the institution. There were multiple areas for the children including a CHP Officer, AMR Ambulance, CHCF Crisis Response Team, transportation vehicles and even a tour of one of the towers.

What is it?

Founded in 1992, the Ms. Foundation for Women created “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” with the intention of providing direct attention to girls and an insight into work world opportunities, increased self-esteem for young girls and more one-on-one time with mom or dad. The first official event was held in 1993. Soon the event grew, becoming “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” which takes place on the fourth Thursday in April. The purpose of the program is to encourage, inspire and motivate children by focusing on the dignity and value of working, to enlighten them on their parents’ contribution toward the effective operation of the institution, as well as demonstrate the diversity of jobs available.

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