On April 5th Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR) received a $9,009 grant from the Community Trust Fund of The League Club. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase an interactive Smartboard, with a touch screen and pre-installed learning activities for Child’s Path, a CCCR Early Childhood Development Center. The Smartboard, with English and Spanish language capacity, will help their preschool-aged children prepare for kindergarten. Collier Child Care Resources is one of thirty local non-profit organizations to receive a grant from the League Club, which awarded $327,970 to charities in Collier and Lee Counties this year.
Liz Winebrenner, President of the League Club, stated, “We are pleased and grateful to be able to give so much to help our community partners raise the quality of life for residents in Collier and Lee Counties. We thank our 600 members, Circle of Friends supporters, the community members who support our events, and our business sponsors. Their financial generosity and caring for the community are what enable us to make these grants.”
Niccole Howard, Executive Director of Collier Child Care Resources, said, “We are very grateful for this generous grant from The League Club. With the interactive board, we can expose the children to state-of-the-art digital technology so they will become comfortable with the touch process that is becoming so important in using computers, notepads and e-readers that many schools are utilizing for instructional use. We need to ensure that the young children in our care receive the best education so they are prepared for today’s increasingly complex technical developments.”
The grant award presentation was made at The League Club’s annual Briefcase Breakfast, held on April 5th at the Naples Beach Club. Since 1987, The League Club has distributed more than $4.2 Million to 157 local non-profit agencies. The League Club women have also contributed thousands of volunteer hours in various areas.
Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. operates four early childhood development centers locally, which provide high-quality education and child care to children ages birth to five years. CCCR gives partial tuition assistance to low-income, working families that are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. At least 75% of the children enrolled are from economically disadvantaged families who receive tuition assistance. These families cannot afford child care without support, much less the high quality early education their children need. CCCR also benefits early learning professionals and parents by offering educational seminars and connection to additional resources for families and children.