The theme of 2016 at ESNG was expansion. We expanded our programs, reach, events and accreditations. Let’s take a look back at what we did as we get ready for a fun and exciting 2017.
Last year, we piloted the innovative STEM in early education at our Brookvalley location. Thanks to funding from the Sibley Award and Frances Hollis Brain Foundation, we are expanding the program to our Guice, Mansell and Warsaw locations.
RAISING A READER
Raising A Reader is another project we are so excited is expanding to more of our child development centers. This early literacy program provides age-appropriate books to our children and helps to implement a fun reading routine for their parents. Funding from the Luther and Susie Harrison Foundation, TJX Foundation and Walton EMC allowed us to implement the program at all of our northeast locations.
With more help from our community, we expanded our reach in our early intervention program. With grant funding from Georgia Health Foundation, Mary and John Franklin Foundation, Howard Dobbs Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal and CVS Health, our autism specialists screened thousands of young children for potential autism diagnosis early in a child’s development. We also provided life-changing therapies to more than 50 additional children in our service area.
CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN
Providing support services to children with disabilities and their families has been the hallmark of Easter Seals’ mission since our inception 100 years ago. Our Champions for Children program does just that; it provides financial support to families whose children do not qualify for the Katie Beckett Waiver. This year we were able to assist 219 families with an additional 50 families in the pipeline.
EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE
Our partners at Early Learning Property Management have been busy building us a new child development center in Gwinnett. Things are moving quickly, and we should open the center in the New Year. We can’t wait to serve more children in metro Atlanta.
Three more of our centers received national and/or state accreditation from NAEYC or Bright from the Start. This means that all of our centers but our newest have achieved the highest recognition for their high-quality services!
Even our events expanded this year! We introduced a new event at TopGolf Alpharetta on May 5. Over 100 of our friends and supporters came out to golf, eat and drink with us. We are excited to have the event at both the Alpharetta and Midtown locations on May 5, 2017!
The annual Trick or Treat Trot raised more money than ever. Over 500 runners, walkers and families came to celebrate with us on October 29 at Infinite Energy Center.
As we look to serve more people in 2017, we need your help. Your support ensures our community’s most vulnerable children live, learn and play with their peers. Your gift gets us a step closer to a world where all children can realize their dreams. Give today.