MetroAction Awards Grants to Child Care Providers
Early childhood education is an essential part of the growth and development of children. MetroAction supports area child care providers that want to improve the care they provide to area children.
That is why, in 2005, MetroAction, with the assistance of the Opportunity Finance Network, created the Child Care MicroGrant Program. Since its inception, the program has awarded grants to 24 child care providers and impacted over 1,200 local children across seven counties in NEPA.
This past October, MetroAction awarded five more area child care providers with a MetroAction Child Care MicroGrant. Out of the 18 applications submitted, the five recipients were chosen for specific project ideas that showcased innovation.
MetroAction was proud to provide a Child Care MicroGrant to the following providers:
• Buttons and Bows in Carbon County who will purchase rubber mulch to make their outdoor play area safer for the 35 children that attend their center.
• The Greater Carbondale YMCA in Lackawanna County will spend their grant funds on implementing their Health and Wellness focused project called “Cardio for Kids”. This program will allow the over 45 children that participate the opportunity to learn about healthy exercise in a fun way.
• The Greater Scranton YMCA in Lackawanna County will implement their “Smart Cents” after school program. This program will teach over 40 students with hands-on activities teaching about money, business, problem solving and math.
• The Growing Place in Luzerne County will utilize their grant funds on a project called Music and Movement. This curriculum and program development focused project will impact 115 children by exposing them to different types of music and choreography.
• Pocono Services for Families and Children in Monroe County will have a Diversity Awareness project focusing on teaching tolerance to over 75 children. This project will utilize multi-cultural materials such as books, puppets and music to teach about improving self-esteem, language differences, and diverse cultures.
MetroAction awards $2,500 in MicroGrants to child care providers throughout their eight county service area, twice each year. The next funding round will take place in spring 2009.
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