Lincoln Littles has granted $53,730 to 16 childcare providers in the city. All funds will be used to improve the quality of the providers’ physical location or to improve quality through staff training. The Quality Enhancement Grant Fund was made possible by generous donors during the 2023 Lincoln Littles Giving Campaign last February.

“There are many components that comprise quality early childhood care and education,” said Anne Brandt, Executive Director of Lincoln Littles. “In addition to warm, nurturing interactions between child and caregiver, trained teachers, the physical environment, and appropriate materials are also necessary. We are grateful these funds will help providers reach their quality goals, ultimately benefiting the children they serve.”

Funds were used in a variety of ways to enhance the physical spaces including to replace worn educational toys and equipment, upgrade air conditioning systems, rugs, shelving, nap mats, racially diverse dolls, books and outdoor play equipment. Additionally, several providers requested funds for staff training and curriculum.

Providers benefiting from the funds include: Merry Manor School of Children, Belmont Community Center, Christ Lincoln Child Care and Preschool, Inspiring Minds LLC, Cedars Youth Services – NorthBridge Early Childhood Development Center, Just Like Mind Daycare, Project Future, Southeast Community College Child Development Center, Little Flower Childcare Center, Growing Tots Childcare, Lincoln Children’s Academy, The Children’s Place, Kids Park, Project Future Highlands, NorthCreek Child Center and Cathy’s Daycare.

Additional funds from the Lincoln Littles giving campaign were used for tuition assistance for families as well as an Emergency Funding stream for families in child care crisis.

When you donate to Lincoln Littles, you make projects like this possible! Thank you!