The Parent Resource Center in Port Washington was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Nassau County Bar Association’s WE CARE Fund.
The grant will fund the PRC's Outreach Program, including the center's weekly Stepping Stones class. This class provides educational experiences for children from low-income families with little or no access to prekindergarten programs.
The grant will also support the Scholarship Fund which allows these children to take general PRC classes. These classes include music, arts and crafts and science classes.
“We are grateful to the Nassau County Bar Association WE CARE Fund for the decision to award this grant," said PRC's Director of Operations Lisa Grossman, in a statement. "The WE CARE Fund has been very generous to the Parent Resource Center over the past year, which has greatly helped our Outreach Program and our low-income families.”
“Thanks to grants such as those from the WE CARE Fund, our children from low-income families are able to take some of our newest classes, such as Preschool Problem Solvers & Play Preschool," Grossman added. "We were also able to provide scholarships for our summer math program, taught by a local elementary school teacher. The WE CARE Fund's support to our Outreach Program has been so valuable, and our Outreach families are extremely appreciative.”
Approximately 75 children are currently enrolled in the Outreach program.
"The Nassau County Bar Association WE CARE Fund is proud to provide funding that assists children – who have little or no access to school-readiness programs – in developing the language and socialization skills that are critical to early childhood educational success," said Michael Masri, a member of the WE CARE Fund Advisory board and a partner at Meltzer Lippe.
He added, "The Parent Resource Center Stepping Stones program does just that, and they are to be commended for their efforts to enrich the educational opportunities available to the Port Washington community."