Supporting the youngest among us

Childcare organizations and daycare providers have a big job—one that goes far beyond keeping an eye on youngsters while their parents are at work.

The years between birth and pre-kindergarten are critical to a child’s future. This year, as part of the Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance (BT3), Adirondack Foundation launched the Small Grants for Small Children program, which provides grants of $100 to $500 for certified daycare centers or providers to enhance and support their work.

And these grants, though relatively small, are making a big diff‚erence.

Jacqueline Prather is childcare director at Bright Beginnings Children’s Center in Plattsburgh, a program administered by The Y. One of Prather’s child development associates, Nandi Battle, received support to earn her accreditation to work with toddlers.

“This support helps our preschool age children immensely,” Prather said. “Nandi is now equipped with the early childhood skills she needs to help her children develop math, language, and other critical skills that they need to hone at this age to give them the best chance for success going forward.”

Tricia Hart, a daycare provider in Westport, received grants to purchase a collection of educational equipment, including a garden table that helps her children learn about plants and the environment, and a Doc McStu‚ffins play set, which helps with speech development and verbalization skills.

“I can’t thank you enough for awarding me the grants that allowed me to purchase these toys,” Hart said. “It is very rewarding to hear and see the excitement on their faces.”

The Childcare Coordinating Council of the North Country and Adirondack Community Action Programs have assisted Adirondack Foundation in distributing funding to providers, and help us make sure the providers are certified and in compliance with New York State rules for daycare centers.

To support this program, please consider a gift to the BT3 Fund at Adirondack Foundation.

Birth to Three Fund Donation