“When we first met with Little Land of Love Learning Center director and staff, it was apparent that they truly cared for the children in their care and were already serving the families Early Head Start is wanting to reach. They did the best they could to provide high-quality care, but their facility and available funds was limiting,” explained TFC Head Start Director Pamela Black.
The new space, which will be renamed The Rock at Stony Point, is available through a partnership with The Rock Church of the Nazarene and upgraded with an investment from the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships start up funds. It is a true community collaboration. Black explains why the move was the right choice, “Instead of investing Head Start dollars in a rental property, it’s going into an agency that will benefit the community in a larger way, and we were able to increase the number of children they could serve.”
With the improvements, the center will not only be able to provide additional services to their families, they will more than double their capacity, increasing from 23 to 50 children. Seven of the additional spaces will serve infants and toddlers, an especially high need in the Kansas City, Kansas community.
“We get calls almost everyday, even if we had both locations, we wouldn’t have enough room to meet demand. Many of the families in this community have multiple children and it’s important to be able to keep them together, especially for infants,” noted Howell.
The transformation wasn’t an easy task, but under the care of W.J.R. Plumbing and More, a local small business, the s
The partnership has yielded a much-needed space for children. One that has the capacity to serve families with children ranging from infants to age 12 and provide a nurturing environment where children, 98% of whom are growing up with the challenges of poverty, have daily support to ensure they grow up healthy and ready for school.
TFC will continue to work with The Rock at Stony Point offering training and support to further bolster the strength of their program, and with the improved facility they will offer high-quality care to their community for years to come.
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