Recovery Act Impact: Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House
For working parents of school age children, the summer season presents a unique challenge. That is why the day care center's stimulus grant of $54,336 was so vital - it provided low income working parents with vouchers so their children could attend Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House's summer program and they could keep their jobs.
"I don't know what families would do without those vouchers," said Marie Maxey, School-Age Program Director for Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House.
The stimulus funding also enabled the program to provide its staff with training and materials in specialized feeding, inclusion, conflict resolution and cultural
According to Maxey, the training also enabled the program to move up in its Quality Rating and Improvement System, the state's early childhood and education assessment tool. "We wouldn't have been able to afford the training without the ARRA grant," said Maxey.
The quality of the program is crucial to Maxey, her staff, the children and their parents. "We definitely run a program children enjoy," said Maxey.