CRADLES of Clay County appreciates support
To the editor:
The CRADLES of Clay County, Inc. Board of Directors is most grateful for the donations and support from individuals, organizations, agencies, churches and foundations. These generous donations and grants have made it possible to implement CRADLES’ mission of being a family learning ministry dedicated to Cultivating Responsible Adults by Developing Leadership and Education for Self-sufficiency (CRADLES). This ministry envisions student parents taking their place in local communities as self-sufficient citizens within healthy family units. CRADLES supports student parents pursuing an education by providing developmentally appropriate child care, parenting/life skills training and mentoring.
As we offer support, sponsorship and mentoring, we believe the lives of the babies and children served, as well as their parents, will be strengthened, enriched and changed.
CRADLES has been most fortunate to be the recipient of several generous grants this past year. Through the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, we received monies from the Terre Haute Day Nursery Fund for tuition assistance and the Clay County 100 Women Who Care. Furthermore, CRADLES has benefited from two grants through the United Way of the Wabash Valley to assist us in qualifying for Paths to Quality, a statewide rating scale for early childhood education programs, as well as a Dollar General grant. These grants and other generous donations have made it possible for CRADLES to be able to offer child care services at both Clay City and Brazil. Research proves that quality care in the early years greatly impacts not only the child’s academic aptitudes but every area of life. Through both programs parents have been able to improve their basic skills in order to help their children with homework. Additionally, student parents have remained in high school, earned credits and/or their high school diplomas, passed the High School Equivalency (formerly GED) Exam, completed coursework for certifications including CNA and the Child Development Associate, earned Associate Degrees, or earned credits toward Bachelor’s Degrees. All these led to becoming part of an educated workforce in Clay County. Many of these student parents and other parents became employed or continued their employment while their young children were enrolled in CRADLES.
Thank you to everyone who helps CRADLES of Clay County, Inc. change lives and impact generations!