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GROWING HOME RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR EXCELLENCE
Lt. Gov. Garcia to Join Growing Home’s Celebration of Early Childhood Education
WESTMINSTER, CO, June 6, 2013 – Growing Home will receive the coveted Parents as Teachers Losos Prize for Excellence award in a ceremony on Monday June 24, 2013, 9-11am. The international award, which acknowledges excellence in services to children and families, will be presented by national Parents as Teachers Foundation CEO Scott Hippert at the Westminster City Park Recreation Center.
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, whose career focuses on education, will speak at the event to honor Growing Home and its Parents as Teachers program. With ever increasing public support of Growing Home’s Parents as Teachers program, Growing Home can help more parents build stronger, happier families.
President Obama has taken a strong stance supporting programs like Parents as Teachers. His Early Childhood Education Plan would invest $75 in early childhood education programs, including Parents as Teachers and other home visit programs.
The Growing Home Losos Award Celebration will spread awareness about the importance and effectiveness of early childhood education and parent education programs. Growing Home is part of the national conversation triggered by President Obama’s investment in helping our children succeed, starting from birth.
“At Growing Home, we see every day what a difference it makes when parents have tools to help their infants and toddlers grow and learn in the healthiest ways. These are the tools families need to break the cycle of poverty,” said Growing Home President and CEO Teva Sienicki. “We are proud that our team was honored as among the best in the world.”
The Losos Prize is named after its benefactor, Carolyn W. Losos, a lifetime early childhood proponent. “This prize is a wonderful way for our organization to highlight the new and innovative practices of Parents as Teachers affiliates,” said Parents as Teachers President and CEO Scott Hippert. Created in 2006, the prize honors three Parents as Teachers affiliates demonstrating creativity and originality in pursuit of the Parents as Teachers vision that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.
Growing Home Parents as Teachers was honored with the award based on their innovation and creativity in delivering the evidence-based model. Growing Home’s unique brand of wrap-around support services for families was a major factor in winning the prize.
About Growing Home
Growing Home fulfills its mission to guide children and their families on the path to a brighter future with three comprehensive program areas: Housing the Homeless, Feeding Families, and Helping Children Succeed. Growing Home takes a holistic, dual-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty, addressing both the immediate and long-term needs of families. Since its founding in 1998, Growing Home has grown over ten-fold, both in budget and in client impact. Growing Home now provides support to over 6,000 families a year, or 20,000 unduplicated individuals. For more information, please visit http://www.GrowingHome.org.
About Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is the trusted resource for professionals and organizations in early childhood development and education. Headquartered in St. Louis, our internationally recognized network of affiliates supports hundreds of thousands of families in all 50 states as well as seven other countries. Through a proven parent education model featuring in-home visits with parents and their children, Parents as Teachers affiliates equip parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Parents as Teachers is one of the original seven home visiting models approved by the federal government through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. For more information, visit www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.
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