Roots & Branches Award

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Roots & Branches Award

For Immediate Release
Date: March 30, 2015
Contact: Pell Fender, Development Director
720-407-1986

GROWING HOME RECEIVES GRANT TO ESTABLISH “SEEDLINGS” PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGES 1-5
 
Growing Home’s CEO Teva Sienicki announced today that Roots and Branches Foundation, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation that engages Jewish people in their 20s and 30s in collaborative philanthropy, has granted Growing Home $30,624 to establish Seedlings, an educational program teaching child development for parents and children from birth to five years old.

Seedlings is one step along Growing Home’s pipeline of dual-generation programs and fills a program gap in early-childhood services. This program will benefit families in Growing Home’s Blocks of Hope neighborhood, a high-needs, low-performing elementary school community in Westminster.

During eight consecutive weeks of educational workshops, parents will develop skills around a variety of child development topics, including child health and vaccinations, literacy, nutrition, social-emotional health, exercise and more. Weekly workshops will apply current early childhood research to guide parents through discussion and activities, both in parent-only groups and in activities with parent and child. Over the course of 8 weeks, parents will gain expertise in a variety of skills, and will strengthen their community network with other parents.  Children will grow their home libraries with free age- and language-appropriate books related to each week’s topic. A graduation ceremony will be held to celebrate the commitment and accomplishments of the families.

For many Blocks of Hope families, Seedlings will be their first introduction to Growing Home, and the first step in a rich pipeline of programs for the whole family. With support from Roots & Branches, Growing Home will develop a curriculum that relies on leading research into child development, literacy, and parent education. A qualified consultant will create weekly workshops around 8 pre-determined early childhood topics, drawing upon well-established lessons and tools already in use in our Parents as Teachers and Incredible Years instruction.

Every Seedlings family will have access to Growing Home’s wide array of supportive services and will receive referrals for additional community services to meet their unique family needs.

Seedlings will teach parents how to best support their child’s development, encourage healthy parent-child relationships, and promote early language and literacy. Our wrap-around supports, including a family-friendly food pantry, emergency shelter, homeless prevention services, and others, help  strengthen families as they work toward self-sufficiency, and keep children stable and healthy for maximum school success.

Roots and Branches Foundation, an 18-member cohort now in its eighth year, is funding programs that take a two-generation approach to serving families, providing direct services for both the child and the parent or primary caregiver. They seek to support programs that help low-income families with children 0-5 live healthy lives of dignity and continuous growth and development while working to end the cycle of poverty. Rose Community Foundation uses leadership, grantmaking and donor engagement to invest in strategic and innovative solutions to enduring problems and emerging issues.

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