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Two foundations make significant impact on Children’s Center

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Children posing in front of the children center.

Going to college presents challenges to all students, but the extra burden of children may make the experience overwhelming. Though juggling parenting and schoolwork can be difficult, The Mount’s Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Children’s Center can help ease that burden.

Because of the generosity of two local foundations, infants now sleep in the safest cribs that meet federal standards and preschoolers have new toys, supplies, and materials for their classroom. The grants provided, totaling $15,000, improve the overall quality and available resources of the center. Grant awards have been received from: The Jack J. Smith Charitable Trust, PNC Bank and Karen Wachs; Co- Trustees, and The Helen Steiner Rice Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.          

“The new cribs are great for my son to take naps in because they are new, safe, and secure,” said Stewart Higgins, Sports Management major.

The Jack J. Smith Jr. $10,000 grant and the Helen Steiner Rice $5,000 grant will improve the physical environment and at no additional cost for the low income families served, provide the activities and materials needed for a productive and meaningful preschool experience. With the support of the Jack J. Smith, Jr. Charitable Trust, the Children’s Center will be able to  provide funding to replace and update materials, books and toys, purchase outdoor equipment for everyday play, provide child development training for all staff members, and purchase a new refrigerator to needed to store lunches, milk and infant formula. Thanks to the Helen Steiner Rice Fund, cribs, a changing table, and carpeting were purchased to meet current safety standards.

With these charitable grants, the Children’ Center will continue to live out its mission of striving to meet each child's emotional, social, cognitive, creative, and physical needs. 

“The grants allowed us to make purchases that make the Center an amazing place for children to learn and grow. It's been fun for the teachers to pick out items for their classroom that complement their lesson plans and teaching philosophy. Our goal is to make the Center a fun, nurturing environment, where the children can learn and have a great day while they are away from their parents. The grant money allows us to create that type of environment,” said Janet Baltzersen, Children’s Center Coordinator.

“Without them I wouldn’t be able to attend college,” says Lindsay Handy, Communications major.

“I would like to tell the donor that because of their donation, I can live my dreams and one day be able to provide for my daughter through my job,” said Danielle Stosur, Chemistry major.