You’re in­vited to CCLC’s an­nual Gar­den Party

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The Child Care & Learn­ing Cen­ter will hold its 6th An­nual Gar­den Party at Mount Prospect in Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day, June 15, 2019, from 5 – 8 p.m. and the pub­lic is in­vited! This year’s Gar­den Party is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for all of us to show our sup­port for Rap­pa­han­nock County kids and fam­i­lies.

It has been a busy year for CCLC who part­nered with Rap­pa­han­nock County Pub­lic Schools to cre­ate the First Step Col­lab­o­ra­tion, a pre-K al­ter­na­tive for chil­dren de­nied a Head Start ex­pe­ri­ence when the county’s pro­gram was un­ex­pect­edly can­celled. CCLC took in 24 new chil­dren with the sup­port and commitment of the Rap­pa­han­nock County Board of Su­per­vi­sors, Head­wa­ters and other donors. CCLC hired a Fam­ily and Child Ser­vice Co­or­di­na­tor with the help of a grant from a lo­cal fam­ily foun­da­tion to en­sure that chil­dren re­ceive the same, or su­pe­rior, case man­age­ment ser­vices in­clud­ing health screen­ings, so­cial screen­ings, home vis­its and fam­ily sup­port. The award of the Mixed-De­liv­ery Preschool Grant by the Vir­ginia Early Child­hood Foun­da­tion en­sures that CCLC can con­tinue to serve the First Step Col­lab­o­ra­tion 4-year old chil­dren over the next two and

a half years. How­ever, the Mixed-De­liver Grant pro­vides no fund­ing for the for­mer Head Start en­rolled 3-year old chil­dren cre­at­ing the need for CCLC and its part­ners to seek pri­vate funds to con­tinue to make qual­ity pre-school ed­u­ca­tion in the 2019/2020 school year avail­able to all Rap­pa­han­nock County chil­dren.

The 2019 Gar­den Party will be held at Mount Prospect, with its his­toric home and newly ren­o­vated barn over­look­ing the town of Wash­ing­ton. En­joy a Se­cret Gar­den themed so­cial event with de­li­cious food and drinks, live and si­lent auc­tions and com­mu­nity fel­low­ship in sup­port of Rap­pa­han­nock County’s youngest cit­i­zens.

For more than 40 years, The Child Care Learn­ing Cen­ter, a non-profit 501(c)(3) or­ga­ni­za­tion, has pro­vided ex­cel­lent early child­hood pro­grams to our com­mu­nity. The lat­est brain re­search sup­ports the im­por­tance CCLC places on ac­tive learn­ing, lan­guage de­vel­op­ment, and play for each age group, based on a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized and re­search-based cur­ricu­lum and as­sess­ment sys­tem. The Child Care Learn­ing Cen­ter is ac­cred­ited by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ed­u­ca­tion of Young Chil­dren (NAEYC). NAEYC ad­min­is­ters the largest and most widely rec­og­nized na­tional, vol­un­tary, pro­fes­sion­ally spon­sored ac­cred­i­ta­tion sys­tem for all types of early child­hood schools and child care cen­ters.

CCLC’s mis­sion is to pro­vide fully ac­cred­ited preschool, child­care, and af­ter school pro­grams for lo­cal chil­dren, at as low a cost to fam­i­lies as pos­si­ble. CCLC serves all chil­dren, in­clud­ing chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, and of­fers schol­ar­ships for fam­i­lies who can­not afford full tu­ition. At­tend­ing the gar­den party is an ex­cel­lent way to sup­port CLLC and help en­sure that the chil­dren in our com­mu­nity have ac­cess to high qual­ity care and programmin­g. Tick­ets are $100 per per­son. Tick­ets are lim­ited. Please call (540) 6753237 or email rap­pc­[email protected] to re­serve your tick­ets.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Fun for all ages at a past CCLC Gar­den Party.

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