ARC Broward recently received a $10,000 grant through the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support the organization’s “Parents as Teachers” (PAT) program.
Through the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, second quarter grants totaling $164,000 were recently distributed to 11 nonprofit organizations in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Since 1991, through the Fund, more than $38.5 million has been awarded to local nonprofit organizations.
The Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund is committed to supporting programs that move low-income children and families to self-sufficiency in the areas of housing, hunger, child abuse prevention & treatment, and child & youth education. Funds are raised through reader, community and corporate donations from JM Family Enterprises, Publix Super Markets, AutoNation, Inc, Children’s Services Council of Broward County and others. Each dollar donated is matched at 50 cents by the McCormick Foundation. The Sun Sentinel and McCormick Foundation pay all administrative and promotional costs, allowing 100 percent of donations, plus the match, to go directly to charitable organizations. For more information, visit sunsentinelchildrensfund.org.
ARC Broward will use its Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund funding to support its “Parents as Teachers” (PAT) program. The program is an early childhood parent education and family support program designed to empower parents to give their children with special needs the best possible start in life. The goal of the program is to help young children to grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn. It operates as an in-home program for children ages birth through 10 and helps parents improve their children’s development. The program includes a combination of personal visits in the family home and in natural community settings, parent workshops, and other coordinated family activities. Nationally Certified Parent Educators help families advance the development of their young children through activities that encourage language, intellectual growth and academic readiness, social and motor skills, and strengthens the parent’s relationship with the child.
Primarily funded through the Children’s Services Council of Broward with additional support from United Way of Broward County, the program operates as a network affiliate of the internationally recognized “Parents as Teachers” program. It also provides enrolled families with case management, mental health counseling, and applied behavior analysis services as needed.
ARC Broward is a non-for-profit human services organization dedicated to providing services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual disabilities. For more information, please visit www.arcbroward.com or call (954) 746-9400.