By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ
The New Hope Learning Center in Lewisville cares for more than 50 children every day so that their parents - many of them single - can earn a living. With so many newborns, infants and toddlers, there are always diapers that need changing. The facility estimates it uses 40,000 diapers, 80,000 gloves, 50,000 wipes, 40,000 changing pads and 25,000 disposable diaper bags every year; they also buy disinfectant by the caseload.
The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently presented the center with a $12,000 grant.
"It will cover our diaper supplies for a year. It’s huge. I can’t even explain to you all how huge it is," said Janet Page, Director of the New Hope Learning Center.
Many of the children have suffered abuse and have experienced parent arrests, deportation and medical and physical neglect. Families are referred to New Hope Learning Center by Texas Workforce Solutions. The parents are on the wait list for Child Care Assistance through TWS, but there's a lengthy wait and, oftentimes, it doesn't cover enough for the parent to be able to keep working. The fee for the New Hope Learning Center is as low as $25 a week, which includes breakfast, lunch, a snack and state-licensed teachers.
"We offer a super-discounted rate here and, once they get approved, we take their benefits," said Kristina Griffin, assistant director of the New Hope Learning Center.
The infant room alone operates at a $30,000 loss every year because the ratio of teachers to babies, who require constant care, is so low. Many child-care facilities have stopped caring for infants altogether.
"The infant room is the most needed room, it's the most underserved," Kristina said.
The New Hope Learning Center celebrates its 15th anniversary in April. The CoServ grant, funded by Operation Roundup, will help the center continue serving infants. It will also fund continuing education for their staff members.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) focuses on meeting basic human needs, promoting community vitality and supporting education. Since CCF was established in 2004, about $12 million has been distributed to worthy causes across North Texas. Funding for most of the grants comes from CoServ customers through Operation Roundup® – a program where customers “round up” their monthly utility bill to the nearest dollar. For a full list of CCF grants and to find out how your organization can apply for one, please visit CoServ.com/CCF.