TAMPA — Champions for Children, a nationally accredited nonprofit agency whose mission is to build stronger families in the Tampa Bay region, has received a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the Champions for Children’s Family Learning Center.
“We are so grateful to the PNC Foundation for their support of this program and other Champions for Children services,” said Brian McEwen. “Educating families in more effective ways to raise their children has a great impact on each child’s development and ultimately strengthens our entire community. PNC Foundation has been a great partner in helping us reach families to achieve our mission.”
The Family Learning Center at Champions for Children serves parents and their children through child care services and family engagement, education and child development services. Grant funds will support early childhood development and family strengthening programs specifically for the families of women participating in substance-abuse treatment programs of the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO), one of Florida’s largest community-based providers of behavioral health services. It is expected that the grant will serve more than 200 mothers and their children.
Champions for Children’s Family Learning Center services are constructed on the foundation that the first five years of a child’s life offer the greatest opportunity to shape the child’s future. Program services include Nurturing Parenting, Parents as Teachers, New Moms Network and Rainbow Developmental Playgroups.
These programs provide research- and evidence-based programming that focus on improving birth outcomes for pregnant women, supporting healthy social-emotional development in infants and children, building parental self-confidence, educating and supporting parents to form nurturing relationships with their children, ensuring children are developmentally on-track and ready to learn and, ultimately, improving the well-being of children and families.