Focus Area: Early Childhood
Grant Amount: $5,000
Located in Plymouth. Established in 2000, Bloom Early Learning & Child Care (formerly Kids’ Care Connection) is a NAEYC accredited, award-winning, 4-Star Parent Aware rated, non-profit early learning center. Fifty percent of the children served live in poverty and attend on subsidies. Bloom is the only local option that provides full-time high-quality care for families in need, an essential service to address hidden and growing pockets of suburban poverty.
Grant supports parent engagement work at Bloom’s two locations. Bloom will form a parent council at each location and invite all parents to join. Parents will meet quarterly and engage in learning opportunities and work on personal goals with the help of a facilitator. Parents will also have the option for training in legislative advocacy. The parent council will be a conduit to bring parents on the board of Bloom, and these parents will receive training in the role of a nonprofit board member.