We are beyond grateful to announce that we have received a generous $30,000 grant from Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Capital 2023 Fund to invest in new furniture for our Downtown Milwaukee, Oak Creek and West Allis/Wauwatosa Centers.
“As a not-for-profit organization, trying to keep our tuition rates affordable for families, we simply don’t have the funds available for investing in new furniture after we pay our dedicated employees a livable wage,” said Beverly Anderson, Executive Director for Ebenezer Child Care Centers.
This wonderful grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will allow us to create intentionally designed environments that will positively impact the foundations of early childhood development and lifelong physical and mental health. Some of the items we plan to purchase include carpeted risers for the infant classrooms which will help support large muscle development as children begin to pull up and cruise; toddler kitchens to promote dramatic play and provide opportunities for creative thinking and problem-solving; and tote shelving to promote organized, independent play, and encourage self-help skills. In addition, we will be purchasing materials such as adaptive equipment for dolls with special needs and teaching diversity and inclusion resources boxes to help children develop a better understanding of others. Overall, this grant will allow staff to guide behavior, encourage exploration, and enhance learning opportunities. We know the powerful effects environment has on the developing brain and truly appreciate the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s support of our programs!
For more than a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,400 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world and is now among the largest.