Santa Maria Awarded Grant From the SC Ministry Foundation Toward Promoting Our Preschoolers Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2021
Santa Maria Community Services
Santa Maria Community Services is pleased to announce it has been awarded a one-year grant from the SC Ministry Foundation toward its Promoting Our Preschoolers (POP) Program. The POP Program is Santa Maria’s family-focused kindergarten-readiness program that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community through home-visitation.
During home visits, parents receive support, education, and referrals for children and the family. Children receive developmental screens, educational supplies, and participate in home or group-based learning opportunities to increase their success in school and life. The program works jointly with families to help get children ready for kindergarten by building reading, language, and social skills, and seeks to create a seamless transition into school for preschool-age children while ensuring barriers to school readiness are removed.
“Since being founded in 1897 by two Sisters of Charity, Santa Maria Community Services has been grateful for the continued support of the SC Ministry Foundation,” said H.A. Musser, Jr., President and CEO of Santa Maria. “Our Promoting Our Preschoolers Program was made possible through the generous support of the SC Ministry Foundation, which promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.”