2013 Charity Spotlight
Each year, the IWL Conference Advisory Board unanimously chooses an Indiana not-for-profit organization as its Charity Spotlight Award Recipient. By highlighting the work of a worthy organization, the Advisory Board draws attention to critical needs we face throughout Indiana. These organizations sometimes work quietly and without recognition in our communities to better the lives of women who may not have the capacity to help themselves. They help women build stronger networks, make new choices and embrace change so that they have the chance to improve their own lives.
Research shows that much of an individual’s “blueprint” is established by the time that person is even 6 years old. Research also shows that the involvement of a child in a high quality early childhood program results in significant life-long positive outcomes including higher IQ scores, achievement levels and graduation rates. In addition, these children are less likely to be retained, enrolled in special education or incarcerated.
Based on the premise that the children it serves are inherently competent, capable, and strong, St. Mary’s Child Center:
- Impacts pre-school children in poverty – who are at life and learning risk—with the highest quality cognitive, creative, social, physical, and emotional learning experiences that will transition into a foundation for lifelong success
- Integrates highly effective professional educators with a proven learning philosophy (the Reggio approach developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy)
- Provides teacher training to other early childhood educators, focusing on teachers who work with poor children
- Uses qualitative measures to show impact
- Is accountable to the children and the families served, stakeholders and contributors, and the early childhood learning community
St. Mary’s Child Center currently serves 235 children in our local community and …there are more on the waiting list. For more information on this incredible organization, please go to www.stmaryschildcenter.org.