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Great Infant and Children Space Renovated at St. Jemuel in New York Thanks to Greenman Gift Grant from Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®

March 4, 2019

Children at the St. Jemuel Group Family Daycare in New York City are enjoying a wonderful new space thanks to the 2018 Greenman Gift grant and the efforts of Bright Horizons® volunteers. St. Jemuel received the 2018 Greenman Gift, a $35,000 grant, to redesign and renovate their infant and toddler rooms. The funds were used to purchase new equipment, furniture, supplies and materials.

Bright Horizons volunteers working on this project were led by Regional Managers Maura Ryan, Kristen King, and Maribeth Haugh, and Client Relations Director Colin Aarons. Other Bright Horizons volunteers included Naomi Prophile, Lyndzie Kinnings, Jill Andruss, Mona Khamis, Yanet Lopez, Angie Kalman, Suzie Kelly, and Christine Tarallo. They held several workdays to paint and work on the floors prior to setting up all the new equipment and furniture in the space.

“The space looks wonderful,” said Dr. Eda Clarke Ramsay, Executive Director at St. Jemuel. “It will be a great place for infants and toddlers to learn and develop in a safe place with developmentally-appropriate equipment.”

St. Jemuel provides full day child care services for children nine months through 5 years-old, with a current enrollment of 55. St. Jemuel’s mission is to ensure that the children who attend their program master the skills necessary to succeed when they leave the program. The infant/toddler space is not part of the universally funded preschool and had old, unsafe furniture and equipment.

The Greenman Gift grant is funded annually by the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children in memory of Jim Greenman. The Greenman Gift provides a one-time grant each year to one child care program to improve its facility in Jim’s memory. As the former Chairman of the Foundation Board and Senior VP of Education and Training for Bright Horizons, his legacy is still influential in the field of child care, especially in creating environments for young children.