Greenman Gift Grant Awarded on Jim’s Birthday (July 19) to New York Agency St. Jemuel
$35,000 Grant to be Used to Renovate Infant and Toddler Rooms St. Jemuel Group Family Daycare in the Bronx
St. Jemuel Group Family Daycare recently received a $35,000 Greenman Gift grant to redesign and renovate their infant and toddler rooms as well as repurpose an outdoor garden into a botanical learning space.
“As the Executive Director of Saint Jemuel Family Daycare, I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the Greenman Gift grant,” said Dr. Eda Clarke Ramsay. “There is no doubt that this award will help this organization to accomplish our vision in providing high quality education that enhances the holistic approach to the development of our students, parents, and community.”
The majority of the grant funds will be used to reinvent and update the infant and toddler rooms at the Center. As a result of the grant, the Day Care will be able to purchase new equipment, furniture, supplies and materials for the youngest children in the program.
The Greenman Gift grant is funded annually by the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children in memory of Jim Greenman. Jim Greenman was a visionary in the field of early childhood education and an advocate for all children. The Greenman Gift provides a one-time grant each year of direct financial and in-kind contributions 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.
“We are very excited to work with St. Jemuel to help provide for new infant and toddler classroom furnishings – transforming them in Jim’s vision of ‘Caring Places and Learning Spaces’ as well as providing the funds for an inspirational outdoor garden and learning environment,” said Mark Mendel, President of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. “Creating special places like these for children honors Jim’s passion to create beautiful environments for children to play, learn, and grow,”
St. Jemuel mission is to ensure that the children who attend their program develop emotionally, physically, socially, and cognitively. They believe that all children can learn, and therefore they provide every child the foundation that will allow them to master the skills necessary to succeed when they leave the program. For 15 years, St. Jemuel has provided full day child care services to more than 300 families and has operated as a pre-K the last four years. St. Jemuel provides care for children nine months through 5 years-old, and enrollment is currently at 55. Their program is designed to provide children and families with an environment that responds to cultural pride and self-esteem, enhances individual strengths, and develops relationships. Interpersonal services are integrated into the education plan, which includes health, mental health, nutrition, family partnerships, and disabilities. St. Jemuel provides children with learning experiences using an Interdisciplinary Team approach to review the children that have needs and provide appropriate services through partnership community agencies. More information can be found at saintjemueldaycare.org.