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Stocker Foundation awards Kendal Early Learning Center $13,000 Grant

Kendal resident shares a story with KELC children
Kendal resident shares a story with KELC children

The Kendal Early Learning Center (KELC) recently received a $13,000 grant from the Stocker Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to support literacy, the Kendal intergenerational program and ongoing professional development.

Funding from the grant makes possible new books for the classroom, as well as books for parent use at home, with their children. Reading to and with children develops a stronger parent-child bond and helps promotes literacy.

The classroom books will be used by Kendal residents and children involved in the intergenerational program. KELC’s intergenerational program has been developed over the past seventeen years through the strong support of Kendal at Oberlin’s Resident Community. Their commitment to promote a sense of community, to welcome diversity, and to embrace continuous learning is exhibited in their support of the program.
These older adults serve as “grand friends” to the children, making books fun, exciting and helping to foster a lifelong love of reading.

The Kendal Early Learning Center provides educational child care for children 18 months to 5 years old to families of on-site employees in Oberlin, OH and families from the surrounding community. A Step Up To Quality Three Star rated program, KELC is also accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

Founded on Kendal’s Quaker based Values and Practices, the Kendal Early Learning Center is located inside Kendal at Oberlin, a campus-based nonprofit retirement community, where continuing learning, civic involvement, social relationships and excellence in health care are hallmarks of the organization.

The Kendal Early Learning Center currently has openings available.  For more information contact the center director, Jeni Hoover at 440-775-9815, or visit the website at: www.kendalearlylearning.org.