G'wood Trust grant helps with child care
High-quality, affordable child care is easier for working parents to obtain, thanks
to a community partnership between Greenwood Trust and Delaware Technical &
Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Scholarships for the campus Child
Development Center (CDC), subsidized by a $210,000 grant from the bank to the
college, enable children of qualified Owens Campus students to receive care while
their parents attend classes.
According to a report from the Children's Defense Fund, the quality of child care
has a lasting impact on children's well-being and ability to learn. Child care and
early education are critical to the success of two national priorities: helping
families work, and ensuring that every child enters school ready to succeed. The
Owens Campus CDC plays a vital part in meeting the needs of area children and their
During a recent visit, Greenwood Trust President J. Nathan Hill met some of the
children who benefit from the child care scholarship program established by the bank
in 1997. "It's fantastic to see the numbers of children who are being served by this
center," said Hill as he toured the facility. "Greenwood Trust is proud to be a
partner in such a rewarding community project."
Patricia Ayers, a student in the Human Services Technology program, called the
scholarships a "lifesaver." "I was going to have to work two jobs to pay for day
care for my two boys," she explained. "Thanks to Greenwood Trust, they're in a safe
place, and it's nice to know that they're always eager to come here."
During his visit, Hill was presented with a card covered with colorful children's
thumbprints and proclaiming "Greenwood Trust is "thumbody' special." He also
participated in a sing-along with some of the Greenwood Trust Little Scholars which
he described as "a wonderful treat."