Greenwood Events
Thursday, July 20th, 2000

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 families.

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."