Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Neighborhood Ministries, a social service agency in downtown Phoenix that helps impoverished children and families, for their Katy’s Kids Early Childhood Development Preschool program. During the 2019-2020 academic year, this program will serve 20 three to five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged households. It will provide opportunities for sensory learning, physical activity and social, emotional and cognitive development. Developmental, physical health, dental, hearing, and vision screenings will be offered free of charge.
A unique aspect of this early education program is the comprehensive services that will be provided to meet the various needs of children and families. In addition to connecting families to Neighborhood Ministries’ onsite food and clothing bank, health and dental clinic, after-school programs, counseling services, workforce development program and parenting classes, community partnerships will be utilized to ensure families’ holistic needs are met.