Historic grant will expand child care services
Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, Lancaster County-based provider of pediatric therapy services, will receive a $250,000 matching grant from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation to fund an expansion of the center's child care facilities.
The grant will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for all the money raised by Schreiber Pediatric. Stabler will match up to $250,000, and Schreiber has until June 1 to raise the matching funds. The initial $250,000 grant combined with what Schreiber hopes to raise from the community would mean $500,000 for the organization, by far the largest gift in the 80-year history of the Center.
The money will be used to add an infant room to Schreiber's Circle of Friends Academy child care. Circle of Friends currently serves children as young as 12 months old. The expansion would provide space for a fully inclusional room, where children with and without special needs will receive care. Serving this group of children is a natural extension of the services Schreiber provides, and there's a critical shortage of providers offering child care to infants with special needs.
Schreiber began offering day care services inside the Center in 2009 and currently serves about 50 children a week. The money from the Stabler Foundation and the community would allow children as young as 6 weeks to enroll in Circle of Friends, once the room is fully operational.
The expanded child care services fit well with Schreiber's existing capabilities. In addition to the core services of occupational, physical and speech therapy, Schreiber also offers infant massage, baby signing and aquatic therapy services on site – all services that no other provider of infant care in the region can offer.
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The Circle of Friends Academy provides high-quality child care in an environment that stresses early learning. Circle of Friends Academy is certified a Star 4 Center by the state's Keystone Stars program. Out of the hundreds of day care centers in Lancaster County, only a handful attain Star 4.
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