EL ClarkeI am a single mom and I was working and providing for my first child and paying for childcare. I found myself pregnant again and I found myself in a situation where I needed help. As I was unable to afford paying for childcare for two children. I asked my daycare did they know of any programs that would help my pay for childcare. The daycare told me about the School Readiness Program. I was able to apply and get the help I needed to pay for my children’s child care while I worked to provide for us.

My children could learn and be around other children and be in a safe environment. I did not have to worry while I was working. This program has helped me better myself for the future. Thank you, United Way of Lake and Sumter, for funding this awesome program!

-Jerrica Thurber

ELC SumterThe McCormick Family has grown! After serving as caregivers for their 4 grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. McCormick have legally adopted the children. Mrs. McCormick praises the financial assistance received via the School Readiness Program as a result of the United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties Community Investment Grant. “The kids are doing much better, they have some things to work through, but the staff at the preschool have been so helpful.” The McCormick family owns their own business in Lake Panasoffkee. The financial assistance with preschool and after school costs allows the McCormick’s to continue to operate their business in the most cost effective manner. The partnership between the Early Learning Coalition and United Way is making a difference in the lives of children and families in Sumter County.