Child Find program receives major grant

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Child Find program receives $50,000 grant to expand services in Beaufort County

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From left: Malcolm Goodridge (President of The Leaning Center Fund), Dr. Jeffrey Moss (BCSD Superintendent), Ashley Hutchison (BCSD Coordinator of Early Childhood Education), Bill Evans (BCSD Board Chairman), Charles Kresch (Secretary of The Learning Center Fund) and Gloria Duryea (Program Officer for Coastal Community Foundation).

Last week, The Learning Center Fund, Inc. presented the Superintendent of Beaufort County Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Moss, with a check in the amount of $50,000, a second installment of a $100,000 grant to expand the district’s Child Find program. The grant will allow the Early Learning Program of the district to screen, advise and find appropriate services for children with extra needs between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 years in order to remedy them prior to entering school.

Last year, the Child Find team provided comprehensive developmental screenings, including vision and hearing checks, to over 300 children and served as an educational liaison to assist over 195 families in securing enrollment in developmentally appropriate preschool programs. The Leaning Center Fund of Coastal Community Foundation was established in January 2013 in order to make resources available to organizations that serve children who learn differently. Malcolm Goodridge, David House and Charles Kresch make up the Fund’s advisory board and are all passionate advocates for the Fund and those served. For more information about the Learning Center Fund, please call Gloria Duryea, Program Officer for the Coastal Community Foundation at (843) 379-3400.