The season of giving is here, but at Primrose, we encourage giving all year long. Every day, we teach and model compassion for children and instill in them the value of giving without expecting. One of the main ways we give back to our communities is through our long-standing partnership with Save the Children U.S.
Throughout the year, Primrose schools across the nation support at-risk children by hosting Primrose Promise GivingSM events within their communities and through our child sponsorship program Primrose Promise Pals. In addition to supporting children in need around the country, Primrose Schools Children’s Foundation donations to Save the Children help prepare families and communities to protect children in the event of an emergency, and support communities to recover and build back stronger when a crisis does strike. Most recently, Primrose Schools Children’s Foundation supported Save the Children’s responses to Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
The Primrose and Save Children partnership embodies our shared vision that all kids, regardless of background or circumstance, have the chance to grow up healthy, education and safe. Primrose Schools CEO Jo Kirchner, and Franchise Owner Pratiksha Rigley recently had an exciting opportunity to learn more about another facet of our Save the Children’s work when they visited the Early Steps to School Success program in Lake Los Angeles, California.
Early Steps to School Success is a child development program for children ages 0-5 in some of America’s poorest rural areas. Through Early Steps, families in need are connected with an expert who begins helping in the home during pregnancy and helps parents learn skills and provide resources to foster their children’s growth and school success. Primrose has helped Save the Children support more than 7,000 children through their U.S. child sponsorship and Early Steps programs.
Here are two stories of how Early Steps has made a difference in the lives of families in need:
Born three months early, Surena spent the first months of her life in a neo-natal unit at a children’s hospital. Her teen mother, Rosa, turned to Save the Children for support, and Early Childhood Specialist Diana came to her aid.
“I didn’t know anything about babies or what I had to do, and she helped me understand what I needed to do to help my baby,” Rosa said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it alone.”
Diana conducts regular home visits with Rosa and Surena and has connected them with high-risk infant and counseling services. Rosa went on to finish her high school education, and Surena now attends preschool and loves getting new books each week through Early Steps.
Kristy grew up in 14 different homes before the age of 10 and said she “never really learned how to be a parent.” Upon learning she was pregnant with Preston, she immediately reached out to Save the Children for help and was connected with Early Childhood Specialist Victoria.
After more than two years of visits from Victoria, Kristy is equipped with the skills she needs to be the best parent she can be. She has incorporated everyday learning activities from Victoria into Preston’s daily routine to create a learning environment at home.
This holiday season, join Primrose and Save the Children in making a difference in the lives of children in need. Click here to support Save the Children and to learn how your family can sponsor a child.