ZION EDUCATION CENTER
SERVING THE SHENANGO VALLEY
AMOUNT DONATED: $1,865
Zion Education Center provides high quality educational services to under-served children to ensure continuity of care occurs between home, childcare, formal school, and school age programs.
As a result, meaningful relationships are established with Sharon, Farrell, and Hermitage School Districts to gain insight about coordinating educational strategies between the district, our families, and our early childhood classrooms.
Zion’s continuous quality improvement plan consists of a 7-I strategy to maintain high quality: Instruction; Individualization; Implementation; Interaction; Inspiration; Intentionality; and Inclusion. These core values help us to achieve our mission statement; "Empowering young children to Excel beyond poverty and Exceed their Environment."
While the match program for Giving Week is over, the need doesn't end! Please feel to make a gift at any time.
Giving Week Progress:
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $7,500
Programs Supported by Your Donations
Zion Education Center specializes in education, nutrition and behavioral health services that provides full-time services for the following ages:
- Free infant and toddler program for 4 children ages 6 weeks - 36 months. These children attend 5 days a week from 8am - 4pm.
- Free pre-kindergarten classroom for 30 children ages 3 - 5 that target school readiness. These children attend 5 days a week from 9am - 3pm.
- Subsidized child care and social and peer interactions for child ages 5 - 13. These students attend 5 days a week from 3pm - 6pm and all day during the summer.
- Free nutritional hot meals available 6 days a week to children ages 2 - 18. Services were also provided for pick up during our 10 week Covid-19 closure.
- Free behavioral health services to children in trauma due to adverse childhood experiences through our CYPEN initiative.
- Parenting classes "Circles of Security" to improve the developmental pathway of children and their parents to secure attachment between child and caregiver which is critical to a child's current and future well being.
Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help
In order to protect the health and safety of children and staff during the pandemic, Zion's financial demand increased to implement "Zero - Tolerance" policies and procedures before our students returned on June 1, 2020.
There is currently a lack of funding to ensure that our carpets are cleaned and sanitized weekly. Additional daily expenses have been added to our budget to include masks, gloves, face shields, shoe covers, and industrial cleaning supplies. A washer and dryer was purchased for daily usage. A dishwasher is still needed and janitorial services must be contracted to disinfect our building daily.