Recently a single parent, Tammy, and her 3-year-old daughter, Sue, left their Washington home abruptly, under crisis without financial or family support. In Los Angeles, Tammy’s only resources were Cash Aid and Cal Fresh, but she was able to obtain a spot at the Family Promise Shelter after spending many nights at area churches.
Lindsey Reynolds, Program Support Specialist at Maryvale, met Sue and Tammy through a homeless shelter. Reynolds worked with Tammy and was able to enroll Sue into Maryvale’s subsidized preschool program. Sue’s natural sense of curiosity flourished and she excelled in the joyful learning program.
“Our Early Education Center provided a consistent and safe place for Sue,” said Reynolds.
While Sue enjoyed the benefits of preschool, Tammy was able to secure a full-time job nearby. Tammy no longer needs Cash Aid and Cal Fresh benefits due to her steady income. She is in the process of saving money for an apartment.
Keeping hope alive has provided a fresh outlook for Tammy and Sue.
“I love what we do,” Reynolds said. “We are making a difference.”
How a child succeeds in life can often be traced to the preschool years.
Now every eligible 3- and 4-year-old child can attend preschool, thanks to a government subsidized program. Most California preschools including Maryvale’s Early Education Centers in Rosemead and Duarte accept government subsidies for qualifying families.
The benefits of a preschool education are substantial – academic development, enriched socialization and emotional growth, with long-term advantages such as higher earnings and better jobs. Early Ed families can also be referred to Maryvale’s Family Resource Center for supportive programs to help children and families with emerging needs.
Learn more about Maryvale's subsidized preschool program in Duarte and Rosemead.
Learn more about subsidized preschool in California.