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2017 fairy tale ball

a magical night of fun and fundraising for Childcare Resources

classroom 101

Inside the Early Learning Demonstration Classroom: Childcare Resources’ new project

sky’s the limit

Save the Date! April 28, 2018

a season of giving

Discover ways to support the Childcare Resources mission during the holiday season CHILDCARE RESOURCES | 244 W VALLEY AVE STE 200 | BIRMINGHAM, AL 35209 | 205-945-0018 | WWW.CCR-BHM.ORG


from the desk of Executive Director, Joan Wright Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This sage reminder is possibly more significant now when we give thanks for our blessings, celebrate with family, friends and loved ones, and share with those less fortunate than ourselves. Today’s headlines validate the realities of abundant blessings amid the contrast of overwhelming needs. Although at times we might feel there is little to be offered, this is not necessarily so. When we are gifted with blessings, we are asked to return the kindness—and we do. Central Alabama ranks in the top five most generous communities in the country. As 2017 comes to a close, I am thankful for the blessings I have received and find myself asking, “What talents and resources have I donated to help ease the burdon of my neighbors?” Daily at Childcare Resources, we see the difference gifts to the agency make in the lives of families we serve. Some of the blessings for which we are thankful for include: • A rearranged child care classroom now provides the teacher with increased visibility of the children to improve their safety. • A single mother now has an extra $140 each month to support the needs of her family, because Childcare Resources is providing financial assistance to defray child care costs for her two young children. • A single dad has the information he needs to be confident about where he places his two young girls in care while he works. Packages come in all shapes and sizes. The pleasure of giving is being blessed by the joy the gift brings the receiver. We are indeed grateful for the many gifts of time, talent and financial resources that come into Childcare Resources daily, supporting the needs of children and families we serve. I thank each of our kind supporters for gifting us with their generosity. May you continue to be blessed.

2017 Board of Directors


Jason Cook Jennifer Couch Carol Muse Evans K. Christine Fontana Mitchell D. Greggs

Terralance Thurman Keith Johnson Cherion Sibley Samika Williams Steve Rueve Jason Bryant Joan Wright

Christopher E. Holmes Michael Humber Joshua D. Jones, Esq. Adrienne Moore Rosevelt Morris, DMin

Martin Nalls Michael F. Walker Willie Wells, III Martina Winston Veronique Zimmerman-Brown, PhD

2017 Junior Board


Christen D. Butler Chelsie Coker Chloe Farmer

Nicholas CaJacob, MD Heidi Ramey Amorice N. Law Lauren E. Leach Matthew T. Scully

Andrea Hendricks, PhD Carolyne Jones Hess Jackson King

Misty Paul Jennifer L. Rowe Justin Schilling

Kathleen R. Sherwood Katie Shuey

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class is in session Childcare Resources’ newest project: Classroom 101

Children deserve the BEST start in life

and Childcare Resources’ newly created Early Learning Demonstration Classroom (ELDC) is an innovative step to make this happen. Designed to demonstrate quality early learning and pre-school classroom settings, developmentally appropriate furnishings and materials surround the room, creating classroom configurations and environments that promote quality early learning and encourage nurturing teacher-child interactions. In addition to the classroom, a new series of six, three-hour training sessions known as “Classroom 101” will provide early childhood professionals with knowledge and hands-on skills to gain an understanding of how to best support healthy child development. The brain-child of Childcare Resources’ Child Development Consultants, Amy Bradley and Beckie McRee, here’s the inside scoop on the newest program at Childcare Resources.

Q: When did you first see a need for Classroom 101 at Childcare Resources? A: Going out into the community and implementing technical assistance for directors and staff, it’s obvious there is a need for new and seasoned teachers alike to gain more training, especially if they have not had the luxury of attending college. With Alabama moving forward to increase quality in child care centers, we realized this series is needed now more than ever to help teachers and directors understand and implement best practices in their classrooms.

Q: How can providers benefit from Classroom 101? A: Providing hands-on opportunities to interact in the model classroom will support teachers with developing lesson plans, curriculum planning and addressing challenging behaviors. A well designed classroom environment will also support adult-child interactions, which provides the foundation for relationships that support a child’s learning. We have used the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Revised (ECERS-R) as the basis for our model classroom, so when teachers correctly implement the knowledge they receive during these sesions, their classrooms should meet the same standards and produce quality outcomes, helping to improve the quality of child care in our community.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of Classroom 101? A: The fact that teachers will have a visual in the model classroom to gain a better understanding of what quality looks like, and what it can do to increase learning opportunities for young children is a powerful tool. It allows teachers to have hands-on training sessions, and then put into action what they learned in each session. A picture is worth a thousand words, so having this classroom is a dream come true.

thank you!

Childcare Resources ELDC was only made possible through our generous project supporters: Alabama Partnership for Children Jonathan Dills Steve Gathings with Office Facility Consultants Lakeshore Learning PNC Grow Up Great State Farm Insurance Companies The Thompson Foundation The Resource | Fall/Winter 2017

Amy Bradley and Beckie McRee

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2017 fairy tale ball a night of fun and fundraising for Childcare Resources

2017 Fairy Tale Ball Raises Record-Breaking Revenue From the whimsical fairy tale characters, to the face painters, magician, and over-the-top fun music and dancing, this year’s Fairy Tale Ball was a night that will not soon be forgotten! Held on Saturday, August 26 at the Birmingham Marriott Grandview, more than $130,000 was raised at this year’s event to support the mission of Childcare Resources. Hosted by the Childcare Resources Board of Directors and Junior Board, highlights of this year’s event included a custom built storybook entrance, specialty candy bar provided by Weezie’s Candy Imporium, stilt-walkers, a debut appearance at the Fairy Tale Ball from Moana, and an incredible Silent Auction including trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, beautiful jewelry, custom artwork, specialty gift baskets and more. Shon Thurman, Keith Johnson, Heidi Ramey, Jason Bryant & Willie Wells

Special thanks to our Fairy Tale Ball Co-Chairs, Jason Bryant and Heidi Ramey, for their incredible leadership of this year’s event, to the Junior League of Greater Birmingham and Alabama Power Service Organization for their generous volunteer support, and to the team at Classic Events for adding a special, magic touch to the evening with their amazing decor and event management expertise. Plans are already underway for our 2018 event, so stay tuned for more information and the official announcement of next year’s date!

Say Cheese!

Check out more photos from the event by visiting Photos courtesy of About Town Magazine

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Sarah, John, Whit and Peinhardt, Mary March

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thank you to our sponsors We couldn’t have done it without your support!



James Rushton I Foundation Viscount


Baronet Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Birmingham Parent Magazine Bressler, Amery & Ross, PC Burr & Forman, LLP Cadence Bank Commercial Metals ERA King Realty Escape GFX The Resource | Fall/Winter 2017

Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP Renasant Bank Robins & Morton Sixth Avenue Baptist Church South Haven Corporation

in memory of Fred & Rheta Skelton

Weil Wrecker

Knight Alabama Public Television Alacare Home Health & Hospice Architecture Works Luckie and Co. Medical Properties Trust, Inc. Springer Equipment Company

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next generation campaign Thank you for helping us exceed our 2017 goal! With your generous support of our 2017 Next Generation Campaign, more than $39,000 has been raised to help further the mission of Childcare Resources — exceeding our goal of $35,000! That means more families with access to free child care searches and financial assistance, more resources and trainings for child care providers, and more advocacy for children and families in our community. Thank you for helping children get the best start in life!

Special Thanks to our generous 2017 Campaign Donors Mr. Brett W. Aaron Mrs. Barbara Allen Mr. Darren Allen Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Altmann Ms. Laura Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Keith Arendall Mr. E. Hayes Arendall Mr. Spencer Atkins Dr. and Mrs. Neal Berte Birmingham Parent Mr. Harrison Bishop Dr. Nancy Borkowski Mr. Nathan Bouknight Ms. Alice Bracknell Mrs. Elna R. Brendel Mr. Steve Brickman Ms. Cheryl Brown Ms. Molly Bruce Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Bryant Mr. Jason L. Bryant Mr. William J. Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Brian H. Bucher Ms. Margaret A. Burg Mr. and Mrs. Dean H. Burgess Dr. John Burns Mr. and Mrs. Jim Burton Mr. Stephen R. Burton Mrs. Tammy Butler C.S. Beatty Construction Inc. Dr. Nicholas CaJacob Ms. Suzanne A. CaJacob Dr. Daniel CaJacob Mr. Harry E. Caldwell Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Carlton Ms. Nicole Carr Ms. Jamie Cartledge Mr. James L. Cason III Mr. and Mrs. David Caver Dr. Rosalyn Childress Mrs. Lindsey Chitwood Ms. Chelsie Jordan Coker Ms. Kim Coker Mr. Charles A. Collat Sr. Mr. Rusty Collins Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Collins Mr. and Mrs. Bruce E. Cook Dr. and Mrs. William J. Cook Mr. Jason H. Cook Dr. and Mrs. C. John Cortopassi Jr. Ms. Jennifer Couch Mr. and Mrs. Alan Crafton Ms. Jessie Crawford Mr. and Mrs. Lee Cummings Mrs. Dover Currie

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Ms. Margaret A. Curry Ms. Felecia A. Dailey Ms. Angela Daniel Drs. Joseph and Carol Dean Mr. and Mrs. John F. DeBuys Jr. Dr. G. Bryan Dewees III Mr. John Dill Mr. Johnny Dill Mr. and Mrs. Erskine G. Donald IV Mrs. E. A. Drummond Mr. McGavock Dunbar Mrs. Susan Dunn Mrs. Henrietta S. Emack Mr. and Mrs. Eric Essary Ms. Carol Muse Evans Mr. and Mrs. William M. Ferguson Ms. Nancy Fontana Ms. K. Christine Fontana Mr. and Mrs. John Freeman Dr. Liesel French Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Friedman Mr. Tommy Gay Mr. and Mrs. Terry Gloor Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Goldman The Hon. Debra H. Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. T. Michael Goodrich Mr. Charles Goodrich Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Grayson Mr. Mitchell D. Greggs Mrs. Karen Griner Dr. and Mrs. Quinton Gurley Jr. Dr. Ann R. Guy Dr. Peter Harb Ms. Morgan Hargrove Mrs. Annette M. Harris Mr. and Mrs. Justin Harrison Mrs. Susan Nabers Haskell Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Haskell Mr. and Mrs. Jim Heilbron Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hellings Mr. and Mrs. James P. Henry Mr. Glenn W. Hinkle Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Holland Mr. Christopher Holmes Mr. Neal Hooper Mrs. Sidney O. Hoover Mrs. Virginia Hornsby Mr. and Mrs. J. Terry Humber Mr. Michael Humber Mrs. Mary Hunt Dr. Janice Jackson Ms. Ellen Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Norman Jetmundsen Mr. and Mrs. Milton Johnson

Mr. Keith P. Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Lauten S. Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Charles Jones Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Jones Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Jones Dr. and Mrs. James M. Kamplain Mr. David Kinman Mr. and Mrs. David Koch Ms. Holly Lamb Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lance Mr. and Mrs. Hubert E. Langston Mrs. Edith Lastinger Mrs. Amorice N. Law Mrs. Lauren Leach Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Lee Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Levin Mr. and Mrs. Robert Levine Mr. and Mrs. John Lewis Mrs. Koko Mackin Mr. Elon Maddox Mrs. Joyce Mahan Mr. and Mrs. William E. Matthews V Mrs. Heather McCurry Mrs. Ywanna McDonald Ms. Carla McEwen Mr. Robert McIntyre Mrs. Rhonda Mims Mr. Kirk Mobley Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Monk Jr. Dr. Kathy Monroe Mrs. Amy Moore Ms. Adrienne L. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Moore The Rev. Dr. Rosevelt Morris Ms. Dorothy A. Mueller Mr. Martin Nalls Dr. and Mrs. Charles Nash Mr. and Mrs. Shegun Otulana Mrs. Barbara Patterson Ms. Misty Paul Mr. and Mrs. J. Wray Pearce Mr. Joe Pike Jr. Mrs. Samantha Pnazek PNC Foundation Mr. Michael Poe Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pool Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Powell Ms. Dominga Powell Mr. and Mrs. Josh Powell Ms. Catrice Pruitt Mr. and Mrs. James Purnell The Honorable Kim Rafferty Mrs. Ginger Ramey Mrs. Minnie Rast

Mrs. Miriam Kirklin Reed Mr. and Mrs. Rollis Reisner Mrs. Kimberly Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. James L. Richey Mr. and Mrs. Ted Robinson Temple Emanu-El Mr. Stephen Rueve Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rueve Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Rumore Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Michael S. Saag Mr. Steve Sain Ms. Katrina Samoranski Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Schabacker Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schoenvogel Mr. Matthew T. Scully Mr. Clay Segrest Mr. and Mrs. A. Inge Selden III Mrs. Kathleen Shuey Mrs. Cherion Sibley Mrs. Barbara S. Siegal Sixth Avenue Baptist Church Ms. Suzette Smalley Mrs. Hattie W. Smith Ms. Sarah Louise Smith Mr. and Mrs. William E. Smith Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Doug Smith Mr. and Mrs. Jerry P. Smith Mr. Russell R. Stutts Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sudduth Dr. and Mrs. Swaid Ms. Melva Tate Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Tenner Mr. Terralance DeShon Thurman Mrs. Bobbie Thurman Mr. Roderick Underwood Mr. Tinsley Van Durand Ms. Deborah Walker Esq. Mr. and Mrs. George M. Walker Ms. Margie Walker Mrs. Noelle Ward Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Michael Warren Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lyord Watson Mr. and Mrs. Matt Weekley Mr. Willie Wells III Rev. and Mrs. Willie Wells Jr. Mrs. Susan Wilhelm Mrs. Samika L. Williams Dr. Patricia Wilson Ms. Claudette Winston Ms. Martina Winston Mr. David Woodall Mrs. Joan Wright Dr. Veronique Zimmerman-Brown

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save the date

Sky’s the Limit Conference will be April 28, 2018

What happens when you gather community educators in one space, give them time to connect with others who share their commitment and passion for early child care and education, and provide the opportunity to learn and be inspired by top minds in our community? You empower an enormous force for quality early childhood care and education!


conference “WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU!”

Back by popular demand, Childcare Resources’ Sky’s the Limit Conference will provide attendees with current, innovative and entertaining information to help make them the best child care providers and early educators possible. Here are just a few things that await you at Sky’s the Limit: • New, exciting presenters and vendors, including keynote speaker, Shawn Brown, with his hit live show, “The Super Fun Show” • National and local child care experts to energize the room • Compelling, informative and engaging training sessions • Opportunity for vendors to connect one-on-one with 300 attendees • Multiple training sessions for administrators, teachers and family child care home providers with educational credits (CEU’s) available

For More Information or to Register: Catrice Pruitt, or 205-945-0018 Ext. 322

stories of change Share your story with Childcare Resources

Has Childcare Resources made a significant or meaningful impact on your life? We’d love to hear about it! Childcare Resources is currently collecting Stories of Change to help us spread the word about our incredibly important mission. If you or someone you know has been impacted by Childcare Resources, please consider sharing the story with us to help further our mission as we continue to provide access to quality care and education to children, families and child care providers in the community. Send your Story of Change to or visit to access our online form.

“As a single parent, putting my child in a good, safe and great learning environment has been my first priority. With the help of Childcare Resources, my daughter is able to attend a quality program while I go to work each day.” The Resource | Fall/Winter 2017

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mary’s story of change Sophie was just six weeks old when her mother, Mary, first started having trouble making ends meet. A newly single mother, Mary was working a full-time job, but started to find money getting tighter and bills were piling up. “I didn’t know what I was going to do,” says Mary. “I was a new mom, working long hours to provide for our little family, and child care was so expensive. Having to be away from my new baby was hard enough; struggling to afford a safe place for her to be while I was at work made it even harder.” That’s when a friend told her about Childcare Resources. Because she was working, Mary assumed she wouldn’t qualify for any financial assistance from Childcare Resources’ Supplemental Child Care Program (SCCP), but that didn’t stop her from submitting her application anyway. “I didn’t know what I was going to do to keep a roof over our heads, but knowing Childcare Resources was out there gave me hope.” Six months later, Mary received an uexpected phone call that changed her life. She was invited in to Childcare Resources for an interview, where she was told she was approved for financial assistance from the Supplemental Child Care Program (SCCP). The second she heard those words, tears of joy fell down her face. “The struggles of a single parent seem as if they will never end,” says Mary, “so hearing we were approved for help from Childcare Resources was the happiest news I had received in a long time.” “Since the day I found out I was pregnant, making sure my little one is safe and loved has been my first priority. Thanks to Childcare Resources financial assistance program, money isn’t as tight, bills are being paid, and Sophie is able to attend a quality child care facility while I am at work each day.”


allows our free Early Learning Resource Library and Van to purchase new books for our library.


enables our Early Childhood Development Consultants to create a new free training for child care providers in our community.


allows our Infant Toddler Program to work one-on-one with a child care program to improve the quality of care in their infant and toddler classrooms.

entrust $1,000

provides funding for 1 year of child care, allowing another family from our current waiting list into our Supplemental Child Care Program.


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This holiday season, give the gift of a

brighter future More than 18,000 working families in Central Alabama are unable to afford quality child care that provides the assurance their child is safe each day when they go to work. These are people who might pass right by you as you go about your day, unidentifiable as mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, children and families – all working to give their lives meaning. It’s unimaginable to relate to being forced to manage the choices between affording food on the table for your children, versus paying for the essential, quality care they need so you are able to go to work and provide for your family. As you make your giving choices during this holiday season, consider adding Childcare Resources to the list. Thanks to the generosity of Alice and Tom Williams, the first $5,000 raised this holiday season will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, to $10,000 helping gifts to Childcare Resources go further than ever.




Make a tax-deductible gift to Childcare Resources this holiday season by visiting our website at and clicking DONATE in the top right corner.

Donating items from our Wish List (check it out on pg 10!) allows for more dollars to be allocated to the children, families and child care providers we serve each day.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and help spread the word about Childcare Resources programs and community services.

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new faces

Welcome to the Childcare Resources team

LaStarr Files, Financial Assistance Coordinator

LaStarr joined Childcare Resources in July. With a background in higher education and 6 years of experience in family case management, LaStarr is a strong advocate for assisting families in need through Childcare Resources’ Supplemental Child Care Program.

Morgan Hargrove, Director of Development

LaStarr Files

Morgan Hargrove

Natalie Shields

Jillian Wyatt

Morgan joined the Childcare Resources team in July. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Morgan comes to Birmingham from Orlando, Florida where her previous experience includes 6 years of managing the development department for a large healthcare focused non-profit.

Natalie Shields, Child Development Consultant

Natalie is beyond overjoyed to be a part of the Childcare Resources family! With over 12 years of experience teaching and training in the field of Early Childhood Education, Natalie looks forward to expanding her horizons with the Provider Education Department as a Child Development Consultant.

Jillian Wyatt, Child Development Consultant

Jillian is excited to join the Childcare Resources team with over 10 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood. A proud graduate of Jacksonville State University, Jillian holds a Bachelors of Science in Family Consumer Science with a concentration in Child Development. After graduation, Jillian spent time in Maryland teaching infants and preschoolers, but is happy to be back in the state she calls home—Alabama.

united we fight! Childcare Resources supports United Way

Childcare Resources staff members kicked off our 2017 United Way Campaign with a bang, and spent three weeks participating in fun activities to raise dollars to help support United Way of Central Alabama.

LaStarr Files was treated like royalty as our Queen for the Day

Activities included a special raffle to be crowned Queen for the Day, a chance to win a free day of PTO, and the first ever Childcare Resources Office Olympics featuring competitive events like the Paper Airplane Toss, Pencil Javelin and Mental Gymnastics. Childcare Resources continues to be honored and humbled to be a United Way Partner Agency, and truly appreciate the generosity of our staff who helped raise thousands of dollars to support the significant work United Way makes possible in our community.

Donna Godbee tries her hand at the Pencil Javelin during Office Olympics Week

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Breanna Taylor called the numbers during lunch-time BINGO!

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for the holidays Give a gift that has a lasting and meaningful impact this holiday season! Please consider donating an item(s) from our Wish List to help offset opperational costs, allowing for more dollars to further our programs and directly support the children, families and providers we serve.

Program Support

3” Black Binders 8 Tab Page Dividers White or Colored Cardstock Glue Sticks Scissors Paper Plates Poster Board (Assorted Colors) Washable Markers PlayDough (Small Containers) 8.5” x 11” Sheet Protectors Llama Llama & Fancy Nancy Books Black Sharpie Markers Clipboards Packing & Masking Tape Ziploc Bags (Quart & Gallon) Sterilite 15 qt & 66 qt Clear Storage Bins Puppet Theater Lumens LCD Mini Portable Projector

Administrative Support White Copy Paper (Letter & Legal Size) Adding Machine Tape Staples Legal Pads Kleenex Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Lysol Disinfecting Spray HP LaserJet P1102W Ink Cartridges Black & Red Sharpie Markers Varidesk Pro Plus 48 (Black)

Deliver Donations To: Childcare Resources ATTN: Development Department 244 W Valley Ave Ste 200 Birmingham, AL 35209

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childcare resources GoodSearch

Did you know you can raise money every time you search the web?!, a search engine similar to Google, will donate 1 cent to the charity of your choice every time you use their website for a search. Visit and select Childcare Resources as your charity of choice to get started today!

Nearly New Sale

Collect your family or co-workers’ gently worn, barely used clothes or keepsakes and host a sale or auction. Generate buzz around your event by taking pictures of the items and promoting them on social media. Any proceeds raised can be donated to Childcare Resources!

Holiday Party

Invite friends and family to a charitable holiday party! In lieu of brining a gift for the host or hostess, ask them to instead bring contributions to support Childcare Resources. You can even use our handy-dandy Holiday Wish List to give your guests ideas of what to bring!

Amazon Smile

As you get ready to shop for the holiday season, consider using Amazon Smile! It works exactly the same way as Amazon or Amazon Prime, with one meaningful difference — every time you make a purchase, Amazon Smile will make a donation to support the charity of your choice! Visit today and select Childcare Reosurces to get started.

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NonproďŹ t Organization U.S. Postage


Birmingham, AL Permit #4550 244 W Valley Ave Ste 200 Birmingham, AL 35209-3616

agency grants Thank you for advancing our mission!

Alabama Partnership for Children, $44,915 Nemours National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative, Round 4 to expand training and technical assistance provided by Childcare Resources.

The Thompson Foundation, $5,000 to support the Early Learning Demonstration Classroom.

Wells Fargo Foundation, $15,000 to support the Supplemental Child Care Program.

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