Sweet Dreamzzz’ Early Childhood Sleep Education Program is designed to educate low-income preschoolers, their parents and their teachers on the importance of a good night’s sleep and give them tools to accomplish that. The program includes enrichment activities and a sleep kit for each child and family, including blankets, hygiene items, a Sweet Dreamzzz Teddy Bear, and more.
Nancy Maxwell, SD Executive Director states, “Sweet Dreamzzz greatly appreciates the partnership and support of UPS. This ground-breaking grant will provide our full-service Early Childhood Sleep Education Program to the students, families, and teachers of Hartford Head Start Agency in Detroit, MI. This Program has helped to change the sleep routines of young children and, just as important, has helped to create reading and bonding time with families.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2011, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Sweet Dreamzzz Early Childhood Sleep Education Program and provide support for building stronger communities.
“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support Sweet Dreamzzz’ efforts to provide comfort and rest for a better tomorrow,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.
Founded in 1998, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the health, well-being and academic performance of at-risk children and their families by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials. Based in Farmington Hills, Mich., Sweet Dreamzzz educates children and families about the benefits of healthy sleep habits and establishing a healthy bedtime routine using its Rest. Educate. Motivate (R.E.M.) Sleep Program. Since its founding, Sweet Dreamzzz has served more than 34,000 at-risk children and families. For more information, please visit SweetDreamzzz.org.