The grant will be used to replace the drainage system and rebuild the infant/toddler playground at the P.A. Geraci Child Development Center at 3713 Canal St. in Fort Myers.
“This grant will allow us to make improvements to the courtyard infant/toddler playground, which hasn’t been renovate since the building was built. This grant from the Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation is greatly appreciated and much needed,” said Executive Director Beth Lobdell. “Our children will have a solid rubber ground cover on which to play and a new drainage system will prevent rainwater from accumulating on the playground.”
The center, which was built in 1987 with a $100,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation, is highlighted by a courtyard playground. Because the playground is completely surrounded by the center’s walls, children can play outside in fresh air while remaining within the safe confines of the center.
The P.A. Geraci Child Development Center currently cares for 80 children from infancy through age 5, many of whom are from low-income families. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality child care services throughout Southwest Florida. The agency provides child care for children from infancy through age eight at its six child care centers in Lee and Hendry counties. In addition, it offers training for early childhood professionals, and administers the federal food program for eligible centers and family child care homes in 14 Florida counties. The agency must rely on generous donations and volunteer efforts from members of the community, corporations and foundations to build and maintain programs that make a difference to low-income children. Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc., is a United Way agency.
The Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation was established in 1981 by the late Ned and Claiborne Foster Foulds, who moved to Fort Myers in 1958. Ned Foulds was a graduate of Harvard University and retired as a Junior Executive of the Airtemp Division of the Chrysler Corporation. Mrs. Foulds was a Broadway star during the 1930s known under her maiden name of Claiborne Foster and starred in more than 20 plays. In recognition of their achievements, Mr. and Mrs. Foulds left their estate in trust to be administered by U.S. Trust, as a 50l(c)(3) Foundation in perpetuity to benefit charitable causes.
To learn more about Child Care of Southwest Florida or to make a donation, visit www.ccswfl.org or call (239) 278-1002.