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Scholarships for Special Needs Kids

$2,000 of $25k goal

Raised by 8 people in 30 months
Jenny Gaudreau-Dumont  SAGINAW, MI






www.aplaceforgracechildcare.org

Every Child Deserves a Little Grace

A Place for Grace is a child care center specifically designed for special needs children.  It was founded by me, Jenny Dumont, Mother of Emma Grace.  Currently there are over 6,000 children in Saginaw County that qualify for special education services that have no facility to attend that truly serve and honor their mild to moderate impairments and disabilities.  Emma Grace is cognitively impaired, developmentally delayed and lives with epilepsy and the inspiration for A Place for Grace.

Last year I created A Place for Grace after being called to pick up Emma from daycare because she was having a meltdown.  When I went to pick her up the 4th time that week, I saw a caregiver holding Emma who was screaming, sitting on a pad trying to keep her from hurting herself or others.  I was told that if her behavior continued I would have to find another place for her.  I was devestated!  I knew Emma loved to play with other kids.  Just because she doesn't act, talk or play the same - doesn't mean she shouldn't have quality child care.  That afternoon - on the drive home - A Place for Grace was formed.

We have set up a non profit fund to help families bring their kids to A Place for Grace.  We have kept our tuition rates comparable with those of traditional daycares, but we know the impact a good daycare can make - so we want to make it ever EASIER for families to bring their kids!

Help grow the scholarship fund as we prepare for our summer program.  We expect to serve and honor up to 40 special needs kids!  

Scholarships are awarded as a subsidy for up to 6 months at a time.  All scholarship money goes to the families!




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Update 12
Posted by Jenny Gaudreau-Dumont
19 months ago
All of our tuition costs for families are comparable to those of a traditional daycare. We pay for top qualify caregivers.

Families with special needs children statistically pay more out of pocket expenses for general needs than most families with out. Our scholarship program subsidizes families costs when applied for, so their children get the qualify care they need to grow socially and emotionally.

Thank you for your support - Every Child Deserves a Little Grace.
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Update 11
Posted by Jenny Gaudreau-Dumont
21 months ago
We are preparing for a VERY busy summer! Help send Michigan's Special Kids to a safe, fun and suitable place during the summer by contributing to our scholarship fund.
Henry Reyna playing with our kids!
Water Table Fun!
Special sensory room
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Update 10
Posted by Jenny Gaudreau-Dumont
28 months ago
A Place for Grace is on its way to opening 9/2! We still need funding to help with the getting the center ready.

We passed our inspection with only a few updates needed - we couldn't be happier.

There are so many special needs children that need a place to go after school and we are the only place in the area to help them.

Thank you for your continued support.
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Update 9
Posted by Jenny Gaudreau-Dumont
29 months ago
We have raised 8% of our goal....lots to do to get ready for inspection.

Supporting your community is a great way to develop your social capital!
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$2,000 of $25k goal

Raised by 8 people in 30 months
Created June 10, 2014
Jenny Gaudreau-Dumont  
MZ
$100
Mike Zinni
29 months ago
BB
$100
Beth Bryce
29 months ago
$100
Anonymous
29 months ago
CZ
$50
Cheryl Zinz
30 months ago
RW
$1,000
Ryan Wagner
30 months ago
AP
$50
Anna Pitt
30 months ago

This is so needed! I raised two autistic children in this area and would have loved this service. How can we teach our children how to handle social situations without allowing them to participate in them ! Thank you for seeing the need and doing something about it !

PE
$500
Peggy Esterley
30 months ago

Jenny Dumont is my niece and an amazing, strong, independent woman. I know with her enthusiasm and dedication this venture is destined to succeed and I am proud to support her.

$100
Jenny Gaudreau-Dumont
30 months ago

Only 249 to go :)

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