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Dear Supporters,

If parenting is the hardest job in the world, the demands on single parents are the most challenging of all.

This is especially true if, like Emma Owings, you are juxtaposing fulltime work as a case manager with master's degree coursework in health counseling.

At the end of last summer, Emma enrolled her four-year-old twins Nevaeh and Lakota in Sprouts Early Learning Cooperative, Windham Child Care Association's licensed child care center. It was a stressful time of transition, and Lakota was experiencing some challenges.

Our Sprouts Director identified the problem and offered Emma the support of a seven-person team, including a therapist and two Sprouts teachers. Lakota's behavior improved dramatically. "With my children in Sprouts, I feel like I'm not a single parent anymore," says Emma. "Instead, I feel like I'm part of a team with three or four other co-parents at my side."

When you support the Windham Child Care Association, you are helping single parents like Emma Owings get the support they need to be the most active, involved parents possible. You are also giving them the tools they require to invest in their children's future by pursuing advanced educational and professional opportunities.apple orchard

Open from breakfast to bedtime, Sprouts Early Learning Cooperative brings high-quality licensed child care to families in Windham County. With child care services provided during nontraditional business hours, Sprouts' offerings are among the most flexible in the region. Since becoming a part of Windham Child Care Association, the program has benefitted from countless improvements and has seen a 200% increase in its enrollment.

Can we count on you to support Windham Child Care Association with a gift by June 30, 2014? With your gift, you will be joining a network of individuals, families, local businesses, and other stakeholders helping to provide early childhood and afterschool professionals with ongoing professional development opportunities, mentoring, technical assistance, and need-based financial support. These services keep programs like Sprouts Early Learning Cooperative at their best, every day of the year.

With the help of supporters like you, Windham Child Care Association has made a vital impact in the child care community in Windham County for the past 33 years.

Thank you in advance for partnering with us in this vital work. We are deeply grateful for your investment.

With gratitude,

Jim Maland, Board Chair

Elizabeth Raposa, Executive Director

P.S. Your gift by June 30, 2014, will help us end the fiscal year strong. Please use the enclosed response envelope or visit www.windhamchildcare.org to make your gift today.