Children playing

Children, from left, Lafe Ellerbeck, Valentina Herron-Wright, Jacob Way, Jaxon Nikont, Layla Davis, Kooper Stephens, Jameson Thompson, Ellena Olivas, and Zayden Otter play on the equipment at the Sweetwater County Child Developmental Center.

ROCK SPRINGS — United Way of Southwest Wyoming awarded a $12,800 grant to the Sweetwater County Child Developmental Center (SCCDC) for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

This grant helps fund the Social Emotional Program that provides social emotional services to children at the SCCDC such as play therapy and behavioral support.

United Way of Southwest Wyoming also awarded a $17,200 grant to the SCCDC for the 2019-20 fiscal year to fund Kindergarten Readiness. The grant money will help support the needs of children at the SCCDC in order to ensure that they have the skills necessary to enter kindergarten.

The Sweetwater County Child Developmental Center aligns with United Way of Southwest Wyoming’s Education initiative to build and participate in collaborations that will affect a measurable increase in kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading scores, and high school graduation rates. The SCCDC’s social emotional program and preschool program support this initiative by working with children to build the academic, developmental, and social skills that are needed to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

With the help of the grant money from United Way, the SCCDC was able to serve over 700 children birth through 5 years old in Sweetwater County during the 2019-2020 fiscal year, by providing free developmental screenings, therapy services, preschool, parenting classes and more.

“We appreciate the support of United Way of Southwest Wyoming to be able to continue these programs which make a positive impact on the lives of children and families of Sweetwater County,” said Cristy Pelham, SCCDC executive director.

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