Kiddie Academy® Educational Child Care is excited to announce a new partnership with national non-profit Family Promise. This incredible organization helps empower families experiencing homelessness and supports children for a successful life. Kiddie Academy provided an initial gift of $25,000 and will launch programs with Family Promise for spreading awareness about family homelessness, as well as fundraising in support of the organization’s mission. In addition, Kiddie Academy is pledging a portion of its franchising fees to various charitable efforts across the country.
The partnership with Family Promise will afford each of our Franchisees opportunities to make a difference and aligns with Kiddie Academy’s core principle to be a supportive member of every community we serve.
“Family Promise shares our commitment to improve communities and build brighter futures for children,” said Greg Helwig, Kiddie Academy CEO. “Together, Kiddie Academy and Family Promise will work to empower all stakeholders — volunteers, donors, community members, businesses and government officials — to effect change across communities so families can achieve economic stability and children can access a brighter future.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Kiddie Academy to support children and families in need,” said Claas Ehlers, Family Promise CEO. “Family Promise’s aspiration is to change the future of one million children by 2030. Kiddie Academy is a leading provider of early childhood education and we share a commitment to fostering community and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed.”
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 30th annual Out of Reach report, across the U.S. the hourly wage required to afford a two-bedroom rental exceeds the wage provided by the most common jobs in the country, resulting in an affordable housing crisis. Furthermore, 40% of Americans are currently unable to afford an emergency expense of $400, which may force them into homelessness. As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, many families have experienced increased risk in their housing stability with thousands of U.S. families facing eviction if government protections are not extended. Kiddie Academy believes in developing a foundation for long-term success, and Family Promise’s prevention, shelter and stabilization model does just that for families in need by providing critical resources across every step of their journey.
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