Learning Together Scholarship Fund
The highest need we have is scholarships for children with severe developmental delays who are 5 to 6 years old enrolling in kindergarten in the fall. We currently have a class of 10 boys with severe autism, 5 who are non-verbal, which there are almost no options for these children in regards to programs during the summer. Even programs with a focus on autism are not prepared for children with such severe needs as some of the students we serve.
Many of these children are not completely toilet trained, their compliance with teachers is challenging, and their social interactions with other children can be aggressive. For this class, we maintain a 1:3 teacher-child ration providing twice as many staff as most programs. To effectively serve these children the enhanced teacher ratio is critical.
Learning Together offers an inclusion program with typically developing children also attending our summer program on the playground and cafeteria, and for children with lesse severe delays, the classroom as well. This provides modeling for our children with delays and can enhance their progress significantly. In most programs serving children with severe delays, there are no opportunities for inclusion and they are isolated from their typically developing peers. For children with severe developmental delays, not having a structured setting can result in regression not only in literacy and math, but in the maintaining progress in the development of critical social-emotional skills.
Under these circumstances, many parents with child care subsidy vouchers struggle to pay state-mandated parent fees, and subsidy vouchers do not apply to summer programs. These parents and students need Learning Together now more than ever, and scholarship funds to cover this expense are desperately needed to provide the necessary care for children with disabilities and delays.
If you are able to donate to the Learning Together Scholarship Fund to help our families in need continue to provide an education for their children, please consider making a donation today.
Please enter "Scholarships" in the comments section of the donation form if donating to our Scholarship Fund.
You can help give the gift of education to young children here in our community. Each year, Learning Together helps children with and without disabilities, who are often living in poverty to overcome challenges, reach their goals, and prepare for success in kindergarten and beyond.
But our children need champions. They need YOU. Your support matters because it supplies the paint brushes and glue sticks that little hands use to make masterpieces. Your support provides the therapy that makes big dreams like first steps or first words possible. It serves up two nutritious meals and healthy snacks every school day. All year long.
Your support matters because it makes a BIG difference in the life of a SMALL child who needs it. The child may live in poverty. The child may have a disability. It doesn’t matter. All of our children have potential that, together, we can help them reach.
If so, we hope you’ll invest in the future of the extraordinary children we serve by making a tax-deductible gift to Learning Together. Monthly and one-time giving options are available and gifts can be made online by clicking here or sent to the address below.
What Your Gift Can Do:
- $20,000: Provides all teacher salaries, materials, equipment, resources, and curriculum to open one classroom for the first two months of operation
- $10,000: Provides salaries for a teacher and a teacher's assistant in one classroom for the first two months of operation
- $5,000: Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy for five children
- $2,500: Provides the furniture, educational centers, and classroom materials for one classroom
- $1,000: Provides the teaching curriculum and supplies for one classroom
- $750: Provides nutritious snack options for a year for one classroom
- $500: Provides center supplies and playground toys for one classroom
- $250: Provides art supplies for five months of projects for one classroom
- $____: A gift of any level helps fund various needs in our classrooms
Thank you for being a friend to Learning Together!
To mail in your gift, please send it to the attention of:
568 E. Lenoir Street, Suite 204
Raleigh, NC 27601
To make a gift by phone, please call 919-856-5204
Several companies will support their employees in their charitable giving by matching their contribution to qualifying 501c3 nonprofits! Make your gift go even further by checking with your company about their Matching Gift Program. Some companies will double or even triple their employee's gift!
Contributions to Learning Together are tax-deductible under all IRS rules and regulations.