Learning center partners with local preschool to co-sponsor inaugural Diaper Drive to support Monmouth County families in need.

HOLMDEL & COLTS NECK NJ:  April 12, 2019 -- Neighborhood Lit. in Colts Neck, and St. Catharine Preschool in Holmdel, are proud to announce the success of last month’s ‘Make a Change’ Diaper Drive to benefit Child Care Resources of Monmouth County. The students from both schools helped collect over 2,900 diapers and 7,000 wipes. 

As Neighborhood Lit. delivered drive donations Monday morning, Executive Director, Kim Perrelli, of Child Care Resources (CCR) shared, “We are so inspired by the generosity of the Neighborhood Lit. and St. Catherine’s community. On behalf of Child Care Resources, and the families we serve, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” 

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Nationwide, 1 in 3 families do not have access to clean diapers for their babies. Children without an adequate number of diaper changes are vulnerable to potential health risks, including child abuse and neglect. Furthermore, 3 in 5 parents miss work, or school, because they cannot afford enough diapers to send with their children to child care. As Perrelli explains, the families of Monmouth County are no exception, “The most recent data tell us that 4,028 children less than 5 years old, live in poverty, in Monmouth County. Currently, there are no federal or state ‘safety net’ programs that provide access to diapers. Because of this reality, we rely heavily on the kindness and generosity of our community partners, to help address this significant need. We truly could not do this without them.” 

If you would like to support the ongoing efforts of CCR and the ‘Make a Change’ Diaper Drive, diapers (especially sizes 3, 4, and 5 and training pants) and wipes may be dropped off at Neighborhood Lit. in Colts Neck or the CCR office in Neptune. For more information please contact the Assistant Director of CCR, Daynne Glover, at dglover@ccrnj.org or 732-918-9901 x105.

Child Care Resources of Monmouth County (CCR) is a nonprofit agency that helps coordinate, assist, and strengthen child care services for over 3,300 children in Monmouth County. In addition to helping parents make informed child care choices and providing quality resources and education to child care professionals, CCR has a Diaper Bank to help ensure that all families have access to diapers and wipes so that their children can be clean, dry and healthy. Learn more about CCR at www.ccrnj.org

Neighborhood Lit is a literacy center in Colts Neck that specializes in hands-on reading and writing workshops for children using games that will motivate them to develop and improve their literacy skills and strategic thinking and to become life-long lovers of reading.  To help reach the community outside of the classroom, Neighborhood Lit founded The At-Home Academy to offer learning-to-read activity kits that give parents and kids quality family time centered around reading and writing at home. Each kit includes everything parents need in order to facilitate dozens of reading and writing games and activities. Neighborhood Lit. has partnered with local nonprofits to further cause-aligned efforts and bring innovative educational tools to the families and communities they serve.  To find out more information, please visit www.neighborhoodlit.com.  

St. Catharine Preschool offers an early educational program to children who are two and a half through five years old.  Our staff is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each child.  All of the academic areas are addressed-- language arts, mathematics, music, science, and social studies, in a developmentally appropriate, multi sensory rich environment.  Our goals for each child is to develop a lifetime love for learning in a positive self-image.  For more information visit our website: www.stcatharine.net/pre-school