Susie Jenkins, longtime Project Self-Sufficiency supporter and daughter of one of the agency’s founding Board members, recently visited the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center to read several books to the children as part of the center’s Celebrity Reader program. “Reading to the children at Little Sprouts brought me such joy,” remarked Jenkins. “I love reading and I love children so this was a perfect fit. I hope they enjoyed the books I brought as much as my grandson does when I read to him. I look forward to a return visit!”
The Little Sprouts Early Learning Center is operated by Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency which offers a wide variety of services to families in northwestern New Jersey. The daycare and preschool facility features separate classrooms for each age group, from infants through those entering preschool. Fully-qualified teachers are available in each classroom and the child-teacher ratio adheres to or exceeds state standards. Each classroom has new equipment, as well as learning centers for dramatic play, computers, science, housekeeping, sand and water play, reading, and music. The center also contains an all-purpose room for active indoor play and parent presentations, as well as a sick room for those children who may fall ill during the day. The center is equipped with two separate playgrounds, one for younger tots and one for older children.
Little Sprouts Early Learning Center offers space for 83 youngsters, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. All types of subsidized daycare is accepted, including New Jersey Cares for Kids and Work First New Jersey. The center also offers the National School Lunch Program, providing nutritionally-balanced, low-cost or free lunches to eligible children each school day. The Little Sprouts Early Learning Center is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton. For more information visit the center’s website, www.littlesproutsearlylearningcenter.org or call 973-940-3540.