The teachers and families of the The Center for the Development of Children (CDC) recently partnered with Horizons for Homeless Children to assist those in need. The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.
CDC families and staff were shocked to learn that there were 18,000 homeless children under the age of five in the state of Massachusetts.
Horizons for Homeless Children provides high quality early education and care to the children, while they support their families and help them back onto to their feet, serving more than 1,500 homeless children each week. Chief Development and Marketing Officer Tara Spalding, a local Dover mom and CDC alumni of her three girls, and Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Special Events Christine Meagher came recently spoke to the CDC about their program.
Besides the huge number of homeless children, the other fact that really floored the CDC community was the amount of money Horizons for Homeless Children spends yearly on diapers and wipes: upwards of $50,000. To help them out, the CDC conducted a diaper and wipe drive, and was able to donate 3,427 diapers and 9,104 wipes.