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Center receives $50,000 to fund early childhood screening

The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation has awarded the Children & Family Resource Center a $50,000 grant to provide early childhood developmental, hearing and vision screenings.

The Preschoolers Reaching Educational Potential (PREP) program funds tests for 3- to 5-year-olds to help ensure they are performing at their age appropriate level of development. If not, they receive early intervention services.
Previous funding from the Sisters of Mercy has helped children in Henderson County receive PREP services. As a result, children identified with delays or deficiencies are referred for early intervention services, including PREP's remedial services, helping set the stage for their future development and success in school and in life. 

"We are so incredibly grateful to the Sisters of Mercy North Carolina Foundation for their continued support of the Preschoolers Reaching Educational Potential program," said Linda Carter, the Children and Family Resource Center's director of programs. "PREP is such an integral part of preschool early intervention in our community, providing over 1,100 developmental, hearing and vision screenings each year. Our outreach could not be of this magnitude without the Foundation's help."