Children at FCA's nursery school say thank you to The Hearst Foundation.

The Hearst Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Mineola-based nonprofit Family & Children’s Association to support the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op, a proven program providing short-term childcare and case management for parents seeking to improve their individual and family circumstances.

The grant will enable the Nursery Co-Op to continue its program operations and to continue changing the lives of little ones and their families. The grant will make a significant difference for the program as the Nursery Co-Op relies solely on fundraised dollars.

“We know that FCA is impacting the lives of those it serves,” said George Irish, Eastern Director of the foundation, “and by expanding the operating hours and days of the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-op more will benefit from this valuable service.”

Don Holden, FCA’s Chief Development Officer, commented, “Thank you to all at the Hearst Foundation for supporting the families who utilize the services that FCA provides at the Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op. You have brightened many lives with your kindness and giving hearts.”

When those closest to the Nursery were told about the grant, Ana Castillo, FCA Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op Coordinator, said: “The Hearst Foundation has enabled us to further our mission by helping to stabilize the lives of low income families. With this grant, the nursey can now open five days a week and program hours can be extended to better serve our children and community. We are so grateful for this grant, it means the world to us!”

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