Annual Fundraising Campaign

  • The Annual Fundraising Campaign (AFC) raises money to continue to provide exceptional services for the hundreds of children The Center helps in our community. The Center, and the kids we serve, depend on your donation.

    Check out the stories below about some of our students, past and present, as well as a few of our major advocates. They show the significant impact your donation will have, now and in the future.
  • "Beep Beep!" Meet Oscar!

    Oscar zooms a toy car around his classroom at The Childhood League Center, finishing another busy day with some play. Success looks different for every child at The Center. For Oscar, success is in the remarkable progress he’s made since his surprising diagnosis.

  • In 2017, Oscar’s family first noticed a delay in Oscar’s communication. They were referred to The Center. During their first visit, they loved what they saw. Oscar began receiving services in the home and his family signed him up to participate in the toddler classroom. His teacher, Ms. Darla, saw indicators in Oscar that led her to encourage his family take him for a developmental evaluation. That evaluation led to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    At The Center, Oscar’s team of teachers and therapists got to work. Ms. Courtney, a certified PLAY consultant, started visiting Oscar’s home to show his family the best ways to support and interact with him. In class at The Center, his teachers reinforced the skills he and his family continue to learn at home with Ms. Courtney.

  • Oscar was in Ms. Renee’s preschool class for almost two years. She says it was challenging at first to figure out the best ways to engage Oscar and get him involved in classroom activities, but consistent work paid off.

    One example came during circle time, where Oscar found an unconventional safe space. He chose to sit in a tipped over cardboard box, which was typically used as a photo backdrop.

    With time and some encouragement, he started to feel more comfortable during circle time, eventually leaving the box behind and sitting in a chair surrounded by his peers.

    It was one of many important social breakthroughs for Oscar, as he began to model his own behavior after his classmates.

  • Last year, he started getting in line with them at the appropriate times and he let his teachers help put his coat on, something he wouldn’t allow at first.

    Recently, he even put on a helmet and let Ms. Renee help him ride a bike, taking over pedaling on a downhill. “He has all these skills and he just decides when you get to see them.”

    Now, Oscar is in Ms. Diane’s preschool class at The Center. As a certified PLAY consultant, she’s helping Oscar continue to build on his progress.

  • Oscar’s mother, Charmaine, says “The Center has done amazing things for Oscar”. She says Oscar has made dramatic improvements in his speech, communication, and interactions with others.

    Oscar’s whole family, including his grandparents, learned ways to interact with him using PLAY Project methods.

  • Make An Impact & Donate Today

    Through regular giving, you allow us to plan for the future and develop even more ways to help children reach their absolute fullest potential.

    For this reason, your continued support is the greatest gift you can give. Thank you for your support!

  • Join Leonard and invest in high-quality early childhood education!
  • Donors are invited to join the Pathfinders Society

    Established in 2011, the Pathfinders Society recognizes donors who, through their generous annual contributions of $1,000 or more, share our vision of serving our community’s children with special needs.

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