Park City Community Foundation takes an unorthodox approach to grantee reports. Rather than requiring a written report, we visit organizations about six months after a grant is made, and they tell us in person how it’s going.
PC Tots Executive Director Libby Bailey and Board President Carol Loomis showed us around their brand new facility at 1850 Sidewinder Drive in Park City (just a few steps from the the Community Foundation office). It took them months to find the right location, but this is definitely it, and they have been running fast to transform the space into the perfect home for affordable childcare. There are rooms both large (for older kids) and small (for infants and toddlers), lots of windows, tiny tables and chairs and sinks and toilets, all done with an eye toward child development and safety. There’s still some furniture to acquire, outdoor playspace improvements to make, and the final steps of the licensing process to complete. Once everything’s in place, they will be able to take excellent care of over 60 children aged six weeks to five years, providing a critically-needed service for working parents.
Even though the facility isn’t quite ready to open yet, parents (or parents-to-be) can already find a registration form and lots of program information on the PC Tots website. Libby and Carol expect to host an open house for everyone to come visit sometime in the coming weeks – we’ll help spread the word when that’s scheduled. And if you’d like to explore volunteering or direct financial support for this inspiring and important resource, you can email them at ParkCityTots@gmail.com.
In the meantime, the Community Foundation is also currently accepting proposals for the 2016 WGF Grant, with applications due February 12. If you know organizations that have great programs for women and/or children, please ask them to check out the grant application guidelines and FAQ and encourage them to apply.