John Hubbard, SWEPCO external affairs manager in Shreveport, left, with Providence House staff.
The AEP Foundation has given $25,000 to Providence House in Shreveport, La. to expand its early childhood education program. Providence House’s Child Development is an accredited type III center that offers high quality, affordable child care for children ages 0 to 4. The agency will hire additional teaching staff, allowing them to serve up to 20 extra students from within the local community.
Providence House also will expand its current TECH Time Technology Center into the 2-3 year- old classroom. “In 2016 TECH Time was introduced to 3-4-year olds with tremendous success. Children have been able to grasp developmental concepts such as colors, patterns and letter recognition using non-traditional methodologies,” said Executive Director Verni Howard. “While our mission of breaking the homeless cycle remains the same, our focus has shifted towards education. The earlier we can begin to introduce education, the better our chances of creating a long-term thirst for learning. This is a game changer, thanks to AEP.”
John Hubbard, SWEPCO external affairs manager in Shreveport, presented the check to house staff and directors at a news conference. “We are extraordinarily honored to present this AEP Foundation check on behalf of SWEPCO so you may continue that commitment to change lives that you touch every day.” Howard presented Hubbard with a framed photo of a little boy named Daniel chasing bubbles and his dreams at the Providence House.
“AEP has allowed Providence House to dream big as well, so that our children’s dreams can be realized. From the depths of our hearts we thank you,” said Howard.