Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center Open House

The Lighthouse, a project of the Musgrave Foundation, is pleased to invite the community to celebrate the success of the program on May 13 at 10:00am. Mayor Tom Carlson will be on hand to open the doors to the child & family development program. Tours of the facility will be available until noon. The Lighthouse is located at 2548 N. Fremont, inside the Faith Tabernacle Church. The Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center is a major component of CFO’s Grantmaker’s Challenge for Children initiative.

The Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center (LCFDC) is a faith-based child & family development program for low-income, Christian families with children 0-5. The collaboration between Faith Tabernacle Church and the Musgrave Foundation provides a nurturing childcare environment at no charge to qualified families that participate in the program and continue to demonstrate progress toward self-sufficiency.

The Lighthouse was created in response to the Mayor’s Commission on Children and its call for community action in supporting the strengthening of children and families in the Springfield community. The Musgrave Foundation had the vision to create a program that will assist Christian families in their efforts to become informed, self-sufficient members of our community.

This program increases the potential success of Springfield children and families by taking a holistic and systematic approach to the opportunities and barriers families face in our society today. This innovative approach addresses the needs of the at-risk child as an individual, as a member of a family, and that family as a member of our community. The Lighthouse program focuses on Christian character-building through experiential learning opportunities that are focused on increasing community and social awareness in participating children and families. The LCFDC is founded on belief that the success of the child becomes the success of the community.

“The Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center addresses a critical area of need in our community. The long term benefits of encouraging families to raise children with character, competence, and faith is immeasurable,” said Springfield Mayor Tom Carlson. “Not only does the Lighthouse program provide quality childcare that families can afford, but it also provides extensive support to families through parent education, case management, individualized goal-setting, and other services in collaboration with multiple local agencies.”

Both community and financial support have been integral to the Lighthouse’s success. The Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center has enjoyed local support, private donations, corporate funding, and has received several grants to help establish the facility.

For more information on Lighthouse, please contact Erica Harris, Executive Director at 865-1378.

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