In their 23 years of providing before-school and after-school programs for Pennridge School District elementary students, KidsCare owners Charles and Debbie Stough have worked with many dedicated, hard-working principals.
“They have all been great with regard to supporting our program, allowing us to offer enrichment programs such as Spanish, Science Wizards, and Chess, and exchanging information, which helps us better address the needs of the students in their schools,” said Charles Stough, CEO of the company.
But over the last few years, one principal in particular – Dr. Michelle Wiley at West Rockhill Elementary School – has so impressed the Stoughs with her commitment to students that they recently made a $2,000 donation to the Pennridge Community Education Foundation in recognition of her pending retirement at the end of the school year.
“Dr. Wiley went above and beyond when it came to addressing the needs of individual students who might need a little extra attention when they came to our program at West Rockhill,” said Stough. “We wanted to recognize her efforts before she officially retires in June.”
Wiley said she was “inspired” by the Stoughs’ acknowledgement of her work in the Pennridge School District and “extremely touched and honored” by their generous gift on her behalf.
KidsCare, she said, plays a vital role in providing exceptional childcare for West Rockhill Elementary School students.
“Children have opportunities for individual and group activities, inside and out in the fresh air when the weather permits,” she said. “The services they provide incorporates fun and exciting activities that also foster 21st century learning. I applaud the way they care for our students.”
Based in Doylestown, KidsCare provides after-school, before-school and kindergarten extended-day day care services, as well as summer day-camp services. The company serves approximately 750 children in Bucks County with a staff of approximately 50 educators, including 18 licensed teachers and 32 educational aides working at 14 licensed programs.
PCEF President Ron Smith said the KidsCare donation will be used to fund the foundation’s Classroom Innovation Grant program, which provides PSD teachers with resources that enhance education.
“We are extremely grateful for what is the largest single donation we have ever received,” said PCEF President Ron Smith. “We share KidsCare philosophy of addressing the educational needs of all students with the best tools available.”