Santa Maria Awarded Grant from the SC Ministry Foundation Toward Promoting Our Preschoolers Program

Santa Maria Community Services is pleased to announce it has been awarded a one-year grant from the SC Ministry Foundation toward its Promoting Our Preschoolers (POP) program. The POP program is Santa Maria’s family-focused kindergarten-readiness program that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community through home-visitation.

During home visits, parents receive support, education, and referrals for children and the family. Children receive developmental screens, educational supplies, and participate in home or group-based learning opportunities to increase their success in school and life. The program works jointly with families to help get children ready for kindergarten by building reading, language, and social skills, and seeks to create a seamless transition into school for preschool-age children while ensuring barriers to school readiness are removed.


The Promoting Our Preschoolers program was made possible in part through the generous support of the SC Ministry Foundation, which promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. The grant runs from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.


“Santa Maria was founded by two Sisters of Charity in 1897, and we are so grateful to receive the continued support of the SC Ministry Foundation as we journey through our 125th year of helping families help themselves,” said H.A. Musser, Jr., President and CEO of Santa Maria. “With their support, we are able to ensure that at-risk children are provided with rewarding and motivating opportunities that will help make them kindergarten-ready.”



Christy Cauley                                                            

Santa Maria Community Services

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