AEP Foundation Awards $50,000 to Providence House for Early Childhood Education

AEP Foundation has granted $50,000 to Providence House. The grant support will be distributed over a two year period and used specifically to fill the educational gap for disadvantaged children created by COVID-19.

For 28-years, Providence House has operated a high quality, affordable child development center at 825 Common Street. In 2018, the agency opened ten spaces for children that live in the Choice Neighborhood footprint, an economically disadvantaged segment of Shreveport as well as to the general public. While the Center has achieved a 4-STAR rating from the Louisiana Department of Education, the highest rating in northwest Louisiana, the need for additional teaching staff and technology in the classroom is critical. Funding from the AEP Foundation grant will allow Providence House to hire a new pre-school teacher and to purchase computers, smart televisions and classroom manipulatives to ensure that every child is kindergarten ready. Verni Howard, Executive Director, shared, “We are so grateful for Michael Corbin and the AEP Foundation for supporting the educational needs of homeless and disadvantaged children. COVID-19 exposed the educational gaps that exist for economically disadvantaged children. These gaping holes will create long-term, systemic and detrimental outcomes for children that are already behind. AEP has helped to fill those gaps.” Michael Corbin, External Affairs Manager at SWEPCO added, “We recognize the contributions Providence House makes to our community and are pleased to continue our support of their programs. The AEP Foundation and SWEPCO have supported Providence House with both monetary and volunteer assistance over the years. We look forward to continued successful outcomes for their clients and the children they serve.”

The needs of our community are constant and mounting. AEP Foundation and SWEPCO continue to be the cornerstone that so many non-profits need to make the difference in our community.

For additional information, please contact Millie Flowers (mflowers@theprovidencehouse.com). Providence House is a 501(c )3 non-profit organized in the state of Louisiana.