The Children’s Healing Institute to Expand TEACUP Preemie Program® with Support from Quantum Foundation and William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust

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What started as a gift from Quantum Foundation to The Children’s Healing Institute nearly two years ago to develop and implement an entrepreneurial business plan, has resulted in an initiative to expand the mission reach and secure the future of the nonprofit’s local TEACUP Preemie Program® services.

The Children's Healing Institute is expanding its TEACUP Preemie Program to help parents cope with the challenges of preemie parenthood.

We're impressed with the unique approach and powerful outcomes of The Children’s Healing Institute’s innovative TEACUP Preemie Program® and would like to see it expand beyond the organization’s local geography of West Palm Beach to benefit those who have need in other communities across the country.

What started as a gift from Quantum Foundation to The Children’s Healing Institute nearly two years ago to develop and implement an entrepreneurial business plan, has resulted in an initiative to expand the mission reach and secure the future of the nonprofit’s local TEACUP Preemie Program® services.

Thanks to a generous $20,000 grant from The William Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, the Institute has raised more than twenty-five percent of its $78,000 growth capital goal, and will soon be poised to implement its earned-income strategies to expand its TEACUP Preemie Program® to markets nationwide.

Earned income from this initiative will be invested into local services for hundreds of families whose babies were born too soon. Prematurity is commonly accompanied by medical and developmental complications, financial burden, and parental stress. The TEACUP Preemie Program® works with families of preemies in the hospital and in their homes to help them cope with the challenges of preemie parenthood.

Though 1 out of 10 babies are born prematurely nationwide, few programs address the specific needs of parents caring for and parenting premature infants. Soon, the TEACUP Preemie Program® will deliver a comprehensive and turnkey program to providers to implement in dozens of communities across the country through program licensing.

Dr. Dorian Burton, Assistant Executive Director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, states, “We are impressed with the unique approach and powerful outcomes of The Children’s Healing Institute’s innovative TEACUP Preemie Program®, and would like to see it expand beyond the organization’s local geography of West Palm Beach to benefit those who have need in other communities across the country. Knowing that an expansion initiative of this nature requires financial resources to help ensure its success, and that the organization has done its homework and identified steps to guide its rollout, gives us great confidence to provide funding support that will amplify the impact of TEACUP Preemie Program® to assist a growing number of families with premature infants.”

“We are excited to share the TEACUP Preemie Program® with other communities, ensuring that thousands of preemies each year have better odds to survive and thrive,” stated Dr. Sandy Munoz, CEO of The Children’s Healing Institute. “We are grateful for the investment the Quantum Foundation and William Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust have made in this initiative.”

ABOUT WILLIAM R. KENAN, JR. CHARITABLE TRUST

Established in 1966 by a bequest from the estate of chemist and industrialist William R. Kenan, Jr., the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, focuses on awarding grants in the areas of K–12 education, higher education, whole community health, arts and culture, and historic preservation. http://www.kenancharitabletrust.org

ABOUT QUANTUM FOUNDATION

Quantum Foundation is a private grant making organization that funds approved charities and certain government agencies in Palm Beach County, Florida. Quantum Foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the health of Palm Beach County. The foundation has assets of approximately $140 million and since its inception in 1997 has awarded over $125 million to hundreds of nonprofit grantees in Palm Beach County. Every dollar the foundation grants stays in the County to benefit local communities. http://www.quantumfnd.org

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S HEALING INSTITUTE / TEACUP PREEMIE PROGRAM®

The Children’s Healing Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 1988. Programs in Palm Beach and Broward Counties preserve families by partnering with parents in the home and the community to ensure the safety and well-being of children. Services focus on reducing stress, promoting health, building parenting skills, teaching non-violent discipline, and strengthening support systems. Since 2009, The Children’s Healing Institute’s TEACUP Preemie Program® has helped parents cope with the challenges of preemie parenthood, providing guidance, resources and support to parents of premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the home. TEACUP® services more than 100 families at no fee each year in Palm Beach County, and there is an initiative underway to expand nationally.

For more information about The Children’s Healing Institute or the TEACUP Preemie Program®, call 561-687-8115, email information(at)ChildrensHealingInstitute(dot)org or visit http://www.ChildrensHealingInstitute.org. Find us on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ChildrensHealingInstitute

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