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UIS Cox Children’s Center receives IBM On Demand grant

July 11, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Cox Children’s Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield has received an IBM On Demand Community Grant that has provided the center with approximately $3,500 worth of new computer equipment, including a Young Explorer work station for the preschool classroom – complete with desk, computer, monitor, printer, keyboard, and software. 

Center Director Stacey Hembrough noted, “Our mission is to provide a high quality early education and care in a safe, nurturing environment. It’s also important for us to be able to expose our children and their families to materials and equipment that are currently valued in society, and computers are now considered essential elements of a positive environment. As a nationally accredited facility, Cox Center feels that it is essential to give children access to elements that promote quality and that prepare them for life.”

Hembrough said that research shows that the early childhood years lay the foundation for healthy development and that children who have a positive start in life are more likely to succeed.  “Use of computers exposes children to a wide range of experiences and promotes interactive learning,” she said. 

“In an economy where employment increasingly depends on computer skills, children who don’t have the opportunity to learn these skills can be at a disadvantage by the time they enter school.  By exposing young children to computers early in their everyday environment, we increase their comfort level and competence.  These children will be more prepared when they enter elementary and secondary schools and, we hope, will be leaders in their classrooms.”

IBM’s On Demand Community, launched in 2003, is an initiative designed to encourage and sustain corporate philanthropy through volunteerism by making a set of technology tools available to non-profit community organizations and schools. The program includes a portfolio of technology solutions, plus online training and support materials.

For more information about Cox Children’s Center at UIS, contact Hembrough at 206-6610 or go to www.uis.edu/childcarecenter/. For information about IBM On Demand Community Grants, go to www.ibm.com/ibm/ibmgives/grant/giving/demand.shtml.

  

 

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