A local nonprofit dedicated to helping little ones in our community celebrated a huge milestone Tuesday. Encompass Early Education and Care is now 100 years old.
Inside Encompass Early Education and Care’s office a birthday party is underway. As staff and supporters celebrate 100 years of providing care to thousands of young children in Brown County.
“This organization strives to prepare children for success in school – this organization gives children the tools they need for school readiness,” said Tracy Arndt of Encompass.
Founded in 1919 by a Catholic woman’s club with one teacher to care for 14 kids, Encompass has grown into one of the largest nonprofit child care organization in the U.S. with 180 teachers helping 1,300 children each year.
“I think we’ve been around for 100 years because of amazing leadership, amazing support from this community and always striving for excellence,” said Executive Director Sue Vincent.
With seven centers the organization cares for 800 children a day who are between the ages of six weeks and twelve years old. Vincent is extremely proud in the fact the program is nationally accredited.
“It means we’re committed to having teachers with high education, that our programs are designed with renown curriculum and that we are tracking children’s development,” said Vincent.
The board president for Encompass knows firsthand the value of the organization.
“I started at Encompass when I was two years old, came from a rough family situation where we didn’t have enough food or support. And they provided everything we could imagine and more,” said Laura Mossakowski.
“Early experiences matter, early experiences elevate a child’s life,” Vincent said.
And for 100 years Encompass has been nurturing children, offering support and changing so many young lives.