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Help Children Get a Smart Start!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009

The Steady Steps Spring Fundraiser is Saturday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Building at Fort Mason Park. It includes a delicious Barbeque Dinner by donation, a Silent Auction, a live Cake Auction and children’s activities—a puppet show and face painting. The theme for this year’s event is based on Pink Panther 2, so be prepared to see lots of pink, a Smart Car and maybe even Inspector Clouseau himself! Geraniums will also be available at the event. If you wish to reserve a table for yourself, friends and family, call Steady Steps at 347-0043. It’s always more fun when you can sit together and watch the action at the Cake Auction!

Steady Steps is a licensed child care center for 51 children located at the First United Methodist Church in Mason. Open to all families in Mason, Steady Steps operates on a sliding scale fee basis in order to provide quality childcare that is affordable to families. With economic times being hard, it is especially difficult to rely upon donations, but the wonderful spirit of people in Mason gives us faith to sustain Steady Steps as a viable program.

Children are nurtured at Steady Steps in a Christian environment and they are encouraged to reach their developmental potential as they grow physically, socially and cognitively. The center is in its second year of participation with TEEM, a school readiness grant that aligns curriculum between Pre-K programs across the state. In addition, the Toddler-Two classroom recently received TEEM instruction for classroom management practices that encourage early learning. Steady Steps recently received a 4-Star Texas Rising Star Provider certification and is now participating in the CACFP food program, serving nutritious meals cooked in our own kitchen. We continue to strive for improvements on the children’s behalf. I would like to take this opportunity to state that we are so very grateful for everyone’s prayers and encouragement, as well as donations and volunteering that help us in our efforts.

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