Potts Family Foundation awards more than $100,000 in grants to seven early childhood programs in Oklahoma

The Potts Family Foundation recently awarded more than $100,000 to seven Oklahoma nonprofits, continuing the foundation’s commitment to supporting early childhood research, resources and services throughout the state.

Formed in 2000, the Potts Family Foundation supports early childhood development through education, advocacy, collaboration and grants. Organization co-founder Pat Potts, who serves as the foundation’s president, said the grant process is an integral way in which the foundation strives to improve the state’s future.

“Children are the key to our successes as a state,” Potts said. “The money and additional resources these deserving agencies invest in young children today will reap exponential long-term benefits for the sustainability of our state’s economic growth as well as advancement. Providing these grants to deserving organizations is one of our main initiatives, and we consider early learning to be good business.”

Organizations receiving grants reach communities throughout the state and include the following organizations: Smart Start Oklahoma, $12,000; Sunbeam Family Services, $20,000; Center for Children and Families, $20,000; Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, $20,000; Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association, $10,000; Oklahoma Parents as Teachers-Norman, $4,000; and the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, $18,000. The total amount awarded in grants was $104,000, with grants ranging from $4,000-20,000 and dependent on the organization’s needs and potential service impact.

Since its formation, the foundation has given over $6.5 million in grants to programs impacting the state. Past grant recipients include: Educare, YWCA, Rainbow Fleet and the Parents Assistance Center.

Grant monies help fund research projects and provide resources, equipment for vital programs

For more information about the Potts Family Foundation, please visit PottsFamilyFoundation.org or call (405) 319-8260.

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