Lexington, KY: Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) announced a $5000 grant from the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation for the Early Childhood Intervention Program, which provides early intervention services to children, birth through age 5, who are blind or visually impaired in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.
“This funding has a life-changing impact on children in Northern Kentucky. Learning that their child has been diagnosed with a severe visual impairment is very scary and challenging for new parents,” says Kelly Easton, Director of Community Relations & Intake, Visually Impaired Preschool Services. “VIPS provides the support that families desperately need as they learn how to be their child’s best teacher and strongest advocate. Our in-home early intervention services provide children with the solid foundation that they need in order to reach their goals.”
“Elsa loved to provide education, safety and security for children in many ways throughout her life. She believed it was essential to make sure children were safe and thriving. VIPS Early Childhood Intervention Program helps to meet Elsa’s goals by providing children with essential educational programming to ensure they are set up to flourish throughout their lives” says Jordan Klette-Cusher, Program Office, The Elsa Sule Foundation. “The Elsa Sule Foundation is beyond grateful that VIPS is providing this essential service for kids in the Northern Kentucky region. Without early intervention to help, these kids would risk falling behind developmentally and educationally. I know Elsa would be proud of the work VIPS is accomplishing and is thrilled to support such a wonderful and transformational organization.”
Founded in 1985, Visually Impaired Preschool Services was the first and continue to be the only non-profit agency in Kentucky and Indiana that provides regular and ongoing early intervention services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are blind or visually impaired. VIPS empowers families by providing educational excellence to young children with visual impairments in order to build a strong foundation for reaching their highest potential.
The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation is a Charitable Trust established in 2004 by Elsa Sule, a native of Northern Kentucky. For more information, please visit elsasulefoundation.org