Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers…

Why? How does it look?

All professionals need to continue to update their knowledge and skills. For our educators, this typically means attending local and national conferences or workshops that promote linkages between academic resarch and practice. Studies have shown that teachers that stay engaged and inspired through quality professional development enhances student learning and classroom practices. Moreover, over 90% of the staff at The Growing Place stated that quality professional development opportunities was a core value they appreciated as a part of their employment benefit.




Why is retention important?

Investing in professional development is critical in sustaining our educators. And our educators, are critical to our mission. To ensure we are always providing exemplary early education experiences to young children, it is essential to invest in an exemplary staff of educators. Continuing education is costly between conference costs and academic coursework and as a nonprofit we truly aim to make sound investments in the sustainability of our organization. By investing in our staff we can strive to be leaders through years of experience, practice, and research.



What else does Annual Investment support?

The funds raised from our Annual Investment Campaign go beyond our main fundraising initiative. These include:

  • TGP Tuition Assistance Program. This program provides opportunities for families to attend who might not be able to otherwise. It ensures our program reflects diversity.
  • Afternoon Enrichment Program. To heighten the learning experiences of our children, we provide afternoon enrichment classes. This currently includes our Music Classes with William, who intergrates the Orff Approach.
  • Parent Education Program. We engage with Nora Daley, MFT and Child Development Specialist from Family Service of SM to provide additional support to parents and children at TGP. We also offer a Parenting Series free to our parents. 


Make Your Donation Today

What Your Gift Could Mean to The Growing Place:

$1,500 preserves music and movement enrichment classes for all students for an entire month

$4,500 sends a team of teachers to New Mexico for the Five State Reggio Learning Tour, in October 2014

$11,000 sustains our Tuition Assistance program for an entire month


Frequently Asked Questions


Doesn’t tuition cover all the costs?

Not completely. Tuition covers around 80% of our operating cost and the Annual Campaign closes the gap between tuition and expenses. We pride ourselves on the ability to operate a full day, year round quality program at a tuition rate that is comparable to many part-day programs on the Westside. Some of what distinguishes our program – like quality teachers, materials and a diverse community are supported through our Annual Investment Campaign.

What am I expected to contribute?

Each family must determine what amount they are able to contribute. Every gift is important and 100% parent participation is critical to help us reach our goal.


Are gifts to the Annual Investment Campaign considered tax-deductible?

Yes! TGP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Does TGP accept matching gifts from companies?

We are thilled you asked! Many companies have matching programs for their employees and every year we are the grateful recipients of corporate matching gifts.

 Who should give to The Growing Place? 

Anyone whose life has been impacted by The Growing Place. From current families and grandparents to community members and alumni, any and all support truly  can help us sustain the quality care we provide families for the next 30 years!