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STATE’S LARGEST CHILDCARE CENTER BECOMES PART OF EASTER SEALS NH THROUGH AGREEMENT WITH ELLIOT HEALTH SYSTEMS

Elliot Health System and Easter Seals NH have worked collaboratively to keep the largest childcare center in the state open and the staff employed and today signed the agreement that makes the deal official.

“Working with Easter Seals NH to maintain the same level of care for children at the VNA Child Care & Family Resource Center has been remarkable,” stated Doug Dean, President & CEO, Elliot Health System. “Both organizations recognize that while Elliot is not in the business of childcare, we have been caring for children at the Center on the West Side of Manchester for decades.”

Easter Seals NH has operated inclusive infant and toddler child development programs since 1985. Easter Seals NH’s Madeline A. Galeucia Child Development Center at 555 Auburn Street in Manchester is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children—the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals—and serves children of all abilities from 6 weeks to 6 years old.

“Easter Seals is in the business of providing childcare services, so shifting the ownership to our team, knowing that we recognize the value and importance of this program, was critical to everyone involved,” explains Larry Gammon, Easter Seals NH President & CEO. “We are pleased to be able to expand our successful child development program to more families throughout Manchester.” 

In the wake of state Medicaid cuts and the increased pressure from delivering higher than ever uncompensated care to the community, Elliot was forced to look at programs that may not be viable in the future.  However, instead of looking at how to cut programs and jobs, Elliot and Easter Seals NH began to discuss how to maintain the needs of children, families and the staff of the VNA Child Care & Family Resource Center. 

“This is an example of a win for everyone and Elliot and Easter Seals deserve a great deal of credit for looking at solutions to the issue rather than purely how to cut a program that would have far reaching consequences to our local community,” explained Gammon. 

In addition to keeping the Child Development Center running, the Family Resource Center housed at this facility will continue to offer parent education, family support groups, GED classes and donation distribution.

The transfer of ownership officially takes place on December 28, 2011 when the program will be renamed the Easter Seals NH Child Development and Family Resource Center. 

For more information about Easter Seals NH Child Development Centers, please call 603.623.8863 or visit www.eastersealsnh.org.

About Easter Seals New Hampshire
For the past 75 years, Easter Seals NH has provided exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals services include autism services, inclusive child care and early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, dental services and veteran services. As a leader in health care services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, ESNH employs more than 1,400 individuals who serve more than 19,300 children, adults and seniors in over 60 programs throughout the state. To learn more about Easter Seals NH, visit www.eastersealsnh.org.

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