On Friday, May 10, 2013 the Child Development Education Alliance, Inc. honored a local early childhood education center’s ministry dedication to young children and their families during their first Gifts of Service Awards Dinner. The honors were for church ministries in Northeast Florida who serve young children and their families. Our very own local Little Blessings Learning Center was a finalist of the Gifts of Service Award in the Demonstrating Excellence in Serving Families category honored at the celebration.
Little Blessings Learning Center located at 110 Masters Drive in St Augustine was nominated for their dedicated to providing quality education, focused on Christian principles with a strong emphasis on giving back and helping others. The agency provide a childcare and VPK program that is very community minded, offering aid and assistance to families in need through their multifaceted ministry. Little Blessings Learning Center is committed to the youth in our community, they offer many free resources and activities for youth to participate in and enjoy. The organizations belief “Being HIS servants we are on a mission to show the love of Christ to each child and family that we are privileged to serve. Planting seeds in anticipation that God will do mighty things in their lives one day.” These ideas and services provided to the children of St. John’s County is what earned Little Blessing Learning Center the honors as a finalist.
There were a number of regional and state educators in attendance of the awards ceremony. The guest speaker was David Lawrence the Chairman of the Florida Children’s Movement. Dr. Tony Bennett the Florida Commissioner of Education provided the final thoughts on the programs honored at the celebration and the continued commitment to early childhood education. The honorable Jennifer Carroll was the emcee for the evening presenting the awards. The teachers and Board of Directors of Little Blessing Learning Center were in attendance for this recognition and were pictured with the honorable Jennifer Carroll.