For the third consecutive year, LSSI has received a $25,000 grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to support intergenerational activities and staffing at Children’s Village, LSSI’s early-learning center on the Lutheran Life Villages South Anthony Boulevard campus.
Children’s Village is a state-licensed facility providing a wide range of educational, social, and recreational activities for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The center uses the High/Scope Curriculum as it prepares students for kindergarten and beyond. Tuition at the center is based on a sliding fee scale, making it affordable for low-income families.
Intergenerational programming at Children’s Village brings together students and residents of Lutheran Life Villages for regular interaction and meaningful activities that benefit both groups. For example, residents read to students and join them in crafts and games. Students sometimes delivery mail to residents and join them in exercise. Residents and students often enjoy lunch together, and the weekly Children’s Chapel Program brings them together for worship. Organized outings, such as to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, are also part of intergenerational programming.
“We believe that our intergenerational programming is very important in the overall development of our students,” says Children’s Village Director Kathy Lehman. “Intergenerational programming enhances wellness and fosters understanding, acceptance, and learning. Of course, it’s a lot of fun for the children and Lutheran Life Villages residents, too. Both groups look forward to their time together.”