SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The executive director of a before and after school program in Springfield is being recognized by the Better Business Bureau for helping parents and students during the pandemic.
The Trust Award honors a person who has gone above and for their community. Stephanie Brown says East Grand Community Services opened a full-time daycare when school went virtual and parents needed to go work.
The school currently has 60 students and only serves Bingham and Pitman Elementary, where about 75% of students are on free-or-reduced lunch.
Brown says the center had four staff members and had to hire ten more since opening the full-time daycare.
“So there was definitely a lot of staffing challenges there still, as there are everywhere in the city right now it’s a challenge to find staff and especially staff that are passionate and care about the kids because it takes a lot of patience,” said Brown.
Brown says grants from The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Greene County and the state, helped keep staff employed.
The BBB and OzarksFirst have had a partnership for four years to recognize local efforts with the Trust Awards.