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Savannah South Rotary Expands Support for Local Early Childhood Education Program

July 28, 2015 | Posted by pfisher

Local club’s contribution will help Early Learning College at Parent University double the number of neighborhoods it serves in 2015-16 school year

SAVANNAH, GA – Today, Rotary Savannah South Club presented the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) with a $7,395 donation to support the expansion of its groundbreaking Early Learning College (ELC) at Parent University program. The contribution, which is made up of proceeds from a recent golf tournament and concert as well individual member donations, demonstrates the club’s ongoing commitment to SECF’s mission.

“Our Rotary Club strives to make a real difference in our community, which is why we are proud to continue our support for SECF’s innovative approach to breaking the cycle of crime, poverty, poor educational outcomes, teen pregnancy, truancy and juvenile delinquency,” said Anne Cordeiro, President of the Rotary Savannah South Club. “Early intervention to help parents succeed versus spending resources to deal with these problems down the road just makes sense.”

Thanking the club for its ongoing support, Parent University founder and Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) Executive Director Michael O’Neal, who received national recognition for his work in the community as one of Fortune magazine’s “Heroes of the 500,” provided an update on plans to expand “ELC at Parent U” in the coming school year. “Over the course of the past three years, we’ve hosted 26 ELC sessions and provided more than 480 local parents with access to proven techniques for helping their children succeed in school and in life – and we know it’s making a difference,” said O’Neal. “Next year, we’re thrilled to announce that ELC at Parent U will double its reach, from three neighborhoods to six and significantly expand the number of free courses offered to parents.”

Rotary Savannah South, along with other local Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, was one of the founding sponsors of SECF. Last fall, the club hosted an event to premiere a short film in which community leaders praised the unique work being done by ELC at Parent U. That film can be viewed on the local non-profit’s website (

PHOTO: Pictured left to right are: Morgan McAlpin (SECF Board), Steve Lewis (SECF Board), Anthony Cook, (SECF Board), Johnnye Rogers (SECF Board), Michael O’Neal (Executive Director Parent University), Paul Fisher (SECF Board), and Anne Cordeiro (Rotary Savannah South President). Photo credit Rotary South.

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About Rotary South: Founded in 1981, the Rotary Club of Savannah South is a local organization chartered by Rotary International. Since inception, our members have been living the Rotary motto of Service Above Self through community service projects.

About the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation: Established in 2011, the Savannah Early Childhood Foundation (SECF) is a first-of-its-kind 501c3 organization, working to stitch together community resources to ensure that all Savannah children are ready for school. Through its flagship program, Early Learning College at Parent University, SECF is uniquely focused on helping parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 create high quality learning environments in their homes and in their community. During the school year, the organization hosts free, four-hour “ELC at Parent U” sessions on Saturday mornings in several neighborhood schools throughout the city. To learn more about our community-based, parent-centric approach to early childhood development, visit