Santa Maria wins $10K grant to support child-care provider program

Santa Maria Community Services has won a $10,000 grant from the Conrad Hilton Fund for Sisters to support the Family Child Care (FCC) program that offers training and resources for family child-care providers in the Greater Price Hill area.

The grant will fund trainings, group work, supplies, curriculum, books, transportation and enrichment outings for the FCC providers.

“The majority of the families we serve are economically disadvantaged,” says Santa Maria president and CEO H.A. Musser Jr. “This funding is crucial to our support of the women running businesses and providing quality child development services out of their homes.” 

The Conrad Hilton fund for Sisters targets organizations that involve a Catholic sister full-time. Sister Joan Schwacke, a Sister of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Ind., works both for FCC and Santa Maria’s Promoting Our Preschoolers program, coordinating monthly training and assisting with quarterly outings and outreach. 

“Santa Maria’s Family Child Care program is so much more than babysitting,” says Sister Schwacke, who has worked with FCC for 15 years. “We help educate providers to prepare the children in their care for preschool and kindergarten.”

FCC offers home visitation to providers and the children in their care, as well as the monthly training to enhance service quality and kindergarten readiness.

“This grant will help us continue to provide the extra services that improve child and provider outcomes,” says Julie McGregor, FCC program director. “Support for FCC truly supports the entire Price Hill community.”

The FCC program will be the beneficiary of additional support on April 26, when Ten Thousand Villages in O’Bryonville will donate to Santa Maria 15 percent of the sales made by shoppers presenting a Santa Maria flyer. The flyer can be found at

Santa Maria Community Services provides Greater Price Hill with educational tools and resources to build strong families, promote healthy residents and foster neighborhood revitalization. For 116 years, Santa Maria has helped families help themselves. For more information about Santa Maria Community Services, visit