Grant Approval Notice: Early Learning Center

Pisgah Health Foundation has approved Early Learning Centers grant request to supply childcare for essential workers. 

On behalf of Irene Wortham Center (IWC), the grant through the Pisgah Health Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response fund is to support the Early Learning Center’s childcare programming for low-income families during the pandemic. 

The ELC is keeping two classrooms open from 8:00am-4:30pm for low-income parents who are working essential jobs during this pandemic such as healthcare workers, firefighters, etc. The center Director, Coordinator, and 3 teaching staff continue to work in these two classrooms, while all eligible IWC staff continue to receive employee benefits. 

Pisgah Health Foundation is happy to help fund this emergency essential job support childcare service, the Early Learning Center needs to supplement the absence of tuition and cover building costs. 

Pisgah Health Foundation is proud to support Early Learning Center. 

About Pisgah Health Foundation: The Pisgah Health Foundation is a public 501 (c)(3) charity founded in 2019, by a board of seven caring individuals focused on improving the health, wellness and lives of western North Carolina residents. The organization evolved out of the Transylvania Regional Hospital Foundation. Pisgah Health Foundation’s drive is to improve health and wellness by addressing healthy opportunities in targeted social determinants of health areas including Health, Food Insecurity, Housing, Social Cohesion and Education. Board Members include Cathleen Blanchard; Dave Neumann, Esq; Jamie Ramsey, MD; Jeremy Purcell, Art Fisher; Jim Tyson, MD; Jim Wright, MD. Lex Green, CPA serves as President. To learn more, please visit