The Loan Fund recently loaned $118,000 to Tiny Twisters, a new nonprofit child care center located in the former machine shop of Franklin High School. It’s the only licensed child care center in Franklin, NH. Tiny Twister’s focus is on reducing the high school drop out rate by addressing the needs of teenage students having children, creating opportunities for high school students to have real-world learning, and increasing the number of children entering kindergarten ready to learn. The center provides 33 spaces and 7 jobs to an area that very much needs these jobs. The loan helped to complete renovation and to purchase equipment, furniture, and supplies for the business.
Tiny Twisters helps people like Sarah Ingram, a 2007 graduate of Franklin High School and the mother of two-year-old Landon. Sarah works hard; she’s a dietary aide at Merrimack County Nursing Home and an employee at two pizza restaurants—and in between, she’s currently studying to become a veterinary technician. “When Landon was born, my mother watched him,” she said. “A teacher told me about the child care center at the high school. I thought it would be a good idea.” Sarah believes Tiny Twisters has been a good match for her son. “The Center has taught him a lot of things. They’ve taught him words and how to go down a slide by himself. He was not as social when he first went there because he had only himself to hang out with. Now he hangs out with other kids.”