FRANKLIN, TennesseeHigh Hopes Development Center is proud to host the official Groundbreaking Ceremony for its $4.28 million building expansion on Tuesday, September 12th promptly at 3:00 PM at 301 High Hopes Court, Franklin, TN 37064.

High Hopes’ goal is to raise $4 million, and it is well over halfway past this mark due to the support of its Board of Directors, staff, parents and others in the community. Speakers at the expansion kickoff include Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, City Alderman Brandy Blanton and High Hopes Executive Director Gail Powell. The preschool children of High Hopes will have a celebratory Groundbreaking Parade at 2:45 PM prior to the official groundbreaking at 3:00 PM, so arrive early.

According to Williamson, Inc., the preschool population in Williamson County is projected to increase by 34% from 2016-2026. Since High Hopes mirrors the growth of the counties in which it serves, it is crucial that High Hopes expands its facilities to continue providing excellent service to the growing local community. Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson says of the approved expansion plans, “High Hopes Development Center is a model 501(c)3 non-profit in Williamson County. Foundational, corporate and individual supporters can rest knowing that their dollars are not only helping children and families in the community, but they are used in a fiscally responsible way. This building expansion speaks to the forward thinking of the High Hopes Board to see the growth in Middle Tennessee and meet it head on to serve more and more families.”

High Hopes’ reputation has been 33 years in the making, and the impact on children with and without special needs and their families during that time has been tremendous. Within the past fiscal year, High Hopes has provided over 20,400 physical, occupational, speech and/or feeding therapy sessions to more than 600 pediatric patients from 17 Middle Tennessee and three out-of-state counties, in addition to over 210,000 hours of educational instruction and nurturing to more than 120 children.

The High Hopes expansion will add space for approximately 13,000 additional therapy visits per year and a new inclusive, state-approved kindergarten for those students who excel in their education model. Additionally, there will be new areas to host parent and community workshops and counseling groups, as well as family support programming, such as adaptive movement, dance, music and other camps and social language classes. The innovative combination of offering educational and therapeutic services in one location gives children with special needs the convenience of receiving their necessary therapy services during their preschool day. High Hopes is a truly unique and unmatched environment where children with and without special needs can play, learn and grow together every day.

There are a number of special naming opportunities available to donors of qualifying gift amounts. These allow donors the unique opportunity to designate their gifts to a particular part of the project. Contact Cheryl Dean, Director of Development and Marketing, at cdean@highhopesforkids.org or 615.550.1437 for more information regarding these limited opportunities.

High Hopes Development Center is a 33-year-old non-profit organization that loves, nurtures, and educates children with two integrated programs helping each child reach their maximum potential.  Children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K, with and without special needs, are educated together in inclusive preschool classrooms by a team of experienced teachers supporting the individual needs of each child.   High Hopes also offers an on-site pediatric therapy clinic, allowing children to receive therapy services during their preschool day. High Hopes is truly unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various developmental delays play, learn, and grow together every day. The outpatient pediatric therapy clinic provides occupational, speech, physical and feeding therapies to children from birth to 21 years. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success.  The mission of High Hopes Development Center is to equip children, youth, and their families with the skills necessary to achieve success through education, therapeutic services, and loving support.

For more information, visit www.HighHopesForKids.org.