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The Arc of New Jersey Heroes of 2020

The Arc of Union Smart Start Program

The Arc of Union Smart Start Program

Nominated by Lori Lidofsky

I am writing to nominate The Arc of Union County Smart Start Program as a Hero of 2020. My daughter joined Smart Start in September with joy, enthusiasm, safety and love. My little three year old is thriving in a learning environment that is helping her address her speech and social needs, alongside children who are models for her. This Inclusive Preschool Enrichment Program is full of dedicated, loving and knowledgeable staff who have made an incredible difference in my daughter's life. They figured out ways for the children to still participate in some of the pre-pandemic activities (like their own individual sandboxes) while keeping them safe. My little girl who still hasn't met her peers now knows all of her letters, numbers, colors, days of the week, months of the year and more. In a year of darkness in the world, Smart Start has been the light.