Gannon University’s Villa Maria School of Nursing faculty and students are leveraging a partnership with the Saint Benedict Child Development Center in Erie to provide health care awareness and educational opportunities to the center’s pre-school children and their families.

The program, called Healthy Kids at St. Ben’s, is sponsored through a $5,000 grant from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation, which assists organizations and institutions in enhancing the social welfare of the area.

The program will launch this coming all to serve socioeconomically disadvantaged families by providing the knowledge and tools needed to best care for their child’s health and developmental needs.

“We are a community-based program,” said Lisa Quinn, Ph.D., C.R.N.P., M.S.N., associate professor of nursing. “We look at people where they are at in our community and reach out to them in service.”