Cos Cob, CT – The ribbon was cut today on Kids In Crisis’ newly built Learning Lab, funded by generous support from the Swiss Re Foundation’s 2019 Charity of the Year Award.  Neil Sprackling of Swiss Re cut the ribbon alongside Kids In Crisis’ Chairman of the Board Bill Pierz.

“We are enormously grateful to the Swiss Re Foundation for enabling us to create this exciting new space for our shelter residents, staff, and community,” says Kids In Crisis executive director Shari Shapiro.

The Learning Lab was built in a reconfigured open space in Kids In Crisis’ Farmhouse building. It is designed to enable multiple uses, including kids’ afterschool academic and enrichment, therapeutic group programming, parent education, onsite trainings for staff, volunteers, and community members, and private counseling meetings. In addition, it will provide new capability for teleconferencing for professional development and advocacy work.

“We’re delighted for the opening of the Learning Lab. It’s our great honor to have helped provide Kids In Crisis, and the community, with a space that will benefit children for years to come,” said Neil Sprackling, President U.S. Life & Health at Swiss Re.

For more information about the Learning Lab please contact Kids In Crisis’ Marketing Communications Manager, Tracey Blackman at tblackman@kidsincrisis.org or                203-622-6556.

About Kids In Crisis

Located in Cos Cob, Kids In Crisis provides emergency shelter for children 0-18 years old, and crisis counseling and community education programs for children and families facing crisis. We also advocate for the well-being of all children on the local, state and national level.  Crisis means something different to anyone, and we encourage calls to our 24-helpline for anyone concerned about the well-being of a child. We provide free, confidential phone and face-to-face intervention, counseling, and referrals. Since 1978, Kids In Crisis has provided vital 24-hour services to more than 154,000 children and teens, and their families. More information can be found at www.kidsincrisis.org.  Providers, educators, community members, and family members can call our 24-hour helpline, 203-661-1911, for support.

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