Prime Time Early Learning has long supported the critical child health research and services offered by by the highly successful March of Dimes organization. In 2015, Prime Time donated $1,000.00 to the March of Dimes, which was matched by another $1,000.00 from its Board of Directors, for a total donation of $2,000.00. The following is a brief history of The March of Dimes and its many infant health missions and achievements,
In 1938 President Franklin Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio led him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP) at a time when polio was on the rise. Soon widely known as the March of Dimes, named due to the NFIP’s annual fundraising campaign in which they raised “one dime at a time” the NFIP established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, MD and Albert Sabin, MD. These vaccines effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States.
Its original mission accomplished in the 1960’s, in the 1970’s the officially renamed March of Dimes (MOD) organization turned its focus to preventing all types of birth defects and reducing infant mortality. The MOD has led the way towards discovering the genetic causes of many birth defects, to promote newborn health screening and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. Their recent Folic Acid Public Awareness Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.
Since 2003, the March of Dimes fight to save babies has been characterized by their Prematurity Campaign. The rising incidence of premature birth and its consequences has demanded action, and the March of Dimes responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and to find the causes of premature births.
Prime Time Early Learning is proud to support the many infant health missions of the March of Dimes, and we look forward to continuing our support for their work and the work of other success driven child health & welfare organizations in the years ahead.