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Family donates books to Early Childhood Family Center in honor of care received

The Nousiainen family recently delivered a set of 44 books to the Early Childhood Family Center (ECFC) where their twin daughters received special care. The girls - Jaelynn and Jessa - were born extremely premature weighing just over one pound each. The staff at the ECFC has been involved with the twins ever since they came home from the hospital. Parents Jean and Jason wanted to say thank you for all that was done for their family as well as contribute to helping future families so they launched a fundraiser to purchase books for the center’s Birth - Age 5 program.

“We love books in our home,” said Jean Nousiainen. “These children's books are not only extremely fun and interactive, but geared toward some of the different interventions and therapies kids like our girls needed.” 

Nousiainen says the girls were born at 23 weeks gestation and received many services through the school such as physical, speech, and occupational therapy. The team of educators and therapists have worked closely with the entire family to help the girls learn new skills as they prepare for elementary school.

“My favorite part has been watching our girls reach their goals and developmental milestones with help of dedicated and caring staff,” said Nousiainen. “We were taught different interventions by our team to do with them at home, so having that partnership was very important for our girls to be healthy and thriving today.”

The girls will attend kindergarten at Stonebridge Elementary this fall.


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