Root for Kids (previously known as The Learning Center for Families) is a non-profit organization located in Southern Utah that provides services for children and families in need of extra support. Led by CEO Suzanne Leonelli, the organization helps families create a nurturing environment for optimal growth and development for each child.
Since 1993, Root for Kids has served over 16,000 families through Early Head Start, Early Intervention and Parents as Teachers home visiting programs in Washington County, Utah, and the Arizona Strip. All services are based on eligibility and are provided at no cost to families.
The early years of life have a profound impact on a child’s future. When loved, nourished, and cared for in safe and stimulating environments, children develop the skills they need to embrace opportunity and bounce back from adversity.
Root for Kids offers free programs to ensure the success of the youngest, most vulnerable members of our community. Services include weekly or bi-weekly home visits, health and developmental assessments and screenings, therapy and learning programs for infants and toddlers with special needs, infant and toddler mental health services, and health and mental health screenings for pregnant women.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in home visits were temporarily discontinued. Suzanne and her team quickly stepped forward to open a day care center for first responders’ children, at no charge.
Root for Kids offers hope and assistance to overwhelmed parents and their challenged children. The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor them as Hurricane Valley Heroes.