Jacquelyn Wonder was an author and teacher who died in March of this year after suffering complications from valvular heart disease, which was originally brought on by inadequate health care in treating rheumatic fever during her childhood. Like many of Colorado Nurse-Family Partnership’s clients, Jacquelyn knew poverty and deprivation as she grew up. She was also the young mother of three sons before she decided to return to college and earn her Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

Jacquelyn overcame those early obstacles to become the author of three best-selling books, teacher and international consultant, specializing in adult learning styles, memory skills and managing change. She and her husband, Jerry Conover, are also the proud parents of seven successful children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jerry Conover was one of the original founders of Invest in Kids. He is founding The Jacquelyn Wonder Fund in Jacquelyn’s memory to serve as an incentive and resource for other young mothers who are overcoming deprivation and obstacles, as well as the nurse professionals who so effectively help them navigate the path of life’s challenging and exciting journey.

Invest in Kids is pleased to announce that the funding is available from the Jacquelyn Wonder Fund. Beginning June 15th, funds can be requested per the process below. Requests will be accepted until the fund is depleted.

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial help for unmet needs experienced by the families being served in the Colorado Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), as well as unmet educational and professional development needs of nurses working in CO NFP.

It is expected that all other local and personal resources have been exhausted before a request for this funding is made.

Examples of unmet needs for families that the Jacquelyn Wonder Fund may fund:

  • Child proofing safety items
  • Car seats
  • Highchairs
  • Cribs/Pack n plays
  • Birthing balls
  • Prenatal vitamins
  • GED courses, books, testing
  • ESL classes and books
  • Child/parent class enrollment
  • Zoo or museum passes
  • College tuition
  • College books, computers or other needed supplies

Examples of unmet educational and professional needs for nurses that the Jacquelyn Wonder Fund may fund:

  • BSN tuition
  • MSN tuition
  • Certifications (IBLC or CLE for example)

To apply for this fund:

  • Nurse (with client if applicable) completes Part One of the Jacquelyn Wonder Fund Request
  • Nurse emails Jacquelyn Wonder Fund request to Michelle Neal at mneal@iik.org

 Process once an application is received:

IIK staff will respond to requests no sooner than 2 weeks after the request is received. If the decision is made to grant the request, IIK staff will be in touch with the grantee to make arrangements. In the case of items that will be purchased, IIK staff will purchase them online and have them shipped to the recipient.

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