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Susan Joins MetaBrand Capital’s “Conscious Capital” Board of Advisory Partners

MetaBrand Capital, a “conscious capital” private equity firm and the investment pillar of MetaBrand – a full-service advisory group providing product formulation, outsourced operations, and sales and marketing services to natural and organic food, beverage and supplement brands – is expanding its board of Advisory Partners to better serve entrepreneurs with a broadened portfolio of capitalization options.

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WGBH Summer Reading Program – The Reading Den Initiative

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that the achievement gap between low income children, especially African American and Hispanic children, and their middle class peers is due less to what happens in the school year and more to what happens in the summer months. Low-income children learn at the same rate as other children during the school year but fall far behind in the summer months, especially in reading.

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“Little Sprouts” Growing Like Mad

(NECN) - Their name is "Little Sprouts," and they're growing like mad. Little Sprouts Day Care and Early Education centers serve about 700 kids at 13 locations in the Boston area, and have plans to for even more locations. They've just been named the 2011 Boston...

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Inc.com – 2 Women Serial Entrepreneurs Tell All

Susan Leger Ferraro, founder of an early-childhood schools chain, and Laura Fitton, digital business owner, irreverently detail what has helped them most along the way.
Keep your equity in your pocket. Help out your mentor. That advice and more emerged during an Inc. panel this week in Boston titled “How I Did It: Women Entrepreneurs Tell All.”

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Trying to Gauge the Impact of Growing up Digital

A few clicks, a couple of swipes, and Bridget Colvin’s 4 1/2-year-old son, August, was tapping away on an iPad smudged with tiny fingerprints.
Colvin’s younger son, 1 1/2-year-old Calum, climbed onto the table in their Roxbury kitchen, hoping to join the animated action of Early Bird, essentially Angry Birds for the pre-K set.

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Boston Chamber of Commerce taps Little Sprouts as Small Business of the Year

“In recognition of the significant impact that small business has on our region’s economy, this year the Chamber will honor Greater Boston’s ‘Top 10’ small businesses, led by Little Sprouts, an innovative leader in early childhood education. The 2011 winners are an excellent representation of the entrepreneurial spirit, focus on excellence, and commitment to the community that define our region’s small businesses.”

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Sprouting Success – Little Sprouts’ founder Susan Leger Ferraro

Susan Leger Ferraro started what would become Little Sprouts early education centers 28 years ago at the age of 17. Today, its 11 Massachusetts schools — most of them in the Merrimack Valley — continue to get national attention and federal grants as a result of their commitment to mingle kids from every income level and improve early childhood literacy.

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Raising a ‘green generation’

These days, ‘going green’ is at the forefront of conversation in political, entertainment, and corporate circles. Yet to truly impact change, our future generations must carry the torch of transformation. To ensure success, we need to begin the practices with the fertile minds of young children in early education.

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Project GROW

The Leadership and Literacy Foundation (L&L) has been building organizations’ workforce and developing employees since 1999 and now seeks funds to create Project GROW which will create 250 new jobs in the direct service markets of childcare and food services. L&L has partnered with Little Sprouts and Salvatore’s Restaurant to measure barriers to job growth. Both organizations had the capacity to grow in 2009 but were inhibited due to the lack of a qualified workforce, and as a result, over 60 jobs were left vacant.

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Susan Leger-Ferraro awarded U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2010 Massachusetts Women in Business Champion Award

Susan Leger-Ferraro, founder and president of Little Sprouts early childhood education schools, consisting of 11 locations in Massachusetts, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2010 Massachusetts Women in Business Champion award winner, according to an announcement made by Robert H. Nelson, Massachusetts SBA District Director. Ms. Leger-Ferraro was nominated for this award by Joe Bevilacqua, president of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Inc.com: Susan Leger Ferraro Built a $7.2 Million Day Care Business, Venture Capital Article – Inc. Magazine Article

The Pitch: I started Little Sprouts when I was 17 years old. We’re very focused on diversity; we take an equal portion of kids from affluent, middle-income, and low-income families, so our students learn to interact with diverse groups. Our model has helped us win $8 million in government and private grants, some to create innovative early-reading programs and some for serving at-risk communities. Now I want to sell part of my 87 percent stake and take financial risk off the table. I also want to expand nationally, starting with states like Florida and California, which have generous funding for children’s education.

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Susan Leger Ferraro Featured in North Shore Living

Susan Leger Ferraro – Chief Executive Officer of Little Sprouts, and Founder and Chief Curiosity Officer of the Leadership & Literacy Foundation – Featured in North Shore Living Click here to read the article in PDF...

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