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Total loan: $9,000

Tanya

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Parrish, FL, United States / Education

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A loan helped bring a world-class, early childhood music education program to more families in my community, including underserved populations, by funding additional equipment, teacher training, and marketing/PR efforts for my business.


Tanya's story

I moved back to my hometown five years ago to be closer to family. After working in the bustling world of New York advertising, I thought I would never find a job in my suburban town that could rival its excitement. I stumbled across an amazing position in live entertainment, where I could see first-hand the wonder that our shows inspired in children. I had the joy of overseeing the relaunch of Sesame Street Live! and the bittersweet honor of marketing the farewell tour of The Greatest Show On Earth, which played to sold out audiences across the nation. But with the closing of the circus also came the end of my job. And I thought I would never find another job as fulfilling. My husband and I were expecting our second baby, and we agreed I would stay home with our new daughter for the short term. Like any parent, I wanted to give her every opportunity to grow into her best self. To me, that meant music lessons. After all, music learning supports all learning—including cognitive, social, emotional, and language development. I had enrolled my son in Music Together® classes when he was a baby and loved it. However, when I was looking to enroll my daughter, no classes were offered in my community. The decision to start HalfSteps and offer the Music Together program myself came swiftly. Our Florida town is in a state of rapid growth, with young families beginning to outnumber the retirees. The need for child enrichment programs is deep, and I’m excited that I can help fill that need. Week after week, I work with children (including my daughter) and their parents and caregivers, watching them grow in countless ways. And my cup runneth over.