Children's Advocate Awards recipients named

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Two local individuals and one program have been given the Children's Advocate Award by Childcare Resources.

Cedric D. Sparks Sr., Susan Swartz and the Toyota Family Literacy Program all received the awards at a luncheon on Thursday.

The awards are given out to those who aim to improve the lives of children in central Alabama and raise funds for Childcare Resource Programs.

Sparks was nominated for his work as the Executive Director of the Birmingham Mayor's Office Division of Youth Services.

Swartz received the honor by her work as the volunteer president of the R.U.S.H. Initiative, a nonprofit agency working to maximize early school success.

The Toyota Family Literacy Program works with Hispanic and immigrant families with children to help them build community connections, work with their children and learn practical parenting skills while learning more English.

The three award winners were chosen from among 21 other individuals and programs.