Over a decade ago, a group of parents wanted to say thank you to a school they felt had forever enhanced the lives of their children. At a time when cutting spending in education was happening at every turn and schools like Main Street were rapidly being closed, it seemed obvious that the best way to give back to the NSEEP was to begin a group that could focus on fundraising and raising awareness about the program. Those grateful parents, in partnership with some school staff and district officials, formed Friends of the North Syracuse Early Education Program to do just that. On January 12, 2007, the organization filed its certificate for Incorporation. In order to best serve the school, the group knew it was imperative that they do all the paperwork necessary to become an officially recognized not-for-profit organization that could pursue grants, receive funding from United Way and other charities, and become an agency to which individuals and businesses could beneficially donate. After much hard work, Friends of the North Syracuse Early Education Program, Inc was officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) on May 16, 2007.