September 24, 2018
 
Four Mass. Nonprofits Awarded $1M Each to Improve Facilities

August 23, 2018 — Four Massachusetts nonprofits that provide early education and care programs for low income children, in Springfield, Boston, and Fall River, recently were awarded $1 million each for facility improvements aimed at increasing the quality of their programs.

The Early Education and Care and Out of School Time capital improvement grants from the state's Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation are financed through the state's capital budget and provide matching funds that leverage private investment.

“With these grants, we will improve the learning environments of our youngest children, boost the capacity of programs to serve more children and create new jobs,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Renovating and repairing facilities helps achieve our goal of improving the quality of early education and care.”

Receiving the funds were the following organizations:
  • Citizens for Citizens, a social service agency based in Fall River that since 1965 has been serving individuals and families living in poverty in Southeastern Massachusetts.

  • Crispus Attucks Children’s Center>, based in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, provides services to nurture the physical, emotional, social, nutritional, and cognitive development of pre-schoolers.

  • Elizabeth Stone House, based in the Roxbury section of Boston, provides shelter, case management, support groups, and financial literacy services.

  • Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start, based in Springfield, provides comprehensive child development services to low-income children and their families.
All four nonprofits serve publicly subsidized families, have demonstrated financial need, and have secured additional funding to pay for a portion of their project costs.

Maritza Juliao, executive director of Crispus Attucks Children’s Center, said, "Our facilities are in critical need of upgrades and improvements so that we may sustain our mission, and this grant will enable us to give our buildings the attention they need so that we as educators can focus our attention on our dearest assets: the children and families we serve.”

The grant will help the Elizabeth Stone House construct a child care center at a new building for which it is engaged in a capital campaign.

“The importance of this funding can’t be understated,” said Nancy Owens Hess, executive director if the Elizabeth Stone House. “Due to our current space limitations, we can only provide part-time childcare to 15 children at a time. In the licensed childcare center in our new building, we will be able to provide full-day childcare and out-of-school-time programs for up to 51 children at a time to help with the unmet demand of the community.”

The project is expected to cost $20 million, of which $16 million will be financed with tax credits, public and private grants from local, state, and federal sources, and real estate equity. The organization is currently raising the remaining $4 million.

Currently, the Elizabeth Stone House serves about 500 people annually; the new Stone House will serve about 2,000.

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