Child Development Center
The Child Development Center provides children, ages six weeks through twelve years, with a safe, nurturing learning environment. We are preparing our children to start kindergarten ready to succeed and provide continued support through elementary school.
LIFE NEEDS: Children receive two healthy meals and two nutritious snacks per day. For many of our children, this nutritional support is vital to the development of their social, emotional and physical development.
LIFE SKILLS: Teaching appropriate socialization skills and nurturing their natural curiosity is giving children skills that will support success over their lifetime. Our program utilizes a research-based curriculum that provides developmentally appropriate activities to meet the individual needs of each of our children.
LIFE DREAMS: Learning to dream of life’s possibilities begins in early childhood. Our children, many who live in households with limited income and resources, are expanding their horizons through learning and new experiences.
How We Make a Difference
- Research shows that investing $1 in early learning programs like ours saves $17 in future public spending.
- 90% of brain development occurs before age six.
- Children from low-income neighborhoods are at the greatest risk of not being prepared to succeed in school and kindergarten.
- 100% of our non-special needs preschoolers graduate kindergarten-ready!
- Our low child-to-staff ratios, research-based curriculum and highly trained staff keep our children socially, emotionally and developmentally on track!
Story and Testimony
Dariah and Courtney, two young sisters, ages 1 and 3 years old, were found wandering the streets of Portland alone in the winter. Their mother, suffering from drug addiction, was unable to provide them with the care they needed. The girls were placed with their grandmother who brought them to Neighborhood House. Our teachers began working with the girls who were developmentally behind – emotionally, socially and intellectually. The oldest, who had probably seen more in her short life than most adults, huddled in the corner most of the time crying. By the end of the year, Courtney was making great improvement and by the second year was ready to graduate from her preschool class ready to succeed in kindergarten. Her younger sister Dariah graduated this year to kindergarten-ready! Their grandmother credits our Child Development Center with getting these two sisters on track to succeed in school and becoming playful children who laugh and smile.
Your Dollars at Work
- $30 provides a cot for a toddler/preschooler
- $60 provides a month of supplies to support learning activities in our preschool classrooms
- $150 provides a week of education-focused childcare for a child from a low-income family
- $225 provides a crib for an infant
For more information, please contact Melinda Dennis, Child Development Center Director at 502.774.2977 ext. 240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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