MCC to move forward in creating Family Life Center
Plans by Mott Community College to help increase access in Flint to high-quality early learning opportunities and supportive services received an important boost today, thanks to a $3 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
The grant will support the renovation of the former Woodside Church, located at 1509 East Court Street. The College purchased the property in 2017.
When it opens in 2019, the Family Life Center will be home to MCC’s nationally accredited Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC). The newly renovated space will allow the program to increase enrollment from a maximum of 75 children to a maximum 125, and to serve children from birth to five years of age. It currently is available to children two-and-a-half to five years old.
The Family Life Center also will serve as a resource hub, helping MCC students and their families to address such basic needs as food, housing and transportation. Non-student parents of children in the ECLC program will also have the ability to access family support services on site.
And MCC plans to eventually relocate its degree and certification programs in early childhood education to the renovated facility. With increased opportunities to engage with and learn from the children enrolled in ECLC, program graduates will strengthen the pipeline of skilled early education teachers and providers serving the Flint community and beyond.
“With its service to children, their families and the early learning community, the Family Life Center will take a ‘full circle’ approach to improving early childhood education,” said Neal Hegarty, vice president of programs at the Mott Foundation. “It illustrates the dynamic and innovative efforts underway in Flint to create quality educational opportunities that span from cradle to college and career.”
In addition to the Mott Foundation grant, support for the more than $8 million renovation, which will include building and site upgrades of the roof, HVAC systems, plumbing, computer networking, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, and landscaping, comes from MCC’s sale of $3 million in voter-approved bonds. The remaining project balance of just over $2 million will be raised through the securing of additional grants and traditional fundraising by the College and the Foundation for Mott Community College.
“We appreciate the support of the Mott Foundation for our efforts to eliminate the challenges facing many in our community, including our student parents, in accessing high-quality, early education for their children,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “By developing a Family Life Center, Mott Community College reduces barriers that prevent our students from completing their education and strengthens our role as a safe haven in the community.”
The Family Life Center is the latest example of efforts by area partners to increase access in Flint to high-quality early childhood education. Cummings Great Expectations: An Early Childhood Center opened on the city’s west side in November 2017, and Educare Flint opened in December 2018 on the campus of Flint’s Durant-Turri-Mott Elementary School.
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