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Meadows Foundation Grant Will Help Build a Model Preschool Education Facility
Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX  • Brookhaven College will benefit from a matching grant awarded by the Meadows Foundation to Head Start of Greater Dallas toward the construction of a model preschool education center at the college. The planned $2.8 million early childhood center needs only $135,000 to match the Meadows Foundation grant to be able to begin construction.
"We are extremely grateful for the Meadows Foundation and are dedicated to matching dollar-for-dollar so that we can break ground on the new center next year,"" said Wanda Smith, Head Start of Greater Dallas' CEO. Head Start is searching for interested individuals, companies and others in the community for donations that will match the Meadows Foundation grant by its deadline of Jan. 31, 2005.
The Head Start center at Brookhaven College will accommodate 142 preschool age children, teaching a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary for the children to enter school ready to succeed. The facility also will serve as a teaching facility for the college's early childhood education program.
Head Start of Greater Dallas, a non-profit organization, has the dual goal of preparing low-income, preschool-age children for successful entry into the public school system and helping their families become self-reliant. This Head Start center will offer comprehensive services that promote growth in areas such as nutrition, health, social skills, physical coordination, self-esteem and pre-reading and pre-math skills. By basing the center on campus, Brookhaven College and Head Start also hope this partnership will help the children's parents access college courses. Brookhaven College offers training courses for certification in medical, technical and vocational fields, as well as a variety of associate degrees.
"This unique partnership with a community college holds enormous promise for children, their parents, and our community," said Dr. Mary Brumbach, vice president for resource and economic development at Brookhaven College. "We are looking forward to offering rich educational experiences for the next generations of early childhood educators through the Head Start learning laboratory as well as providing a model of collaboration for community colleges across the United States. The Meadows Foundation is known for its careful and generous investments in building new capacity in the community. We are honored to be a part of this grant."
Brookhaven College has been offering programs in early childhood education since 1979 along with a full slate of college preparatory, academic and career programs. The child development program is fully accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children and the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. With more than 11,000 students enrolled, the Brookhaven College student population is very diverse with 49 percent Anglo, 20 percent Hispanic, 14 percent African American, and 12 percent Asian. More than 60 percent of the students are first-generation college students.
The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The foundation's mission is to assist the people and institutions in the state in improving the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. For additional information, visit www.mfi.org.
 
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