|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
|"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
|"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.