The Fairplex Child Development Center Foundation recently received two grants totaling $100,000 to use in its efforts to update and expand the childcare and preschool facility. rc=http://ww
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Weingart Foundation each presented the Foundation with $50,000 for playground renovation and classroom expansion.
“We’re delighted to be the recipient of such generous donations,” said Jan Paulson, chairwoman of the Child Development Center Foundation. “The grants have allowed us to serve an additional 24 children from our community by helping to finance a classroom as well as the playground construction.”
According to its mission, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation strives to support and facilitate the work of the region’s best nonprofit organizations, recognizing that many of those in need today will go on to shape the future of Southern California.
The Weingart Foundation focuses its grant making on programs that address the needs of the under-served and the general community. From 1972 to 2000, the Foundation authorized grants of almost $500 million to support a variety of Southern California social services, educational and community programs.
The new CDC classroom has been constructed using an existing area of the Center. Remodeling included easy access to the playground.
The playground renovation included the addition of 1,800 square feet. The expanded playground has a rubber surface, new, approved playground equipment, shady areas and new fencing.
For more than 20 years, the Fairplex Child Development Center has provided quality infant and child development and school readiness programs to thousands of children from diverse economic, ethnic and social backgrounds. Funding from the State Department of Education’s Child Development Division enables the center to subsidize the tuition of low-income families who would not otherwise have affordable high quality childcare. The center also provides a specialized inclusion program for children with identified special needs.
The Fairplex Child Development Center Foundation was established as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization in 1999, along with the Millard Sheets Gallery Foundation and the Fairplex Education Foundation. The center is considered to be a model for the industry. The center is operated in partnership with the University of La Verne. Child development and child life students from the university train at the CDC.
For more information about the Child Development Center or Fairplex, visit the Web site at www.fairplex.com or call Fairplex at (909) 623-3111. The Child Development Center can be reached at (909) 623-3899. For more information about grants and the foundations at Fairplex, call Susan Dowler, director of development, at (909) 865-4205.