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City of Reno and community partners celebrate opening of Community Assistance Center's Early Learning Center 2

Post Date:01/30/2018 12:17 PM
Today, the City of Reno and its community partners joined together to celebrate the opening of the new Early Learning Center 2 preschool facility at Reno’s Community Assistance Center (CAC). Members of the following organizations were present for the Open House:
  • City of Reno
  • City of Sparks
  • Washoe County
  • Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows (BGCTM)
  • The Children’s Cabinet
  • Volunteers of America (VOA) - Northern Nevada
  • Community Health Alliance
  • Community Services Agency (CSA of Reno)
  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada
  • Renown Health
“This learning center will provide much-needed security for community members working toward independent living," Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado said. "This facility truly illustrates the power of community partners coming together to serve our most vulnerable families."

“The opening of this center represents a community response to caring about children and families facing difficult circumstances,” said Mike Pomi, executive director of The Children’s Cabinet. “The organizations involved in this effort collaborated to provide manpower, support and ideas to create a safe, welcoming place for kids. The Early Learning Center 2 is the terrific outcome of listening to the needs and concerns of parents and working together to create solutions for our community.”

Background

On November 8, 2017, Reno City Council unanimously approved a Lease Agreement between BGCTM and the City of Reno relating to the provision of an Early Childhood Education Program at the CAC.

In September 2016, WCSD lost grant funding to continue providing services and subsequently had to vacate the space, resulting in loss of childcare for children residing in the Family Shelter.

In early 2017, City of Reno staff, in conjunction with VOA, The Children’s Cabinet, Washoe County Human Services and BGCTM, began exploring ideas surrounding the implementation of a fully licensed childcare facility at 335 Record Street.

Throughout the following months, a plan was derived and funding was identified. BGCTM has partnered with The Children’s Cabinet to open a fully licensed preschool facility at 335 Record Street at no cost to the families residing in the shelter.

This fully licensed childcare facility will use the most sophisticated technology as well as early intervention testing. Younger children will be tested at least two times per year in order to identify those children who may need speech or occupational therapy, or other early intervention services. The preschool facility can serve up to 42 children daily, ages infant to 6 years old.

Council approved the renewal of the Cooperative Agreement between the cities of Reno and Sparks and Washoe County for operations of the CAC on June 28, 2017, establishing the City of Reno as the lead entity through June 30, 2018.