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Christmas came early at the Howard Levine Child Development Center in Renaissance West located in West Charlotte on Thursday. The grand opening of the center, named for local philanthropist Howard Levine, welcomed 150 people and treated them to a tour of the center, treats from Something Classic and brew from Hyde Brewery. Want to see and learn more? Take a look.
The grand opening of the center was a realization of a vision to serve young children in this at-risk neighborhood and help families get out of poverty and increase economic mobility in Charlotte, two recommendations from the city’s Opportunity Task Force Report.
The center will serve children up to five-years-old from the Renaissance and Little Rock neighborhoods and any family in Charlotte that wants their child to receive quality early education. If you want to be part of this feel good story, you can make a gift towards scholarships for children 0-5 who otherwise would not be able to afford this important start.
The facility will open in early 2018 and include 15 classrooms, 15 observation rooms, two therapy rooms, a healing room, a family resource room and the Cato Center for Excellence in Early Education training room. The Cato Center will host continuing education and trainings for early educators in the west boulevard corridor.
In addition, the center will house the Hugh McColl Jr. Indoor Learning Environment, named for Charlotte visionary Hugh McColl Jr. who was a leader of the Campaign Cabinet and early supporter of the center.
The Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) along with key partner the Charlotte Housing Authority along with other local people and organizations made the dream of the center a reality.
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