Community Advocacy Effort Saves Our Malcolm X Early Learning Center

Posted by Sheltering Arms on December 4, 2015 in Early Childhood Education

The Queens Chronicle covers our community advocacy effort which saved our Malcolm X Early Childhood Education Center in Queens. The Center is the only affordable childcare option for children as young as 2 years-old in the area, many of whom do not speak English when they begin the program. Parents also told us that they rely on the rigorous curriculum at the center, which gives children real learning opportunities in addition to a safe place to stay while their parents are at work.

In partnership with families, staff, local representatives, community members, and media, we were able to urge the City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to extend our contract at the site so we can continue to offer this critical service to low income families in Corona. The initial announcement to close the site left staff and families suddenly looking for other options, but with the contract extension and the ongoing negotiations, we are confident that the site will be fully staffed and enrolled once more. Read the full story below.