“The CHILD Center will not only prepare young children to succeed but will provide parents with a safe and reliable place to leave their children while they go to work or attend school,” says Dorothy Thomas, co-chair of SWAG. “We believe that this innovative approach to early care and learning will not only work to break the generational cycle of poverty, but will serve as a county wide-model of how other areas can implement similar programs.”
“Having young children involved in early learning activities gives [caregivers] an opportunity to work or engage in educational activities while knowing their children are in a safe and nurturing environment,” adds Joan Canton, SWAG founding member, board vice chair and neighborhood resident. “When [caregivers] work, they can support their families, thus teaching by example that this way of life is the norm.”
The new center will be built at 820 SW 62nd Terrace in southwest Gainesville.