Rep. Earl Blumenauer to Visit Early Childhood Center
Posted February 19, 2013
United States Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will visit Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Feb. 20, 10 – 11:45 a.m.
He will meet with a number of MHCC administrators and tour the Early Childhood Center (ECC), which opened in September 2011. Thanks to Blumenauer’s efforts, the ECC received a $306,549 grant from the Department of Education. The funds were used to build and equip a world class outdoor learning space, which includes a rope climbing structure, musical instruments, tricycle corral, tricycle path and much more.
Cradle to Career Education
Overall funding for the $6.2 million center was provided by a unique blending of federal and state funds, as well as a number of significant private donations. However, not all the donations were monetary; students from Reynolds High School built kid-sized benches and storage cubicles for the center.
Head Start operates the center in collaboration with MHCC. Staff prepare meals for 15 Head Start programs located throughout the Portland metro area.
The 21,000 square foot facility creates a unique pathway for cradle to career success in the community. While parents’ lives are transformed in college classrooms, their children receive education and nourishment from Head Start and prepare for kindergarten.
The center serves 184 children, six-months-old to five-years-old, Monday through Friday. It also serves about 60 MHCC students who are enrolled in the MHCC Early Childhood Education academic programs.