BUFFALO, NY - Ground was broken Wednesday on a new, 10,000-square-foot early childhood education center at Bailey Avenue and Amherst Street in Buffalo.
Scheduled to open in 2013, the facility will serve about 150 children from infancy through age 5.
"The early childhood education center will literally serve as the foundation for academic success for children in the Promise Neighborhood," said Mark J. Czarnecki, President of M&T Bank and Chairman of the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors. in a statement released Wednesday. "Transforming an economically challenged neighborhood so that it can prosper again is a process that starts and ends with providing its children the opportunity to achieve this success."
The John R. Oishei Foundation provided $1 million for the center, with additional funding from M&T Bank. The center's mission is to prepare children in one of Buffalo's most economically distressed communities for successful transitions to kindergarten, elementary school and beyond.
The center will be operated by Buffalo Promise Neighborhood and Bethel Head Start.