A grant from the Children’s Investment Fund will help College Bound Dorchester renovate its Samoset Street facility.
“Everyone understands that educational resources are important, but far too often people forget that a child’s learning experience is heavily influenced by the physical environment in which they are learning,” Mav Pardee, program manager for the fund, said in a statement. “By providing safe, well-designed surroundings, we can have a positive impact on teaching and learning.”
College Bound Dorchester will use a $100,000 loan and $50,000 Facilities Improvement Grant from the group to renovate 3,000-square-feet of its space, as well as add four new early education classrooms, said a release from the Children's Investment Fund.
An affiliate of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, the fund strives to expand early childhood education in some of the Commonwealth's most undeserved communities. Money was also contributed to support renovations at the YMCA Southcoast in Fall River, MA.
“Organizations like College Bound and YMCA Southcoast understand the positive impact of good space for children, which makes them ideal partners for CIF,” Pardee said in a statement. “Fall River and Dorchester need high quality education opportunities for neighborhood children, and we are happy to help both organizations to improve their facilities and make those programs available."
Started in 1965, College Bound Dorchester serves more than 900 families annually with its Early Education, Out of School Time, and College Connections programs, according to the non-profit’s website.