In 2013, Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation and US Bancorp Community Development Entity financed of the acquisition, renovation and construction of a community facility providing services to disadvantaged children and youth including Boys and Girls Club, Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Financing also included U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Head Start grant funds.
The Continuum of Care Joint Facility Project is a unique collaboration between Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and Child Care Resource & Referral – Head Start to provide quality youth development programs from cradle to college, birth to 18 years of age, under one roof.
This project assures a future of kids with increased school readiness, higher graduation rates, increased employment, stronger families, and a stronger future for our community. It allows both organizations to meet the growing needs of families in a true partnership benefiting all of Rochester’s youth and families.
Project Outcome: A state of the art partnership and collaborative which jointly owns a facility that serves the youth and families most in need with a continuum of services that create a web of hope and opportunities for positive, healthy development of children and families. The cradle-to-college concept ensures these families the constancy of support and resources from
preschool school readiness to a safe and healthy environment after school and summers for school-aged children.
Child Care Resource & Referral increases the physical capacity for Head Start programs by 50% from 286 to 422 children by adding classrooms. The joint facility includes space to serve 96 children in Early Head Start. BGCR also increased daily capacity by 100%, to serve from 150 to 300 children per day.