The Children’s Center at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College has been awarded a total of $108,766 in funding from the United States Department of Education and the New York Yankees. Founded by Hostos students, faculty and staff in 1984, the center provides a safe, caring, and nurturing environment for young children whose parents are enrolled at the college.
The Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs of the U.S. Department of Education notified U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer that the federal grant for the Children’s Center will be $98,766 for the period of October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. This funding will continue for four years.
The $10,000 from the New York Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund will help to cover the costs of kitchen, office, and library supplies and meals for the children. This award for fiscal year 2011 was made at a ceremony held at Lincoln Hospital on September 21, 2010.
“The Hostos Community College Children’s Center is an asset of inestimable value for our students and their families,” said President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “Nourishing meals and a strong educational foundation are essential for their physical and mental development.”
When sharing the news about these grants, Dr. Magali Figueroa Sanchez, Director of the Children Center, said, “This is far more than a day care facility; it’s a place where children take their first steps in lifelong learning.”
About Hostos Children’s Center
The Children’s Center at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is a 501c3 non-profit organization that plays two important roles at the college. First, it provides a healthy and nurturing environment and a high quality bilingual curriculum for the children. Second, the on-site childcare enables students who are also parents to pursue their own education and remain enrolled at Hostos.
About the United States Department of Education and its Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs (OLCA)
The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access (for more information visit: http://ed.gov). The Department of Education’s Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs (OLCA) has a wide range of responsibilities, the most important of which is coordinating all Department matters relating to Congress. OLCA has a leadership role in planning, developing, and implementing the Department’s legislative goals and strategies, notifying Congressional offices of grant awards and Department initiatives, addressing appropriations and budget matters, and monitoring the status of legislative proposals (for more information visit: http://ed.gov/about/offices/list/olca/index.html).
About the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, Inc.
The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, Inc. (“Fund”) is a grant making not-for-profit organized under and operating pursuant to the laws of the state of New York. It came into existence in conjunction with the construction of the new Yankee Stadium, and it solidifies the partnership between the Yankee organization and the people of the Bronx. It was created for the purpose of providing funds to service the civic, socio-economic and/or educational needs of the communities of Bronx County. For more information visit: http://www.bronxyankeefund.org/.
For more information about Hostos Community College, please visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
Communications & College Relations Manager
Division of Institutional Development
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
of The City University of New York
120 East 149th Street, Rm. 214 E Bronx, NY 10451
Tel. (718) 518-4355
Fax #: (718) 518-4240