July 30, 2013
Barrett Early Learning Center moved forward with changes to stay open.
Thanks to some private donations, Barrett Early Learning Center is not closing next month. The center will remain open for at least several more months and hopes to remain open for years to come.
The center had been slated to close August 16 due to financial stresses.
At a meeting Tuesday night, people worked to keep the center open. They elected a new board, officers, and discussed fundraising.
"We are terribly confident that with the help of the community, we can raise the needed funds. We have a lot of wonderful children, wonderful parents, and we know that Charlottesville will work together to see to it that Barrett Early Learning Center is successful for another 78 years," said Hodari Hamilton, shortly after being elected Barrett Board President Tuesday night.
The board hopes to raise atleast $75,000, and would like to raise $200,000.
Sena Magill, elected new the board Vice President Tuesday evening, said she wanted to help because Barrett was affordable and quality school for her daughter, who will graduate from Barrett in a couple weeks.
"I want her to be able to send her children there. It's been a phenomenal school and she has gained so much from it. We are, you know, a struggling, working family, we don't get any assistance currently, and it has been an affordable daycare, a good daycare option for our child."
Magill said her daughter has receives affordable education and loving environment.
"She's sharp as a tack, she knows her ABC's, knows how to spell her name, do adding and subtracting, goes and plays outside for hours at a time and I couldn't ask for anything more for her. And she's well-loved. And, being a mom who's out working, I want to know my daughter is in good hands and I feel that," said Magill.
Hamilton said he wanted to serve on the board because he felt that the Charlottesville community would help Barrett.
"Being new to Charlottesville I am overwhelmed with the graciousness of the community. So, when I was told of the institution and all that it's done and where it was, I am very confident that Charlottesville will work together. So, it's based on my love for and appreciation of Charlottesville and I'm confident that we can do this," said Hamilton.
If you'd like to donate, visit the Barrett website here.