The Latin American Community Center receives $250,000 grant from Bank of America
The LACC will direct its funds towards childcare projects, providing culturally sensitive care for children and allow parents to return to the workforce.
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The Latin American Community Center (LACC), a Delaware-based non-profit dedicated to empowering the Latino community through advocacy, education, and partnerships, has received a $250,000 grant from Bank of America to fund their Education Expansion Project.
Founded in 1969 by Puerto Rican immigrants, the LACC provides a wide range of services, ranging from family support services like breastfeeding programs and immigration support, to childcare and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.
“I am grateful to Bank of America for this generous contribution towards our Education Expansion Project,” said Maria Matos, President and CEO of the LACC.
“There is a huge lack of childcare available throughout the state of Delaware which disproportionately impacts minority communities… This strategic expansion of our early education program will provide a level playing field for our children and prepare them for entering kindergarten. I'm so excited for the impact this project will have on both the kids and our community,” she continued.
LACC’s Education Expansion Project will direct the funds primarily towards two goals: the creation of an Infant and Toddler Center and a new Youth Playground.
The new Infant and Toddler Center is set to add childcare slots to children between the ages of six weeks to two years old, while the Youth Playground will support children between the ages of 5 and 12 who are enrolled in LACC Youth programs.
Ultimately, the Project is expected to create 30 new permanent jobs, allow parents to return to the workforce, and provide a culturally sensitive environment for their children to learn and grow in.
“The Latin American Community Center (LACC) provides Delaware’s thriving Hispanic-Latino communities with crucial services and programming that address poverty, unemployment, access to healthcare and lack of educational opportunities at all levels,” said Chip Rossi, President of Bank of America’s Delaware Market.
“We’ve been a long-time supporter of LACC’s work as they continue to adapt to meet the increasing demand of high-quality, affordable early childcare that advances economic mobility for those that need it in our community,” he continued.