By Peter Goonan
SPRINGFIELD -- Calling it a "dream come true," educators and philanthropists unveiled plans Wednesday for a $12 million early childhood center in the Old Hill neighborhood intended to serve as a national model for preparing children for academic success.
Mary E. Walachy, executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, said that $13.5 million has been raised in private funds for the center and its programs. That amount came from three donors -- two anonymous contributors and the Davis Foundation.
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