Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve as national model

Partners include the Davis Foundation, Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start and Springfield College
Dr. Calvin Hill, Vice President for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Springfield College

2/21/18-Springfield-At the early education editorial board meeting at The Republican. Here are Dr. Calvin Hill, Vice President for Inclusion and Community Engagement at Springfield College and Mary Walachy, Executive Director of the Irene E. and George A, Davis Foundation. (Dave Roback / The Republican)

 

By Peter Goonan

pgoonan@repub.com

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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