Finance Fund helps the Childhood League to renovate a 41,000 sq. ft. facility to double its space and the number of children it serves. Finance Fund provided nearly $10.6 million in federal and state New Markets Tax (NMTC) financing to make the grand opening of the new Childhood League Center possible.
State Senator Stephanie Kunze joined Central Ohio leaders to celebrate the grand opening of this licensed early childhood intervention center. Located on Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, OH, the new Childhood League Center is committed to serving children ages 6 and under providing inclusive programs designed to promote positive development and learning for all children. Part of the Childhood League Center’s mission is to provide early childhood educational opportunities for children with developmental disabilities and empower families.
Finance Fund’s investment enables the new Childhood League Center to prepare children to reach their full potential. The goal is that by the time the children enter kindergarten, 65% of which received services from the Center will no longer qualify for specialized services.
On Thursday, January 26th, the Childhood League Center offered light appetizers, activities for children and tours of the facility at their grand opening event. The presentation featured the following key speakers:
- Ginger Young, Executive Director, The Childhood League Center
- Peter McMurtrie, Chair of the Board of Directors, The Childhood League Center
- Senator Stephanie Kunze, District 16, Ohio Senate
- Kevin Boyce, Franklin County Commissioner
- Jess, Former Childhood League Center student
Senator Sherrod Brown could not attend the grand opening, however he recorded a video message that was played during the presentation. He specifically thanked President and CEO, Diana Turoff and Finance Fund for their investment to make this project possible. He ended with a quote, “When you get, you give, when you learn, you teach.”
One of the highlights of the Childhood League Center’s Grand Opening was hearing Ginger Young tell the story about a lovely woman that was in attendance that night, Elaine D. Walter. The Center dedicated the building in her name for the transformational lead gift that her family provided. The day of the dedication also happened to be Elaine’s 96th birthday. Getting to know the people involved in this project and witnessing the end result, knowing Finance Fund had a hand in it, makes me proud to be a part of this organization.