Press Release: MBF gifts funds to strengthen St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center

Date: March 3, 2016

Media Contact:

Linda Theander-Adam

MBF

(305) 379-7070 Ext. 204

On March 2, 2016, MBF gifted funds for 7 iStartSmart terminals to strengthen St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center in Coconut Grove.

St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center provides personalized educational programs for children between 6 weeks and 5 years old as well as providing various services for them and their families. The organization was established in 1949, and currently has 200 children at their two Miami-Dade locations. The students and families come from predominately minority, single-parent and low-income households, with an annual income of $12,000 and below.

The mission of St. Alban’s is to provide courteous, convenient, comprehensive, quality child care and family services.

MBF’s gift of $16,890 will purchase 7 iStartSmart terminals for St. Alban’s Coconut Grove location, which currently serves 134 children. The iStartSmart is a “revolutionary all-in-one touchscreen computer learning system specifically designed for young children” created by Hatch, Inc., a provider of educational technology.

The terminals provide personalized learning experiences with games and themes that turn math and literacy lessons into adventures for students. When a child masters a core skill, the terminal unlocks more advanced activities. The terminals help teachers track each student’s progress and personalize their learning. They will also allow for the parents to track their children’s progress.

St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center is one of many organizations that MBF supports in an effort to advance minority education and businesses in the City of Miami. To learn more about MBF’s educational programs for Miami’s youth click here.