Children’s center receives additional gifts for expansion

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$ 125,000 between donations brings the Augusta facility closer to its $ 5 million goal

AUGUSTA – Children’s Center, an early childhood intervention and family support organization for children with special needs, announced an additional $ 125,000 in gifts for the centre’s plans to expand its facility in Augusta. The Davis Family Foundation provided $ 100,000 for the project and the Elsie & William Viles Foundation provided an additional $ 25,000. Previously, the Elise & William Viles Foundation donated $ 25,000 to the campaign last year, bringing their total contribution to $ 50,000. The two new gifts bring in a total of $ 3.2 million for the campaign.

“People in our community continue to see the need to provide more children with access to the children’s center services,” said Jeff Johnson, director of the children’s center. “All you have to do is look at the progress that has been made between starting the kids here and moving on to the next grade, and it’s obvious what makes a difference in their life. Our goal is to open our doors to a greater number of children and eliminate the waiting list, and we look forward to getting closer and closer to that goal. “

The children’s center announced its plans to expand its main location in Augusta earlier this year to meet demand. The organization provides center-based services for children ages six weeks to six years old and outpatient services, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, outpatient mental health for children and families, and case management support for children up to 21 years old, serving more than 250 children between its four locations : Augusta, Farmington, Skowhegan and Waterville. All locations have waiting lists, with Augusta being the largest with more than 100 children in need of inpatient or outpatient services at any given time.

The Children’s Center will expand its current Augusta facility by 14,000 square feet while renovating 5,000 square feet of existing space. The expansion will more than double the area and create additional classrooms, specialized service areas and administrative rooms. The expansion creates additional gross engine room, a stimulation-sensitive entrance and a lobby, a solar system for improved energy efficiency and a lower CO2 footprint, as well as the only Snoezelen room in the country. The entire project is expected to cost about $ 5 million, with the children’s center reaching more than half of its fundraising goal, mostly through large donations.

Children’s centers offer a wide range of services, including specialty programs for children with autism, complex medical needs, and global delays; Behavioral therapy for children with a history of trauma, emotional regulation, and mental health needs; and a recently established, fully accredited special purpose private school that allows children in need of a special environment to continue studying at the Children’s Center during their kindergarten year.

The Children’s Center has served the Greater Augusta Area since 1967 as the Mid-State United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. After several moves, the doors of the current building opened in December 1978. Located on the corner of Alden Avenue and Worcester Street in Augusta, the building was expanded in 2001, increasing its capacity to 60 children in centers.

You can find more details about the campaign and donation opportunities at www.AChampionInEveryChild.org.

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