Focus Area: Early Childhood
Grant Amount: $10,000
Located in St. Paul. HQBC was founded in 1929 in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul to connect members of the African American community to resources that they were otherwise denied access to due to segregation. After the forced dispersal of the Rondo community due to the construction of I-94, HQBC worked with the city of St. Paul to construct the Martin Luther King Center where the Early Learning Center (ELC) is located. HQBC has been providing a variety of services to the community during Covid-19, including operating a food shelf and keeping its childcare center open.
Grant supports converting a transitional classroom for older infants into a preschool classroom for 3-4-year-olds in response to the changed needs of essential workers as a result of the pandemic. The ELC will use Creative Curriculum, which contains measures of social-emotional development. It is complemented by a community support navigator to assist families with challenges facing them.