Peacock Foundation Funds Centro Mater Summer Programs

MIAMI, FL (June 5th, 2013) — Centro Mater Child Care Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization with five facilities in Miami-Dade County that provides care and education for economically disadvantaged youths, announced it has received $30,000 from Peacock Foundation, Inc., a Miami-based institution that strives to enhance and promote the good health and well being of children, families and the underprivileged. The generous donation will be used toward partial scholarships for 75 preschoolers to attend Centro Mater’s Wellness Summer Camp.

An extension of the organization’s ongoing initiative that encourages healthy lifestyles among children and their families, Centro Mater’s Wellness Camp will be offered at two of its sites, Centro Mater Child Care Center in Little Havana and Centro Mater West II in Hialeah Gardens. The 10-week summer camp—offered June 10 through August 16—will feature a strong emphasis on nutrition and physical fitness. In addition to servicing young minds through literacy, science and art programs, the camp will offer special, wellness-based activities including gardening, healthy cooking classes and daily physical fitness—based on curriculum developed by SPARK, a research-based, public organization that creates and helps to realize kid-focused wellness programs.

“We are extremely appreciative of Peacock Foundation, Inc.’s gracious support,” said Executive Director of Centro Mater, Dr. J. Abilio Rodriguez. “For many disadvantaged youths, summer is a time of reduced stimulation and lack of guidance. But with the help of this donation, many of such children will now have the opportunity to be engaged both mentally and physically—actions that will positively influence their health and future.”

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Centro Mater Child Care Services, Inc. strives to aid economically disadvantaged families—nearly 1,200 annually—through quality child care and education. With a goal to help youths prosper and their parents and/or guardians become financially independent, Centro Mater caters to children 6 weeks to 12 years of age, and their families, through early child care, pre-school education, after school care, nutrition and development assistance, parent-focused instruction, and summer programs. The organization operates five centers in Miami-Dade County (Miami, Hialeah and Hialeah Gardens), all of which have received accreditations by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Peacock Foundation, Inc. aims to advance the good health and well being of children, families and underprivileged individuals in Southeast Florida through support of eligible nonprofit organizations. Since it was founded by Henry B. Peacock in 1947, the foundation has invested more than $34 million in charitable efforts.

To learn more about Centro Mater Child Care Services, Inc. visit CentroMater.org or call 305-545-6049, and for more information on Peacock Foundation, Inc., call 305-373-1386 or visit peacockfondationinc.org.

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About Centro Mater Child Care Services, Inc.
Centro Mater Child Care Services Inc. is a 45-year-old, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that strives to aid economically disadvantaged families by providing child care and education services. Centro Mater was founded in 1968 by Mother Margarita Miranda Otero, who recognized a desperate need for child care services among newly exiled Cuban families in Miami. The organization’s unwavering mission is, “to provide quality services to disadvantaged children by offering developmentally appropriate experiences conducive to enhancing the child’s potential while empowering and strengthening the families.” With five accredited centers in Miami-Dade County, Centro Mater caters to children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in its efforts to help youths prosper and their parents and/or guardians become financially independent. Centro Mater serves nearly 1,200 children and families annually. Since 2007, Centro Mater Child Care Services has been managed and greatly supported by Catholic Health Services (CHS) within the Archdiocese of Miami. The organization also receives substantial assistance from the Centro Mater Foundation. For additional information, visit www.CentroMater.com.

 

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