CentroNía, along with The Homer & Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation, is honored to be one of two finalists for the redevelopment of the former Silver Spring library on Colesville Road. On October 4, CentroNia and The Gudelsky Family Foundation shared its vision to operate an inter-generational, mixed-income early childhood education center serving approximately 150 children 0-5 years old, as well as offering after-school activities and community space in Silver Spring. The former library building will be preserved with a plan to conserve 30 percent of the onsite green space and it will integrate with existing park space. The project will be funded 100% through private donations of the family foundation. Additionally, the family foundation will provide offsite units to meet the need for increasing affordable senior housing in the Silver Spring area.

CentroNía currently operates a center in Takoma Park, MD and provides services to nearly 200 children and their families and has more than 500 families on its wait list for enrollment. With demand on the rise in the area, CentroNía is excited at the opportunity to expand access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education for residents of Montgomery County. The proposed center would create new opportunities for young children to learn and grow and offer a space for families to find the resources they need to thrive in their community.

“We are looking to serve around 150 children,” said Myrna Peralta, CentroNía’s president and chief executive officer. “The facility itself will have community space. CentroNía has a history of all of its centers becoming part of the community in which they sit.”

In order for this center to become a reality, we need you to lend your voice on our behalf. Currently the proposal is open for public comments. If you believe this center will fulfill a critical need in Montgomery County, we need you to share your thoughts. The full proposal can be found here. Public comments can be emailed to OPD.DGS@montgomerycountymd.gov.

We hope you will take the opportunity to share how you believe CentroNía and this proposed center could positively contribute to the local community.

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Examples of public comments:
Montgomery County Website