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As 2023 comes to a close, we look forward to a new year with exciting developments and opportunities ahead. Among those, CentroNía is delighted to announce that we are expanding to Silver Spring, Maryland, and Washington DC’s Ward 5 through new centers at the Martha Gudelsky Child Development Center and Bunker Hill Elementary School! Opening these two centers will create 160 new slots for families in need of childcare and wraparound support services.

CentroNía’s expansion will broaden the geographical reach of our programs and services in line with our mission to make high-quality early childhood education and care accessible to families in our community, like Meseret’s. Meseret enrolled her daughter Eldana in the pre-kindergarten program at CentroNía’s Takoma Park center after receiving a recommendation from a friend whose son was a student years ago. “It’s beautiful,” Meseret enthused. “My daughter, she likes it, I like it.”

“I am living in Silver Spring and it’s a little bit far for me coming to Takoma Park… The traffic in the morning and in my area, it is very far to get there on time. Other than that, CentroNía is perfect”. 

Distance is one of the many factors that can act as barriers for low-income families in need of care, but Meseret’s family is able to take public transport each morning to make sure that Eldana makes it to class. She spoke of the sense of joy and stability CentroNía brought to Eldana’s education, and Eldana’s fondness for her teachers and friends. “With Eldana, they have helped me a lot. They gave out diapers when she was using a diaper… They have taught her a lot of things. And she’s getting better.”

The support that CentroNía offers ensures that our children and families thrive academically and develop a strong sense of community. Meseret and Eldana’s experience illustrates why accessible, high quality early childhood services are pertinent to families and their well-being.

With your support, CentroNía’s expansion will guarantee that our programs and services continue to reach families in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. Please consider giving today and on behalf of our CentroNía families, thank you and have a happy holiday season!