Studies show that the human brain is 90 percent developed before the age of five. That is why early childhood education is the mission of the Downtown Hampton Childhood Development Center.
Celebrating 50 years, the center will have its 19th annual fundraising breakfast on April 22. This year it will be online. Usually, 400-500 people attend the event.
What remains the same is guests will learn how the center works with families to care for their children, and will hear parent testimonies, said Rachel Kuchta, development director for the center.
“And we will still have everyone’s favorite part, a performance by the children,” she said.
The cost to participate is free. Following the event, guests are asked to donate whatever they are able to contribute.
Despite the pandemic, the center has remained open with only 100 children. Most years, it has about 250 children ranging in age from six weeks to five years old, said Jennifer Parish, executive director.
The center’s tuition is based on a family’s ability to pay. The center also receives grants, donations from area churches, and money from the federal government. Meals are provided by Hampton City Schools.
Contact Rachel Kuchta at 757-825-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.