Mayor Lee Announces Partnership & Funding To Secure Permanent Home For Early Care & Education Organization In The Excelsior Neighborhood
Partnership Keeps Legacy Non-Profit Organization Thriving to Continue to Serve Bilingual Children & San Francisco Working Families with Subsidized Childcare
Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the Mission Child Care Consortium (MCCC) to announce the purchase of their building in the Excelsior neighborhood which they have occupied as renters for nearly 30 years. Mission Child Care Consortium provides subsidized and bilingual early care and education for more than 200 neighborhood children.
“Over the last 47 years, the Mission Child Care Consortium has educated generations of children in the Excelsior and Mission neighborhoods and has helped working families thrive in our City,” said Mayor Lee. “Often, when local non-profits face challenges, they are forced to find creative solutions. The City’s assistance in the purchase of this building is part of my larger investment to contribute $728 million in programs for children, youth and families over the next two years.”
Mission Child Care Consortium, a non-profit organization, was one of the components established in 1969 by the Mission Coalition Employment Committee. MCCC is San Francisco’s largest subsidized early education facility, serving 224 low-income children and their families daily, and employing 32 staff. MCCC serves working families in the Excelsior and Mission neighborhoods which have the highest demand for subsidized child care services in San Francisco.
“We are thankful for the work of the Mayor’s Office, other City agencies, family foundations and community advocates to help secure funding so the Mission Child Care Consortium can permanently stay in the community we love,” said Mission Child Care Consortium Executive Director Joseph Martinez. “Now that we have a permanent home, we can focus on providing the services and subsidized child care to our bilingual and neighborhood families.”
With the Mayor’s leadership, several City departments collaborated to make this possible. The Office of Early Care and Education, Human Services Agency, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and First 5 of San Francisco worked with MCCC to secure the $5.68 million needed to purchase the building. This included helping MCCC to secure approximately $3.3 million loan from the Low Income Investment Fund and a put together a cash down payment comprised of $1.8 million in grant funding from the City, MCCC’s own equity as well as additional generous support from the Hellman Foundation.
The City is deeply grateful for MCCC’s commitment of nearly 50 years to the Excelsior and Mission children and families, as one of our City’s most vital early education and family support centers. With the support of the City and philanthropic partners, the center will be able to secure funding to purchase the building and have a permanent home, ensuring their long term sustainability as a Preschool for All program for the Excelsior and Mission communities.