FOCUS on Education
Early Childhood Education
Within the scope of Higher Ground's work in early childhood education initiatives, Higher Ground works primarily with the Crispus Attuck's Children Center (CACC). Higher Ground continues to collaborate with CACC to assist with fundraising and organizational development and substantially increase enrollment closer to capacity as the largest single-site provider of infant-toddler care in the city of Boston.
Over the past ten years, Higher Ground engaged in the following areas of work with CACC:
Supported CACC in a major recapitalization plan including an application for a $1 million grant from the Mass. Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Fund that will enable the Center to implement a substantial physical improvement of CACC’s facilities during 2018-2019 with work on the HVAC upgrade in progress.
Re-launched Parenting Circles in collaboration with Families First Parenting Programs and CACC.
Connected the Boston Architectural Center (BAC) Gateway Team to CACC that then completed an assessment of the Center’s facilities and recommended improvements to make the facilities more welcoming and supportive of a learning environment.
Secured $3.67 million to renovate CACC physical plant and increase the safety and comfort of the campus. Governor Baker visited the Center in August 2018 to announce this year’s grants including $1 million for CACC.
Assisted CACC in becoming an official Boston Universal Pre-Kindergarten Site serving up to 45 children beginning with the 2019-2020 School Year.
Higher Ground currently partners with four elementary schools in Roxbury and Dorchester:
David A. Ellis Elementary School
302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119
Total Enrollment: 415 students
Principal: Lemuel Ivy
Higginson K-2 Elementary School
160 Harrishof Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Total Enrollment: 168 students
Principal: Marie Mullen
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Higginson Lewis K-8 School
131 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119
Total Enrollment: 261 students
Principal: Darlene Ratiff
William Monroe Trotter Elementary School
135 Humboldt Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121
Total Enrollment: 503 students
Principal: Sarita Thomas