MVCDC plans $11M East Dayton child development center

Four locations to be consolidated into 29,558-square-foot school.

Miami Valley Child Development Centers will consolidate four East Dayton locations into a new $11 million center at 401 Nassau St., with a construction groundbreaking only weeks away.

MVCDC has four locations on Dayton’s east side where it rents space from other organizations, but these are spaces not specifically designed to be early childhood development centers, MVCDC Chief Executive Berta Velilla said Thursday.

The new center — to be called the Lincoln Hill Child and Family Center — will serve 200 children, with 14 classrooms, a full-service kitchen, a health clinic, training spaces and much more.

Said Velilla, “2023 will be a big year for us.”

Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority trustees have approved tax-exempt revenue bond funding of up to $7.5 million for construction of the 29,558-square-foot school.

The project is boosted by New Market Tax Credits sponsored by CityWide Development Corp., by a cash contribution from MVCDC itself, and with grants from the city of Dayton as well as the Port Authority bond issue.

“We need adequate space for kids to learn,” Velilla said “And again, the facilities where we’ve had services have been adequate. And we’re very grateful to the landlords that have provided the spaces. It’s just not an ideal (situation) for kids.”

She hopes to see ground broken for the school in early June. She expects construction to take 12 to 18 months, with the building opening soon after that.

“We’re really serving some of the most vulnerable kids in our community,” Velilla said. “The east side of Dayton is an under-resourced area.”

MVCDC serves 2,500 kids altogether in Montgomery, Clark, Greene and Madison counties. The centers also have sites in West Dayton, Englewood, in Kettering and well beyond.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, we are proud to help make funding available for the planned school,” said Joseph Geraghty, the port authority’s executive director. “The MVCDC plays a critical and quiet role in our region by helping children become kindergarten ready and ready to succeed throughout their education.”

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