Ameren is helping SouthSide Early Childhood Center build a new education center and community hub in St. Louis, Mo. The non-profit organization provides childcare and early education, family and parenting support services, and early intervention for children with disabilities and mental health challenges. Currently, the agency serves 98 children and their families each year and will have room to grow to 140 in the new school.
“Our new school will expand our services to more children and families and provide much-needed space that enhances our excellent program," said Anne Kessen Lowell, executive director, SouthSide. "Early childhood education builds the best foundation for future success, especially for children living in poverty."
The new 20,000 square-foot building will include an early childhood education facility on the first floor. Second floor space will feature administrative offices and state of the art meeting and conference room space for parents, teachers and community meetings.
“Early childhood is critical to preparing our future workforce and we are proud to serve as a lead donor for this important community project," added Thomas R. Voss, chairman, president and CEO, Ameren.
Completion is projected for early 2014.