CHICAGO, IL—The Carole Robertson Center for Learning, an early childhood and youth development organization in Chicago, will receive $450,000 in state funding toward capital improvements at its Albany Park flagship location, thanks to the support of State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago).

These funds will support much-needed upgrades and deferred maintenance at the facility, which currently serves over 300 children ages 0-17 in Chicago’s far North Side. The building was previously home to the Albany Park Community Center (APCC). The Carole Robertson Center for Learning acquired APCC in August 2021 to continue and expand on the work of another community anchor institution.

“Senator Villivalam epitomizes what it means to be a true champion for children and families,” said Bela Moté, President and CEO of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning. “Thanks to the senator’s responsiveness and advocacy, we can enhance our capacity to bring high-quality learning environments, culturally responsive programs, and whole-family care to one of the nation’s most diverse neighborhoods.”

In addition to offering year-round early education and out-of-school-time (OST) programming, the Carole Robertson Center’s Albany Park location provides wraparound family support services including health and mental health programs, as well as opportunities for family advocacy.

“I am proud to support the Carole Robertson Center for Learning and their efforts to provide quality education for the youth of our community,” said State Senator Villivalam. “This funding will help update the flagship location to facilitate their child care, advocacy, youth development, and educational programs that provide our youth with the tools necessary to succeed and excel in school. I look forward to the updates coming to the Carole Robertson Center for Learning and am proud to continue supporting their efforts and vision.”

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Since 1976, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been dedicated to educating, enriching, and empowering children and families through comprehensive child and family development programs.