Dr. Stephanie Dinwiddie, founder of Spirit Child Care Development Center is surrounded by Community Leaders at the Grand Opening of the Center.
First Lady Denise Hunter and Pastor John J. Hunter greet children at Spirit Child Care Development Center.
(Left to right) Malcolm Dinwidde, Dr. Stephanie Dinwiddie, First Lady Denise Hunter and Pastor John J. Hunter
Malcom Dinwidde, left, stands next to Martice D. MillsÂ Business Development Manager, FAME Assistance Corporation, as Dr. Stephanie Dinwiddie expresses gratitude to FAME for its leadership in economic development in Los Angeles.
Hearts were warmed as guests and parents walked into the newly constructed Spirit Child Development Center. Â June 17, 2010 marked the grand opening of the center after a long and arduous construction process. Â "We could not have done it without the help of FAME Assistance Corporation," said Stephanie Dinwiddie, owner of Spirit Child Development Center. Â FAME Assistance Corporation provided the much needed construction loan for the new child day care facility. Â The funding was provided through FAME Assistance Corporation's Revolving Loan Fund.
"During the current challenging economic environment most financial institutions have curtailed lending to many small businesses. The provision of this loan displays FAC's continued commitment to the economic development of South Los Angeles," said Denise Hunter, President and Chief Operating Officer of FAME Assistance Corporation.
Spirit CDC was originally founded in 2004 by Dr. Stephanie Dinwiddie. Dr. Dinwiddie served as a Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California for more than 18 years. Dr. Dinwiddie also oversees the development and implementation of several educational programs throughout the inner city.
Speaking at the grand opening, Dr. Dinwiddie expressed her gratitude to FAME for the support and assistance provided to the center. "We approached FAME Renaissance and they trusted us to do the right thing for the children, for the organization and the community."
"We are now able to continue our mission of helping to develop intuitive, confident children who are empowered cognitively, socially, and physically through the use of creative, innovative, and age appropriate teaching techniques," said Dr. Dinwiddie.
Since its founding, Spirit has embraced the best of early childhood education curricula by creating an optimum learning environment for all children, regardless of their developmental age, stage, and or abilityand ability.
"FAME is proud to continue supporting economic development through programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for families and individuals in the communities we serve," said Pastor John J. Hunter, Senior Pastor of FAME Church.
Visit www.famecorps.org to learn more about FAME's economic development programs and to see an exclusive behind the scenes video of the Spirit Child Development Center's grand opening. of Spirit Child Development Center.
Spirit CDC is a non-profit licensed day care center designed to provide an engaging preschool experience for children, ages 2 years - first grade entry (6 years), with particular focus on low income or at-risk children. Spirit EIP is a comprehensive early intervention program for children 0-3 years with special needs.