- Organization Name:Academy for Learning and Character Development
- Address:3807 Telstar Circle
Hunstville, AL 35805
Founded in 1996 by Dr. Sylvia Collins, Academy for Learning and Character Development (ALCD) is a non-profit 501(c3) organization located in Huntsville, Alabama. The mission of ALCD is to provide a safe, affordable high quality child care in a developmentally appropriate environment for preschool and school age children from disadvantaged families. Under the leadership of ALCD founder and director Dr. Sylvia Collins, ALCD provides stimulating early care and an educational experience which promotes each child’s individual social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children’s desire to be life-long learners.
ALCD assists low-income parents by providing services based on the family’s ability to pay. Children from battered homes, veterans, and homeless families are admitted into our program free of charge. We offer our services to the community so that parents can obtain meaningful careers and further their education. ALCD works to prepare economically disadvantaged students for successful school entry. It is our belief that education is fundamental to breaking the cycle of poverty. It is through a stimulating instruction students will overcome their histories and gain tools for success in school and beyond. Historically, the Academy for Learning and Character Development has developed a solid reputation for teaching over 1,500 disadvantaged at risks children to be ready for school.
As stated in a survey from the United States Census Bureau (2013), 16.8% of residents in Huntsville, AL live beneath the national poverty levels. In our community 37% of residents live below the poverty limits. The fundamental causes for poverty include: limited access to fulfilling education, high rates of unemployment, lack of access to health care, and other services that would be beneficial to residents to maintain gainful employment. The challenge being that many low-income individuals will not have the financial resources to obtain meaningful education either for them or their children. The services provided at ALCD create the pathway too much needed education in our communities. Not only are the children being given an excellent education but this frees up time for the parents to pursue their educational desires.
Historically, the Academy for Learning and Character Development has developed a solid reputation for teaching over 1,500 disadvantaged at risks children to be ready for school.ALCD provides an enriched environmental-based curriculum that promotes growth in all academic areas. We offer drop-in and school age care for parents with traditional and non-traditional schedules. We also offer a summer studies program for school-age students to maintain skills and remediate over the summer. Our organization works with low wealth families on a daily basis, providing them with the child care needed so that the parents may work and/or further free them from dependence on government assistance. ALCD provides families with resources and counseling to help them improve their station in life. ALCD also offers many events that are free and open to the public. ALCD prides itself on hosting safe, uplifting, family friendly events such as: Family Fun Fest, Book Giveaways, Food Basket Giveaways, and holiday programs. We continue to find new ways to serve those who are in need in the community. ALCD also strives to help other organizations to improve their service delivery to disadvantaged children and families by working collaboratively to develop powerful tools for transforming poor communities. It is our belief that education is fundamental to breaking the cycle of poverty.
- Year established:1996
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)
- Scholarship or Fellowship:Maybe
- In-kind or Product Donation:Yes
- Program Related Investment:Maybe
Program areas of focus and activity (i.e. funding cause)
- Arts, Culture, Humanities:Medium
- Human Services:High
- Public Benefit, Society Benefit:Medium
- Science, Technology:Medium
Geographic areas of focus and activity (i.e. geographic area)