In a flurry of activity at the end of July, UUCT found out that our renter — the Children’s Center (CC) — was planning to install 4 mini-split air conditioners on the Thoreau building.
- They had long complained that the existing roof mounted and window ACs could not keep the rooms at the state-required 82 degrees in the hot summer days.
The Children’s Center received a $50,000 grant from LISC to fix the problem.
- LISC (Local Initiatives Support Group) is a national organization that was formed to bring financial resources from foundations, government, and for-profits — and get the money to local organizations that needed capital.
- The federal American Resources Plan Act funded a program — which is ending September 30, 2023 — to bring ventilation to schools and day care centers.
- LISC is an intermediary — getting the funds from the federal government to organizations (like the CC) who needed capital improvements.
One of LISC’s major programs is improving the physical spaces of child care centers — as a way to build a robust quality child care system.
- They also emphasize supporting entrepreneurs who are women of color.
- Rema Koussa (owner and director of the CC) received the money at the end of July and had to spend it by August 15 — not leaving much time for coordination.
- The end result is that three mini-split ACs — comprised of a condenser unit on the roof and a small blower unit hung on the classroom wall — are installed and operating in Thoreau building and one on the Lincoln building for the Awareness room.
- They are a gift from the CC to UUCT — using our tax dollars as economic stimulus and improving early childhood education.
- The Children’s Center also used similar grant money to install artificial turf over the whole courtyard — and under the play structure in the playground.
- This has profoundly changed the way the courtyard looks.
- They also got funding for new toys and equipment for the children.
- The result — along with fresh paint and the new floor coverings UUCT installed last year — has created an attractive area for children to grow and thrive.
~ Margot Garcia for the Facilities Team