We are proud and excited to share that Ellis has secured a $250,000 capital improvement grant from the state that will support the renovation of the Ellis Children’s Park, a vital play space for our students as well as for children from the broader South End community. Our planned renovation will replace and enhance play equipment, refurbish turf surfaces and fencing, and rejuvenate greenery.
The public park, located between Chandler and Tremont streets, steps away from Ellis’s flagship campus on Berkeley Street, has been a beloved area for young children to play safely since it was constructed in 2007. At that time, Ellis transformed a formerly vacant lot and continues to maintain the park under a lease agreement with the City of Boston.
The generous grant is an Early Education and Out-of-School (EEOST) grant administered through a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the Children’s Investment Fund, an affiliate of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC).
“We are grateful for the grant funding and excited to make much-needed improvements to our park,” said Lauren Cook, CEO of Ellis Early Learning. “Ellis has always been committed to providing young children with the best learning experience, and that includes time outside where they can safely play with others while developing socially, emotionally, and physically.”
While the grant is a large one, additional financial support is needed to complete the project due to the current high costs of just about everything. Stay tuned for a related fundraising campaign!