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 History of Good Neighbors Child Development Center

 

The Good Neighbors Child Care Center was officially opened on November 28, 1965, at Allen Chapel Church. It provided preschool education for 52 children. The Center employed a staff of 12, all residents of the Del Paso Heights Community. For the first five years, the Head Start program was operated out of churches, schools, and other facilities, as available. In April 1968, The Good Neighbors Club purchased three lots on the corner of Morey Avenue and Knightlinger Street for a future child care center.

By 1973, The Good Neighbors Club applied for and received a license from the California Department of Education, to operate a "child development center." It was licesned for 48 children. On April 13, 1985, the mortgage burning was held at Allen Chapel AME Church, to mark the last payment on the lots previously purchased. One hundred twenty-five members and community supporters attended the mortgage burning event. The guest speaker was Dr. Esther Nelson, President of NAACP.

 

 

In 1991, through partnership with the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, The Good Neighbors Club obtained a grant to erect the facility located at 3700 Knightlinger Street. The Good Neighbors Clubs' Child Developement Center was dedicated in 1992 and still operates in this facility today.

In 1995,, Dr. Ollie R. Mack, Jr., was elected Club President and currently serves in that capacity. The Good Neighbors Club of Del Paso Heights Child Development Center currently has six full-time and two part-time employees serving forty-eight children.

 

 

 

 

"Our future is bright, let us embrace them together."