Hallie Q. Brown Community Center currently operates five core program areas along with a number of additional service activities. The five core program areas are: Early Childhood Education (Early Learning Center); Youth Out of School Time (After School and Summer Enrichment program); Basic Needs (Emergency Food Shelf and Clothing Closet); Seniors programming; and the Multi-Service Hub Center Administration.
The Hallie Q. Brown Child Early Learning Center (ELC) is NAEYC accredited and provides preschool programming and childcare for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and is licensed for 38 children ages 6 weeks through 5 years old. We provide safe, affordable childcare for working parents and community residents on a sliding fee scale. Children are provided with skills and tools to prepare them effectively for Kindergarten and beyond, as well as being exposed to a wide variety of learning activities through field trips and classroom activities with special guests. We have received a Four Star rating from Parent Aware and currently in review for National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation. The ELC has a sliding fee scale as well as accepts all forms of public assistance for child care. Schedule a tour today! Click here for more information on the Early Learning Center
The purpose of the After School and Summer Enrichment program is to provide youth ages 5 to 14 with the resources and opportunities to develop and expand cooperative and interdependent relationships through organized activities. The program is designed to improve academic performance, enhance leadership and communication skills, increase awareness of other cultures, inspire a sense of community pride, and teach the importance of volunteerism and philanthropy to build strong and healthy communities. It operates after school during the year and full day during the summer and school release days. Click here for more information on the After School and Summer Enrichment program.
The Food Shelf and Clothing Closet operate out of the branch service centers of Hallie Q. Brown at Skyline Towers and 100 N. Oxford Street, where they administers a broad range of emergency, referral and other support services. Among these services are the Food Shelf which operates from a Client Choice model and Clothing Closet which provides free clothing and small household items for families. The goal is to assist families in achieving self-sufficiency and self-empowerment, thus reducing their dependency on the food shelf and other services for their health and well-being. Click here for more information on the Food Shelf and Clothing Closet.
Hallie Q. Brown currently serves as a gathering place for Seniors to enhance their independence through a connection to services and activities. Community "Grandmothers" volunteer in the Child Care center to provide care and support to the children and other Seniors volunteer in additional areas of the Center. Our most active programs are the Golden Agers and the Retired Men's Club. Both groups meet at the Center and are always welcoming new members. Read below for more information.
The Golden Agers began in 1940 as the "Boys and Girls of Yesterday". They are a group of women who grew up at or were otherwise involved with Hallie Q. over the years. Membership starts at the Speed Limit (55), and they are always open for new members. The Golden Agers meet twice a month on Tuesdays to socialize, share stories and information, play Bingo and much more. For more information, you can click here for their brochure.
The Retired Men's Club is a "Friendly Club" that meets twice a month on Thursdays to share stories and information, socialize and connect. Like the Golden Agers, the Club is comprised of men who grew up at Hallie or worked at Hallie Q. Membership is for those who are retired. For more information, you can click here for their brochure.
The Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center provides a multi-faceted service delivery to the community. Programs, classes, cultural events and special projects originate from this facility. The agencies providing these services and programs recognize and work to meet the diverse social, cultural and educational needs of their constituents. In addition to the groups using the facility for various program needs, the Martin Luther King Center is the permanent home for additional agencies/organizations. Please visit our Partners page for more information of the other services offered in the Center.
In addition to the core programs of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, activities at Hallie Q. Brown include: Special Interest/Family Nights, MLK Recreation, and the 3M Computer Learning and Resource Center.