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The Martinez Early Childhood Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation, operating at 615 Arch Street, Martinez, California. The agency has a 501(c)(3)status and has been in the business of quality care and education services since 1974.

The majority of our operating funds are provided through a contract with the California Department of Education to provide care and education to children 1 year to 5 years old from low-income families, so that parents can work, look for work, or receive vocational training that will lead to employment. We also receive funds through our partnership with the Federal Head Start program and the Federal Child Care Food Program. Finally, a small portion of our funds are provided by families who pay full tuition.

Community Support!
MECC has enjoyed a long history of community support beginning with two years of local fundraising efforts and the procurement of three foundation grants that lead to the purchase of our 2½ acre site in 1976. In 1981, a third building was erected to house our Toddler Program. Numerous renovations and up-grades have been made possible over the years due to federal, state, and local grants, generous donations from community members, and annual fundraising efforts. Each year the Parent Advisory Committee hosts a Winetasting Event to raise funds that benefit the children and families at MECC. The community artists, merchants, and citizens are very generous with donations for our silent auction, raffle prizes and door prizes for this event. Local wineries and wine makers donate their fine wines, and the addition of local musicians and an abundance of delicious appetizers makes for a very enjoyable evening for the community, with proceeds directly benefitting the children's program.

We also enjoy the generosity of the Martinez Opera, who put on a children's performance free to the local preschools. Alhambra and Vicente high schools, Creek side church, Shell Oil, and other local agencies send us volunteers who are happy to fill our current needs. We have had the pleasure of having local artists come into our classrooms and work directly with the children and teachers on a variety of projects. We are very fortunate to have the support of the Martinez Downtown Retailers Focus Group. They very generously donate a portion of their proceeds during downtown events; raising funds that help us keep our program high quality for children and families in the community.


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