Submitted by United Way of Lewis County

Representatives from the City of Centralia, United Way of Lewis County, Discover! Children’s Museum, the Boys & Girls Club of Lewis County and project partners will break ground on Tuesday, June 8 at noon on the new United Learning Center; a collaborative educational project that will be located at 415 N. Pearl Street in downtown Centralia. The groundbreaking represents a milestone in the development of a specialized learning environment that will house an early learning center for approximately 80 children, a high-quality after-school program, and a multi-dimensional children’s museum.

“It has been exciting to see such a diverse and engaged group of individuals and organizations come together for a common purpose; to provide our children a safe and rewarding learning experience from infancy to adulthood,” expressed Todd Chaput, United Learning Center project manager.

The goal of the United Learning Center, which was first announced to the community in 2019, is to offer children in Lewis County a unique, one-of-a-kind educational experience leading to increased Kindergarten readiness, access to mentors and life-enhancing programs, and extended learning opportunities outside of the typical classroom.

Lauren Day, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club added, “We are so excited to be a part of this incredible partnership. We have firsthand experience at Club talking with Lewis County families about the challenges they face when it comes to finding affordable, quality services for their children so that parents and guardians can work or continue their education. And to have multiple services, including a place for families to spend their weekends having fun together in one downtown location is truly going to make our community stand out as an ideal place to live, work and raise a family.”

“The United Learning Center will be unique in our state and will incorporate two major goals; to provide a range of learning experiences to really impact Kindergarten readiness and to provide a range of support and activities for students and parents–all in one location,” stated Larry McGee, Board President of Discover! Children’s Museum.

The United Learning Center is expected to open in the Fall of 2022.

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