In early 2013, Urban Strategies and McCormack Baron Salazar will break ground on a new, state-of-the-art early childhood education facility and training center in the Murphy Park community of St. Louis. The I. Jerome and Rosemary Flance Early Childhood Education Center will serve as a multi-purpose education hub for the community, providing intensive, child-focused, center-based education for young children, family and parent supports, and resources for local day care and family child care providers.
The Flance Center will be an innovative community facility that offers exceptional care and education for 154 children and their families in a child-focused, center-based environment. Strong family support and home visitation programs will help to integrate the roles of family, school and community, thus providing a nurturing environment for children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical health from birth through age five. It will also serve as a training center for current and future providers of childcare from the surrounding community and from childcare centers, colleges and universities throughout the region.
The Flance Center will operate as a single program yet it will combine funding, resources and program requirements from multiple sources including Head Start, Early Head Start, and Missouri childcare programs. Children from all of these programs will receive the same comprehensive services in income-integrated classrooms. The Flance Center will serve to showcase high expectations for both the standards of care for young children and the qualifications of those who provide care.
The Center is named for I. Jerome Flance and his wife Rosemary Flance. Dr. Jerry Flance was a beloved physician, teacher and, after his retirement from medicine, a community developer who collaborated on the development of the Center and inspired many of its important features.