The Mary Black Foundation is one of many community organizations collaborating with the Northside Development Group in support of the Northside Initiative. In addition to providing initial core operating support, the Foundation recently provided a $1 million lead grant toward the construction of an early learning center in the Northside.
A partnership among Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg County First Steps, and the community to recognize and improve the quality of early childhood experiences through a voluntary Continuous Quality Improvement program (CQI). Quality Counts builds upon the initial assessment of programs registered with and licensed by the South Carolina Division of Child Care Services and those that participate in the state’s Quality Improvement System by working intensively with programs to increase quality. Quality Counts also provides valuable information to families and community members about the quality of available child care options.
In 2014, Spartanburg was 1 of 4 communities to receive a grant from the Children’s Trust of South Carolina and the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to work with pregnant and parenting adolescent families. The three goals of this grant are to: (1) increase educational attainment among adolescent mothers and fathers, (2) decrease second pregnancies among this population, and (3) increase parenting skills. The Mary Black Foundation applied for and received the grant to engage all seven school districts and several community partners to work together to ensure comprehensive and countywide services for adolescent parents and their families.
The Mary Black Foundation joined SAM, a community partnership of schools and colleges, businesses, governments, foundations, faith communities, and individuals across Spartanburg County committed to ensuring that our children will grow into well-educated, independent adults. SAM is committed to increasing the importance placed on academic achievement of every child, from cradle to career, and to ensuring that young people gain the education required for life and work in an economy that requires specialized knowledge to be successful. The Mary Black Foundation has agreed to lead SAM’s Early Childhood Development Collaborative Action Network.