A $250,000 grant to support the Bayou District Foundation’s Educare Center has been awarded by the James M. Cox Foundation.

The center annually provides early childhood education to 150 low-income children from six weeks to five years. Educare is part of a national network of 20 early learning facilities in 11 states working to ensure the school-readiness of underserved children.

The Educare Center is a component of Columbia Parc, a redevelopment initiative of the former St. Bernard housing project that is being led by BDF. The redevelopment will provide affordable workforce housing and “cradle to college” educational resources, including the Educare Center, a K-8 charter school and a public high school.

“There is compelling evidence of the enormous literacy crisis for children of poverty, which continues to be a major problem in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina,” said Jacqui Vines, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications Southeast Region. “Bayou District Foundation is addressing the need for quality early childhood education.”

The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder.