The mission of St. Alban's is to provide courteous, convenient, comprehensive, quality child care and family services. Our program provides for the child's physical, emotional, intellectually healthy development.
We believe that children learn best when they are encouraged and supported by parents and teachers through child initiated and age appropriate activities.
We will provide a safe, supportive and loving environment that will promote learning and allow children to achieve their fullest potential.
Our staff will promote self-development, cultural identity and respect for others.
Parents are encouraged to participate in learning activities both at school and at home.
CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS
St. Alban's is directed by a policy making Board of Directors and Policy Committee Representative of the children and families served by the program.
Our staff possess the relevant credentials in their respective fields and is representative of the children and families served by the program.
The Coconut Grove Center currently serves 110 preschool children and 30 infants and toddlers. The South Miami Center serves 60 preschool children and 12 infants and toddlers.
St. Alban's funding partners include Miami Dade County Department of Human Services Head Start/Early Head Start, Early Learning Coalition, Florida Department of Health (U.S.D.A.) and several foundations including the Anthony Abraham Foundation, Coral Gables Community Foundation, Tina Rosenberg Foundation, private donations and program fees.
St. Alban's is a quality childcare program. Strategically located serving a unique population that will have a positive impact not only on the children, but also on the families and the surrounding community.
St. Alban's Day Nursery was incorporated and chartered by the State of Florida housed in a frame building made available rent-free by Christ Episcopal Church.
The first by-laws were adopted, providing for three officers and the Chairmen of Standing Committees.
The Nursery was licensed by the Florida State Welfare Board to care for 45 children in the structure then occupied.
year of 1952
The Nursery was granted a deed for a plot of ground 100 feet by 336 feet on which to build a much needed new home. This is the property on which the present building now stands.
SUMMER OF 1955
In the late summer, the Nursery moved into its new building located at 3465 Brooker Street, Coconut Grove, adequate to care for 60 children, and so licensed.
Year of 1958
By the end of 1958, the Nursery was serving over 60 children from 58 families, the professional staff had been enlarged, and support from United Fund (successor to Community Chest) had increased.
YEAR OF 1965
St. Alban's received a bequest from the Estate of Fannie L. Blumberg, who had earlier shown great interest in the work of the Nursery. The $26,000 fund was earmarked for construction of an addition large enough to care for 40 more children.
SUMMER OF 1966
A contract had been negotiated with the Economic Opportunity Program, for sufficient funds to equip, supply and staff for 30 children in the poverty bracket. The Welfare Board accepted this project, financing the program on an experimental basis for a period of one-year, to end March 31, 1967. By that date, 30 children had been placed in eight homes.
YEAR OF 1975
St. Alban's was funded for 280 children in the two programs. 150 of those children were funded by Metropolitan Dade County Child Development program (the successor of 4C's), 45 were funded by the United Way of Dade County, 40 by the Community Action Agency Head Start Program and 45 by the City of Miami Revenue Sharing Program.
year of 1976
With the aid of the City of Miami, a beautiful new classroom was added to the present facility. The license capacity was increased to 290 children.
On February 1, 1983 St. Alban's acquired a second center for 74 additional children. This center is located at 6060 SW 66th Street, South Miami, Florida.