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Hope Center is an institution for early childhood education and adults with disabilities. Hope Center is a strong community advocate for equity and equality in the communities we serve, including [add place names]. We are known for our nationally recognized curriculum and high-quality learning experiences. The President/CEO of Hope Center is actively involved with organizations and policy initiatives surrounding housing, education, youth development, job development and more.


Programs for Children:

Our primary services for children include a high-quality preschool program for 2 ½ -5-year-olds. In addition to general education, the center provides special needs preschool for children who have been identified with delays in areas of speech and behavior. We also support “at-risk” children who are bilingual or multicultural with an experiential and language-based curriculum. This is an especially useful care resource for working parents. One of our most innovative programs is focused on providing a gifted program for preschool students ages 3 to 4 and kindergarteners age 5. The Hope Center’s program is uniquely designed for inner city children of color.


Programs for Adults:

We offer a vocational day program for adults and parent/providers. The vocational program for adults with disabilities provides supervision, employment, assessment, community activities, training and placement for adults with developmental disabilities. 


Hope Center provides educational and vocational opportunities for special-needs and at-risk children and adults from 2-1/2 to adulthood. Hope offers the following programs:


Programs for Children:

  • Toddler Program: 2-1/2 to 3 years

  • Preschool: ages 3 to 5 years

  • Hope Academy Gifted Preschool: ages 3 to 4

  • Hope Academy Gifted Kindergarten: age 5 (up to 8 yrs. summer only)

  • Extended Preschool: ages 2-1/2 to 5


Programs for Adults:

  • Work Activities Program

  • Basic Skills Program






Gerie Grimes

Janell Lindsey, Ph.D. – (Acting Chair)


Mary A. Davis 


Rochelle L. Carson - Wilkerson, MD, MPH FAAP

Antoinette N. Massey, M.S.

Jane Miyahara, M.A.

Kevin D. Robinson, Esq.

LaDawn Sullivan

Charles T. Smith

Mission statement

Hope Center is a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, developmental delays and persons in need of specialized educational or vocational services. These services are provided to develop, maintain, and enhance the functioning of each enrollee.


The philosophy of service is to admit individuals to programs within our agency that meet their needs and requirements as specifically as possible. Length of service within a given program is dependent upon assessed individual needs, program goals and objectives. Enrollees are served in a normal environment with services assessed periodically to evaluate the program.

All enrollees of Hope Center will be treated with dignity and respect and will be accorded the civil and human rights to which they are entitled.

Vision StatEment

All children and adults receive the opportunity

to thrive with quality education.

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