For Immediate Release

The Children’s Center Receives Top Supplier Award From Detroit Public Schools

DETROIT — Jan 24, 2013 — Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts presented The Children’s Center with the Detroit Public Schools Office of Procurement & Logistics Student Excellence Award.

Detroit Public Schools recognized top suppliers on December 4th, 2012, during its second annual Top 100 Supplier Conference themed, “Championing Change for Children”.  Amongst those awarded, The Children’s Center emerged as one of the 11 top suppliers recognized for extraordinarily quality services, community collaboration, efficiencies, and cost effectiveness. In addition, The Children’s Center’s 21st Century Learning Centers Program earned DPS’s top recognition for Student Excellence.

“The Procurement & Logistics Office was redesigned last year to focus on quality service, collaboration and cost – not just contracts,” said Emergency Financial Manager Roy S. Roberts. “That was a huge change and, in turn, we have seen huge results in only one year.”

The Children’s Center (TCC) has partnered with Detroit Public Schools for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a grant-funded program, for the past 6 years. Serving as many as ten schools in the previous years, TCC is positioned as the lead partnering agency with five schools during the current 2012/2013 school year.   In this role, The Children’s Center provides administrative oversight and collaboration management between community-based organizations and the schools themselves.  These organizations deliver youth development, enrichment, family services, programmatic, instructional and after-school activities to some of the districts most vulnerable students.

 The Children’s Center’s 21st Century Learning Program Highlights:

  • Ninety-six percent student participation in academic enrichment activities which exceeds the state-wide comparison of 76%.
  • High ratings overall on the qualifications of staff.
  • High ratings on providing a safe environment for students.
  • Detroit Public Schools Teachers report improvement in 91% of participating TCC served  students’ behavior exceeding s the state-wide average of 74%.
  • Detroit Public Schools Teachers report improvement in 90% of participating TCC served students’ homework and classroom participation exceeding the state-wide average of 71%.

“Supporting student learning through enrichment is a pillar of our philosophy” said George Winn, Chief Operations Officer at The Children’s Center.  “We believe providing students with the best possible learning environment, while supporting the needs of the entire family, will enhance the student’s ability to perform in the classroom.”   Winn went on to say, “For us, 21st Century Learning Centers are a key collaborative partnership, because they provide us the opportunity to support both Detroit Public Schools and the children and families who need us the most.”

About The Children’s Center
Founded in 1929 by former Detroit Mayor and United States Senator James Couzens as one of the first child guidance centers in the United States, The Children’s Center has grown to be the Michigan child and family agency offering the largest number of specialized therapy programs for at-risk children and youth.  We serve more than 7,500 children and families annually through behavioral, social and emotional health services.  In addition, pediatric and dental services are available on campus to ensure the health and well-being of the whole child.

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