Gail Davis, a visionary and trail blazer, is the founder and CEO of Urban Concepts/Round-the-Clock Nursery (RCN), which was established twenty-four years ago in a Central Harlem apartment. Ms. Davis had the dream to make a change in her community by providing outstanding childcare and early education to foster the future success of her scholars, far beyond Pre-K. She wanted to create an environment where children could learn and grow at their own pace, and families could pursue a career and not worry about the care and safety of their little ones. She strongly, and rightfully so, believes success starts before a child can walk.
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To further support and encourage RCN’s highest-achieving Pre-K graduates as they continue their education, and to track their progress over the years, Mrs. Davis will award 529 scholarships. These gifts, which can only be accessed after they graduate from high school, will be used for their college education. To date, there are 85 children who are currently a part of her “Follow-Me-to-College Scholarship Fund.”
Through fundraising and donations at Round-the-Clock Nursery’s four locations, Ms. Davis is able to maintain the scholarships, but due to the current economic status of the preschool communities, it is difficult to meet the demands of the fund.
Ms. Davis said in a recent interview: “Today, going to college is no longer a want, but a need. If we can make a difference in a child’s life by helping to support the cost of college, then our efforts will certainly not go unnoticed.” RCN wants to keep the college dreams alive for our Harlem and Bronx Pre-K graduates.
Please support Round-the-Clock Nursery’s “Follow-Me-to-College Scholarship Fund” with your generous donation today.