Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired previewed its 85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration on Mar. 8 with a special “thank you” to the family foundations, charitable trusts and major donors who have made it possible to reach $10 million in capital funding for the launch of the non-profit organization’s innovative Lighthouse Learning Center for Children.
The Lighthouse Learning Center for Children will be located on the grounds of the existing Miami Lighthouse complex and will include classrooms for a pre-kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-old visually impaired children. The pre-kindergarten will be piloted in existing instructional space in fall 2016 in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Early Learning Coalition.
Construction of the Lighthouse Learning Center for Children is scheduled to begin this spring, with the official opening projected for fall semester of 2017. Upon completion, the new space will house pre-kindergarten classrooms and other learning laboratories for children from birth through age 4.
The event, hosted by Northern Trust, was highlighted by the screening of a new video that traces the remarkable trajectory of the 85-year-old award winning organization from its modest beginnings to its role today as a national Center of Excellence in vision rehabilitation.