Enable Java Script

Either your browser does not support JavaScript, or you have JavaScript disabled.
You must have a JavaScript-enabled browser to use this site.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

To turn on JavaScript in Internet Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click the Security tab.
  2. Click the Web content zone that you are using (for example, click Local Intranet),
    and then click Custom Level button.
  3. Locate Active scripting under Scripting settings. Click to select the Enable radio button.
  4. Click OK button on Security Settings and Internet Options windows to save your changes.

To download Internet Explorer 7, click here.

Firefox

To turn on JavaScript in Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.., and then click the Content tab.
  2. Click to select the Enable JavaScript check box.
  3. Click OK button to save the setting.

To download Firefox 2, click here.

Safari

To turn on JavaScript in Safari, follow these steps:

  1. Open Safari
  2. On the Safari menu, click on Preferences.
  3. Click the Security icon.
  4. Click on Enable JavaScript next to the Web Content section if it is not checked
  5. Close the Preferences window
  6. Close and restart Safari.

Opera 9.xx series

To turn on JavaScript in Opera 9.xx series, follow these steps:

  1. Open Opera.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Preferences.
  3. Click Content in the Preferences list.
  4. Check the box next to Enable JavaScript.
  5. Click the JavaScript Options button to open the JavaScript Options box.
  6. Check the boxes that you want to allow.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click OK.

Google Chrome(v0.4.154.23)

To turn on JavaScript in Google Chrome(v0.4.154.23), follow these steps:

  1. First close any open Chrome windows.
  2. Right click on a blank area of your Desktop.
  3. Select New.
  4. Create a new Shortcut with the following in the "Type the location of the item:" text box:
    • For Windows Vista:
      %userprofile%\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe -enable-javascript
    • For Windows XP:
      "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\chrome.exe" -enable-javascript
      Note: You'll have to enclose the file path for Windows XP in quotes due to there being spaces in it.
Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Breaks Ground On Early Childhood Education Center
10,000 square foot facility will open in 2013 and serve 150 children; $1 million in funding provided by the John R. Oishei Foundation

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Construction began today on a new early childhood education center that will help prepare children in one of Buffalo’s most economically distressed communities for successful transitions to kindergarten, elementary school and beyond – the first step in the cradle-to-college-and-career continuum being implemented in the new Buffalo Promise Neighborhood in the 14215 zip code.

Community and local, state and federal government officials today joined representatives from the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood in a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction on BPN’s education center at Bailey Avenue and Amherst Street in Buffalo.

Scheduled to open in 2013, the 10,000-square-foot facility will serve approximately one hundred fifty children from infancy to age 5. The center will be located across the street from the Westminster Community Charter School and will be operated by Buffalo Promise Neighborhood and Bethel Head Start.

“The early childhood education center will literally serve as the foundation for academic success for children in the Promise Neighborhood,” said Mark J. Czarnecki, President of M&T Bank and Chairman of the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors. “Transforming an economically challenged neighborhood so that it can prosper again is a process that starts and ends with providing its children the opportunity to achieve this success.”

“The early childhood education center will help nurture the community’s youth in order to prepare them for elementary school, high school, college and beyond,” said David K. Chamberlain, Vice Chairman, Westminster Foundation and CEO, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood. “The construction of this center on a vacant site also continues the physical transformation of the local community with many more improvements in the months to come.”

The early childhood education center is an integral component of BPN’s Early Foundations continuum initiative that integrates health, family, parenting, literacy and early learning services for children under the age of five and their families in the Promise Neighborhood.

Other components include: outreach and new parent classes where every parent of a newborn will be offered coaching and parenting resources administered through Every Person Influences Children (EPIC); a high quality medical home to promote the importance of child health through the Community Health Center for Buffalo as well as the establishment of a student success center located within the Center.

In addition Early Foundations will build a unified and shared child health and cognitive development screenings system; through Read to Succeed Buffalo a literacy advocacy program will be implemented to improve early learning and literacy across all multiple settings that provide care for children; and, to address the epidemic of teen pregnancy follow the framework of a program developed by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

“As children travel along the cradle-to-career development path, they pass through several key transitions – the first of which is the transition from pre-school to kindergarten,” said Yvonne Minor-Ragan, President of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood. “Our new center and the programs to be implemented through Early Foundations are intended to rally the community around the goal of preparing every young BPN child and family to successfully navigate through this critically important first transition.”

Funding for the early childhood education center includes a $1 million grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation with additional funding from M&T Bank. The center was designed by Watts Engineers and construction will be done by SLR Contracting.

About Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
Founded in 2010, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a multi-stakeholder not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve performance at three schools on the northeast side of Buffalo – Bennett High School, Highgate Heights, and Westminster Community – and transform the surrounding community by providing a continuum of solutions to children and families, including neighborhood resources, streamlining family services and improving educational supports.

BPN is a unique public/private partnership that collaborates with a broad range of partners and service providers, including businesses, block clubs, non-profits, public entities and other organizations. BPN is supported through financial and human resources generously provided by M&T Bank as well as support through the Westminster Foundation. BPN also receives funding from U.S. Department of Education and the John R. Oishei Foundation. For more information, please visit www.buffalopromiseneighborhood.org.

###