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The Carole Robertson Center for Learning is named in memory of Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair — the four girls who were tragically killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement.

Overview

The Carole Robertson Center evolved in response to the voiced needs of our families. Since the Center’s inception, we have added many programs to meet community need. Current offerings include: center–based and home-based child development programs for children from birth through five years of age, school age and youth programming for children and teens through age 18, extensive family support, social services, and parent education activities, adult education and community training, and imbedded program enhancements including music education, family literacy, family health education, and volunteers.

A new MISSION. A new VISION. The SAME Commitment!

After 39 years, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has updated our Mission, our Vision and our visual identity to reflect our work serving children and families in the 21st century.

A new MISSION:

To educate, enrich and empower children and families.

A new VISION:

Every child and family creates pathways to lead productive, fulfilling lives. This will be accomplished through comprehensive child and family development programs.

A new LOOK:

Orange represents play, energy and warmth – all important parts of the work we do at the Center.

Blue gives a sense of stability, tranquility and peace – qualities that help children and families feel they are in a safe and thoughtful place.

The SAME Commitment!

The new logo represents many of the Center’s core values: learning, community, family, flourishing, success and legacy. We remain dedicated to the children, families and communities that we serve.

History

The agency was founded in 1976 by parents and other community residents who rallied to save their local school age program when its sponsoring agency closed. These visionary neighborhood parents created a governance structure that assured parents would hold the dominant voices in agency leadership and management. From its modest beginning, the Center has evolved into a comprehensive family development agency. Since 1976, the Center has grown to ten times its original size.