Anna House's Vision

To provide a sanctuary of play and learning for the children, 
helping their ideas, interests and curiosities flourish!

The need for child care at area racetracks is well documented. During the past ten years, the profile of backstretch employees has been dominated by families with young children. Belmont Race Track has become the first race track to have an on site child care center. That was a miracle created by the donors who understood the need for childcare for the backstretch families. Anna House provides and gives: 
  • A quality day care service for parents while they work. 
  • Children a head start to be ready for school. 
  • Creates an environment where children experience a sense of connection and 
  • Provides new possibilities for them to help make the world a better place.

Last year, backstretch families included 250 children below the age of 12, and almost half of them are pre-school age. Anna House currently serves fifty-two children. They enter our program speaking primarily Spanish, and as a result of their Anna House education, they speak fluent English when they graduate. Without our strong early childhood education program, the children would not be ready for school. 

The BCCA has created a safe environment in which our children thrive and get a head start for elementary school. We have learned that our recent preschool graduates are successful in the local elementary schools. The BCCA’s goal is to see that all of our children succeed in school and life.

We recognize that despite the hardships in their lives, these children come to us with ideas, interests, and curiosities that we need to nurture. The BCCA’s commitment to education strengthens our children, our parents, our teachers and our backstretch community by developing and sustaining our educational program at Anna House. Our children receive the education and support they need to become America’s productive, engaged citizens of tomorrow.

Lael Scholarship Fund

In December 2006, Gretchen and Roy Jackson created the Lael Scholarship Fund to ensure that Anna House would always have sufficient funds to continue to provide early childhood education to the children. In the ensuing years, Gretchen and Roy have added to the fund so that as of January 2011 the fund has surpassed one million dollars. In September 2008, Jesse Jackson and Barbara Banke’s Curlin for Kids Charity donated $100,000.00 to the fund.


Tours of Anna House may be arranged by calling 516.488.2103.



 
 
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