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Help a Child Begin a New Chapter - Holiday Drive

These holidays, International Finance Bank (IFB) selected to support...El Centro Mater

The IFB team has actively and enthusiastically embraced this organization to make a real and significant difference in the lives of so many children and their families.


IFB's commitment:

Financial Literacy Program Money Savvy Kids Program IFB corporate donation

In keeping with the holiday spirit, at IFB we have been working with El Centro Mater in identifying and providing a very much needed financial literacy program to be added to their curriculum for both the daycare and after school programs.

After extensive research by the Centro Mater Curriculum Specialists, Money Savvy Generation was chosen. Please follow the link should you have any questions.

The Money Savvy Kids is designed for grade school children which reinforces math and reading. The programs are divided by grade levels. IFB will provide the program for both Centro Mater locations in Little Havana and Hialeah.

Background on Center Mater

El Centro Mater is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Sister Miranda, R.S.C.J. in order to accommodate the educational and developmental needs of the many Cuban children and families who were constantly arriving in Miami. By providing a day care and an after school program for these children, Madre Miranda and her all-volunteer staff were able to alleviate one the many hardships faced by the newly-arrived refugees. Families could set out to work or seek employment knowing that their children were not only in good hands, but getting a head start in their education.

Today, Centro Mater within the 5 sites in Miami and Hialeah serves more than 1200 children in a community that includes U.S. citizens as well as immigrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominic Republic, Guatemala, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador. The pre-school programs currently serve more than a 1000 children daily whose ages range from six-week-old infants to twelve year olds. Approximately 78% of these children come from families who rank under the poverty level and the rest pay according to their abilities.

Among the possibilities of attending a day care center Centro Mater gives these children the opportunity to meet their basics nutrition, health and educational needs on a daily basis. The various programs are classified by age and development levels into the following categories: Infant (1 to 18 months); Toddler (19 to 36 months); Pre-school groups (3 to 5 years old); school-age children (5 to 12 years old), and at risk youth (13 to 18 years old).

The curriculum is designed to give children, at each stage of development, a beginning foundation of success in school and to promote the love of learning. Centro Mater creates a safe, nurturing environment that allows children to be problem-solvers independent explorers and creative thinkers.