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Mayor Durkan Celebrates Refugee & Immigrant Family Center

Updated: Jun 10, 2019

The City of Seattle, K&L Gates, and other community partners came together to honor the Equitable Development Initiative and it's preservation of RIFC.

Mayor Jenny Durkan with children at Hoa Mai, chapter of Sound Child Care Solutions.

The Refugee & Immigrant Family Center Bilingual Preschool (RIFC), a chapter of Sound Child Care Solutions, celebrated the building's purchase with key partners including Mayor Jenny Durkan, the City of Seattle, K&L Gates, and other community partners.

$815,000 in Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) funds were awarded to RIFC in Seattle's effort to support local organizations responding to cultural displacement.

"Our landlord was selling the building and through EDI, we were able to purchase the building and continue to provide culturally relevant, affordable/free child care for our community." -Luz Casio, Center Director of RIFC.

For over 30 years, the Refugee and Immigrant Family Center has served children, primarily from low-income families, many affected by trauma associated with immigration and seeking asylum. RIFC is one of seven Sound Child Care Solutions (SCCS) centers. SCCS is a consortium of seven diverse early childhood education centers, sharing administrative services in a growing central office. Our core work is to alleviate the opportunity gap between children who receive high quality education and those who don't.

*A special thanks to Trader Joe's in Shoreline, WA for the beautiful donated flowers.

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