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and continue to direct the Soho Center, a 501(c)(3)
organization - first for nearly 18 years in New York City
and now for
the past 26
years in Virginia. I hope you'll read what I
below as a start. Also please visit the
(above and at the bottom of this page) to get a better
sense of what we are, what we've done, and what we believe
Through economically stable
times and through several recessions, the Soho Center has
found cost-effective and sensible ways to help large
children and families.
Over the years, we've
and support from major foundations, national and
corporations, state agencies, three Virginia Attorneys
federal government, and many generous individuals.
All of them
recognized important needs
be addressed and selected the Soho Center because of our
intelligently and responsibly bring effective solutions to
as well as to prominently credit our supporters for making
what we do
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to our generous donors and supporters, we have
a major addition to Soho Center's Regional Facility.
For a look at our
newly-renovated and expanded facility (as well as
all of our
wonderful educational resources), please Click
And just what do we do? Let me give you a few
Over the years, the Soho Center and I -
- Designed, implemented, staffed, and operated the
largest early childhood education/parent
education program in Manhattan
the United Nations Child Care Centre - including
policy development, curriculum development, and staffing
extensive training/educational sessions to child care
in numerous rural, suburban, and
- Gave away $3 million of quality children's books
serving low income children to promote children's
We've also extensively used print, radio,
video, television, and the web to help the public.
the Soho Center -
- Created the National Children's Literacy Website at www.child2000.org/literacy
to provide the public with easy-to-understand, easy-to-implement
literacy tips and advice. The site is consistenmtly in the Top
Five on Google, Yahoo, and Bing out of 89 milion sites for "children's
- Published and distributed educational Newsletters
to women taking care
of 50,000 pre-school and school-age
children while their parents work.
and aired a series of highly-produced television and
radio PSAs in
multiple states to publicize an underutilized,
federally-funded child nutrition program.
- Developed and co-produced the well-reviewed Business
of Family Child Care
video/DVD used extensively across the country to help
care providers about tax and business matters.
- Created the Virginia
Information Project at www.vahealth.info which continues to provide
the public with reliable, non-commercial state
national health, safety, and nutrition information and resources.
Depending on the nature of
of our projects, we collaborate with numerous non-profits,
agencies, and child-related groups and
professionals, nationally-recognized educators,
children's book authors and illustrators, and community
As I acquaint you with the Soho Center, the point I'm trying to make is
that we're committed to helping over 100,000 children and families each
year in as cost-effective and sensible a way as possible - and we know
what we're doing.
have uniformly been impressed by the Soho Center's
expertise. This includes the W.K. Kellogg Foundation which
tradition and gave us 3 grants totaling over $1,000,000,
the USDA audit
team which audited the Soho Center well-documented use of
$1,000,000 of federal funds and concluded that everything
was in order
and that, in fact, the USDA owed us 60 cents,
and that three
Attorneys General have funded and supported the Soho
projects and heath-related work.
We are pleased that our administrative expenses are under 5% each year.
We always use the funds we receive as promised, meet
provide timely progress reports, get annual independent
publicly acknowledge (on our active website and in
stories) the primary sponsor for each project.
Virtually all of the Soho Center's programs and services are free
to the public, and we help (at no cost to them) a very diverse group of
over 100,000 low- and moderate-income children and families in many,
As we approach our 45th year, I'm proud of the work we do.
take a moment to browse the Soho Center's site. And
contact us to explore collaborations, discuss sponsorship
opportunities, and consider tax-deductible/zero-cost
donations - so
that, together, we can continue to help children and
call the Soho Center at 540-923-5012
to e-mail us
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