Achieving Our Vision

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Our campaign to Build the Block is a culmination of years of learning and the evolution of services that we know are imperative to improving the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Today’s Kids Unlimited programs reflect a robust model of services and partnerships that we strongly believe can work collectively to break the cycle of poverty. The expansion of our facility and campus will further our ability to provide the critical services necessary to stabilizing children, families and the surrounding neighborhood.

The Promise Neighborhood

The Promise Neighborhood Program is a U.S Department of Education initiative to provide wraparound support and services in the hopes of improving educational outcomes for children living in distress urban communities.vis2

The old neighborhood

The old neighborhood

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Renderings of KU Building the Block transformation

Renderings of KU Building the Block transformation

Building the Block Campaign Plan of Action

  • Acquisition of neighborhood properties, many of which had been blighted residences with historical reputations for drugs and gang violence. Over the last 3 years, 7 properties have been acquired in the immediate surrounding campus allowing for the development of a comprehensive master plan. May 2013- December 2015
  • Demolition of houses to be completed by April of 2016
  • Master plan to increase 10 classroom spaces capable of fulfilling full growth of KU Academy charter to K-8 school Building the Block Campaign Plan of Action with 450 students with rooms dedicated to science, performing arts, mindfulness center, community and parent education and expanded indoor recreation facility. Construction to begin Summer 2016
  • Expanded edible playground and garden to produce fresh food for our kitchen. Spring and Summer 2016
  • Community partnership to provide school and community based health center on campus
  • New construction on multiuse outdoor soccer / recreation space
  • Early learning partnership Spring 2017

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