Gil Cedillo Preschool in Lincoln Heights Celebrates a Grand Re-Opening
Late in 2017, $1.1 million in Federal Head Start Funds were committed to Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services for the renovation and expansion of the Gil Cedillo Preschool on Workman Street in Lincoln Heights.
The award came with a catch: The project had to be done, start to finish, by June 31, 2018 – only six short months, or else the funds would not be forthcoming.
Plaza de la Raza and Councilmember Cedillo decided to go for it. The renovation was completed on time, thanks partly to Mr. Cedillo and his staff at CD1, who pushed the project’s permitting through L.A. Building Services, and partly to efficient project management by the team at Plaza de la Raza, headed by Norayma Cabot.
The rebuilt preschool is now serving 40 children, compared with only 15 before the renovation.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 30, Gil Cedillo said he was “humbled” to have his name on the preschool. He was given a tour by Ms. Cabot and then presented a check for $25,000 from CD1 to Plaza de la Raza. (Photos above at left: Ms. Cabot and Mr. Cedillo. Photo above at right: Gil Cedillo, Ms. Cabot and Maritza Sosa-Nieves, chair of the Board of Plaza de la Raza)
(Photos by Bill Hendrickson, Boulevard Sentinel)