Kids Can Community Center ( is celebrating their 115-year anniversary in a big way – moving into a new building! On March 27, the doors opened to the new facility at 4768 Q Street. This facility, the former site of Ashland Park School, more than doubles the space now available to Kids Can Community Center and that increases the number of kids they can help. The new center fosters an environment truly suited to the needs of Kids Can families, including a STEM room, greater classroom and community capacity and infant childcare for the first time in their history.

According to CEO Robert Patterson, “As Social Settlement before and now Kids Can Community Center, we have always been here for our community. This new center was an investment by our supporters so that we can impact the future. That future is the kids. Our children today are the citizens of tomorrow. This building allows us to keep investing in our children, especially the littlest ones, because every child deserves an opportunity to a successful start in life.”

The new community center is a result of the “Get In Gear” capital campaign that raise funds necessary to complete the project. More details can be found at

At Kids Can Community Center, their mission is to educate, engage and inspire children through early childhood education and out of school experiences. Founded in 1908 as Social Settlement Association, the organization has evolved over the past century to meet the continually changing needs of children and families in the community. Learn more at