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Pancakes for a cause

Families at the Berkley Center enjoying Chris Cakes’ pancakes.
Families at the Berkley Center enjoying Chris Cakes’ pancakes.

Pancakes, get your pancakes! Friday morning, the Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center held its seventh annual Chris Cakes Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.

“This is a very good fundraiser for us,” director Polly Prendergast said. “We raised $500 more than last year for a total of $1,800,” “The group was made up of families whose children go to the school, the community, people from all departments on campus and quite a few people from the women’s basketball team.”

Tickets were $5, which will be used to buy new cribs, bicycles and scooters for the playground.

The Berkley Center has other fundraisers throughout the year, but the pancake breakfast is the largest.

It was catered by Chris Cakes Inc., and had almost 300 people in attendance.

“It started off really small, I think probably 75 people the first time around,” Prendergast said. “While it is a fundraiser for Berkley, it’s also a really important part of our relationship with the community.”

The Berkley Center was founded in 1993 and is part of the UMKC School of Education.

It serves as a state-of-the-art early childhood day care center for almost 100 children of UMKC employees, students and parents in the community.

More than 30 experts utilize psychology and other methods to care for children from infants to the age of 5.

It also serves as a lab school to give UMKC education students hands-on training.

“The most important part has to do with the advocacy of young children and the lack of understanding on a national level of how critically important it is that children in programs are in schools where people are actually academically-committed and trained in the field to make sure children are receiving best possible care,” Prendergast said.

In addition to child care, Berkley offers many other services for those seeking to become a teacher or who just want to learn a little about child care.

“We offer numerous benefits to the community, teacher preparation, and advice for young parents and support for parents,” Prendergast said. “This is what’s going to improve education standards in the community. Our families would also say it’s just a great place to have your child.”

tsheffield@unews.com

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