The Last Word: Peter Brodsky on the Vogel Childcare and Family Center at The Shops at RedBird

“It’s a win-win-win.”

Peter Brodsky
The Shops at RedBird
.…on The Shops at RedBird donating the space for a childcare and family center from the nonprofit organization Vogel.

Peter Brodsky

Southern Dallas families will soon have a new source for childcare thanks to a partnership between The Shops at RedBird and Vogel, a nonprofit on a mission to help young children overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. 

RedBird is donating the space for a 15,000-square-foot childcare facility run by Vogel at the reimagined and revitalized shopping center. Called The Rita Sue and Alan Gold Child and Family Center in recognition of the Golds’ longtime support of and service to Vogel, the center will expand Vogel’s reach and offer onsite access to anyone working at RedBird, as well as the community at large.

“Irrespective of income—from the child of a UT Southwestern doctor to the child of a retail clerk to a Dallas College student—all will be welcome at Vogel,” Brodsky said in a statement. 

Brodksy added that he and co-developer Terrence Maiden are “thrilled to donate the space to Vogel to allow them to make their best-in-class early childhood education more affordable to southern Dallas families.”

“We believe Vogel’s presence at RedBird will remove a major obstacle for employees getting to work every day and for employers trying to lure their teams back to the office,” Brodsky said.

The creation of the Vogel childcare center follows the developers’ commitment to providing a long-term, donated lease to a community organization that would improve the quality of life for Southern Dallas residents and those who work at RedBird.

Currently under reconstruction, the new space will have the capacity to serve 134 children aged six weeks through Pre-K and their families, Vogel said. Employees of any company located in The Shops at RedBird complex will have priority placement along with working families supported by Vogel, with remaining spots open to all Southern Dallas families.

“Our partnership with RedBird is truly a game-changer for how we can serve families and the long-term impact we can have on the RedBird community and the region beyond,” Vogel President and CEO Karen Hughes said in a statement. “Our new facility will not only allow us to serve more families in a community where high-quality, affordable childcare has not been available, it will also offer those families easy access to the healthcare services and job opportunities available at RedBird.”

The center will offer a program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Additionally, Vogel said it will connect families who need it with “living-wage job opportunities” at RedBird tenants Parkland Clinic, UT Southwestern, Children’s Health, Jarvis Christian University, the DEC at RedBird, Workforce Solutions, Dallas College, and all retail, restaurants, and small businesses in the development.

Updated features at the center will include a renovated exterior façade and a new entrance on the west side of the property for immediate, convenient access to Vogel; an updated corridor leading to the facility; and the addition of an outdoor green space and playground area for children, Vogel said.

The center is slated to open in time for the 2024-2025 school year.

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