Collins Early Learning Center receives grant for $6,000 to install security cameras

Ezra Maille
Black Mountain News

The Collins Early Learning Center in Black Mountain has received a NOW Grant from the WNC Bridge Foundation for $6,227.

"I would juyst like to thank our sponsors for everything they do," said Monnie Wright, the center's executive director. 

According to a statement from the center, the grant will go toward covering expenses incurred as it became necessary for security cameras to be installed. The center stated that the cameras were simply installed to provide a safer and more protected environment for the staff and children. 

The new security cameras will record and can be monitored at any time by staff, according to the center. Installing the cameras aligns with the school's "top priority" to keep students and their families safe.

The statement from the center also noted the continuous support of the WNC Bridge Foundation will help fund construction of new facilities, aimed at serving up to 170 children in a child care setting. 

“According to staff, the WNC Bridge Foundation exists to connect our communities to a healthier future and to create lasting change through local partnerships," the Collins Center wrote.

The Collins Center serves infants through pre-K with an afterschool program for Kindergarteners through second graders. Staff provides early childhood education for kids as they prepare for kindergarten. 

"We take in children from 6 weeks to 5 years old," Wright said.

During the pandemic, the Collins Center provided a virtual learning classroom where kids could access individualized help from teachers with their schoolwork while still participating in the school community. 

Ezra Maille covers the town of Black Mountain, Montreat and the Swannanoa Valley. Reach him at 828-230-3324 or Please support local journalism with access to more breaking news by subscribing.