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Alliance Center for Education, affectionately known as AC4Ed, was formerly known as Bethlehem Center of Charlotte until a rebranding in 2020. Bethlehem Center was founded in 1940 by the United Methodist Women in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte to provide much-needed childcare and support to mothers during WWII.  

This support was greatly needed and expanded over the next several years. In 1956, services expanded into the Southside, Brookhill, and Wilmore Communities, offering Charlotte’s first free kindergarten programs, activities for school-age children and other family enrichment services. Today, AC4Ed operates in 12 Center locations across Charlotte, serving more than 800 families daily.  

We still treasure our strong, continued relationship with the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, now known as the United Women in Faith. We are grateful to their dedication and passion for serving communities in need.  

As we look to the future, we hope to bring our services to more families across the Mecklenburg Region. To see how you can help shape this future, visit our get involved page.  

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide high-quality education and support for children in need through partnership with their families.  


Our Vision

Our vision is to positively affect the future of children at risk by improving economic mobility through education.

Our Impact 

Through our services to families and communities for more than 80 years, AC4Ed has become a trusted voice and partner for children and parents. We are honored to be ingrained in the communities we serve and are pleased to work alongside other organizations and partners that share our passion for serving children and families.  

Looking to partner or volunteer with us? 

We are always seeking help serving our families and children. From reading to children, mentoring and providing help with homework, we can find the right fit for you.

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Help us shape brighter futures 

Donations allow us to continue providing high-quality educational resources to communities and families in need. Education is one of the best indicators of a successful future. Your support allows us to provide children with the tools necessary to succeed in school and well beyond.

Your contribution supports our programs and mission. Every donation, no matter the amount, helps us to continue providing necessary support to the children we serve to ensure they are successful leaders of tomorrow.

Click here to make a difference by making a gift

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Help us shape brighter futures by making a gift today.

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