Bellevue Community Center (BCC) is a not‐for‐profit, community‐based, multi‐service agency located just north of the City of Wilmington. Formed as Edgemoor Community Center in 1978, the Center changed its name to Bellevue Community Center in 2013. BCC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and serves the area between the southern boundary of Claymont and the northern boundary of Wilmington. BCC’s mission is to provide affordable and accessible services that help improve quality of life for community members of all ages. We offer a broad range of educational, recreational, self‐enrichment, and family support services to over five thousand community members each year. Services include pre‐school childcare, computer tutorials, school‐age before/after‐school care, recreational services, summer camp programs, youth training programs, and instructional classes.
Bellevue Community Center (BCC) is a Delaware not‐for‐profit corporation that was founded as the Edgemoor Community Center in September 1978 by a group of civic leaders and Delaware State Legislators who saw a need in eastern Brandywine Hundred for reasonably priced childcare services, recreational opportunities for youth, and a gathering place for seniors. From its inception, BCC has provided daycare and after school programs for the children of the community. BCC is also a long‐time partner with the Sellers Senior Center, which is housed within BCC but which operates as an independent entity for funding purposes.
Originally located in the former Edgemoor School off of Edgemoor Road in Brandywine Hundred, BCC moved approximately 1.5 miles north on Brandywine Boulevard to its current location in 1989. BCC’s new facility at 510 Duncan Road, which was constructed in the 1940s and is located in the eastern wing of what is now Mount Pleasant Elementary School, was leased from the Brandywine School District. It included former classroom space, administrative offices, a gymnasium, a playing field and a parking area.
Using funds raised from corporate and private donors through a capital campaign, BCC constructed an addition to the building in the early 1990s, including additional classroom space, a multipurpose auditorium and a commercial kitchen facility. The multipurpose room is used for BCC events, and is rented out for private functions.
In 2010, thanks to the efforts of elected representatives including State Senator Harris McDowell and New Castle County Councilman John Cartier, the State of Delaware transferred title to BCC’s building and grounds from the Brandywine School District to BCC. The transfer was intended to ensure that BCC can grow and develop independent of the space needs of Brandywine School District.
In 2013, the Center changed its name from Edgemoor Community Center to Bellevue Community Center to better reflect its current location just down the block from Bellevue State Park. BCC currently serves an ever‐growing number of clients each year through its youth and senior services, educational courses, drug/alcohol/tobacco prevention work, and other community programs.
Bellevue Community Center is a home away from home for many children, teens, families, and senior citizens. Daily programs that are the centerpiece of the diverse and growing Center include:
- childcare for infants from 12 months of age to Pre‐Kindergarten children
- school‐age programs for grades K to 5
- teen activities
- activities at the Sellers Senior Center
- Specialized programs like Summer Camp, Movement Workshop, BVT Church, Sweet Repeats new and gently reused clothing for resale, and various outside groups and special events come together to create a truly special community hub.
BCC’s facilities include:
- Classrooms housing by various classes and services
- A gymnasium with basketball court
- An outdoor community garden, playground and picnic pavilion
- Event rooms of various sizes which are available for rental – the largest of which can accommodate up to 250 guests
- Tables and chairs to suit any event.
BCC is fully wheelchair‐accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Susan Strawbridge, Executive Director
Joe Wisniewski, Director of Operations
Yolonda Powell, Administrative Assistant
Daniel Elkins, Community Prevention Coordinator
Kelly Riley, LLC, Accounting
School Age & Camp Full Steam Ahead
Dr. Tennell Brown – Director of Education
Faye Sanders – Administrator
Latashia Davis – Lead Teacher
Teachers: Dr. Dexter Davis, Samantha Moss, Lauretta Rubino, Nakia Haley, Gabriel Ankrah, Theresa Mcghie
Teachers: Lynn Church‐Hickey, Courtney Pless
Assistant Teachers: Felicia Melton, Samantha Moss, Carolina Adair, Shanta Caulk, Julia Morse, Stacey Simms
Board of Directors
Bellevue Community Center is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The Board meets at the Center on the first Tuesday of each month, except that the Board does not hold regular meetings in July or August.
Officers of the Board:
President – Rosa Howze
Vice President – Kevin Carroll
Secretary – Kathleen Harder
Treasurer – Chris Graham