Mary Bethune Academy, formerly Bethune Nursery
School, is a United Way of Central Virginia Partner Agency. We are located at 2249 Halifax
Street, one block from the campus of Virginia University of
Lynchburg, Children from Lynchburg and neighboring counties utilize
the services offered by the center. Located in a former elementary
school building, the facility lends itself to the ages
of the children served. The classrooms are large and bright and the
atmosphere welcoming and child friendly.
incorporated and governed by a Board of Directors. Since 1936,
MBA has provided child care for children between two and five
years of age. While children from all socio-economic backgrounds
have attended MBA, emphasis is placed on the needs of inner city
and at-risk families. We make every effort to accommodate the needs
of these families to help them improve their lifestyles.
As a non-profit agency serving primarily low income families,
MBA has faced financial challenges over the years. The building
MBA occupies is owned by the City of Lynchburg and is virtually
rent free to the program. However, costs of maintenance and upkeep
are MBA’s responsibility.
We rely heavily on our fees as the major source of income. In
addition, MBA receives Federal Food reimbursement as well as a
United Way allocation on a monthly basis.
MBA operates between the hours of 6:30 AM and 5:30 PM and
uses a school bus to transport many of our children to and from
MBA has a long and proud history of overcoming challenges to
provide quality services to children and families in the Lynchburg
community. The "MBA family" recognizes that we must face changes
positively in order to continue to grow and improve our program.