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Educare Springfield - a $14 million, nationally recognized early childhood center under construction in the Old Hill neighborhood, one of the poorest in the city - will open this fall, serving 141 children and their families who will be selected from the region's Head Start program. The anonymous donation - which John Davis says made him believe in miracles - paved the way for Springfield to land the program that has been a model for best practices in early childhood development. The Davis Foundation has made advocacy for quality early childhood education its mission in its quest to help insure that city children are ready to read by 4th grade. The 27,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art EduCare Springfield facility is being designed - like others in the network - to be a model for the high-impact educational practices aimed at preparing children for long-term academic success.