Passers-by often wonder about the huge Tudor building at the corner of Rio Grande and Tejon streets. An old church turned school? A mining baron's mansion?

Amazingly, the venerable building is home to Early Connections Learning Centers, the oldest nonprofit child care organization in the state, and it was designed and built for children. The building was dedicated to "all mothers and all children." On March 20, Early Connections was the site of a 117th anniversary reception for the board and supporters.

Now a network of centers, it has been called the Colorado Springs Day Nursery, Child Nursery Centers and, as it evolved, Early Connections Learning Centers.

Director Diane Price updated guests on The Home Network, the centers' mentor partnership with independently licensed home child care providers to help prepare children for school. The program received a $500,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation.