During her 18-year career in special education, owner Cenita Minor noticed that many school-aged children continue moving to the next level but are unprepared for the challenges they confront. She envisioned opening an early learning center that would increase young children’s chances of successful life outcomes. Ms. Minor secured a loan from Baltimore Community Lending and generated revenue from tutoring and her daytime teaching job to open LIFE Prep Early Learning Center in the Patterson park neighborhood of Baltimore City in fall 2020. Funds from Baltimore Community Lending allowed the center to hire staff and obtain PPE to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. M&M Educational Services also offers tutoring services and special education consulting.