Child Development Center marks its 20th anniversary

Neighbors

February 06, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE CHILD Development Center at Anne Arundel Community College is celebrating its 20th anniversary tomorrow, and a lot of well-wishers can be expected at this birthday party. Since the first county on-site child care facility opened in 1977, it's catered to a lot of children.

Officially reserved for the children of AACC students, faculty and staff, children from the community also are accepted when there is space.

The kindergarten program for 5-year-olds is so popular it is always filled, and there is always a waiting list.

"A parent at the college has the best of both worlds," says director NancyAnne Burt. "They can come and visit their children at any time, so they don't have to wonder how they're doing.

"There are so many facilities at the college that are used by the children. They go to several performances each year in the Pascal Center for the Performing Arts. In December, for example, children got to dance on stage with the AACC dance company.

"The college nurse and members of the security force visit several times a year," Burt says, "so the children are familiar with them. When the children visit the Allied Health department, they see what a hospital setting and a doctor's office are really like."

The children are often invited to attend events on campus, and this influences the center's curriculum. The children studied reptiles recently.

AACC students benefit from having the children on campus. Psychology classes observe the children interacting with their parents, friends and teachers.

The center is housed in the college's math building, built in 1989. "We were given one quarter of the building, and we thought it was so big -- how are ever going to fill it up? We quickly outgrew it," says the director.

Center hours are 7: 30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Half off sale

The Severna Park Discovery Shop in Didonado Plaza conducts its annual 50 percent-off winter clearance sale Monday through Saturday. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 544-0568.

Dean's list

Cary and June Emery of Pasadena have announced that their son, Dane M. Emery, was named to the dean's list at Frostburg State University for the fall semester.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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