South Texas College celebrates Week of the Young Child, April 27

Evening event will also celebrate STC’s Child Development Center’s 10th anniversary and recent accreditation renewal

Now in its 10th year of operation, South Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus Child Development Center will host an event celebrating three key milestones during the Week of the Young Child, April 27.

 The center will celebrate the renewal of its accreditation, honor its tiny graduates, and commemorate 10 years of supporting student-parents on their way to a better quality of life for their families.

The event will begin at 5:30 at the Child Development Center Located at 401. N. Republic near the college’s Mid-Valley campus in Weslaco.

“Our center was established 10 years ago to support students who are parents,” said Veronica Rodriguez, Assistant Professor and Program Chair of STC’s Child Development Department and Child Development Center. “We also have students who do a lot of their field work at our center, and they are able to accomplish the outcomes that we have set forth in the program to be a more confident and well-rounded teacher for infant, toddler and preschool children.”

South Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus Child Development Center has earned accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC). STC’s center was the first child care facility in the Rio Grande Valley to have this prestigious designation.

The Child Development Center along with the Child Care Assistance Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) Grant from the Department of Education helps individuals with children come to school, not having to worry about how to pay for their child’s tuition, and instead focus on being successful in school, studying, passing their classes and graduating.

The grant takes care of the child’s tuition. Parents have to apply for eligibility, and once they are accepted can utilize the service throughout the whole time they are attending school at STC.

The center can serve children as young as 18 months until they turn five years of age.

Currently, enrollment in the center is open to children of STC students first, followed by STC faculty and staff, and then the community. The center is currently located solely at the Weslaco campus. There are 60 children currently thriving at the center, ranging in age from 18 months to 5 years of age.

“It’s all about access for assistance, and then graduation,” Rodriguez said. “The program does just that. It supports them by having their children at the center, providing the best educational opportunities, and being nationally accredited says so. We are one of the best in South Texas. We were actually the first to be accredited in this area for NAC.”

For more information or to arrange media tours at STC’s Child Development Program or Mid-Valley Campus Child Development Center contact Veronica Rodriguez at 956-872-7265 or vrodrig2@southtexascollege.edu. For more information about the NAC program visit www.naccp.org.

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