Child Development Center Announces Grand Opening

Posted: May 16, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Probst

The George Mason University Child Development Center (CDC) will celebrate the opening of its new facility on the Fairfax Campus with a ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, at 3 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the site of the CDC’s new location, 4400 Patriot Circle (near Parking Lot F, to the left of the water tower).

At the grand opening, President Alan Merten and Senior Vice President Maurice Scherrens will make remarks. The children who attend the CDC, ages two through five, will sing.

The actual move is scheduled for early July. The new CDC will have 82,000 square feet and contain six classrooms.

Child Development Center
The new Child Development Center building awaits finishing touches.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

“I am very excited about the opening of the new center,” says Tina Morris, director of the CDC. “In the old modules we were so far apart from one another — three separate modules for each classroom. The new, modern building will bring us closer together and will be easier to manage since it is built for early childhood development.”

Since opening in 1992, although open to the public, the CDC has given enrollment priority to the children of Mason faculty, staff and students at the university, on a first-come, first-served basis. The new CDC will have space for 120 children. Regular child care is provided Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children may attend two, three or five days per week.

The philosophy of the CDC is that children learn through their play. The focus of their learning is to develop cognitive, emotional and physical skills through their social environment. According to Morris, children involve their senses as they touch, move, create and develop understanding about feelings.

The center also provides activities to encourage development of language skills, math concepts, large and small muscle development, music, art and dramatic play activities. For an additional fee, parents can enroll their children in dance and soccer lessons and activities at the Aquatic Center in the summer.

“We have children from a variety of backgrounds. By being in one building, teachers as well as the children are better able to learn about the diversity that each child and family brings to the center,” says Morris.

For more information about the Child Development Center, contact Morris at 703-993-3750 or visit the web site.

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