Child Development Center Breaks New Ground

Posted: October 30, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lexi Soya

For the past 16 years, the George Mason University Child Development Center (CDC) has been operating out of three “temporary” trailers at Patriot Village on the Fairfax Campus, but this morning CDC staff and client families will be celebrating the start of construction on their brand-new facility.

A groundbreaking ceremony led by President Alan Merten will be held at 9 a.m. in the Lot F area where the new center will be built. All are invited.

The new $1.9 million center will have 82,000 square feet, and, unlike the current facility, it will have all of its classrooms for children ages 2 to 5 in the same building.

“Having us all in one building will make things much smoother and easier for me and the teachers,” says Tina Morris, CDC director.

Child Development Center
Architect’s drawing of the new Child Development Center.
Lukmire Partnership Inc.

Other features include two playgrounds, one for older children and the other for younger children, a multipurpose room and a high-quality air conditioning and heating system.

“We have air conditioning and heating problems now, and during the summer we’ve had to take the children to different sites because it would just get too hot,” says Morris. “We’re looking forward to not having to worry about that anymore.”

CDC staff and families are also looking forward to the new location.

“The new facility will be much more accessible for drop-off and pick-up,” says Morris.

With such extensive expansion, the staff expects to double the number of children they care for, bringing enrollment to 120 children. As is current policy, priority will be given to Mason-affiliated families, but the center is also open to the public.

According to Morris, the CDC has filled its capacity for the past two years, and it already has a waitlist for next year.

“With the new facility, we won’t have to turn away as many families,” she says.

The university expects the new Child Development Center to be open and operational in fall 2008.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a new facility and George Mason University’s support,” says Morris.

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