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Contact: Cordell Jordan

    Media Relations Coordinator

    (405) 682-1611 ext. 7248

    E-mail: cjordan@occc.edu

    For Immediate Release: Feb. 7, 2011

    OCCC Child Development and Lab School

    Opens at New Location

    Oklahoma City The Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Child Development Center and Lab School (CDLC) now has a new location for the children and families it serves.

    Since the mid ‘80s, the center was housed on the main campus. The larger facility, at 6500 S. Land Ave., only one mile from the campus, boasts more than 38,000 square feet as compared to the old facility that offered just over 6,000 square feet. In addition, more room means more children and families to be served. The school will be able to accommodate 140 children rather than the 67 at the previous location.

     “Instead of four classrooms, we now have 13,” said Dr. Mary McCoy, the school’s director. “Our rooms are bigger and brighter, and our parents are happy with the changes they’ve seen.”

     The CDLC provides childcare during the day and evening to children whose parents are students or employees at OCCC. “In ‘The Way Forward,’ we as an institution wanted to be able to provide this much-needed service to our students,” McCoy said.

     Childcare is offered for $5 per three-hour session for each child. Those children who are enrolled during mealtimes are charged an additional $3. Reservations must be made for each semester; drop-ins are not permitted. “This gives students a cost-efficient way to provide quality care for their child while attending school,” McCoy said.

    The CDCLS is recognized as one of the nation's outstanding centers. The Center is also accredited nationally by the Academy, a branch of the National Association of the Education of Young

    Children.

    The CDLC teaching staff has experience working with children and, in most cases, hold an Associate and/or Bachelor Degrees in Child Development. The philosophy of the Child Development

    Center and Lab School regarding curriculum is that every experience the child has at school including routines, such as naptime and meals, are part of the curriculum. The program includes activities, arrangement of the environment and materials, teacher-child interactions, parent involvement and family communication and events.

    McCoy said with the move to the new space now complete, she hopes to reach her goal of bringing in community agencies to aid parents. “We really want to work on integrating the school into the community.”

    For more information on the CDLC, their new location and the programs they provide, please call (405) 682-1611-7561.

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